Recent content by JacobRothermel

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    Boss Management thoughts?

    So, just so I'm being clear here, I get being frustrated with your work and who you're working with. I'm a carpenter, a rigger, and sort of an electrician and, in the past two semesters, I've had to become an IT expert and videographer (or, at least, a gaffer and a best boy) practically...
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    A example of when you don't get theater people to reskin your stage

    Curious, Erich, what you think is "awful" about this guide? Certainly there are other, likely better, materials than what used to be known as "Duron" available these days and I don't think I'd brad nail anything, even if it did penetrate the hardboard properly, as I'd want to be able remove...
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    A example of when you don't get theater people to reskin your stage

    Willing to bet that sheeting is 1/8" single-tempered hardboard with only the one side burnished like "Masonite" is. The dimpling could be partially the result of the underside being the uneven "hatched" surface of the super cheap hardboard compressing against the subfloor. And I'm sure it's...
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    Reskinning a Stage Floor

    +1 for tempered hardboard (aka, masonite, etc.) over MDF. As others have said, you DEFINITELY want a gap. I've used US dimes before (slightly thinner than a US penny and the gap it leaves tends to disappear better from an audience distance) but I *really* like the putty knife idea (never heard...
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    Push sticks

    Any stick is better than no stick, without question. Pulling a work piece through might be fine in experienced hands (I've also used the trick of flipping the work piece over 180 and cutting the other end in some instances if no stick is handy...) but if you're teaching inexperienced folks...
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    Waterproofing a Set

    For two weeks I wouldn't worry about much deteriorating due to weather. You could consider building w/ pressure-treated lumber but that may also add an entire new level of frustration(s) to your efforts. PT is also rife with chemicals the cutting of which requires a respirator.... I like...
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    Order of Operations During Load-in / Install

    Thank you all. Some of this is very helpful. -jake
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    Order of Operations During Load-in / Install

    Help me make a case to my Powers That Be: What's your production footprint typically look like? While I think this question applies to a lot of folks, I'm particularly curious to ask those in an academic settings (though I'd value union folks, too) who may be in permanent to semi-permanent...
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    refinishing plank wood flooring

    I have to constantly remind myself that floor sanders, even the "industrial" ones, are intended for stripping stain and film finish, not latex-based paints. I've yet to meet a sander that doesn't gum up the way you're describing - it's just not how they're intended to work. For what it's...
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    So... who still has a job?

    Thankfully, my academic job is safe (for the moment) and I'm able to continue working from home, mostly planning for next academic year and the fall semester. A lot of it still feels like it's build on sand, though, as we've no idea what PA will be doing through the rest of the spring, into the...
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    Side-loaded Pipe

    Your problem really is that your batten pipe is rolling, so fix the problem, don't treat the symptom of your problem. I'm not an LD but it does seem to me that you could achieve that lighting angle without yoking the instruments out so far. Assuming you really DO need to yoke out your...
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    Rigging with cable stops question?

    Lots of good advice here, especially in terms of the wire rope and terminations. For what it's worth, I have rigged very light scenery with cable stops like you describe before but they wouldn't be my first choice and when I have, I've upped my design factor to something like 10:1 to be...
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    Legging stress skin platforms

    Bill's correct, of course; I'd be careful about taking *any* construction advice straight from any forum, much less straight from ME....! I should have said something along the lines of, "A (properly constructed) stress skin platform should more than handle a 10ft span." ALWAYS DO YOUR OWN...
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    Legging stress skin platforms

    Back in grad school we used to have a saying that you designed and built for Curtain Call; as that's likely when you'd have the entire cast crammed up onto a platform or some such that otherwise would never see that kind of loading during the actual production.... If the pit rail can take that...
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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...