A sheetrock or drywall lift is a machine that is used to lift drywall panels to a ceiling. They are specialized pieces of equipment and they can be purchased for several hundreds of dollars from a home improvement center. They can also be rented easily at certain rental companies. Check your local listings for an equipment rental center near you.
This article will provide some tips on building your own sheetrock lift but strongly suggests that you either rent or purchase this piece of equipment. If you do not build the sheetrock lift properly you could face harm or injury as a result.
Measure Ceiling Height
You will need to measure the distance from the floor to the ceiling to determine the length needed for your homemade sheetrock lift. Most ceilings will be between 10 to 15 feet in distance from the ceiling to the floor of the room.
Cut 2x4 Wood
Take a piece of 2x4 wood and cut a length of wood on the saw 3 feet in length. Cut a second piece of 2x4 wood the length of your ceiling. This will be used to form a T-formation that you will use to assist you when hoisting a piece of drywall into place on the ceiling. You may want to cut a second piece the length of the ceiling, which can serve as a horizontal resting piece, and another 2x4 piece 3 feet as a vertical hoist. A final piece of 2x4 should be cut 4 feet to join the 2 T pieces together for your homemade sheetrock lift.
Attach the Wood
Attach the 3-foot piece of 2x4 to the horizontal piece of wood to form a T, using the drywall screws. Repeat this step with the other 2x4 vertical piece of wood and 3-foot vertical hoist piece of 2x4. Join the 2 pieces of the assembled T form with a 4-foot piece of 2x4 wood. With the wood attached you now have a frame to use for lifting drywall to the ceiling.
Position Sheetrock on Lift
Place the piece of sheetrock on the newly constructed lift. As you can tell, you will need the assistance of another person in order to hoist the drywall to the ceiling. This is not always necessary when using a metal drywall lift that can be rented from a tool or equipment rental store.
Place the lift on scaffolding for easier use. Lift the sheetrock panel onto the lift that you placed on the scaffolding and with assistance, lift the sheetrock into place on the ceiling. You should be ready with drywall screws and a drill with a screw attachment to immediately fasten the drywall to the ceiling and keep it from falling or popping out of position. Be careful when working with a sheetrock lift.