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As far as crank-turning, you can, but don't think of this as a workstand. It's much too flimsy to support a frame for any real work. I suppose if you sunk a lag bolt into the wall to anchor the top and carefully adjusted the arm height so the weight was as balanced as possible, you might be able to install brakes or something, but I'd rather try to tune a RD or FD with the bike on a trainer than on that stand.
DISH is how we do it.
A few 2x4's and a lag screw to hold it upright between the floor and ceiling. Some big S-hooks with some rubber covering on them will hold it by the top tube w/o scratching the frame. I built one last year and it has held 2 bikes for the past 18 months. Only had to re-tension the screw once due to temperature changes in my apartment.
Works well enough as a repair stand but you'll have to angle the bike a bit to turn the cranks.