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Final Peice in the backdrop puzzle
Old 01-18-2005, 09:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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OK ive got a pair of manfrotto 052 lighting stands and a couple of superclamps but what is everyone using as a crosspole. i currently have a crappy snap together arrangement that i bought off ebay, but its crap. It needs to be portable so something telescopic would be nice.

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I wen to Home Despot and use 8ft curtian rods, the thick wodden ones, which I spraypaint flat black. If you needed a longer crossbar they have really long pipes that should work.
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I went to a local metal supply shop (IMS) and got some 3/4" diameter aluminum rod. The inside diam was 5/8. I used 1 ft sections of 5/8 aluminum stock (solid) inserted in the rod (6" inserted leaving 6 inches exposed) to form a joining section. I have several sections in varying lengths so I can make a crossbar anywhere from 6' to 14'. Cost was $7.50 for the 3/4 diameter rod lengths (8' lengths) and $1.50 or so per pound for 5/8 stock scraps. The rods were already anodized black so it was a perfect match.

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we did something. . .
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similar but found the insert was not snug enough to insure a good join. We cut the insert lengthwise about three inches, inserted it into the tube to the desired depth, bored a hole thru the tube wall and halfway thru the insert to the cut. We then tapped the insert and used a large allen screw to spread the insert to insure a tight fit. Eventually the threads striped out but it was a simple matter to tap it up to the next size and continue on. If it happens again I suppose we will put a helicoil in to give the threads some strength. I should note that we used a jig to hole all the inserts and tubes to the same measurements so that they could be used on any tube.
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I guess I forgot that part. Ijust drilled a hole throuh the rod/stock where I wanted it to stay and ran a roll pin through it. The roll length matched the OD of the tube perfectly and hasn't worke loose yet.


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aluminum tent poles...mine are in ~3 ft. sections and slide into each other. I cut some to suit

I got mine from my garage, you can find them at Good Will AS IS store.

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Thanks for all the replys. I think ill be tinkering in the garage this weekend then!!
 
 
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OR you can just break down and BUY a telescoping back drop rod from Bogen/Manfrotto or one of many others. They are only about $30-$50 depending upon where you buy one. Much easier to transport. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img]
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