Versatility of a drill

An electric drill can be used to make lifts on a construction site. My father made a lift which we used to haul roofing bricks on my parent’s house’s roof and I made a similar lift for the school which I’m renovating (see earlier posts). It had a ramp, at the top of which there was an electric drill with a long drill bit attached. A rope was tied around the drill bit and the other end was tied to a carriage. Bricks were put on the carriage and the drill pulled the carriage up on the roof. That instalment cost nothing and took half a day to make. It would have taken half a day to get a lift from a tool rental company also and it would have cost a lot, too. We pulled all the bricks on the roof in a few hours.

Recently I made scaffolding to work on the ceiling of the school. I made a detachable lift for it also. I can lift heavy boards to the roof level and so that I attach them to the ceiling without the help of a second person. Scaffolding has wheels at the other end to help moving it around (I made them of thick plywood). It’s small enough to be moved from a room to another through doors, but the lift has to be detached first (it’s attached with four screws to the scaffolding). The principle is pretty much the same as with the brick lift: drill pulls a rope. Here’s a picture:

Board lift and scaffolding


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