Three products to make putting up drywall easier

Try these DIY tools and materials for your next project

By Michel Roy

Photo by Felix Wedgwood

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Drywalling can be heavy, dusty, awkward and tiring. With a view to smoothing out the inherent difficulties in a recent drywalling project, I tried out some excellent new products that promise to make this onerous chore easier for do-it-yourselfers.

One of the hardest parts of drywalling is boarding the ceiling. This task is normally a two-person job, but a panel lift can make it manageable for one. While a lift can be rented from a home or rental centre, King Canada offers a really handy unit for only a small investment. When used in a DIY environment, the lift compares favourably with the robust versions available for rental. If you have just a few sheets of drywall to stick to your ceiling, you’ll do fine renting a lift for a day. But if, like me, you have a whole house full of ceilings to replace and you want to do a little now and a little later, investing in the King lift is well worth it. The lift has a 150-lb. capacity and can raise a panel to an 11′ ceiling. It’s easy to assemble and easy to break down for storage. I’m sure that the impressive King Panel Lift ($220) will persuade many leery drywallers that there’s nothing to fear from an otherwise onerous chore.

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