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What are these poles?

Discussion in 'Scenery, Props, and Rigging' started by Sam31955, Dec 31, 2018.

  1. Sam31955

    Sam31955 Member

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    These have been hanging on the wall forever. They have been used for many things but what are they and what were they originally used for? They all have the ends in the photos and a clamp so they expand in length. 46E635E2-3DA2-4FC9-B09B-D5A7E1896C2A.jpeg D48B3966-3FD7-4A7C-BFA4-55AD7B4E0212.jpeg FE0AD8EE-49F0-4342-9194-5F3BF268B678.jpeg 3 photos included.
     
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    RonHebbard Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    @Sam31955 Scenic braces, scenery braces, flat braces. Pre-date French braces.
    Toodleoo!
    Ron Hebbard
     
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    derekleffew Resident Curmudgeon Senior Team Premium Member

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    @RonHebbard hit every term except the correct one: stage brace. Used to maintain a Flat, Broadway 's vertical erection. Also required is one stage brace cleat and one stage screw per.

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    Good job in picture#1 with the stage brace hanger. See https://www.controlbooth.com/threads/what-is-it-034-stage-brace-hanger.23998/ .
     
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    SteveB Well-Known Member

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    I have a few of these, I used to use them to bang focus a PAR64.
     
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    Colin Well-Known Member

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    Done it! For a stupid high trim, from top of maxed out A-frame extension, half a lifetime ago when I did dumb things like that. The hooked ends have their pros and cons in that particular situation but in a short black box grid they're pretty sweet to use from the floor.
     
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    Like other things that have become somewhat obsolete, stage braces, the associated hardware, and lash cleats were a very well developed system for changing scenery of the box set style. A decent crew could do an entire box set change fast with no special machinery.
     
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    Amiers Lighting Phoenix 1 Lamp at a Time

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    Looks like a board stretcher to me.
     
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    derekleffew Resident Curmudgeon Senior Team Premium Member

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    It takes a "special" talent to use the forked end to remove/insert an unreachable gelframe. :angryoldman:
     
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    Remove, yes, done that. Insert ?, I never got THAT good at it.
     
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    @SteveB
    Step one: You lower the new frame in behind the existing frame, this makes it much easier to accurately land in behind all of the frame retainers.
    Step two: You catch the original frame and hook it out. Easy when you type it fast.
    Toodleoo!
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    Yeah, OK. On a S4, not going to happen if the gel frame retaining clip is locked down. Ditto a PAR64 with a spring loaded top clip. Altman 6x9 something ?, with an open frame holder ?. Maybe. Moot point anyway as I haven't used a 360Q in a decade, nor a PAR64 for that matter. My backlights these days are MAC Aura's and I nudge to focus with my iPad., yuk, yuk.
     
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    seanandkate Well-Known Member Fight Leukemia

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    The fact that "bang focus" is not in the wiki seems like a gross oversight...
     
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    I ran across a stack of Jacks in one of our storage places here at the shop. NOBODY who works out there knew what they were. :shock::angryoldman::(
     
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    SteveB Well-Known Member

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    Indeed.
     
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    @SteveB Bus sock's not in the wiki either with good cause.
    Toodleoo!
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    SteveB Well-Known Member

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    So true. I bow to your wisdom on this.
     
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    TheaterEd Renaissance Man Fight Leukemia

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    If we're talking about wiki edits, This little gem needs to be added to the stage brace definition.

    The stage brace is basically the viagra of the scenic carpentry.
     
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    I own a couple of them. When nothing but a stage brace will do....................
     
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    Grandpa, where did the dinosaurs go?

    Well they were with the old stage hands that knew what resistance dimmers were, and how to strike and reset a box set during intermission...
     
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    @TimMc I'm waiting for @Ancient Engineer to explain brine dimmers to us along with how he erected the pyramids before he sat down to eat his dinosaur sandwich.
    Toodleoo!
    Ron Hebbard
     
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