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3rd Hand -vs- Quick Support Contractor Poles

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Initial post: Jan 18, 2008 3:54:18 PM PST
DIY Guy says:
I'm drywalling a ceiling and need a 3rd hand pole system (don't want a drywall jack) that will hold up my 4x12x5/8" drywall and similar tasks down the road. I've looked on-line only at the Qual-Craft QS50 Quick Support Pole and the FastCap 3rd Hand Contractor Poles. The QS50 poles seem like they might be more versatile, lighter, handle more weight and be easier to adjust but there is no feedback and the company has not been helpful. The FastCap has a lot of feedback but the poles appear to be heavier, harder to adjust, less versatile and have less range. Has anyone had experience with both systems who can give good feedback or even suggest something else?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 19, 2008 12:56:28 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 19, 2008 12:57:57 PM PST
Nick D. says:
I've used the FastCap short hand supports when installing kitchen cabs and I like their method of one-hand adjustment. I've never been a fan of the twist-and-lock systems, however, which is what the Qual-Craft pole offers, although I also believe that they have a one-hand, fine adjustment feature. When it comes to ceiling sheet rock, I've always preferred to make my own supports out of a couple of 2x4s arranged into a "T". I can cut the top bar of the supporting "T" at 36" to 44" and have a more secure brace than a 5"x5" pad on the end of a whippy pole. Bevel the bottom of the "T" for ease of kickin' it in place and add a scrap of carpet pad to protect the sheet rock. The carpet pad also helps prevent the top bar from sliding around on me. Good luck!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 21, 2008 10:50:03 PM PST
DIY Guy says:
Thanks Nick. I hung my drywall today with 2x4's like you suggested and they worked great (and they saved me money).
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