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Hanging Drywall Alone

Rent a Drywall Lift
Sure, renting a drywall lift does require you to spend some money, but many drywallers recommend this move and claim that it is well worth the cost. A drywall lift is especially handy for lifting up drywall so you can install it on the ceiling, but it works well for walls, too. Just tilt the lift and adjust it to fit 8-foot or 12-foot pieces. You can rent a drywall lift at Home Depot and other home improvement stores for less than $100 a day. It’s better than injuring your back.

Get a Panel Roller
If you have a large job, it can be difficult to move dozens of drywall panels around by hand from one place to another. A panel roller can carry two panels at a time and is easy to operate. You can even control the panel roller with one hand while carrying a sheet of drywall tucked under your other arm. You can find one at your local home improvement store.

Use a Lever
When installing drywall on the lower parts of the wall, you may be tempted to strain in order to keep the panels off the ground. Instead, use a pry bar and a wood block to act as a lever. You can then use foot power to ensure a tight fit against the upper panel.

Use Your Head (Literally)
When nailing drywall onto a ceiling, use your head as support. Preset the nails while you’re on the ground, then lift up the sheet, support it with your head and then drive in the nails.

Cut Loose
When working alone, you need to save as much time as possible. Measure loosely by subtracting ΒΌ in. from the measurements. It’s better to have panels that are too short than too long because you can always use joint compound to fill in the gaps. If the panels are too long, you may be able to get it to work, but it’s going to be a struggle. You’ll end up having to take down the board and re-cut it.