Updated: June 8, 2015
Drywall Stilt Reviews:Are you installing drywall all day long? If so, you know that finishing drywall stilts are a must when it comes to ceiling work. Just recently a new neighborhood went in across the street from my house and I was able to watch all the homes get built from the ground up. I got first hand knowledge from expert drywall installers on what equipment they use, why they like it, and how much it all costs. The most interesting piece of equipment were the drywall stilts that allow the guys to get up that few extra feet and drywall the ceilings of the houses. After watching these guys up on drywall stilts for hours, you start realizing how important it is that they remain comfortable and sturdy while doing the drywall work. I also found out that there are more uses to the drywall stilts than just doing drywall - think painting, light fixture installs on high ceilings, etc. Below I go into the buying guide and the top picks.
Choosing Drywall Stilts - The first thing you need to consider is comfort. The drywall stilts will put you at least a few feet higher up which means you'll be standing on stilts for potentially hours and having to support your weight. This can become increasingly difficult on your feet, achilles tendon, and even knees as you balance around the room doing your drywall work. Many of the guys I talked to have foot issues related to drywall stilts. Drywall stilts are typically made from aluminum alloy with treaded feet for solid footing. The footholds where you place your feet have either velcro, leather or canvas straps that keep your feet in place while you are walking around hanging ceiling sheetrock. Straps are usually how you attach your leg to the upper section of the drywall stilt. The supports often feature two spring loaded shock absorbers. This helps keep the stress off your legs. Adjustability is the key to all these drywall stilts. Whether it's the height of the stilts or the securing straps. Drywall stilts can be used for many other jobs like painting ceilings, putting in crown molding, installing ceiling mounted light fixtures or even patching water marks on the ceiling. Instead of having to move around a ladder to do the work, just put on your drywall stilts and do the work efficiently. They do take a little getting used to in terms of walking and moving. The heavy treads at the bottom will give you much more balance and control than your typical circus stilts. The wider base provides stability for movement. Still, practice stepping around in an open area before taking on drywall projects where you could get hurt if you fall. Browse the best selling drywall stilts here. Pricing ranges from $60 to $250 for a quality pair of drywall stilts.