Rocking Solo, Images 11-19

The author makes long parallel rips with the help of a Johnson RockRipper scoring square.

To lay out irregular cuts, he either fastens a straightedge to the panel with spring clamps or snaps a chalk line, making a short kerf in the panel to hold one end of the line.

Instead of trying to hoist sheets straight up and into the Telpro panel lift, the author tilts them until their bottom edge clears the lift’s support hooks.

Swanson MAG squares — modified with holes drilled through their fences so that they can be screwed to the framing — make handy support brackets for panels.

The author installs the upper course first, locating the brackets about 48 3/8 inches below the ceiling.

The brackets can also be used for small ceiling sections in places where a panel lift won't fit.

Before installing drywall on a sloped ceiling, the author fastens a simple cleat made from scrap lumber to the framing about 483/8 inches below the wall/ceiling junction.

The cleat supports the lower edge of the drywall, allowing him to align the sheet with one hand while driving screws into the framing with the other.

With tall sloped ceilings that require two full courses of drywall, the author fastens a 1-by cleat to the bottom edge of the upper sheet with a single screw, then rotates the cleat to lock the lower sheet in place.

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