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lifting dry wall to ceiling

I am installing dry wall on the second floor of a small house. There is really little room to maneuver or bring in a lift. I mounted two 2x4's to the wall studs by hinges, screwing the hinges up leaving only a half inch between the top of the 2x4 and the ceiling joists. leaned the dry wall against the 2x4's and lifted the loose ends of the 2x4's. I had nails in the joists at the other end with rope loops to put around the 2x4 ends to hold them up. It held the dry wall up snug against the ceiling joists while I screwed it fast. Not sure if there is a better way, but this worked fine for me working alone.
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ingenuity at it's finest!

we bought a lift and have since sold it. since then we've been coming up with similar clever ways when work needs done.

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We did that for years, worked great on 1/2 and 3/4 inch rock, 8 or 12 footers. Was a lot better than holding it up with the top of my head, and was a lot easier on my neck and shoulders too.
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I call friends and offer beer and pizza. Works...

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I call friends and offer beer and pizza. Works...
Friends either get to old or to smart for that trick to work after awhile.
Easier to get a Mexican crew in to rip out, rock, tape and finish and spend your time doing more complex work with a compound bow or shot gun in the fall.
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I call friends and offer beer and pizza. Works...
Amen on that! We did a 2200sq ft addition all ourselves, minus the foundation and roofing. It was done by a huge group of pizza eating, beer drinking friends and family Heck even some of the lines are straight

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I had to redo my roof a few years back. 32 square. I called in the posse. Had my (ex)wife and a buddies wife manning the grill cooking up burgers and dogs plus plenty of other stuff and we had it all off and back on in 8 hours. That included getting all the junk into the dumpster and everything. Had 3 teams of guys running air nailers.

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It's the small rooms that give you the biggest headaches. That it a great idea. What ever you can do to make a job go easier is worth it no matter how odd it sounds.
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I call friends and offer beer and pizza. Works...
Friends either get to old or to smart for that trick to work after awhile.
Easier to get a Mexican crew in to rip out, rock, tape and finish and spend your time doing more complex work with a compound bow or shot gun in the fall.
Never mind that 99% of the time they are illegal.
-lack insurance(so if they burn your house down oh well)
-don't pay taxes
-send there money "home"
So yes you will have time to do other things. It's part of what's wrong with America today. What's easier or cheaper.

Anyhow I'm off my soap box. If you get to hanging cielings again and need a drywall lift send me a pm. I'll lend anybody one if they don't hire illegals.

Didn't vote for the husband. Not voting for the wife. #Liars
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I call friends and offer beer and pizza. Works...
Friends either get to old or to smart for that trick to work after awhile.
Easier to get a Mexican crew in to rip out, rock, tape and finish and spend your time doing more complex work with a compound bow or shot gun in the fall.
Never mind that 99% of the time they are illegal.
-lack insurance(so if they burn your house down oh well)
-don't pay taxes
-send there money "home"
So yes you will have time to do other things. It's part of what's wrong with America today. What's easier or cheaper.

Anyhow I'm off my soap box. If you get to hanging cielings again and need a drywall lift send me a pm. I'll lend anybody one if they don't hire illegals.
Sorry you got your pants all in a bunch, hiring the people standing outside Home Depot was said as a joke.
I would not let anyone work on anything I own who was not a legitimate contractor who couldn't do better than I could.

Some of the biggest contractors building homes in your area use Mexican framing and rocking crews.......look at any Toll Brothers development if you don't believe me.
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