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FastCap 3rd Hand Support System 57-to-144-Inches, 2-pack #3HAND5

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  • Reaches 5-to 12-feet; Action lever for secure pressure
  • Fully articulated ends
  • Textured rubber pads for gripping
  • Quick release lever
  • 2 identical supports included
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If you ever wished you had an extra hand, here it is. Starting at 5-feet and reaching to 12 feet, the 3rd Hand provides support, brace, or clamp for whenever you might need an extra hand. Great for installing upper cabinets, crown molding, and window coverings. 3rd Hand supports drywall, plastic barriers, ceiling panels, and light fixtures.

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Part Number 3-H 2PK 3RD HAND 5'
Item Weight 16.5 pounds
Product Dimensions 59 x 5 x 5 inches
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Item model number 3HAND5
Item Package Quantity 1
Warranty Description Guaranteed against defects in materials and workmanship

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ASIN B000067S12
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4.4 out of 5 stars 200 customer reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #6,112 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#4 in Home Improvement > Hardware > Nails, Screws & Fasteners > Braces
#497 in Home Improvement > Contractor Supply
Shipping Weight 16.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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Date First Available May 13, 2002

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Got 4 of these units. Have used them for installing kitchen cabinets on two jobs so far. WOW! once you get the hang of adjusting it and getting it in place, they are better than having a work partner. They don't give opinions. They just do their job. The loads I have put on them have been fairly heavy and they still held it using multiple jacks.
Found them very useful too for acting as pushers when installing a deck to push some deck boards into line when they are a bit warped.
Used these jacks as floor to ceiling push clamps during a wood floor installation. After gluing in place the wood flooring, placed a scab 2x6 plank on leading edge of new floor and used these jacks to apply some downward pressure keeping all the installed floor snug and down tight until the adhesive set up. The floor is beautiful.
Expect to also use them soon to hold up a plastic barrier around an area I will be working in order to control dust and dirt migration. Could work very well if you are spray painting indoors.
Always carry at least two of these with me at all times now.
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For some reason, they do not want to provide many details about this product. So I'll fill in the blanks. The maximum weight limit is 70 pounds. The blue body is made out of steel. The top and bottom plates, and the squeeze handle are made out of plastic. There is a non-marring rubber pad on both the top and bottom plates. The plates swivel on a plastic ball joint. The total shipping weight is 13 pounds. Made in China. Overall I'm quite happy with it. The reason I gave it 4 stars is I'm not sure how long the plastic ball joints are going to last. Time will tell.
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Problem 1: There is a small plastic bracket that attaches the bottom foot to the steel pole. This bracket was damaged during shipping on both poles. On the one it had shattered in 10 pieces.

Solution: I just used epoxy to glue the brackets into the pole.

Problem 2: The little spring-loaded nubs that lock the pole open are way too stiff. It actually makes it difficult to adjust the length of the pole, especially when it is in the shortest position and there isn't a good handhold on one end.

Solution: I removed the nubs. They were easy to pop out the bottom of the pole (due to the conveniently damaged bottom foot brackets). There is a tension-screw that can also be used to lock the pole open and it works just fine. If you were planning on putting a heavy load on the pole, it would probably be a good idea to put a small bolt through the nub holes, just to make sure the pole doesn't slide closed.

Once I got past these problems, the poles actually work really well. They are long, sturdy and easy to adjust. The pole body is steel, so my magnetic laser level will clip right to it. The top foot has a pump mechanism that makes it easy to lock the pole into place between floor and ceiling. The bottom foot has a threaded rod that you can use to easily micro-adjust the height, for hanging cabinets or such.

If the pole feet were made out of better materials, this product would easily be a 5-star. The plastic brackets and fittings are very brittle, though, and I doubt that they would survive any serious abuse.
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I use these to mount my HTC Vive virtual reality light boxes. These work better than a curtain rod since they can be angled, which is exactly what I needed for my angled vaulted ceiling.

The only negative is that pressing in the two "nubs" with your fingers to slide up/down the pole can be tough. On the other hand, adjusting the inner pipe with the ratcheting handle is very easy though.
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I purchased the set of "3rd hands" with hopes of the jacks helping to hold items an poly walls. After haveing it for less then one week, I just love it. I work alone most of the time doing remodeling and new home trim and etc. most of the time. In remodeling the poly temp. wall keeps customers happy, but the 3rd hand keep me happy. Hanging cabinets, installing long ceiling molding, esspecially getting the cut mark. Holding up and in perfect place pocket door tracks. Had to cover the wood unfinished ceiling so the spray insulation guys could do their thing. This is just the beginning in less than one week. Just great!!
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I just used a pair to install crown molding. Now, I'm wondering how I would have done the job without these handy helpers. Very impressive! I'm not concerned about the strenght of these supports for crown molding. Still, I would not put much load on them fully extended - maybe 10 pounds. Fully retracted, they are quite strong. There were no instructions, cautions, or specifications packed in the shipping box. I thought this to be very odd as manufacturers are pretty cautious about misuse of their products.

You can easily extend the supports to the proper length as you would with a pipe clamp and then chinch it tight with the hand hand grip. The grip and ball joints at the top and bottom are made of plastic and would appear to be easy to break. If it does, the support becomes useless. This concern is why I rated it with 4 stars. However, I've dropped mine on hard tile twice now and have not broken anything yet.
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