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I raised the last wall today (25’1″) with the wall jacks, I would not consider doing this without the wind hooks after having one of the 2×4’s shatter on the 42 foot wall the other day, I think I may have exceeded the weight limit on the 2×4 as I did not see any signs of a bad stud although my father said he saw a knot at the break, I never looked at it that close, was just happy it didn’t damage the wall or us. I was using an already once used 2x4x16 from the first wall lift. I would suggest using new ones each time if you are going to lift extremely heavy walls as was this 2x6x9’9″ wall section adjacent to this one I raised today which is 42 foot long. I also used duct strap attached at the bottom of the plate and screwed about every 7 foot to the sub floor to prevent kick out, We did not let the wall get more than a couple inches higher than the other in elevation as we went up on the longer wall, this shorty I went much more. Definitely worth the money if you don’t have much help available….my father is 77 and was able to raise a 42′ section along side of me without even huffing or much effort other than moving the ladder and repositioning. The hardest part to doing this is the prep and raising it initially enough so that the jacks will fit underneath….a long crow bar, and some scrap wood will get it done….use the 2×4 or whatever for a fulcrum and get your wall about 10″ off the floor and you’re good to go, then its just a matter of what I do in this video.

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  • I just raised 4 40 ft by 8ft walls with sheathing on them, with the qualcraft jacks. I used 3 for each section, placing the first and last one about 8 ft in from the end, and the other one in the middle. I made a long handle with a joint in the middle (conduit) to jack the jacks. so, i didn't have to be under the wall or use a ladder at any time.
    Using these jacks without the "wind hook" or something similar is insanity. You might get away with it, but if you get a stiff breeze, the wall is going over. I just made a few short pieces of chain attached to a couple of framing brackets to loop around the top of the jack instead of their $50 wind hooks.
    I raised a 30 ft. wall with two of them.

  • Answer to question "…for you Earl what type and how long should the 2×4 be?"

    C^2=A^2+B^2

  • Watching you walk up and down those ladders is making me tired.

  • How do you remove the wall jacks once the wall is up?

  • I wanna see these used on a 12 pitchgable that's 45 ft long with 10ft walls and all the trim on it.. Would be suicide .. Theses are good for little shacks but not for big shacks.. 1044 only..

  • Span a 1-by, 2-by, re-bar or what ever to both jack handles and use one ladder, so you won't have to go back and forth.

  • I finally got around to using these. The only issue I had is as you reach the top of the wall, the weight of the actual jacks can push the wall over! You definitely need to make sure you have some rope or something tied to the wall. I found when I got within about 2 inches of plumb, I just set up a brace, and then removed the actual 20 pound Jack, and then pushed  the wall into plumb. It's much safer that way.

  • I will just be doing 14' sections (28' walls), so should be a piece of cake. Thanks again for the video!

  • Many thanks. I didn't read your full description at first, and see you mentioned your technique for the prep– Sounds easy enough to me! 10" isn't much to really raise the wall.

  • BTW, how do you get the jacks under the wall when you 1st start?

  • Thanks for sharing this great video! I'm putting up a small "tiny home" this summer and plan on doing a lot of the work myself,  so this came in really handy.  I remember some guys doing this years ago, but slipped my mind until I saw your video. The pump jacks have been around a long time.

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