What Kind of Advantages Does a Lift Offer?
A standard sheet of 4’x8’ ½” drywall weighs roughly 52lbs.
That should give you some idea of just how important it can be to utilize a lift when you’re working with multiple panels. While most people could handle one without too much trouble, you’re also faced with the difficulty inherent to moving the panel into position and in most cases you’ll have to bring someone else into the job.
If you’re careful about what type of lift you choose you can handle a multiple person job effortlessly with a single person. Installing drywall is actually fairly easy, it’s handling the sheetrock itself that you’ll find takes the most time and effort.
Installing a decently sized sheet with just one person can range from hard to nearly impossible depending on the location. With a lift, you’ll have solved the problem.
That’s not to say that they’re only useful if you’re working alone. Two guys with a screw gun can make short work of hanging a whole room with a lift, as opposed to it being a couple day’s worth of labor.
It’s certainly possible to do a room without a drywall lift in a lot of cases, but why spend all the extra time and effort when you can easily afford one of your own?
There are also situations where lifts become essential, and can’t be replaced by ladders, stilts or just throwing more people at the wall. Any room with a ceiling over eight feet is pretty much going to require a lift to get the job done properly, for instance.
They’re also extremely useful for angled ceilings, you can just match the pitch of the roof and you’ll find yourself sitting pretty once you have it pressed up. From there it’s just the basics of hanging it and you’ve got yourself a brand new ceiling.
Basically, if you’re doing more than a single panel a lift is a time and labor saving solution you should make an investment in.
If you’re looking to do some ultra-heavy renovations, you may want to look into renting a battery powered or hydraulic lift, since their cost can be quite prohibitive and without frequent use it will be hard to justify having not just hired a contractor.