Recent content by JacobRothermel

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    Need Advice Glossy White Floor

    Getting a super glossy finish on a floor *is* easy. KEEPING it super glossy over a tech period and even a short run of performances is really really hard (without a ton of labor DURING all this time devoted to keeping it clean and glossy). Albeit, I'm jaded, but in my experience everyone...
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    Professional Review of Rigging Design

    Just gonna add my +1 to everyone else's here: WALK. AWAY. Unless you can and/or want to get a lawyer to write up some kind of paperwork absolving you of responsibility WHEN someone is hurt (i'm not even 100% sure how that would be worded), I would absolve myself of this early and often...
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    Changing booth

    +1 to pipe & drape wherever we can. Once upon a time (at some venue in my past), I had a series of 30"x72" (1x3 frames & covered in duvetyn) broadway flats hinges like dressing screens that we could unfold, stitch together, cleat to a stage wall, etc. We'd hang a curtain across the entrance...
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    5 gallon bucket stage audio considerations

    Huh. Learn something new every day.
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    Am I making the right college decision?

    I regret nothing about my MFA in technical direction. After ten years working professionally, I was in exactly the right mindset and exactly the right place personally to get the most out of all of it. I became so much a better technician, draftsman, theatrical engineer, and manager than I...
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    Binding carrier mice

    Sounds to me like your carriers may not match your track. I never heard them referred to as "mice" before, but I can see why they could be called that... If the carriers twist (rotate horizontally around the pin that holds the curtain) at all as the curtain is pulled from the floor, the wheels...
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    Practical Stove

    FWIW, I'd second the "Accomplish this w/ a hot plate" opinions above. I'd also +1 all of the "Get Your Fire Marshal to sign off on this effect and make sure your theatre has the proper insurance(s) for this effect" advice as well. Live flame is super dangerous BUT it does happen all the time...
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    Building a stage with minimal supports

    +1 for a stress skin. Van's version w/ 2x4, 3/4" ply & stringers on 14" o/c is one good way; I've done 2x6 and skinned w/ 1/2" AC ply (centers on 16") before on odd shapes and gotten no deflection. Span was more than 12ft (can't recall what the actual span was). Strangely, I've never done...
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    Lanyards, do I really need them?

    My $0.02 -- Any tool you take to Height should be tied off to you or your work platform (genie lift, ladder, etc.) in some way. Power tools are always tricky here because any lanyard or tie-off cannot interfere or potentially interfere with the working parts of the tool (tieline caught in a...
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    Boom Height

    If it's properly balanced (i.e., instruments on opposite sides to counter their own weight), I would agree with everyone else that a 10ft max is advisable without at least a cable safety to the ceiling/grid/something above. If there's any imbalance (i've worked a few places that like to front...
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    Peeling floor

    FWiW, I'm with Van and the others whole-heartedly here. If this had been a project done "in-house" by a crew who has no experience with "what kind of masonite isn't utterly ruined by spike tape," I might be more forgiving of this issue. But this is a professional company doing, allegedly...
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    Person Scissor Lift

    Check out this "kid". It's not cheap, and I wager it's not nearly as easy as he makes it look - but it's pretty much exactly what you're looking for....
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    rigging maintenance

    I'd echo just about everybody else here (aside from the walnut idea...haven't tried that before...). But, if it helps anyone else: 1) Paint: I paint NOTHING that doesn't come powder-coated already from the manufacturer. Overkill? Maybe. I'm not taking a chance that, as has been mentioned...
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    PleaseHelp Kabuki Drop?????

    I think Aaron above has got the right idea of it. You could even go with really light-weight muslin - which'll be cheaper than canvas. Light-er weight fabric'll really help with, well, the WEIGHT of four or five hundred-square-foot drops. The lighter the fabric weight, the more the material...