There are many brands of modular staging. I settled on StageRight because of the intelligent and rock-solid design. The decks are 4'x8' and come in different surfaces and indoor and outdoor versions. The understructures come in three duty strengths: light, medium and heavy and the medium and heavy duty versions lock the decks together which eliminates any chance of the decks separating. The legs are easy to level and come in different heights. StageRight is a well-known and popular brand so it's easy to find another shop in your area for cross rentals (I am in Columbus OH if you can't find any other nearby) when you need a bigger stage just go rent a few more pieces (and you WILL need to do that). Can be assembled by two guys and there aren't a million pieces to keep track of. Get at least one step unit and you'll need skirting (either permanent or disposable).DON'T do the roof until you are absolutely sure you know what you are doing. It's more complicated than just throwing up four crank stands and tying a tarp to the truss. You have to know how to securely tie it down and you need water barrels (and access to the water) and then you have to transport it all. It's a LOT of liability, way more than just the stage itself. For small stages we sometimes hire a tent company to put a free span tent over our stage (or ON the stage) and that works well.I am a small company and had similar desires a few years ago. I bought the stage and talked to MANY people about trying to do the roof too and decided it was way more hassle than I wanted to undertake. Having the staging opened a lot of doors for me and learning where I could cross rent additional equipment of the same brand helped a lot.
Definitely will at least either do the water method (being a firefighter getting water isn't too much of a task haha).
Mike,When wind hammered the roof down at the Indiana state fair in 2011, it dragged tons of cement barricades used as tie-down points.Poly water tanks have about half the coefficient of friction as cement and weigh about half per volume as cement, so slide about four times easier per given size.Stage roof anchors should be made immovable with stakes or screws driven in to the ground.Art
Thanks for the replies all. No, it's not a glorious market, but for the small stuff I do, having the staging will help get the gig and make the clients happy. Plus, once I get to the bigger stages, I will just get the fold-out trailer stages for those. As for anchoring the stage, I do plan on getting anchors to dig into the ground, but 99% of the time the stage won't be up if there is to be high winds, regardless though I will do everything to make sure it is done correctly and as safely as possible.
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