It sounds like you are
It sounds like you are trying to use the "TRIM" switch out of its intended range. The limit switch is adjusted only to allow the "TRIM" switch to raise the OD until the trim/tilt cylinders are extended to a point that the mounting bolts are 22" +/- 1/4" apart Center-to- Center. When the trim "LIMIT" switch is set to that distance the trim "UP" switch loses voltage from the "LIMIT" switch so that it will prevent the OD from coming up out of the water by over trimming the OD and causing an engine over-rev condition. The only way to raise the OD past this safety point is to use the trailer switch. Adjust the trim limit and it will work.
Fix minor things (replace wear items for preventative maintenance.) that cause major problems before they break.