This drywall lift is for rent at Home Depot. $30 for 24 hours. Totally worth Marc not getting a flat spot on his head again. If you are drywalling a ceiling, I more then recommend you rent one, I downright order it. It made this job 200x's easier.
Plus, look at what a groovy yellow dinosaur it is. It looks like some sort of Palaeozaic era spinning wheel.
As this photos illustrates, due to the lift Marc did much of the work installing the ceiling. **Unfortunately**, we only have one screw gun with a clutch so I would help measure and position the drywall, then walk away for 10 minutes. In my defense, I did clean and do laundry.
Here is a little notice for fellow renovators thinking about ripping down old plaster. STOP. Put down the hammer. Let me tell you my opinion.
#1 - It feels great to get rid of old plaster, but it is disgusting and hard work tearing it down, Not to mention VERY heavy.
#2 - It is nice to be able to get some insulation in there, but those old ceiling joists or wall studs are rarely at 16" on center, which means you will have to cut many, many pieces of itchy insulation.
#3- It is nice to have smooth drywall walls or ceiling again, but in addition to not being at 16" o.c. (which makes knowing where to screw up drywall a terror), those old joists/studs are not level with each other. Which means that you will most likely end up having wavy drywall, or will have to shim like a mad man. ------->
This all being sad, Marc would tear down the dining room ceiling again in a heartbeat. Me, I don't know. I like paint. I think paint can cure a lot of things.
And lastly, here's a funny story. Marc was cutting a hole for the volume control knob that controls the in-ceiling speakers. He got a little overzealous with the rotozip and broke off a big red hot tip which fell into the wall cavity. No big deal, right?
Not until your wall cavity starts smoking ever so slightly. (see below) So I did what every good DIY'er would have done. I went outside, scooped up a cup of dirt and poured it into the wall cavity. The smoke subsided.
I can't wait until someone else is renovating this house in 75 years. They will be cursing, realizing what a mistake having just torn the plaster off the dining room walls was, and they will yell, "Who were these crazy previous owners?!?!! They put DIRT in the walls!"
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