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Technical Design Solutions for Theatre by Don Harvey, Ben Sammler

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A Quick Release for Drops

Shuen-Cheng Shih

Usually when we hang a drop, we expect it to stay hung until strike. We’re so used to keeping drops in the air that most of us are at least momentarily stumped when we have to rig one to fall off a batten. This article describes a quick-release device that will let drops fall to the floor on cue.

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FIGURE 1: QUICK RELEASE IN OPERATION

OPERATING PRINCIPLE

The quick release is essentially a shop-built continuous hinge as long as the drop is wide. As Figure 1 illustrates, it hangs barrel-down beneath a lineset, with one of its leaves fixed in position by pipe-clamp attachment to the batten, and the other ...

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