rigging

  1. J

    RotaLock vs. Cheeseborough clamps

    I will need a quantity of pipe clamps for attaching battens to the grid. Many of these attachments won't be at a right angle, so Cheeseborough clamps would work better. There are a couple instances where I will need to control rotation of the pipe. Would a rotalock clamp be better than a rigid...
  2. J

    Line Array Rotation Issues

    I am having 2 small line arrays installed soon. The contractor is concerned about the arrays rotating as the hoists go up. I recall seeing audio riggers tying a line back to the hoist to prevent rotation but since i was not on the audio crew at the time, I don't recall what the actual method...
  3. R

    Clevis Vs. Shackle Vs. Clevis . . . PLEASE define . . .

    Decades ago, if I called something a clevis someone would correct me explaining it was a shackle. You can see where this is going. If I called something a shackle, I'd be told I was wrong, it was a clevis. About a week ago I asked CB if we could make this a 'Question Of The Day' as the...
  4. StephIsabel

    Motor Maintenance Mayhem!

    I am trying to gather documentation on the motors which power the acoustic shell in our mainstage. I did a search and the motor has not only been discontinued by the manufacturer, but has no drawings or maintenance documentation. (I can find a spec sheet which gives me the exact information on...
  5. PeterV

    Creative Conners introduces Spotline Practical

    Creative Conners, Inc. introduces Spotline Practical, a new small, form-factor hoist with a powered lifting line and integrated motion controller. Spotline Practical easily lifts small scenic elements and practical lighting while maintaining safety standards and ease of use. Controlled by...
  6. What Rigger?

    High wire fall involving Nik Wallenda

    For all the time I've spent on a high wire (30 ft), completely clipped off, this kind of thing still lurks in the back of my mind constantly. http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/08/us/sarasota-circus-high-wire-fall/index.html
  7. Alex Williams

    Raising and Lowering Sharkstooth Gauze without Fly Space?

    Hi I'm technical manager for a production in a small local theatre and we have a shark tooth gauze we intend to have at the front front of the stage fixed to the front of the lighting grid above the stage. We need to use this gauze during the show for projection and effect but for other scenes...
  8. M

    Rigging a traveling hard flat. HELP!

    HELLO EVERYONE!! I recently started working at a theater that does not have a fly system but there is plenty of dead hang space, including three traveling curtains. My question is, would it be possible to remove the curtains from their track and attach hanging, hard flats instead? I am trying to...
  9. Psycho Seamstress

    Support and Share my Costume Rigging Book Campaign!!

    Finally the Costume Rigging Book I've been threatening to write for years! Please share and join my Costume Rigging Blog and Group on Facebook for more help with rigging!!
  10. C

    Pipe Grid Layout for space with very low ceiling

    I'm designing a pipe grid layout for a basement space below an existing theatre. The coffered concrete ceiling is between 7'-6" to 9'-0" clear to the floor. The grid will be installed professionally by a theatrical rigging company. There's no question that I am asking for a 1.5" ID Schedule 40...
  11. AshleyB

    "Live Pipe" Self-Climbing Hoist

    Has anyone worked with Hoffend and Sons "Live Pipe" self-climbing hoists? On the spec sheet, it says its the next iteration of their Prodigy line, which you can get through ETC. I'm not finding any info or reviews on Live Pipe though. Anyone know anything about it? Our contractor is suggesting...
  12. stellabrickroad

    flying scenery vertical AND horizontal

    Hello all! Long time reader, first time poster. We have a production coming up in a few months where we will need to fly a couple of clouds side to side as well as up and down. I've been involved on the flyrail in a production where we've had this effect before, but I was not part of the...
  13. N

    Tension Block Issue

    Hello, I was looking for some advice on a tension block problem I have been having with my main curtain. very recently and within a very short time frame the tension block on my main curtain is capable of being lifted by simply pulling the rear line out toward the operator. I have inspected the...
  14. JD

    Tommy Lee stuck upside down

    Ok, who didn't see this malfunction coming? Really cool, but statistically speaking.... http://www.cnn.com/videos/entertainment/2016/01/02/tommy-lee-motley-crue-stuck-upside-down-orig-vstan.cnn
  15. L

    Workouts/Physical Demands for Riggers and Technicians

    Hi, I am highly interested in expanding my skill set to include rigging. I will be focusing mostly on ground rigging, but also wish to be a competent up rigger. The problem is I am a young female and have concerns about the physical aspect of rigging and some tech work. I weight lift 3-4 times a...
  16. BMROW

    Using Rice as Rain on Stage...

    Hello, We're planning on using rice on stage as fake rain. We've got about 200kg of long-grain rice that I'm planning on dropping over 3 flown bars. One down stage, one mid stage and one up-stage. It dropping on to the floor is fine as the audience never see it and we have a scene change...
  17. sww1235

    Trade Show Truss, Vertical Load

    I have been looking at purchasing some F32 ladder truss from Global Truss. I have found their load tables for the horizontal position of the truss, but I cannot find any data on how much weight each truss stick can take when oriented vertically, either from global truss or any other truss...
  18. T

    Rigging Advice!

    Hello, I am in need of a rigging certification. My goal is to be ETCP certified. I'm having a very difficult time locating an actual rigging school in the Los Angeles area that specializes in rigging for the entertainment industry. I'm not looking for any college classes, just a school...
  19. jack.homer

    CAD for Mac

    hello, i was wondering if anyone could help me out ? i am looking for some CAD software that will work on a mac ? i am design lighting and sound and av at college and i need to make cad drawings ! please help me and recommend some mac software and window but i Haven't t got that match space...