Rated 5 out of 5Â by jdman So many uses
I've got half a dozen of these and am coming back for more because they are so useful. Propping, clamping, or anything else that needs force exerted on it from something opposite. For one-person boarding of a ceiling they are an extra set of hands. As you can use them at an angle they are much more useful than the pump versions which can only be used at 90 degrees to whatever you are supporting. You can screw through the base as well which is useful if you are working alone and they might fall over while you are positioning the board. It also means you can use them to lift up heavy timbers on your own if you can safely screw them into the base of the timber. (The usual safety warnings apply - use common sense!)
Note that occasionally the retaining end will fall out of them, and I almost lost one because I hadn't spotted it had fallen out. A bit of tape wrapped around the end, or a sharp tap with an old chisel to dent it will stop that.
24 Sep 2015
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Webbyfingers Great bit of kit
I bought these to help plasterboard a ceiling. Absolutely fantastic, easy to use one handed due to the extending swivel legs. The drop down ratchet mechanism works great with small incremental notches. The quality and sturdiness was a real surprise.
Donât bother getting the old pump type props, these are the "dogs nuts" and Iâm sure will last for many tough jobs.
If you are looking for a great bit of kit, look no further.
15 Sep 2015
Rated 4 out of 5Â by yeoldewoodbutcher Surprisingly Good
With a shed-load of tacking to be done and not being as strong as I once was, I thought these might be worth a punt.
Once my poor old brain got the hang of which way to spin them to nip them up (and you have to make sure to push the feet either onto the board or the floor to stop them spinning as you wind the threads), I was flying. I still used a deadman to quickly hold one end of boards but added a prop to the other end and the middle. That gives me a chance to get my breath back and let some blood back into my arms before screwing the board on.
I would have been happy if they were knackered after the one job but to be honest, I think they've got loads of life left in them.
Why I didn't buy these years ago, I don't know.
10 Sep 2015
Rated 5 out of 5Â by ACJenky No wife/mate needed!
Tried fitting ceilings without these, big mistake. Thought there must be something on the market to ease the load. There is. Just get some, they are bound to be useful before long. Great product.
13 Jun 2015