How well? Use one one time and you will refuse to do it anyother way
Put panel on jack.
Jack it up within a fraction of an inch.
Jack it tight
sit down and Have a coffee, read the paper or make love to your wife
and the panel will still be there. Grab your step stool and procede
to nail or screw at your liesure.
The commercial ones sit vertical. Set panel on it and rotate it
horizontal and crank away. Should be no problem for one person with
They also work well for laying sheets horizontallyon teh walls - Same
easy adjusting of the panel and no rush to "get a nail in over there
fast before we lose it!"
You absolutely want to use a lift. No question about that.
If you can get the sheets onto the cradle (~36 inches high) you won't
_need_ any help hanging, but it's not worth abusing your back if you can
Be sure you pull out the outriggers to support the ends of the
sheetrock. You can see them extended in the top picture here:
Make sure you're in control the winch handle before you release the
brake or it'll come around and break your arm (or worse).
To answer your original question....a drywall lift will make hanging
ceiling drywall a LOT easier.
We used a "beater" of a lift and it still made a HUGE difference.
The lift gets the sheet up to ceiling but drywall is so flexible that
it doesnt go snug everywhere. We used a few "helping hands" jackable
struts to set & hold the sheet snug to the joists until we installed a
minimal number of screws.
The had those crappy "auto creeper" style wheels that didnt swivel or
change postions well and were potentially damaging to the floor.
I still worked with another guy; he used his Senco drywall screw gun
and I either nailed or used a drill/ driver.
All in all it made a bear of job fairly easy. The only heavy lifting
was only getting the sheet on the lift. Positioning the sheet on the
ceiling was a snap. The tedious / tiring part was putting in all the
screws (6" o/c ...that's what the inspector wanted)
You can rent a lift. Doing this alone would be a challenge, but it
can be done with 9' 6.5" T poles. If you have a lift (or two
helpers), get the larger sheets. Drywall is very heavy. I used 5/8"
on the ceiling. Do some reading about drywall. I was surprised to
learn that drywall has a "grain" and it is stronger lengthwise than
crosswise--important when installing a ceiling.
You might also consider a drop ceiling. They install much faster with
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