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Discussion in 'Wiki' started by derekleffew, Nov 1, 2008.

  1. derekleffew

    derekleffew Resident Curmudgeon Senior Team Premium Member

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    Las Vegas, NV, USA
    1. Patchable permanent building runs, often connecting one room to another, or for ease of providing for location video or audio recording, i.e. video tielines, audio tielines.

    2. Also known as trickline, [HASHTAG]#4[/HASHTAG] black cotton mason's cord. Primarily used to temporarily affix cable to a lighting position.

    Also found in the grommets of virtually every stage drape. Comes either glazed or unglazed. Use glazed for more permanent installations, as it holds a knot better, while unglazed is easier to untie. Commonly purchased in spools of 250', 1000', or 3000', for around 3-4¢ per foot.

    When prepping the lighting equipment in a shop prior to loading into a venue, one often makes "pre-cuts": thirty or so parallel strands of 36" (two cubits) long tielines, one strand tied around the center of the others with a clove hitch. (Management tends to get cranky when they see ten stagehands standing around watching one person cut tieline.)

    (Save time and money: re-use the tieline! Don't simply sweep it up and throw it away during load-out.)

    NOTE: At least one member feels tieline and trickline are NOT interchangeable. He believes “tie line” is jute twine used to tie coils of cable (in the shop. It should be noted that this material is highly flammable and should NOT be used near hot fixtures. Shops use it because it is inexpensive. Most stagehands dislike it). Thus he feels the above entry should be "trick line" when referring to [HASHTAG]#4[/HASHTAG] black cotton mason's cord.
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2015

    STEVETERRY Well-Known Member

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    That edit is all I can ask for!

    BTW. jute "tie line" is not reusable. It's meant for one-time cable coiling at the shop. Cut it off during the take-in and throw it out.

    So, I don't really know why stagehands would dislike it!

    Last edited: Nov 3, 2008

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