Truss System Advice

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  1. Mr. B

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    I have been tasked with getting a quote on a truss system that would primarily be used to hold a curtain behind the portable stage during commencement inside the gym. For many years a curtain ( 1/2 of the old main curtain from our theater) was hung from a piece of 1" iron rod suspended from the gym ceiling. The thought is to replace said rod with a truss system that would be free standing, about 12-16 feet high and least 24 feet wide, and like I said be able to support that heavy velour curtain.

    My thoughts have already strayed to several other applications for said truss system, the foremost and most self-serving of which is using it for additional lighting elements in as yet un-imagined set designs for years to come.

    Having wasted your time on all that....I am looking for ideas, suggestions, comments or referrals, to propose the district spend its money on, that would most benefit my stage productions?

    Just for fun here is a picture of the "old way"

    2012 graduation backdrop.jpg
     
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  2. egilson1

    egilson1 Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    I’d think about a pair of applied electronics L-16 crank up lifts and 30’ of 12” box truss.

    Ethan
     
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  3. Mr. B

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    Thank you Ethan......It's in the works!
     
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  4. What Rigger?

    What Rigger? I'm so fly....I Neverland.

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    Be sure to remain vigilant and disciplined in the training and use of crank lifts. They're really easy for amateurs, neophytes and teachers to abuse when armed with "the best intentions."
     
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    josh88 Remarkably Tired. Fight Leukemia

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    This seems totally doable with a typical pipe and drape set up. Telescoping uprights and crossbars can get that high and are easy to set up and strike.
     
  6. BillConnerFASTC

    BillConnerFASTC Well-Known Member

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    The right solution is a motorized batten. ETCs new FlyPipe is about as economical as they come. Store curtain in a hamper, maybe go to babysnaps to save time in hanging. One person set up or tear down in 20 minutes.
     
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    Depends on the weight of the curtain. For this heavy, reclaimed velour curtain, not sure I'd trust P&D. But then again, they might be able to buy a new lightweight curtain and P&D cheaper than the truss and lifts.
     

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