I'm replacing a ceiling. There is only me and my wife to
lift and screw the sheets of plasterboard into place.
Can anyone recommend the best way for one person to lift
and hold the sheets (8 feet x 4 feet) in place while the
other person screws them to the joists?
The sheets are a bit heavy for one person to hold for any
length of time. Also I don't want them to buckle or break.
Is there a website somewhere with pictures of how lift and
hold them in place? Any suggestions or tips welcome.
Lidl / Aldi do them quite regularly for only £3 or £4
Failing that 2 bits of wood that are slightly bigger than floor to ceiling
height and just jam the plasterboard in.
My Aldi ones bought last year have plenty of height in them.
Fully collapsed they are 4 feet. You then pull out the inner sleeve which
adds another 4 feet then you can use the trigger to slide the inner rod up
even further, another 3 feet I reckon.
So probably about 11 feet all in. I've done a few bathrooms with them.
The easiest way is to cut a couple of lengths of 2x1 or 2x2 timber and fix a
t-piece about a foot or so long across one end of each and use them as
dead-men to support the board once you've got it in place, it takes a bit of
getting used to but makes the job much easier if you are not used to
handling plasterboard in full sheets.
You can get small boards from B&Q or homebase which are easier to handle but
there is a cost premium in this method.
Starting at one corner of ceiling see what joist the plasterboard ends at
from wall you are working from then...
Get some thick rope(washing line will do) nail this to the inside of the
joist were the plasterboard will position halfway across the joist.
Slide plasterboard onto rope and push up the other end and nail/screw into
postion and do its center and then the rope end.
Reapeat until you come to the stage where you will have to use two people to
keep the end run of plasterboards against the ceiling.
Go the timber yard and buy two pieces of 2x2, one piece should be cieling
height the other could be the width of a plasterboard.
Screw them both together to form a T and use it to prop one end up while you
screw the other end,the wife can make sure the T bracket doesn't move.
Saves buying props and the wood might come in handy sometime?
On Fri, 1 Feb 2008 16:26:21 +0100 David in Normandy wrote :
When I had to do this many years back, I made a couple of wooden
"fingers" which I clamped to the joists at the appropriate place
(i.e. a plasterboard width from the current edge) then it was just a
case of lifting the sheet tucking the far edge in under the fingers
pushing the rest of the board up next to the already fixed sheet and
It's much easier to use 1800x900 sheets.
Tony Bryer SDA UK 'Software to build on' http://www.sda.co.uk
Especially if the joists are set at metric distances. I had to do
something similar once all on my tod.
I used a strip of skirting with two nails into the joists and rested
the board in that cradle then lifted it up and then set it back down
and put the sprag in a position I could reach one handed.
Then lifted it again and shoved the sprag in and then jiggled the
board to make sure it ran square and true. Then took the whole lot
down to put packers in to get around the RSJ.
Then the foreman got two labourers to do it.
Try your local hire centre. They should hire your a jack like thing
that raises and holds the plasterboard under the joists.
On Fri, 1 Feb 2008 16:26:21 +0100, David in Normandy
The extendible props available have been mentioned.
An old method that works well is a piece of rope and two nails. The
idea is to put the rope across, forming a cradle, in a position to
support one end of the board allowing the other end to be handled.
We have found that the most useful gadget is the head of the person
doing the screwing and a broom with a large head held by the person on
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