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Staging/Rigging Workbox

Discussion in 'Scenery, Props, and Rigging' started by avkid, Jul 5, 2011.

  1. avkid

    avkid Not a New User

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    Since I am now freelancing more than I'm a company man I need my own work box.
    I've yet to decide on a container but I'll save that for another time.

    Most of what I do now is staging and rigging.
    I'm looking for input as to things I may have forgot or specialty tools I don't know about.

    15/16" deep well 3/8" drive socket
    3/8" drive ratchet
    5/8" combination wrench
    8" adjustable wrench
    5/16" T handle hex wrench
    10" groove joint pliers
    10" pipe wrench
    flat and phillips screwdrivers

    100ft open reel measuring tape
    25ft measuring tape
    24" level

    rubber mallet
    dead blow hammer
    claw hammer
    small sledge hammer

    bolt cutters
    control pickle

    This does not include my climbing gear.
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    mstaylor Well-Known Member

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    Do you set many Stage Right decks? If so then you need a 12" C wrench for the feet. A drift pin or spud wrench is always handy.
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    avkid Not a New User

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    No, I don't see Stage Right decks around here.
    I do have a 12" C wrench, somewhere.

    A spud wrench can be quite handy, thanks for that.
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    (Some of this may fall under "climbing gear," but I'll mention it anyway).

    Hauling line
    Block (with spanset for hauling)
    I'd add at least one more 100' tape, if not two more, to aid in accurately trimming anything with a chain hoist
    Hearing and eye protection
    kneepads - useful for long hours on tight grids
    Chalk set - multiple colors
    Laser Level
    Office Supplies - sharpies (black and silver plus colors), pens, pencils, three-hole-punch, stapler (with spare staples), scotch tape, notebook (paper)
    maybe a printer if you can find an affordable one
    Tape!! - 2" black and white gaff, plus 3 or 4 other colors, perhaps a roll of 4" black gaff if you feel you need it, 5+ colors of e-tape plus black, friction tape, console tape, clear packing tape, and any other tapes you might use

    As I look, this list is more suited to a multiple-day gig in the same venue and would probably be unnecessary for a day call. Also, if you'd like help finding a workbox, shoot me a PM. PRG sells every conceivable size and style of workbox at reasonable prices, and they'll even store and ship it for you if you need it. Shoot me a PM for more information.
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    At this point I'm still transporting my own stuff to a shop or the site in a sedan.
    So a conventional road case is out of the question.
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    18v Cordless Drill is a must.
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    I would agree, a spud wrench is a good idea, but which one? You will be amazed at the variety of tools called a "spud wrench"
    spud wrench - Google Search
    If you mean a "C" wrench with a drift pin for a handle, I'd agree.
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    I have an adjustable with the drift pin end. Really handy to have around.
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    avkid Not a New User

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    I declared today christmas in July and went shopping.
    This is the whole kit minus bolt cutters. (which don't fit in the box)

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    I couldn't find a spud wrench for under $30 so I ended up with a pry bar that has a drift pin on one end.
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    I'm well outfitted in terms of power and general construction tools.
    This kit is only for shows so it will always have the same contents, unlike my construction bags which get stuff borrowed out of them all the time.
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    There is no such thing as "THE Tool Kit" for a rigger. what we do covers too many different things. Different Strokes as they say.

    Someone said a drill gun, but I don't recall using a drill gun on a show call ever. I don't remember doing an installation call without one.

    Someone mentioned a laser level, I have three different kinds that I use on every job. One is a simple 3 beam plumb/level, small and light. Very quick for initial layout and point finding. #2 is a 5 beam to establish and lay out right angles and find points in relationship to two or three other points in one shot. #3 is a line projector. instead of red dots, it shows a continuous line along the floor, up a wall or across a wall. They all do a different job better than the other two.

    On the laser tool list of "must have" is a distance finder or laser tape measure. for both the Level/plumb and the distance finders, 1/8" @100' is the tightest resolution you will need for 99.99% of install work, 1/4" @ 100' will handle most show rigging in arenas and outdoor situations. There are situations that need more accuracy, but they are in the minority. Remember, 1/8" @ 100' is 1/32" @ 25', that's pretty close. Can we do it closer? Of course! But it may take more time and do absolutely nothing to improve the product. If the guy who heads the gig says, "1/4 inch to the right" don't complain, just do it. That's what we're paid for. If you are the crew chief, make sure that 1/4" or 1/2" is really necessary or will make the product better. Will the crew's time be better spent on something else that WILL make a difference.

    Bottom line, no mater what you put in your bag to start, you'll find some things you don't have that need to be in your kit for the type of calls you do, and you'll find you will take a few things out cuz' you never use them.

    Keep those extra things and perhaps a few "just-in-case" tools in your car on a call, so in those rare occasions when the steward (or other crew chief et. al.) says "Dang! we need a XX#%$#&#, anyone know where we can get one quick?" You can say you've got one in your car. For example, on a rigging call for Sapsis rigging in the Detroit area, circa 1998, we were installing a roll curtain machine in a Jewish temple and Chris yells down, "#$&# I need a grinder!" It seems a shaft and a part of the housing were in disagreement as to who should occupy the same space at the same time. I had an angle grinder in my truck, and work went on, no time lost.

    Hope this helps, even though it's a bit vague.
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    I have a tractor supply that had a C wrench with spud end for ten bucks. Couldn't pass it up.
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    I understand exactly what you're saying.
    I'm a huge Leica fan and will pick up at least one of their laser distance finders and a laser level as soon as all the bills are paid.
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    I need to buy another laser for point locating. I had one and loaned it to a crew of "professionals" that broke it, put it back in the case, thanked me and never said a word. It wasn't until the next show that I found out it was broken. Luckily I am really good at spotting points. I usually can eyeball within 3 inches at 60 ft vertical.
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    Dang, and I thought 3" at 25' was pretty decent...
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    I have a drop ceiling in my arena so I have to be able to sight which tile a point goes through.
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    This is version 2.
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    Looks like you've made a few nice additions.
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    What case is that?

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