1/2 Drywall 8ft vs 12ft

Old 03-15-22, 07:56 AM
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1/2 Drywall 8ft vs 12ft

Does anyone have experience hanging 12ft drywall ceiling/ walls with a lift by themself? I have 22ft span ceiling and trying to determine if I should do 3 8’s or a 10 and 12. I will not have help but do have a lift— is 1 less Butt joint per row worth the hassle of trying to get a 12 footer onto the Lyft by myself? Walls are 10ft high also.
I have easy access to 8 footers but am sure I could find 10s and 12s if that’s the route I should go
Old 03-15-22, 09:04 AM
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It all depends on your strength. 12ft. sheets weigh 50% more so even lifting the sheet off the stack and putting it onto a lift can be difficult by yourself. 12ft sheets get pretty awkward and floppy to handle. But, I've seen some smaller people handle sheets of rock like is was almost nothing. Me, I only use 8' sheets.
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I have used 12' sheets but I had a helper. I think they weight about 75# but for me the bigger problem would be handling. By myself I would go with 8 footers.
Old 03-15-22, 09:18 AM
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12' for walls is good, anything overhead is 8'.

It's not a look issue, it just saves a little time when your a contractor!
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I had a friend who hung drywall when he was younger. He often hung 12' boards by himself including ceilings. He used a 2x T shaped prop for the ceilings. But that is what he did for a living and he was pretty stout when he was young [weren't we all]

12' boards mean less joints to finish but sometimes an 8' board with more joints is the lesser of the 2 evils.

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