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shtoink 11-03-2008 03:21 PM

another method of hanging ceiling drywall?

In a few weeks, I will be hanging drywall on the ceilings and a few walls of my house. I am on a very tight budget at the moment, so I am trying to figure out the most cost-efficient way of hanging my ceiling drywall without breaking my back or damaging the drywall.

I figure renting a drywall lift may be the way to go, but I have seen these telescoping pole support thingies (like this: )

Has anybody used one of these with success? Can it be done solo? Is it any better than using homemade 'T' supports?

I will be hanging 4' x 8' sheets of 1/2" drywall on an 8' high ceiling.

As I mentioned, I am on a tight budget and plan to do one room at a time (I have more time than money). I am often doing the work by myself. I am fairly strong and sometimes can get a helper, but I am wondering if I should even consider trying this pole thing.

(I suppose I could try and build DangerMouse's homemade lift. :))


RippySkippy 11-03-2008 03:32 PM

I've not used these for hanging drywall...not sure I would. They look very familiar to the version sold at Harbor Freight...and I'm not generally a HF fan. I found these work well to help support light weight things...but I don't believe I'd walk under a single support like shown in the picture.

Did you check into renting a DW lift? Around here you can rent one for less than $20 per day and you can do it solo with the lift. Other than that, I'd further trust a the good ol handy "T".

shtoink 11-03-2008 03:45 PM

I have looked into renting a lift, but it's kind of a pain in the arfe. The house is on an island. There is a small equipment rental place on the island, but they don't rent dw lifts. This means going quite a distance to rent one. Also, I don't always take my vehicle with me. Ferries get expensive if I continually go there by car.

bjbatlanta 11-03-2008 03:47 PM

The pic on the link looks like a guy hanging about a 4' piece, not a whole 8' sheet. The trick is that you have to get that full sheet up there and butted tightly to the previous sheet(s) and then somehow get your support(s) in place. Hardly a one man job. I wouldn't waste the money. If you need extra support while you (and a helper) fasten the sheet, use a wooden "dead man".

DangerMouse 11-03-2008 03:54 PM

hey, don't laugh! it works! and for under 50 bucks..... well, you know. if you need any measurements or help building it, let me know.

did someone mention cheese dip?


bjbatlanta 11-03-2008 04:02 PM

I was referring to the a "T" as skippy was talking about, but I had forgotten about your homemade lift Md. Might be just what shtoink is looking for..........

shtoink 11-03-2008 04:03 PM

What about this?

I wonder how many times the dywall fell on the guy's head before he made it look so easy in the video.

I believe someone mentioned in another thread a way of making these tabs from small pieces of wood.

DangerMouse 11-03-2008 04:07 PM

one drawback to my homemade lift for you may be that it works best with a helper to raise it up level until it's close to the ceiling, then roll into place, half-turn or two of the crank to lock it tight, and screw. you CAN do it by yourself, but it's harder to keep it level while cranking. perhaps if i raised the crank? hmmm


bjbatlanta 11-03-2008 05:48 PM

The "Freehands" might work. Are you capable of lifting an 8' sheet of rock and getting it in place by yourself??? If your room is over 8', you need to have a set to go on the "butt" end of the sheet as well as the tapered edge. You can see how the sheet was bowing while the guy was hanging, hard to get both the end and side lined up by yourself...... Believe me, ceilings are a two person job unless you have a lift.

wrangler 11-03-2008 06:07 PM

I think you have already stated the best answer... a good old fashioned T made out of 2x4s. Less than $4 to build, plus you can use the wood somewhere else when you are done. It might take a few sheets to get used to using them, but hell, I learned when I was 13 years old. It takes a little dexterity, and a 2nd person helps, but you can do it alone. They actually work much like the link you put up, but the cross bar gives you better stability.

shebuilder 08-09-2009 11:22 AM

Ceiling drywall by yourself
Hi. I am a woman, short, chubby, and approaching 50 years. I figured out a way to hang drywall on the ceiling without help, and without a cumbersome hoist. I used strapping, like a trucker uses for cinching a load to his truck bed, and drywall screws. I sandwiched each of the four ends of two 4'+ lengths of heavy duty strapping between 1/4" plywood squares, using bolts, and drilled holes through the sandwiches big enough to accommodate the shaft of a drywall screw. I screwed the ends of the strapping to the ceiling joists, making a hammock for the sheet of wallboard. I set one end of the sheet against the first hammock, and lifted the other end of the sheet into the second hammock. The strapping holds the sheet a few inches from the joists, allowing me to fasten the edges. I cannot lift a 12' sheet of wallboard this way, but two men could. My method is quicker, easier, less costly, and takes up far less room than a hoist.

bjbatlanta 08-09-2009 12:05 PM

Two men should be able to hang a 12' sheet without aid of hoist or "deadmen". Your method has merit though. Ingenuity certainly makes things much easier......

ephnright 08-09-2009 03:48 PM

Rent a lift. Only way to hang drywall on a ceiling. They work slick.

Scuba_Dave 08-09-2009 04:12 PM

My cathedral celiling is 12' up
I'll rent a lift
Or possibly hire it out & the mudding

bjbatlanta 08-09-2009 04:12 PM

I've never used a lift, but if I weren't in the drywall business and hadn't been hanging for 35 years, I might look into one. And as I get older and take on smaller projects where it may not be worth hiring a helper I may end up buying one. I've heard of several people on this forum and others who purchase a lift new on EBAY and sell it after using it to recoup some of the money. Cheaper than renting if you need on for several rooms at different times.....

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