Turn a 2×4 Into a Jack

In this video, Essential Craftsman demonstrates how to create a jack out of 2x4s when you don’t have a 4×4 and a hydraulic jack on hand. Using 2x4s as a jack is a great method, especially when you’re on your own… one guy with a nail gun can lift some serious weight, do the work he needs to do and then let the load back down, no problem. All it takes is three pieces of 2×4, a few simple measurements, and a basic understanding of geometry. In the end, it’s all about leverage. This handy tip has all sorts of applications. 

Essential Craftsman videos feature Scott Wadsworth. Scott started working as a craftsman in 1974. His career has encompassed logging, saw milling, guiding elk hunters, production framing, commercial concrete, steel fabrication, blacksmithing, and every aspect of residential carpentry and contracting. Scott has been married to his high school sweetheart Kelly Comerford for 39 years. They have four children and ten grandchildren. His son Nate handles the video production and whip-cracking side of Essential Craftsman.  

Thanks for sharing your terrific videos with Construction Pro Tips Scott!