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After the rain

Line drying

Since it’s almost never a good idea for lighting equipment to get wet, when there’s the threat of rain (or heavy dew overnight) we have to cover, with plastic, any carts and loose equipment not under some sort of cover.  For a long time, we just cut chunks off big rolls of landscaping plastic and wrapped that around the carts (and no matter how thorough a job one thought one had done, water always leaked in somewhere), but then someone invented these giant sandwich bag things called Bag-its. They come in all sizes and are super awesome, but are far too expensive to be considered a throwaway item, so they get re-used until they’re so battered that they fall apart (this takes a surprisingly long time to happen).

For obvious reasons, we can’t fold them up and put them away when they’re wet, so we have to dry them. The best way to do this is to suspend them from two stands like giant lines of plastic laundry.

We had to keep the sidewalk clear so that the nice people who live in this neighborhood could pass through, so we couldn’t just line them up like we usually do, and we only had enough space to dry three at a time.

Lucky for us there’s no rain predicted for the rest of our very short (due to the Thanksgiving holiday) week.

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7 Responses

  1. Whatever works! The Bag-Its sound like a smart idea. I could use a few of those.

  2. lighttech says:

    have a happy thanksgiving

    good thing you got steady work as I thought you might start yelling at the cat for not bringing a bird(squab) to the meal

  3. hiro says:

    Hi. Do rental houses usually carry those?

  4. Steve says:

    Hiro – rental houses do in fact sell them as an expendable. They were developed and brought to market by a gaffer named Chris Napolitano

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