I need to get 10 sheets of 4x12 1/2" drywall home. I have an F150 full
bed pickup truck. With the tailgate down, I would have 10ft of
carrying surface. How bad it is to leave 2ft of the drywall (10
sheets) hanging out the back? Also, I think a sheet would weigh about
80lbs...is that right?
Don't forget to tie the sheets to the truck as they have a habit of sliding
out the back onto the road when you pull away at a traffic light, especially
with an overhang. Tie them to the top of the front of the bed and around
down under onto the chassis a couple of times to keep all movement
About--a little over, methinks, but not much.
Doable if short distance and can be real careful on the road, but the
better way would be to use several tubah-X's (and optionally a piece of
ply on top for a nice smooth surface) to make a temporary bed extender
so the ends are supported rather than hanging free. It's well within
the load range of a full-size pu (even if it is a Ford :) ) and the
amount of load on the tailgate if supported as above isn't excessive as
long as you don't go pounding it up and down.
As someone else noted, 12-footers are a real pita to handle as they're
so long and flexible it takes some real careful handling to keep them
from breaking in the middle even just getting them onto a lift.
Overhead w/o a lift is absolutely impossible (no cobbled-up 't-bracket'
is going to be adequate as you can get by w/ on 8- or even w/ care,
10-ft). Even going on a wall you have to be very careful when cutting
to not let the middle be unsupported and let it tilt towards level too
far while you and a buddy are holding the ends or snap!!!
Short distance, smooth road, low speed, no problem.
Longer distance, bumpy roads, high speed, buy a few 2X4s to put under
the DW. Don't forget to rig something to keep them from sliding out
the back. DAMHIKT.
My thoughts exactly. I would worry more about them sliding
out the back than anything else. Many, many years ago, I
drove out from under 30 sheets, which landed in the middle of
a busy intersection. Only broke the corner of the bottom two
sheets, and landed as if they had been stacked there. I
blocked traffic in both directions while I reloaded them into
the truck (and NOONE stopped to help). Now I tie them in even
if I am just going across the street.
Don't forget to rig something to keep them from sliding out
Nowadays if you slide a small sheet along the highway the hazmat people will
probably have to come out and close the roadway. Close it at least long
enough so they can analyze the offending item. Crazy!!
I suppose you could do it that way if you ignore the chance of the last
2 feet of the bottom sheet(s) snapping off when you hit a bump. If not
using 2 bys or boards under the load, at least strap the overhang
Yeah! I assumed that the truck had springs and
shocks and the driver would be careful and avoid
hitting big bumps. It would take a hell of a bump
to snap the last two feet off. But if one were
worried about that, the best way would be to put
five foot long' 2x4s crosswise to the sheet, one
under and one over, to the sheets and located 1'
past the open tailgate, and bind the ends together
with rope on each end. Ten sheets bound together
would never snap unless one hit a bump that would
raise the whole load up 2-3 feet above the pickup
bed, but one would have more serious problems than
snapping the ends of the sheets off. Cheers.
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