3 Tops Tips to Get the Most Out of a Panel Lift

For framing contractors, a gyprock plasterboard lift makes work easy. For instance, there are times when clients want their projects completed within a short deadline. In some other cases, you might be short of workers and may be required to do a plasterboard installation alone. Whichever is the case, a panel lift is a handy equipment for a framing contractor. First, the elevator speeds up the installation process of gyprock plasterboards when tight deadlines are desired. Second, the lift can be operated by a single person, which eliminates the need for the additional workforce. However, you need to use the equipment appropriately to enjoy the benefits entirely. This article highlights tips for getting the most out of a panel lift.

Use the Brakes

As one of the essential features on a drywall lift, the brakes are crucial for getting gyprock plasterboard safely to where you need it. A common mistake that most contractors make is that after placing the drywall onto the handles, they forget to lower the brakes. When this happens, the lift will reverse and cause the unsecured plasterboard to fall. Therefore, you end up with costly damage on your drywall. Notably, before you begin turning the panel lift wheel to raise the drywall, make sure that the brakes are down.

Lift Ceiling Plasterboards First

When installing gyprock plasterboards, contractors have personal preferences regarding where to start. Some contractors don't mind starting with the ceiling, while others prefer beginning their drywall installation on the wall's studs and tracks. When using a panel lift, however, it is best to start the installation exercise with the ceiling. The reason is that there is a gap that is often left when installing ceiling plasterboard sheets. Therefore, following up ceiling setup with wall installation eliminates the hole, which allows you to fit the drywall tightly using the panel lift. If you do it the other way around, you might need to make adjustments to the drywall that takes time.

Confirm Firmness Before Lowering Lift 

After drilling nails to plasterboard on the studs and trucks, workers often rush to lower the panel lift. However, it is a mistake because if the fasteners don't hold as expected, the plasterboard will unplug at the weak points if you drop the lift in a rush. To prevent the plasterboard from disconnecting, lower the panel lift slightly then confirm the firmness of your installation. Most importantly, lower the panel-lift completely only when you are sure that the plasterboard will hold firm.