Does anyone have plans for a homemade
drywall lift ?
I saw one in an old issue of Fine Homebuilding
awhile back made from 2 X 4s , on a rolling
Not really answering your question, but with these things available for as
little as $140 delivered it's not worth the time to make one... unless
you're talking about a couple of t-square supports. ;~)
Or you can rent one for about $30/day. And it's still a lot easier if
you have a helper. They're great for ceilings, but expect to use a 2X4
as a ledge when installing on walls, shimming as necessary.
These lessons are still fresh -- I just insulated and drywalled the
garage so I can have a proper workshop.
$30/day is great if you move fast enough... I never seem to get it done that
fast working alone. ;~) Did a 16x22 foot room with trayed ceiling in
January with 12' sheets... Did the upper part of the walls too but didn't
need a 2x4 ledge with the lift I used... the spring loaded hooks held it
I made one 30 years ago in an afternoon using old water pipe. I cut a slot
in the sides of a larger pipe. Then I put a pulley at the bottom of another
pipe and dropped it inside. I mounted a boat winch on the side, added
tripod legs and casters and a rack on top to hold the sheets. Fast and zero
cost using scraps I had already. It has put up a lot of sheetrock over the
years. Sits around outside until I need it. I got a 14 foot ceiling coming
up. Too tall for the one I have. Also too tall for the lifts they are
selling. I plan on building a new one using store bought material this
time. I think I'll make it to handle 16 foot long panels as well. I also
plan on using an electric winch so I don't have to crank a boat winch.
Pretty straight forward. Nothing on paper. I figure the mast will have 3
sliding sections to achieve the height I need.
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