This morning I designed and started building a jack mechanism to install
sheetrock on the ceiling of my house . This afternoon I finished it and used
it to put up 2 sheets . It's nothing fancy , a couple of 2x4's with |___|
brackets to let them "telescope" . Scrap plywood and some <new> 2x4 pieces
for a base and bracing , equipped with <free> swivel casters . Hand crank
winch and cable <free> and a small pulley <shop fab> and more scrap plywood
for a top platform completes it .
The winch is mounted on the moving 2x4 , the cable goes down and around
the end - the pulley is mounted in a notch in the bottom end - and back up
between the 2x4's to get tied off over the top of the non-moving 2x .
There's a groove in one 2x for the cable . The platform is about 73" above
the floor when lowered , so I still have to get it up a ways . But once
sorta-centered on the top platform , I can roll the thing anywhere in the
room , crank the winch to raise it up to the framing , and once positioned
another turn locks it in place while I get screws started .
I've always in the past just used deadman tees , this is SO much easier !!
I'd never considered the possibility , just never did that much overhead and
mostly small pieces , but a guy I know mentioned he had one , and the gears
in my head ... and had he never mentioned it , I'd be fighting this stuff
and wishing I had 3 arms .