Patrick's Barn: Time for Drywallcomments (3) January 29th, 2013 in Blogs
About this time three weeks ago, I was joyously circling the Fine Homebuilding offices describing my imminent drywall delivery. One of my exasperated coworkers finally said to me, "I've never met anybody who gets so excited about drywall."
The truth is, I really do get excited about drywall, especially since this signals a whole new phase of construction for our workshop/studio barn. It's been a long journey, and although there's still plenty to do, I can see the faintest light at the end of the tunnel.
The other exciting aspect of drywall is the opportunity to buy a new tool--a really big one, in fact. After researching what it would cost to rent a drywall lift, I decided to buy one for this project. I figured I could sell it when I was done. (I have a poor track record when it comes to selling tools, however, which is part of the reason I now need a barn-sized workshop.)
The drywall lift is a Chinese knockoff of the ones used by pro drywallers for decades. The pro-quality rigs cost more than $600, so I pulled the trigger on this model from Harbor Freight, which I found on sale for $200. The rig comes in three pieces for transport and goes together without tools. The fit and finish is surprisingly good, but it does have a couple of quirks that better versions don't have. The first is the annoying safety brake that has to be held out of the way the whole time you're lowering the hoist.
The wheel is also a little tougher to turn than the wheel on the pro-grade lifts I've used. But so far, the tool has worked exactly as advertised. I just finished hanging the sheets in the barn's smallest room, where the woodstove will ultimately go. My hope is to get that space taped and finished so that I can hook up the stove. It will be great to use up some of the cordwood and scraps I've been accumulating since we started our project more than two years ago.
You can read more about my barn here.
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