Plywood is one of the most commonly used building materials. It is also difficult to handle or move. Full sheets measure 4 feet by 8 feet, with weights depending on the thickness of the material. Numerous devices are commercially available to make moving plywood a less strenuous task. Do-it-yourselfers who work with plywood may wish to consider one of these tools to make working with plywood more efficient.
Gripping tools basically add a handle to the piece of plywood. This makes moving and handling the plywood much easier. Place the gripper tool at the center of tool to balance the load for easy carrying. Follow manufacturer's instructions for attaching the gripper to the plywood. Gripper tools can also be used for drywall and other sheet building materials.
Small wheeled dollies can be used to roll the plywood across the shop. Dollies work well in work shops but are less useful at worksites or other locations where the plywood needs to be moved over lawns or dirt. Use larger dollies to move multiple sheets of plywood, oriented strand board or drywall. Dollies can be purchased or shop-built as needed. Some do-it-yourselfers store the plywood on dollies in the shop for easy movement when needed.
Straps work similar to gripping tools by adding handles to the plywood. Some systems are designed for two people to do a team lift of the plywood. These systems also include systems that shift the weight-carrying load to the shoulders rather than the arms. The systems are more commonly used for furniture-moving but can also be used for sheet building products.
Hauling the plywood home or to the worksite may require some specialized equipment unless you have a full-sized pickup truck. Smaller trucks may be able to haul plywood with the tailgate down. This requires straps to hold the plywood in the truck. Hauling plywood on cars commonly requires some sort of luggage rack or other carrier system.
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