How to Hang Drywall Solo

On site at a Habitat for humanity Construction, Site Manager Myron Ferguson shows how to use a HangPro drywall elevator for walls, which is especially useful when working alone.

Whenever I hang up drywall, I like to use the longest possible length. Here I have 12 feet, but quite often I’ll be using 14 foot and 16 foot panels. And I often work alone.

What I have here is a HangPro drywall elevator for walls. This allows me to easily handle these long pieces of drywall – lift them up and hold them against the ceiling. Let me show you how easy it is to work.

  • Just bring a lift to the center of the stack and lower the bracket to the floor. The drywall’s good face must be against the elevator.
  • Place the drywall on the bracket.
  • Use the elevator to move this sheet to the wall as a handcart. (If you want to move from side to side, you have the front wheels which make that move very easy to do. And that gets really important when you get up next to the wall.)
  • Bring the elevator up against the wall so the front wheels are about 8 to 10 inches from the wall.
  • Lean the entire slab and elevator against the wall.
  • Crank the lift with the auto-lock winch. When you let go of it, the winch will keep the drywall from sliding back down.
  • As you get closer to the ceiling, check that you are securely attached to the other sheet and twist it up a bit if necessary.
  • Once you have it where you want it, you can attach the top edge.

The HangPro Lift is great for hanging the lower and upper panels. This is a perfect example of where it works so well. This is a kitchen wall so there will be cabinets and some electrical outlets very close to the scene. When using your foot lift, you will find it difficult to position it perfectly without sliding up too far. Instead, use the HangPro drywall lift to:

  • Turn the drywall up so that it is slightly higher over the seam.
  • Roll the carriage to slide the sheet into the corner and lower it. When you have it where you want it, step back and take a look. It’s just that easy to get it into position.
  • Secure them loosely, then cut out your electrical boxes before adding the remaining screws.

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