Why buy a LiftAlone instead of a panel lift?
94% of all homes in the US have 8 or 9 foot ceilings, or in the case of basements even lower. This is the operating range of the LiftAlone. The panel lift can reach to 15 foot, but good luck with that. The panel lift can only be used for full sheets of drywall. The LiftAlone can hold full or irregular sheets of drywall and also lifts duct work, framing lumber, light fixtures, ceiling fans, garage door openers, etc.
LiftAlone works in hallways, bathrooms and closets the panel lift does not.
We have designed the LiftAlone to use ¾ electrical conduit for some elements of the assembly. It is very cost prohibitive to ship small quantities of conduit so we sell it as a kit asking you to supply the conduit which is available at any home improvement outlet. If you act quickly we will send you a $25 gift card to cover the cost of the conduit. We can't do this forever so buy yours today!
These days that's a very good question! LiftAlone is proudly made in the USA by Granite Industries, a leading manufacturer of scaffolding, in Archbold Ohio. The original panel lift made in the USA sells for $795.00. The cheap Chinese versions sell for much less but check the quality. Buy American whenever you can!
In a side by side comparison done by Habitat For Humanity in SW Florida they found the LiftAlone to be easier to transport and set up. They also said it is more versatile and liked the fact that LiftAlone works in small rooms and hallways. They use novice volunteer labor who never put up a ceiling before so ease of use is important. They will never use a panel lift again! LiftAlone is also a preferred vendor for Goodwill Industries in SW Florida.
How are the different configurations of LiftAlone used?
The LiftAlone can be assembled in three different versions. The 68 inch wide version is used for 12 ft sheets of drywall and other large pieces of framing lumber. The 48 inch size is used for 8 ft sheets of drywall and other large and heavy items. The 24 inch version is best suited for small rooms and hallways. It is also ideal for supporting ceiling fans and light fixtures.
Can I really do it myself with a LiftAlone?
Hanging drywall is not rocket science, it's just heavy and cumbersome. If you have done any remodeling in the past you can handle a drywall ceiling with a LiftAlone. If you have a large project, like a basement or full house rehab, you will more than save the cost of the LiftAlone and you can work at your own pace. We even have a tech support email address where you can send your specific questions for expert advice.
What is meant by the term “Designer Ceilings” ?
A whole new arena for home improvement has grown up around the LiftAlone. Now it is possible for one person to create unique ceiling features. Tray ceilings.
Coffered ceilings, angled soffets, ceiling clouds, and floating panels are now easy for one person to install. For the cost of a few sheets of drywall and some 2x4s you can have a beautiful tray ceiling. Visit the Trim Tex site in our links, you will be inspired and it can all be done easily with a LiftAlone. You can email us at tech support to ask specific asks about your project. Future plans call for a “Designer Ceiling” web site where home owners can show off pictures of their completed projects.