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Old 09-30-2008, 08:37 PM   #16
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i have a whole house worth to hang. no money to rent. no money to buy and resell. won't be too heavy to move as it will be on locking wheels. when all done, i have spare hinges and firewood to heat my home. have materials and gumption but i'm too old to hold and screw it to the ceiling. even with help. this will do the trick as soon as i figure out a bug or two. it can be easily used with myself and my son as it's drawn now, (with crank or ratchet, of course) thinking crank and rope will be better than ratcheting chain fall. tnkx for input!

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Old 09-30-2008, 10:16 PM   #17
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I have hung drywall before, and I don't quite understand your contraption.

I cut my drywall to manageable pieces, and used two expanding poles that I purchased at HD. I did a lovely textured ceiling as there isn't enough drywall compound in Canada for all the seams that I had.......lol

From someone who has hung drywall in two rooms, one 30 feet by 19 and one 12 feet by 19, cutting the 8 foot sheet into three pieces, I would never do it again without a lift.

Trust me, you will love textured ceilings.........
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2 people 'should' be able to hang 12 foot sheets of 1/2 even 5/8,,, probably a third person of weakling level to put a prop in there 'helps' but should be able to manage IF necessary alone.
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Old 10-01-2008, 04:54 AM   #19
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--added the 'plan' from mother earth news, (also in "MyPhotos") much larger and heavier than my idea. but as you can see, it can be done. where there's a will, there's a way! my scissor-type should be much lighter and smaller. if i could just figure out how to keep it level as it rises...... anyone?

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--added the 'plan' from mother earth news, (also in "MyPhotos") much larger and heavier than my idea. but as you can see, it can be done. where there's a will, there's a way! my scissor-type should be much lighter and smaller. if i could just figure out how to keep it level as it rises...... anyone?

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I have an odd feeling like I'm trying to help someone plan their own demise. Oh well...rather than trying to make a diamond shaped lift, make your base longer, and make a parallel linkage to lift the sheet flat. So rather than having 4 pieces hinged you'd have three. See the crude drawing below.

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None of this trumps a real lift. If you're budget is so tight that you can't rent one...I'd highly suggest you wait a month or 3 to save the money for a lift rental. By far the safest method. But what do I know you mice have been running into traps similar to this all your life.

C'mon, fess up...your really trying to help out the gene pool aren't ya?
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Old 10-01-2008, 08:39 AM   #21
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looked at a madeinchina lift..... i'd be better off with a stick from my woods! probly safer too! interesting concept rippy. i'll give it some more thought. save the money? hah! impossible when all spare change goes to gas and food. gene pool? nope, i can't swim.....

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...i can't swim.....DM
you don't have to. keep trying though...you'll win.
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Old 10-02-2008, 02:00 PM   #23
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See post #8 here:
http://www.contractortalk.com/showth...highlight=lift
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Old 10-02-2008, 03:31 PM   #24
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thanks jogr! Tom's idea seems best to me as i have my son and two 3 ft. stepladders! i wanted easiest, fastest and cheapest, and Tom's post fits the bill! Tom posted---> Temporarily screw in a 6' 1X3 as a 'cleat' along the top of your wall (about 5/8" down from the ceiling for 1/2" drywall). Slide the long edge of your sheet into the gap as you maneuver yourself up your stepladder and push the whole sheet up into place (the cleat is holding half the weight) with one hand and start running screws with the other (screws can be started on the sheet first if necessary).Complete that whole row by moving cleat along wall as necessary. To start your second row, - - simply 'rabbett' out 1/8" deep X 1 1/4" wide out of your same 1X3, - - and now screw the thicker edge of it through the long tapered edge of the first row, - - leaving the rabbetted edge exposed so you can slide the first sheet of your second row into it, - - now it is again holding half the weight for you as you install it. When you remove your 1X3 the empty holes it leaves behind are in the tapered area that you'll soon be spackling anyway, - - been doin' it myself for years, - - mostly 8' and 10' sheets, - - I have several cleats pre-made of several different lengths.<--- so i think we'll go this route rather than trying to build something i would just have to disassemble down the road! 1x3s i got!!! and i think i may even have a few screws laying around too! -=chuckle=- the cleats is the perfect way for us to get them up fast and free! again, tnkx and consider this thread dead.
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Mouse, I love guys like you! It's seems totally ridiculous to me to build a lift but, I admire folks with guts, determination, ingenuity and everything else it takes to make cool stuff...GO FOR IT!

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Gawrsh... *blush* we love you too Pete.... but as i said in post #24, there's no need now! i needed an easy, cheap and safe way to do it. of course, if i didn't have my 6' 2" SON to HELP me, i'd still be wanting to build it!

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Old 10-21-2008, 02:49 PM   #27
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okaaayyy, #24 didn't quite work out the way i'd hoped. it was easier than nothing, but we about killed ourselves putting up two 5/8" panels today. tomorrow i build the lift!
will post pics and problems if i have them. i'm going 1" steel pipe crank with 3 block pulleys i found in the shed and some rope. *wish me luck!*

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I'd really think about using the old "T"''s but anyway...best of luck. Don't know about others...but I'm waiting for those pictures.
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that's the problem rippy, i'm too old to use 't's.... lol

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Ah but you do have the 6'1" son though!

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