We are finally at the place where insulation has been installed and now is the time to add drywall.
Our challenge is the angle and height of the ceiling of the shop. The high end is about 14’ and the low end is 9’. The challenge is trying to figure out how just the two of us will lift 4x 8 sheets of drywall that are 5/8” thick up to the ceiling. Keep in mind I am only 5’-3” and Victoria is 5’-8”. Although, we consider ourselves fairly strong for 50ish, the thought of trying to lift these pieces up the platform scaffolding and hold them in place while one of us screws the drywall in is quite daunting. We had thought about purchasing or renting a drywall lift, but the highest it would reach is 11’. It is also unlikely that we will finish in one day or even one week. We also don’t want to be stuck with a drywall lift after the job is complete. Yes, we could sell it afterwards but there is only 12 or so sheets that need to go up. There had to be a better way. So, Victoria decided we should cut the drywall into more manageable 4’x 4’ pieces. This made the weight and the size more manageable. The down side is that there will be more seams to tape.
When we tried the first piece, we found even this method was still a bit challenging just working above your head and trying to get it secured. Even with the scaffolding I was on my tiptoes to try and hold and keep the board secure while Victoria screwed it in. Now add to the mix that the trusses aren’t completely straight, so what should seem as pretty simple to hit the truss, not so much. Victoria then decided to build a ‘”T” brace out of wood to help us hold the drywall up while we worked to secure. At last, things started to go a little more smoothly as we finessed our process. We became bold when we reached the end of our particular ceiling run and put up a piece that was 4’x 5’. We literally had to use our heads on that one as we didn’t want to cut the brace down too much. It seems to actually make more sense to work our way across the highest parts first prior to cutting the T brace or making several T braces. So, that will be the new process.
We decided to do the East wall under the completed ceiling row. This will allow us to move the miter saw and tables out of the way for floor access for the scaffolding. Even though these pieces were 4’ x 12’ (Wow! Heavy!) at least they were only1/2” thick vs the 5/8” thick ceiling drywall. So much easier than working overhead! Easy peasy!