FastCap 3rd Hand Support System
If you're a DIYer or even a contractor who ends up working alone quite a bit, you should look into getting a set of FastCap's 3rd Hand Supports. They're an easy to use, multi-function support stick/clamp/brace/whatever.
They start at 5' and can extend to 12'. They are strong enough to help with a sheet of blueboard and the pad on the end is small enough to deal with crown molding. Both the top and bottom plates have non-marring rubber pads and they swivel on a ball joint, so they can be easily placed at an angle (if you were putting up crown, for example). They can also be used to create a dust barrier, similar to a Zipwall. In fact, they're practically half the price of a Zipwall system, but have far more functionality.
So if you're sick of trying to convince your friends to come over and help or tired getting your disaffected teenager up on a ladder to hold something, the $60 price tag (for two supports) really isn't that much considering how much easier it will make things. No more 2x4s with weird notches cut out of them to help you support the other end of a board.
FastCap also sells Little Hand, a smaller version that extends from 16-1/2" to 22"
All of FastCap's Hands can be bought individually or in sets. If you go for the set, you end up paying less for each tool.
3rd Hand at Amazon.com ($39.99)
3rd Hand, set of 2 at Amazon.com ($69.99)
Little Hand at Amazon.com ($32.95)
Little Hand, set of 2 at Amazon.com ($54.99)
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Posted by Doug Mahoney at August 28, 2007 5:47 AM