ETC S4 Barrel Storage

I am working on reorganizing all of my lighting equipment where I work and am wondering how everyone else prefers to store their ETC S4 barrels that aren’t currently in a fixture. I could stack them on shelves - which is what we’ve been doing - but was wondering if anyone has a different preferred method of storing their barrels.

Thanks!
Naomi
 

sk8rsdad

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We don't have many lenses we swap so they get stored in the boxes they arrived in from the factory. If I had a large inventory I might consider building a plywood frame with cutouts in the top slightly larger than the barrel so they could slot in for stability, like a whack-a-mole game. Space might get wasted storing 5 and 10 degree lenses that way but my venue is small enough that we don't have those.
 

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I think @derekleffew got me started on this, wrap them in little garbage bags for the dust when not in use. We do that and boxes because sawdust is pervasive.
 

derekleffew

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I think @derekleffew got me started on this,
While I can't say I didn't, I have no recollection of this. Even though it WAS my first thought upon reading this thread. So there's that.

EDIT:
Yep, there it is.
Place the unit in a drawstring tall kitchen garbage bag, leaving just the clamp exposed, before hanging in suspended animation storage.
The internet never forgets. I, however, obviously forgets all the time.
 
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StradivariusBone

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😂 I was just fixing to deep dive and you beat me to it. Thanks for the dust-free tubes, Derek!
 

SteveB

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Our tubes are (were, I am retired now, so its past tense), are color coded with colored dots on the frame holder so putting in bags defeats the ability to quickly see what lense tube it is. In any event, they just sit on plywood shelves in a storeroom. It isnt supper dusty in any case.
 

egilson1

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4wall does them on a shelf with plastic covers on the non-color frame end.
 

cbrandt

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Lined up nicely on a shelf with the degree tag showing. We use ziplock bags over the fixture side to keep dust out, and they're nicely reusable, basically indefinitely.
 

NJLX

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Could also just put them all on a shelf(color frame end down), and put a piece of maso/coroplast over the top. Bonus of this is that you can then stack another layer on top(assuming you used a sturdy enough material)
 

Aaron S.

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In my venue we have some metal shelves and I store them, 1 frame side down and the next frame side up so the nestle into each other a bit more for space. During the season we give them a quick wipe before swapping to clean them a little. And usually once a year or so we do a big maintenance call to thoroughly clean them.

Works nicely for us.
 

Chase P.

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Clear trash bags, perhaps?
I'm trying to cut down on my plastic use, especially film plastic. Maybe get Wardrobe to sew you some muslin sacks for fixture hanging storage. No drawstring needed, they can just get tied on with tieline. Easy to use the mega Sharpie to label with the degree, or spray paint mark them if your barrels are color coded. One could buy color coded Paracord to tie and label all in one.

Dollar store laundry bags might be an option, too.
 

tjrobb

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I'm trying to cut down on my plastic use, especially film plastic. Maybe get Wardrobe to sew you some muslin sacks for fixture hanging storage. No drawstring needed, they can just get tied on with tieline. Easy to use the mega Sharpie to label with the degree, or spray paint mark them if your barrels are color coded. One could buy color coded Paracord to tie and label all in one.

Dollar store laundry bags might be an option, too.
Or, have wardrobe make different-colored bags from scraps. Then each color is a different angle, no label needed. (Might have to get creative with patterns, tho).
 

lwinters630

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I am working on reorganizing all of my lighting equipment where I work and am wondering how everyone else prefers to store their ETC S4 barrels that aren’t currently in a fixture. I could stack them on shelves - which is what we’ve been doing - but was wondering if anyone has a different preferred method of storing their barrels.

Thanks!
Naomi
We kept the cardboard boxes, but tape a 4x6 white index card fully covered with clear packing tape. Then write on it with dry erase marker the size I.E. 36. That way when you take it to the stage to swap it, simply relabel it to 26. So your not storing empty boxes. Also hang the dry erase marker from some tie line by the shelf so it is always ready. If the label won't wipe off just scribble the marker on it and it will re-activate. I do like the trash bag idea also.
 

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