How to Rent a Drywall Lift

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A drywall lift allows a single person to do the work of two. But unless you hang drywall regularly, there probably is not one in your garage. Fortunately, tool rental shops and the rental departments of large home improvement retailers rent them at reasonable rates. Shop around before making a choice; the rates are probably pretty close, but customer service often varies greatly.

  • Determine how long you will need the lift. Rental shops rent equipment by the half-day, day, week and month. Rates decrease as the length of the rental increases.

  • Use the Internet or a phone directory to locate and contact several tool rental shops in your area. Ask at each shop about rates, terms and delivery options. Compare the offerings and complete a rental application at the shop offering the best deal. Pay for the rental.

  • Ask for a demonstration of the lift before you leave the shop to assure that you understand how the lift works and that it is working properly. Arrange for delivery to your job site, arrange for pickup or load it onto your vehicle.

Tips & Warnings

  • Have the lift delivered. Pickup and delivery is often free (included in the rental fee).
  • Call for pickup as soon as you are finished with the lift. Most shops stop the rental clock when you call, not when the tool is picked up.

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