Originally Posted by kcsdad
Dry wall is being delivered Friday morning. In the mean time I need to shop around for a dry wall hoist thing that holds up the pieces of dry wall to the ceiling while I secure them. I need to price one and see if it's worth buying one (hopefully used form ReTool or off ebay maybe) or renting one a few times. Problem I have is that I'm not going to do all the dry wall at once, so renting will consist of several rentals. Plus, everything I do, I'll need to do twice since I'm putting up a second layer of dry wall with green glue on it.
I considered the idea of renting a panel lifter, but when I saw that it was going to cost me over $160 to rent one for a week (cheaper than renting it for 4 or 5 days), I decided that I should buy one. Ended up buying one off ebay for $300 delivered.
Buying versus renting means that I can put up the gyprock (drywall) in as leisurely a time as I care. If I find that I still need help to put it up, I can work around things to suit the person helping me, rather than paying for another rental period.
I did look around for secondhand ones, but at this point of time they just don't exist, or at least at a realistic price (saw one for $200 , but it looked like it came out of the ark!). At least when I'm finished on my room, I can then fix up some water damaged ceilings in the house, and then sell it off later..... even if I sell it off for $150, then I'm still ahead of renting one for a week and rushing the job.
BTW, the above prices are in Australian dollars, which is why they might be looking expensive to you.