Patrick’s Barn: Customizing a Drywall Lift
A drywall lift is a wonderful tool, especially for a solo hanger. But I recently discovered you can’t use it everywhere. Specifically, I found that the lift didn’t go low enough to hang the lowest panels on the sloping ceiling of my barn workshop. After an unsuccessful attempt at hanging this row of drywall without the lift, I came up with a simple modification to the lift.
I drilled a pair of holes in both of the two main arms that support the sheet. I then removed the metal hooks that prevent the sheet from sliding and attached 5-ft. strips of 3/4-in. fir plywood to the frame with screws run through the holes I drilled. I then attached the metal hooks to the plywood arms with drywall screws and small blocks of plywood. The entire modification took about 15 minutes.
The rig worked great and might have prevented an injured back. It also meant that I didn’t have to cut the 12-ft. sheets into sizes I could handle by myself, thereby saving me from having to tape additional seams.
You can read more about my barn here.