Tool sling - Fine Homebuilding Tip
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Tool sling

Using a sling to support a heavy tool in midair isn't a new idea, but I think the system I use is an improvement over other methods I've seen. Instead of suspending the tool from a single hook, I hang it from a steel ring that slides along a piece of 1/2-in. pipe. This allows me to move from side to side with the tool without the restraint of a fixed mount.

I usually use this technique when I'm working on a vertical surface with my Bosch demolition hammer. The hammer is on the working end of the rope, and a bucket containing sand is on the counterweight end. In the setup shown in the drawing, I had to remove the stucco from the walls of an old porch. On this job, I used two pipe rails mounted on the ceiling with open-eye hooks. The double-pipe system was especially nice in this case because it kept the counterweight away from the work, and allowed me to move easily from wall to wall.

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