Learning how to build a wooden drywall lift or unipod is a task that will save you a lot of effort and time when drywalling a ceiling. However, with the following guidelines, you will easily learn how to make your own drywall lift in no time. Make sure to have a helper around you when you set off to hang the drywall on your ceiling. A drywall lift will not only make your work easier but also instill in you a sense of achievement when you finally get done.
Step 1- Take all the Measurements
Take a measuring tape and measure the height of the ceiling from the ground to the beam by using a ladder. Before climbing the ladder, make sure it is stable and safe. After carefully measuring the height, get off the ladder.
Step 2 - Cut the Pieces of Wood to Build a Wooden Drywall Lift
Next you will need to cut a 2 by 4 wood piece according to the ceiling length. You may use a miter saw or a simple saw to cut the wooden piece. After cutting the first wooden piece to the length of the ceiling, cut another 3 foot elongated 2 by 4 piece of wood.
Step 3 - Arrange the Wooden Pieces and Screw
Now put both the cut wood pieces in a position that they form a T-shape, resting on their narrow edges. Place the short board horizontally on top of the long board. When set in position, using a small drill machine or a screw gun screw the short board into the long board without moving their setting.
Step 4 - Set the Finished Drywall Lift in Position
Tilt the final drywall lift alongside the wall, which is right below the area of the ceiling that you plan to drywall. Set it so that it retains its T shape while standing, keeping the 3 feet horizontal span of the drywall lift 2 inches below the part where you will hang a 4 foot side of a drywall sheet that is 4 by 8.
Step 5 - Set the Drywall Lift, Seek Help and Screw Sheets
With the help of a friend, elevate the drywall sheet and position over the 3 foot horizontal cross of drywall lift a 4 foot side. Now ask your friend or helper to hold one vertical span of the drywall lift while you hold one side of the drywall lift yourself. Bring both the ends closer. Squeeze the drywall lift below the drywall so that you can grasp it to the ceiling. Keep moving the drywall lift to the centre of the drywall sheets as you move on. Fit the sheets of drywall on the beam securing them with screws.
Give yourself a pat on the back for all your hard work!