Our plan all along was for John to do the drywall himself in the house and new addition.
A few people said, “You’re going to do the drywall yourself?” Obviously hanging drywall in a 2800sf house with a 20ft vaulted ceiling is a big job for one person to do but this was our plan all along.
We never had any intention to hire a drywall crew. Sure, it would be nice to hire someone else to do this phase of the renovation but it’s expensive labor and quite frankly, it’s not in our budget.
With that in mind, we figured that we would rent a drywall panel hoist (or sometimes they’re called a “drywall lift.”) John said, “The drywall panel hoist simply makes the impossible possible.” Without one, your arms will burn in pain when doing ceilings.
For the amount of time that we would need to rent the equipment, the rental fee would be as much or more than buying the equipment.
I did a search online and discovered Northern Tool’s Ironton Drywall and Panel Hoist. I contacted Northern Tool about the unit and we’re lucky to partner with them. For a 15-second video of John using the equipment, click here.
Thank you to Northern Tool for sponsoring the Ironton equipment in order for John to do the DIY drywall in our house.
John was a happy camper when he walked outside and saw the box shipped from Northern Tool. He yelled, “Oh my God, it’s here.” He brought it into the bedroom where he had started hanging Sheetrock and tore the box open with the same exuberance as a kid getting his first Tonka Truck.
The base arrived preassembled/attached with 3 wheels (smooth-rolling casters) and locking outriggers. The Ironton Drywall and Panel Hoist holds up to 150lbs and it tilts allowing John to do the job alone. It lifts up to 11ft which is perfect for us because the vaulted ceiling in the new master bedroom is 11ft. (You can increase the lift height to 15ft by ordering a separate telescoping extension bar.)
When pulling each piece out of the box, John noticed the quality and strength of the unit; the steel frame is strong and sturdy. After assembling it, he felt in control and safe with it at any height.
As John took each piece out of the box I noticed the bright powder coat finish is top-notch and it’s corrosion-resistant too. I also realized this unit is not just for a DIYer but for professionals too.
John unpacked all the parts and laid them out.
There is a total of five pieces (the ship weight is 99lbs).
Easy breezy assembly!
It was effortless to assemble the drywall panel hoist. All that was needed was a socket wrench for the large nut holding the control wheel.
It only took a mere 15 minutes to fully assemble this must-have piece of equipment for hanging drywall alone.
John said, “For us, this machine is ideal for its size, weight and capability.” Since assembling the panel hoist last week, John has installed 8, 10 and 12ft Sheetrock Panels by himself with ease.
There are 3 bedrooms in the original part of the house. John started hanging drywall in the original master bedroom (above photo). While waiting for the panel hoist to arrive, he started hanging drywall from the floor up. There were a lot of holes to cut for outlets — CAT6 (blue wire/communication cable and RG6 (black wire for cable TV). It was perfect timing because once he was finished with the bottom row, the Northern Tool equipment arrived.
He placed his first 8′ Sheetrock panel on the hoist, turned the wheel and up it went to screw into the ceiling. Normally, he would have used a 10′ Sheetrock panel for the ceiling but we had 8′ panels on hand at the time.
Last night, we made a run to Home Depot and bought more 8′ panels along with 10′ and 12′ panels. Today’s another rainy spring day and perfect for working indoors doing drywall.
Thanks again, Northern Tool!