Support Tools

This story is a gallery of the tools used to support the building materials during construction.

With a pair of panel carriers and a co-worker, move drywall sheets with confidence. Consider renting scaffolding if you're working in a room with soaring ceilings. Otherwise, an ordinary stepladder will be fine. A panel lifter is an item that's definitely worth renting if you're drywalling a ceiling. A deadman T-brace is a ceiling panel support that you make yourself, and a clamping pole is a commercial alternative. Keep tools and fasteners within easy reach in a tool belt.

A roll lifter elevates wall panels up to a few inches and is especially handy when you hang the lower horizontal panel on a wall. If you don't want to invest in a dedicated tool for this function, use a flat pry bar with a scrap of lumber.


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