Drywall jacks???

Old 04-11-01, 08:25 PM
Performin Norman
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I just started to hang rock on the ceiling of my basement. It is much more work than I thought it would be. I built a "T" for installing it but it does not work well. I was wondering if they make some sort of a floor standing jack or some type of equipment to help hold or lift the drywall to the ceiling? I have 9 foot ceilings.

Thanks for all your help. I appreciate it.
Old 04-12-01, 05:36 AM
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Get two friends with strong shoulders.
I've never seen a "drywall jack", but that doesn't mean they don't exist. I'd use the home-built ones, but make the handles nice and long so they can be held about waist high, and put some actual handles on the 2x4 for good grip.
Old 04-12-01, 05:37 AM
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Thanks for the response

I may have to hire someone. This work is tedious.
Old 04-12-01, 07:43 AM
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Yes you can rent one.

Performin - Yes nearly any tool rental place has Drywall Jacks. You can rent one for $20 - $30 a day and they are a brezze to use. I rented one when I put 4x12 drywall over an old cracked-up plaster ceiling. I would not have been able to do it without either strong friends or mechanical help. They are metal, have wheels in order to roll it in place and come in different sizes (6-10' or so and 10 - 15' or so). YOu just put the sheet on it, then crank it up into place. Rent one, its well worth the few bucks.

However if you think hanging the drywall is no fun, just wait until you get to mud & sand over your head. Enjoy.
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I too rented a drywall lift. They are the greatest thing since sliced bread. Installed 4x12 sheets working by myself. They are not only good for the ceiling, but they are great for the top course on the walls too. I'd say one drywall lift is better than three strong friends. The lift never gets tired, and it will press that drywall against the ceiling for as long as you want.
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All of my ceiling drywall is installed with drywall jacks.
You can manuever it within 1/16 of an inch. I know the man who invented them years ago on the west coast.
Old 04-12-01, 07:40 PM
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Thanks guys. I actually called a rental place early this morning and found out they made them. I went and looked at them also and look like the hot ticket. Thanks for all your help. I am definitely going to rent one soon.
Old 04-17-01, 07:10 AM
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Hey Norm,

They rent the drywall lifts at Home Depot relatively inexpensively. Let me know when you're ready to do it and I'll come over to give you a hand. I'll bring my good 'ol Dewault and we can get it knocked out pretty quick. You supply the pizza.

I've spent the last couple nights drywalling my basement myself.

Old 04-17-01, 06:19 PM
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Thanks for all the great replies. I rented a lift and have been able to do the ceiling work myself. The hardest part is getting the sheetrock on the lift. I love it.

Thanks again. You guys are great.

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