Recent content by JimHaver

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    Kelso & Co (owners of PSAV) purchase Swank, two companies to merge.

    I am one of the non in-house PSAV guys.
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    Hanging Illusion

    High school theater with a budget? That must be nice. My daughter's HS theater dept is self-funded; ticket & concession sales. Plus whatever donations from parents. The couple hundred hours a year I spend there probably doesn't hurt, either. They do 3 shows every year.
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    Ratchet Straps overhead

    So it makes more sense: Truss 1 and Truss 2 are hung with motors from proper points. Truss A, B & C were perpendicular to truss 1 & 2. Truss A, B & C were connected to Truss 1 & 2 with ratchet straps. Truss A, B, & C were hanging beneath Truss 1 & 2, supported ONLY by a pair of ratchet...
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    Cable Storage/Inventory Management

    All cables get trickline, I don't really care which end. If it ends up on the female end of a mic cable, I'm fully authorized to remove it for aesthetic reasons. 2 cubits of trickline seems an awful lot for a 50' mic cable. Color-coding your cable lengths? That's nice, but pointless for...
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    is this how we do it in theater

    The hat. I don't know what that is, but it looks like a plastic parody of a cowboy hat. Don't even NEED safety gear when you have a hat like that!
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    Ratchet Straps overhead

    I just saw a photo of a corporate event with a bunch of truss in the sky. Apparently, the points in the ceiling were in 2 lines, left to right. They needed to fly 3 VERY LARGE projectors that wouldn't fall on those lines. The crew rigged a line of truss along each line of points; so there were 2...
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    Rigging Schedule 40 Pipe

    Re: Are C-clamps rated?Mega-Clamp is the c-clamp of choice, rather than the cast-iron variety. :)
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    Rigging Schedule 40 Pipe

    Dead Thread back to life: We have to hang a schedule 40 1.5" pipe from an airwall track. The airwall hangers are rated at 500#, and are the correct ones for this track. http://airwallhangers.com/specs/TITAN%20XL40%20-%202011.pdf 2 methods proposed: 1. remove the eye from the bottom of the...
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    batten hanging from spanset, stop spinning!

    Ding! I have those couplers in my rig box at work, but not at home. Staring at what's in the go-bag, and forgetting what's in the big case made me stooopid. Thanks!!
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    batten hanging from spanset, stop spinning!

    I need to drop a temporary batten from a pair of established rig points. Points are rated at 1,000 each. 10' schedule 40 pipe. There will be 3 Source4 ellipsoidals on the batten. My initial thinking was to use a pair of (steel-core) spansets, "choked" on the batten. But.... The lights will be...
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    Control/Dimming ETC D20 Dimmer Failure

    Thanks for the LOTO note; I had just turned off the breakers on the module before pulling them. This seems more of a personal safety note, rather than an equipment damage prevention. Which is fine, I'd just as soon stick around for a while!All the dimmer modules were dust-free. They actually...
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    Control/Dimming ETC D20 Dimmer Failure

    Greetings all. My local high school is gearing up for their fall production. They have a Sensor Rack, 96 channels, CEM+ module, balanced 3-phase feed, ETC 48/96 console. On Saturday, I went down to inventory fixtures, pull gels from last year, etc.; essentially reset to zero for the fall show...