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Old September 21st, 2011, 01:30 PM   #1
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OK fab guys, I need some creative ideas. My wife does photography from our home, and she has 10's and 10's of rolled up backdrops, anywhere from 5 feet to 8 feet wide. Some backdrops are paper, some are vinyl, and some are cloth.

I've been trying to figure out a better method to store and pull easily the right backdrops for her shoots withou having crumpled paper, bent vinyl, etc. I noticed this morning some larger blueprint hanging clamps at the office, and that got me thinking a bit more. The widest ones I can find are 42" and expensive!



I've thought of just rolling the ends onto a length of PVC and clamping in a few spots for each, but I'm looking at other cleaner ideas. Also wondering what kind of racking method would allow for easy retrieval of a particular backdrop without having to take every one down.

Any ideas?
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Search "venetian blind style backdrop system" .....some are reasonable and simply roll up out of the way
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a cheap version of that clamp would be to take a piece of 1" (or any size ) PVC pipe, slice it down one side with a table saw, run bolts perpendicular thru pipe with wing nuts. hang from ceiling with rope. Thats all I got off the top of my head.
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piece of EMT and some big bulldog clips would work fine?
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I would build on bhunts idea by using 2 pieces of wood with bolts and wing nuts instead.

With the small sharp edge of the pvc I'd be worried that you would put too much stress in a small area and it would tear.

Spread the load out over a greater area.

Google quilt hangers...same kinda thing.
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Sometimes the cheap solution is the easy one. Use clamp hangers and place some rubber between the clamps. The rubber will hold the paper without ripping by having a small area between the top and the bottom that cant be pulled through. The paper will not rip but it may crumple after a few years. You just need to attach the hangers to each other by welding a rod to them and your wife will need to unlatch them one by one. Still it would work great for little $.
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I'm thinking something like they use for posters at walmart. The method for clamping could be anything but if it doesn't need to be portable the you could attach hinge system on a wall and just swing through them like you would posters.

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a cheap version of that clamp would be to take a piece of 1" (or any size ) PVC pipe, slice it down one side with a table saw, run bolts perpendicular thru pipe with wing nuts. hang from ceiling with rope. Thats all I got off the top of my head.
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I would build on bhunts idea by using 2 pieces of wood with bolts and wing nuts instead.

With the small sharp edge of the pvc I'd be worried that you would put too much stress in a small area and it would tear.

Spread the load out over a greater area.

Google quilt hangers...same kinda thing.

I like these ideas... problem for me with the table saw and PVC is I don't have a table saw and I'm not that steady with a circular saw... might lose a toe or two. If I get some 1x2 or 1x3's and some rubber furniture feet I bet I could get enough clamp load to hold paper, viny, and fabric without it tearing out, and all I'll have to do it drill and bolt the two halves together.

Thanks guys, I'll get some materials and post some completed pics once I get these things up and off the floor. Funny thing is, why am I the one concerned about these things when the wife is the one who needs them to be flat and wrinkle free? Oh yeah, because it's easier for her to just buy new ones... I'm just not wired that way.
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I'm thinking something like they use for posters at walmart. The method for clamping could be anything but if it doesn't need to be portable the you could attach hinge system on a wall and just swing through them like you would posters.

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Yeah that would be handy, but I'd need an 8-foot radius of clear unobstructed room to swing through them and it would have to be one sturdy pivot to hold 20 back/floor drops cantilevered out.
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Sometimes the cheap solution is the easy one. Use clamp hangers and place some rubber between the clamps. The rubber will hold the paper without ripping by having a small area between the top and the bottom that cant be pulled through. The paper will not rip but it may crumple after a few years. You just need to attach the hangers to each other by welding a rod to them and your wife will need to unlatch them one by one. Still it would work great for little $.
http://www.amazon.com/Honey-Can-Do-H...6997741&sr=1-4
hmmmm, now the lazy side of me is kicking in... these are not bad, add some rubber and decent strength clamps and we can hang them off some tubes coming off the wall behind the stands while they are not in use.

Now I have to decide which direction to go...
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