A drywall installer frame possibly, or rent one of those lifting baskets
that come on a small chassis, allow you to operate one-handed and
balance the panels on the basket as you rise.
Dweller in the cellar
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The 2' x 12' corrugated panels are easy enough to handle alone on a
stepladder. My father installed sheetrock on ceilings by himself after
I left for college by making tee-shaped braces from strapping,
slightly longer than the floor-ceiling distance. He leaned one against
a wall and slid the sheetrock up onto the top, then lifted the other
end and wedged a second brace under it. Then he readjusted the one at
I'd consider attaching them to a light framework hinged at the walls
and latched in the center, so you have access afterwards. They should
be short enough to hand vertically, otherwise you can't put a ladder
everywhere. In the center you can have two widths permanently attached
and still be able to reach in to wire a light fixture in the middle.
I built the roof overhanging my deck that way, suspended from large
strap hinges attached to the rafters. The plastic panels won't support
my weight but the screws are easy to install or replace when the roof
hangs vertically. The outer support posts are attached with loose-pin
hinges top and bottom.
On my 6 panel shed roof the 2nd and 5th panels are removeable hatches
so I can reach every point on the roof while standing on the framework
inside. The top tucks under the ridge cap.
I haven't seen 16' ones but 12' 29 ga corrugated panels don't sag that
much. I shuffled three of them on and off a roof several times last
week. They can be lifted with one hand in the middle.
Given a choice the 8' ones are easier, the corners bend if they
accidentally hit anything which is hard to avoid indoors.
Drywall doesn't stay straight. I don't know where you got that idea.
You're installing corrugated metal right? It'll stay just as straight
The T-shaped braces are called "dead men." Singlular is "dead man."
YOU could, Frnak; This fellow doesn't think like that. If it bends, it
bends. If it buckles, it gets screwed up to the ceiling with a buckle-
Someone mentioned to him about using two dead-men to support a sheet, so
another dead-man wouldn't even come to mind.
Here in the middle of the country we call the guy next door to help
for a while and then set out some cold ones to celebrate success. On
the left and right coasts people aren't like that so you might just
nail a bailing wire loop across the rafters to hold one end while you
tack up the other end. Panels are light enough that even SWMBO could
lift and hold one end easily. It's really not at all a big deal.
Yeah, right, the fly-over states. Not exactly where anyone chooses to live.
However, since you are so jammed up against your neighbors, I guess you
could easily conscript/beg for help. The only "plus" I can think of for
living in flat-no-ocean-world. Those of us closer to the coasts have a bit
more room and, if we're lucky, can neither see nor know our neighbors. I
hope to doG you're not in Ohio. I've been there. Scary. Mostly because of
the freaks who live there, but still.
Yea , upscale town full of liberals who fight any and all development and
has the highest unemployment in the area..It looks run down with over grown
lots with commercial land for sale signs that have been there for YEARS.The
downtown is nothing but art and photo galleries , book stores and stores
like The Purple Baboon and about 10 empty store fronts...LOL...They fight
any and ALL development including building a new sheriff's office that is in
an old run down house...LOL...Right now they are considering spending 8
million on a Performing Arts Center on the waterfront in the never ending
quest to be another Camden only with no rich folks to fund it...Rockland is
cashing in BIG time on the anti-business climate in Belfast , getting Lowes
, Home Depot and Wal-Mart that Belfast banned and MANY other jobs that
offshoot from it...The downtown is booming as well despite the doom and
gloomers talk of them killing the downtown....The Rockland Wal-Mart is the
most profitable one in the state and the reason is that everyone in Belfast
now works and shops in Rockland and to a lesser extent Bangor...Belfast is
on it's way to being a over taxed ghost town full of old hippy trust funders
with hobby businesses in the summer..There was a big event in Belfast last
weekend called "The Free Range Music Festival"...Need I say more ?? LOL
Stryped, your best bet for hanging those is to pour concrete up to about
18" from the ceiling. Then you can just slide the sheets into the
remaining gap, slide yourself under them, and screw them up. Very little
danger of them buckling -- they'll take an 18" bend, end-to-end over 16
feet with no problem.
Afterwards, just jackhammer all the concrete out, and you've got a
finished ceiling. Or you could use dirt to fill it up, if you don't want
to rent the jackhammer.
But why are you using "short sheets"? That stuff can be custom-cut in
any length up to about 48'-50'. The fabricators roll-form and shear it in
a continuous operation from flat roll stock. Your 30' span is neither
too long to hang, nor too long to transport on a decent flat-bed. You
could do the whole 30x30 with ten pieces. You'll use up extra metal
(waste it) if you have to overlap end joints. And you'll have all those
ugly lap joints showing.
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