I am building a bear proof community garbage box for the end of the private road we live on. It is fairly big, 4x8, with a hinged lid on top. I need help with one problem...many of the prople using it are elderly and the top is 3/4 inch 3x8' plywood and heavy for them. I am thinking of adding some kind of air or hydraulic cylinder or something to make it easier for them to open...does anyone have any ideas? Are the cylinders expensive?