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Old 08-22-2013, 12:37 AM   #1
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Neat idea for 1 man drywalling ceiling.
I would add a staggered 2x4 by 48" at the edge (or on wall) to act as a lip to catch that edge of the sheet.
May still be hard with 12' sheets.

I have thought of a 2x4 mounted to the wall say 32" long. hinged to this would be 2 2x4's say 12' minus the 1.5" for the wall 2x4. Then a 2x4 on the end to also act as a lip to hold the sheet on.
Would work for the full 12' sheets. I guess shorter sheets could be put on and held in place with some screws put in to act as stoppers.


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Way back when I was young and didn't have helpers I hung rock on the ceiling alone, it is kinda hard but doable. I screwed 3 pieces of 1X4 to the joist through the last sheet of sheet rock so the next sheet would have something to hold it up on that edge.

I had two pieces of 1X4 with screws into joists turned side ways. Lift the rock onto the three 1X4s, hold the other edge up tight to joists and turn the other two to hold the other side. It was no problem to move the rock around in the right position, then secure. I can't even pick up a sheet of sheet rock now days.

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Rent or borrow a drywall lift and eliminate all that work.
Turns it into a one handed job with nothing to have to waste time building and attaching.
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Rent or borrow a drywall lift and eliminate all that work.
Turns it into a one handed job with nothing to have to waste time building and attaching.
exactly, I got one delivered from amazon for < 150.

not done using it yet, have a few small areas to do, expect to be able to sell on CL for 100 when I dont need it anymore.
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Rent or borrow a drywall lift and eliminate all that work.
Turns it into a one handed job with nothing to have to waste time building and attaching.
Drywall lifts are great.
For some of us there are not rental places in easy access. I have lived places where the nearest one was about an hour away.
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I just rent out the one I bought because I just know if I sell it I'm going to need it the next day.
I've made all the money back it cost me to buy it and still have it.
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exactly, I got one delivered from amazon for < 150.

not done using it yet, have a few small areas to do, expect to be able to sell on CL for 100 when I dont need it anymore.
Me too. But I plan on wearing mine out.
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I just rent out the one I bought because I just know if I sell it I'm going to need it the next day.
I've made all the money back it cost me to buy it and still have it.
that might be an even better option. I should offer to family and friends to rent my stuff for a small small fee. saves them the hassle of getting and maintaining tools and allows me to fund more tool purchases.

of course I'm willing to let lost tools or broken tools go, just no more rentals unless they offer to replace. lending tools is like lending money to family and friends. be prepared to just let it go.
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Neat idea for 1 man drywalling ceiling.
I would add a staggered 2x4 by 48" at the edge (or on wall) to act as a lip to catch that edge of the sheet.
May still be hard with 12' sheets.

I have thought of a 2x4 mounted to the wall say 32" long. hinged to this would be 2 2x4's say 12' minus the 1.5" for the wall 2x4. Then a 2x4 on the end to also act as a lip to hold the sheet on.
Would work for the full 12' sheets. I guess shorter sheets could be put on and held in place with some screws put in to act as stoppers.

Dry wall lift way easier then what you discribed.
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Lifts are handy,but it sure is nice to know the techniques to make do without one.

Good craftsmen should know alternate methods----a trip to the rental shop might take longer than the job will take using props and ledgers----
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Back when I was hanging rock alone the lift hadn't been invented yet, it has only been on the market for 35-38 years.
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Yep drywall lifts are great, make the job easy.
But like I said there is not always one around when you need it. The rental place is 1 hour away or they are all out.
So here is another way to get the job done.
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I've also used my lift for putting up soffit sections. Put up a 14ftx16in made of 2x4's easily by myself.
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Have you considered just plastering the ceiling? My dad and I built the house where I was born, and plastered the ceilings.
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When I need to put board on a lid- I hire it out. After observing sheet rockers for a while, I've decided that drywall dust must kill brain cells.

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