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Old 01-08-2009, 03:42 PM   #1
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Hi All:
I have a problem with lifting a light valence up in the air, HELP!!
As you will see from the photo, the valence is curved. It's about 150+ inches long, and if you stand it up on the floor - curve up - it is around 4' high, or wide, depending on how you look at it.
The valence will contain 5 light pots, with LED's. I have fastened some plywood strips to the upper side of the valence, and these will line up with, and be attached to the ceiling joists. The joists are a home made double sided truss type joist, 3" wide. So lots of room for attachment.
I can just lift the unit, but it is impossible for me to simply lift it in the air.
My age (66) and failing health (heart attacks) prevents me from undertaking any very strenuous activity.
So it will have to be some sort of easy lifting system, which will be able to retain the balance of the valence. In other words, because of the fairly large curve, it will need to be lifted at both ends and at the outside of the center.
All at the same time, of course.
There is no assistance of any kind available, as nobody else is here on the island right now. So, as with everything else in this house, this is a one horse show.
Blocks and tackles won't work, and besides I only have one anyway.
Get your thinking caps on and help the old guy out here, please and thank you.
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Any chance of seeing a picture of the room & the ceiling to where it is to be hung?

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Old 01-08-2009, 05:00 PM   #3
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Looks like it's going to be you and me Wrangler.
The trus-joists are on 24" centers. Lots of beef to hang the valence off.
And I can make as much room as I need to do the job. A fair bit of space all around where the valence is going.
Camera battery just went dead, so I have popped it on the charger.
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Old 01-08-2009, 05:00 PM   #4
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I picked up a couple of pole type ratcheting lift deals at Harbour freight that I use to do stuff like that. I set each end on a ladder, put the lifts under the deal and ratchet up each side a little at a time. Another idea might be to rent or borrow a drywall lift.
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Old 01-08-2009, 05:07 PM   #5
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That's a heckuva a good idea. I like the idea of the lifts, as that is the sort of thing that it will take.
I will have to make something similar myself though, as I have no doubt that the shipping and the time delay will prove to be impractical.
I'm going to see if I can concoct something along those lines.
Thanks for that, it really is a great idea.
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Old 01-08-2009, 05:11 PM   #6
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Something else just came to mind after you mentioned the drywall lift.
Just so you know, I am on a remote island, and renting anything around here is nigh on impossible.
But I seem to remember many years ago there was something in one of the Fine Homebuilding magazines about some sort of a home made lift for putting up ceiling drywall.
Since I never seem to throw anything like that out, I may well have it around here somewhere still. I'll see what I can find.
Thanks.
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Old 01-08-2009, 06:47 PM   #7
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You guys have given me the right idea I think. I have a plan!
Going to use three 20 liter pails, 3 2x4's, some clamps, some rope and a 6' ladder.
It's as good as done.
Thanks again!
I'll let you know.
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Or just find a couple of neighbors to help out.
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Old 01-08-2009, 08:50 PM   #9
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Gregzoll:
If you will read the first post, you will see why that is impossible.
You have no idea how many times I have wished for good strong neighbors!
Since my last post, I have it installed.
Way easier than I thought and took me about half an hour.
I will post the pictures of it going up in my other thread "Gulf Island Building".
Thank you all for the ideas.

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