Lifts for drywall: how to choose?
Facing works often meanThe use of assistive devices to facilitate the implementation of planned operations. In addition to the standard set of painting and installation tools, special equipment may be required to service a particular material. Such adaptations include a lift for gypsum board, the photo of which is presented below.
With the help of such equipment it is convenientfasten the heavyweight panels. Massive building materials of high density are most difficult to install on the ceiling. In such cases, even a few workers may experience difficulty in performing the installation. However, the use of the hoist makes it possible to safely, accurately and quickly implement fasteners. It remains only to make the right choice of equipment.
Basic selection criteria
The arrangement of such lifts is quite simple,However, for maximum return during operation, it is desirable to initially determine the capabilities of the design. The first thing that is taken into account is the mass with which the unit can operate. On average, the gypsum board lifts are capable of handling sheets weighing 30-50 kg. And here it is important to consider that the standard design is not intended for the carriage of goods - only for lifting. Further, the height to which the device can deliver the panels is estimated.
Today, even inexpensive budget devicesare able to lift sheets of gypsum board to a level of about 4-5 m, which is enough to work in ordinary apartments and houses. In addition to performance parameters, attention should be paid to the reliability of the design. This applies to the quality of materials, and to the configuration of the substrate. As for the first factor, it is preferable to prefer completely steel models without including plastic elements. The basis of the same design should be represented by an H-shaped platform, which is considered to be the most stable.
Types of lifts
It is better to orient in the characteristics of the apparatusA clear definition of the functions that it will have to perform will help. The fact is that the handling of drywall sheets can provide for a horizontal and vertical direction of fixation. Therefore, manufacturers subdivide models into wall and ceiling. But the most effective option is a lift-spacer for gypsum board, with which you can perform both tasks. A distinctive feature of the construction of such a device is the complicated mechanism of the sheet feeding direction, which can be adjusted for different needs. Such models are considered the most technological and functional, but they are not cheap.
Additional equipment: what to consider?
In most cases, manufacturers of suchdesigns are striving to provide everything necessary for work already in the basic configuration. But not always the installation process involves the use of additional accessories. Therefore, in order not to overpay for unnecessary options, it is necessary to calculate the parameters of the workflow. In its original form, gypsum board lifts were telescopic devices on tripods, which, depending on the working conditions, required the connection and special goats. Today you can get rid of such additions if you order a set and a special pad on which the tripod will be securely fixed. Also, in order to improve ergonomics, manufacturers equip the structures with rollers and special grips, which make it convenient to move the lifts.
Manual model or with the electric drive?
The lifting gear can be controlledin two ways - with a pen or an electric drive. Choosing the technique of lifting should be based on the amount of work and considerations of ergonomics. Of course, the presence of an electric drive always facilitates the actions of workers and increases the speed of installation. But if irregular execution of one-time works is planned, it makes sense to prefer lifts for drywall of manual type. They are incomparable in terms of convenience with electrical analogs, but they are cheaper and smaller in size. In addition, there are observations that manual mechanical hoists are more reliable than versions with electric drive.
Models from Knauf
The German company is famous for its quality constructionand cleaning equipment, and in this case, confirms its image on the market with two devices designed to hold and fix plasterboard panels. The main thing in this family is the "Montazhehelfer" design, which allows lifting and fixing sheets horizontally. It is recommended to supplement the Knauf plasterboard lifts with the Plattenheber mounting. Such a device is a lever with a locking mechanism by means of which the master can conveniently and accurately secure the panels in an upright position when the lining or partitioning device is applied.
Models of the company "Premos"
Models of lifts of the brand "Premos" can be attributed toprofessional. Despite the modest delivery height of 4.1 m, such devices cope with sheets weighing about 100 kg. In addition, the availability of special holders expands the list of materials for installation. In recent versions, the lift for the gypsum plasterboard "Premos" is able to efficiently perform the installation of chipboards and even roll materials. The presence of a special niche for the perforator allows the master to easily fix the sheets. As practice shows, the development of the company "Premos" will significantly help in the installation of climate equipment - for example, when equipping ventilation ducts, installing air conditioners, etc.
Models from the company "Edma"
French manufacturer offersmultifunctional designs that allow not only to raise, hold and fix panels, but also to move material. This telescopic device, the basic working height of lifting is 3.5 m. However, with the help of an extension cord this limit can be moved up to 4 m. From the point of view of operation, the lifts for gypsum plasterboard "Edma" are advantageous in that they allow you to conveniently position the material in the most close conditions. This is facilitated by a developed movable platform with wheels and braking system, as well as a rotating head on which the plasterboard is placed.
Builders rarely use specialequipment is just for keeping the material. Usually such functions are performed either by the worker himself or by his partners, or the retention is shifted to the instrument. Despite this, the gypsum board lifts are a necessary device, it is quite difficult to do without. In this case, it is not necessary to consider such units as a specialized equipment only for retaining gypsum board panels. Lifts are also suitable for working with wooden cladding panels, and for other installation operations that require additional support.