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“Lift Boom” For Shop Ceiling Panels
recently built a new farm shop with a 10-ft. high ceiling. I wanted to install 4 by 8 by 1/2-in. sheets of OSB board on the ceiling but didn’t have anyone to help me. So I converted an old engine puller to do the job,” says Richard Sands, McConnelsville, Ohio.
  He bolted an 8-ft. long 2 by 4 along each side of the boom using existing holes in the boom, then sandwiched a 2-ft. long 2 by 4 between the ends of the boards. He then drilled a 3/8-in. dia. hole through all three 2 by 4’s and bolted them loosely together. He raised the boom to the ceiling to set the end board at the proper angle, then tightened the bolts. The last step was to screw a 12-in. sq. piece of 1/2-in. thick plywood to the angled 2 by 4.
  “It was an easy way to install a ceiling. The engine puller rides on swivel wheels which makes it easy to maneuver the panels into place, even in hard-to-reach areas above the garage door’s overhead track,” says Sands. “I run 2 small sheet metal screws up from the bottom of the 12-in. sq. piece of plywood to hold the 4 by 8 panel in place as I lift it. Then I use a stepladder and a cordless impact wrench to fasten the panel into place.”
   Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Richard Sands, 9050 S. River Rd. N.W., McConnelsville, Ohio 43756 (ph 740 674-6989)1.

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2014 - Volume #38, Issue #6