Drywall Hanging Suggestion & Techniques

Using a Deadman

A deadman is a short-lived brace made of 2 lengths of 2×3 or 2×4 joined together and supported to develop a T. Cut as high as the ceiling plus 1 inch (but minus 1 1/2 inches for the crosspiece) and make the cross piece about 3 feet long. I personally like to add some angled supports on either side of the vertical member to make the deadman more stable, but this is not an absolute necessity.When hanging ceiling drywall, wedge the deadman underneath a panel to hold it until the panel can be nailed or screwed in place.

You might find it necessary to make use of two deadman on a ceiling panel, particularly if you’re working alone. If so, see to it that when wedging the deadmen you use opposite angles so that you form a stable base for your drywall sheet.

Using a Stepladder

Stepladders are made from three various products; wood, aluminum, as well as fiberglass. Drywallers usually tend to prefer aluminum for its reduced expense and also light weight/durability. Ladders are ranked based on the weight they can safely hold. Those rated Type III have a capacity of 200lbs; Type II, 225 pounds, Type I, 250 pounds, and Type IA, 300 pounds. A Type II is fine for most household job. Remember, however that drywall weighs a considerable amount and if you weigh 200 pounds yourself and you then hoist up and a 54 pound 1/2 inch panel, you’ll be pushing the limits of a Type II ladder.

Using a Panel Lifter

A panel lifter allows you to easily raise a panel off the floor and to the ceiling while keeping your hands totally free. It’s easiest in this situation to raise the panel with your foot by pressing on a simple bar with a lip on one end that is located under the panel. A panel lifter also provides you precise control when positioning the wallboard. This is especially helpful when you are trying to fit a panel into an open space and some precision is neede.

Utilizing Stilts

Shoe stilts take some time to get used to , and also they can be awkward as well as unsafe. When you get the hang of it, they could provide very easy access and mobility to high locations when hanging drywall. However, where they really shine is during the taping and mudding phase.