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Rifeman 03-22-2007 05:37 PM

Putting up Drywall
 
I would like to know if there is a lift to lift Drywall to the celling? If so what would be the name of it. An would a Rental place have them?

I would have to take it down in the Basement, and is it to big to take down in the Basement?:eek: :whistling2:

ron schenker 03-22-2007 06:15 PM

Have you considered building a T out of 2x4's to prop up the drywall while you screw it? It's cheaper than renting a drywall jack.

AtlanticWBConst. 03-22-2007 06:21 PM

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Originally Posted by Rifeman (Post 37937)
I would like to know if there is a lift to lift Drywall to the celling? If so what would be the name of it. An would a Rental place have them?

I would have to take it down in the Basement, and is it to big to take down in the Basement?:eek: :whistling2:

Yes, there are lifts, here are some:

http://www.telproinc.com/

Try calling around to rental places, some carry them.

Tho, making a "T" would save you $

Rifeman 03-22-2007 06:36 PM

Could to tell me how to make a T out of 2x4? it sounds like this would be the way to go. IO know there is no way a person could hold 55lb. or more over their head for some time without hurting themself.:no: :no: :no:


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Originally Posted by ron schenker (Post 37941)
Have you considered building a T out of 2x4's to prop up the drywall while you screw it? It's cheaper than renting a drywall jack.


cibula11 03-22-2007 06:46 PM

You'd better plan on having anothe person help you out. With the drywall lift you could probably do it alone. Making a "T" is just taking a couple of 2x4's and making a "T" Make sure the 2x4 that is going to be touching the drywall is lying flat not on its thin side. You will get more support.

ron schenker 03-22-2007 06:46 PM

Just build a T about an inch longer than the height of the ceiling joist and wedge it under one end of the sheet of drywall. Then lift the other end up while you're on a stepladder and start screwing. It's not easy if you're alone but it is doable. I've done this with 2 T's as well, one on each end.

AtlanticWBConst. 03-22-2007 06:48 PM

It's important that you make it a 'T' and not a 't' .....
You will have problems with the t...




:jester:

Rifeman 03-22-2007 07:13 PM

This sounds like you can move right along and do a very good job of it.

Without you I would not know what I 'd do.

You guys are very good.

yummy mummy 03-22-2007 09:59 PM

Not just the "guys" are good, even the "yummy mummies" are good! :wink: :wink: :wink: .


Does a sheet of 4 X 8 drywall weigh about 50 pounds?

Is it possible for two people to lift it onto two step ladders, (one on each end) and then use a "T" bar to prop it up all the way to the ceiling?


Thanks.

AtlanticWBConst. 03-22-2007 10:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by yummy mummy (Post 37983)
Not just the "guys" are good, even the "yummy mummies" are good! :wink: :wink: :wink: .


Does a sheet of 4 X 8 drywall weigh about 50 pounds?

Is it possible for two people to lift it onto two step ladders, (one on each end) and then use a "T" bar to prop it up all the way to the ceiling?


Thanks.

Hi Y.M.,

Answers:
Yes...about 50 lbs. Yes to your 2nd question too....Key is to always be UNDER the sheet. If you try to support it over your head while being 'off-balance' or over extended ...you will likely injure your back...or
'pull' your back muscles....

yummy mummy 03-22-2007 10:25 PM

atlantic
 
I was thinking of lifting it with my husband.
He would be on one end and I would be on the other end and then we would both lift it onto the ladder which is approx 6 feet high.

Then I was thinking of putting the T brace (one on each end) and lifting the rest of the way to the ceiling which would be only approx. l foot more.

Do you think this would work?

Or is it impossible to lift it over my head. I'm 5' 2". My husband is 5' 9".

Also, if this is too difficult, would I be able to cut them in half, so they would be easier to work with?

I know, a lot more seams for later. But I figure if doesn't look real good at the end, I would do a very lovely textured finish. :laughing:

AtlanticWBConst. 03-23-2007 06:51 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by yummy mummy (Post 37995)
I was thinking of lifting it with my husband.
He would be on one end and I would be on the other end and then we would both lift it onto the ladder which is approx 6 feet high.

Then I was thinking of putting the T brace (one on each end) and lifting the rest of the way to the ceiling which would be only approx. l foot more.

Do you think this would work?

Or is it impossible to lift it over my head. I'm 5' 2". My husband is 5' 9".

Also, if this is too difficult, would I be able to cut them in half, so they would be easier to work with?

I know, a lot more seams for later. But I figure if doesn't look real good at the end, I would do a very lovely textured finish. :laughing:

Y.M., The purpose of using the "T" is to actually allow 'IT' ....to support the weight of the sheet. As suggested by another poster, you make the length of it about 1" longer than the full ceiling height measurement.
You measure and cut the sheet, get it into position to lift with the 1 or 2 'T's at arms reach.
Lift the sheet carefully by grabbing both sides, one person on each end.
Get on your 2' step ladders - lifting the sheet up and over your heads.
Get it up to the ceiling area you want it in, then reach over (You may want to use your head to temporarily hold the sheet as you remove one hand to grab the "T" and place it under the sheet ends -
and force it under:
This wedges under the sheet and pushes it tight to the ceiling, taking the strain off of you and your back to force it up.

The part that really strains your back is the last step, when you are straining to hold the sheet in place and also attach screws at the same time.
Using the T brace eliminates that. It allows you to get the sheet tightly in position on the ceiling and then step away and be free to screw it in...

Here's a link with a little diagram (under step #5):

http://www.acehardware.com/sm-instal...g-1299080.html

yummy mummy 03-23-2007 09:18 AM

Ok, Atlantic, I got it.

I will try to do that, when the time comes.

Thanks for the explanation.

Brik 03-23-2007 04:55 PM

I have used a 'T' and a lift in the past. With the lift its easily a one person job, even with 12' sheets. (if you can lift them) Most rental places around me have the lifts.

here is one
http://www.taylorrental.com/images/p...rywalljack.jpg
from http://www.taylorrental.com/item_detail.asp?id=32

These guys rent one for $27.75/day in PA http://www.rental-world.com/PA_contr...ent_rental.htm

if you have more than a few sheets to do I would rent one AND have help. Remember, the ceiling goes up first.

joasis 03-23-2007 06:31 PM

There are lifts available on eBay for less the $100 plus some shipping....they are not BilJax quality...but they work..if you have a lot to do over the span of your project, buy a cheap lift, then sell it when you are done...I have never seen one last long when in the classifieds.

Using the "T" method work...but does take some finesse...that is why most of us own good drywall lifts.


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