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  • Those are excellent suggestions, especially the plunger-topped poles! Thanks for the links Spica!

    June 27, 2008
  • Pete

    A couple of floor flanges might do the trick. I used em to build a chin up bar once

    June 27, 2008
  • Udi

    Hi Nick,
    I feel your pain. one of the constant debates in my house is around “all that junk you’re placing everywhere” go and explain that all this just is there to prevent the bigger more expensive junk from entering the house.

    June 27, 2008
  • Nick,

    If there is a will there is a way. If you are handy with power tools may is suggest drilling new holes in the cross bar to insert the top screw in the light stands. I am sure if you take your time and measure twice it would be simple.

    Cheers

    June 27, 2008
  • I’ve got one of these myself… I use them as a portable table-top backdrop stand. What I’d suggest is to keep this setup ready for mobile assignments (whenever they may happen).

    Then, buy a pole that is both sturdy, and the exact width of the room. Now, make a block of wood, and cut a groove in it so that the pole rests in it. Note that the groove needs to seat the pole firmly, and I’d recommend a block that’s alteast 3-4 CM deep. Now, make another such block.

    Mount the blocks on the wall (yes, you’ll have issues with the owner of the house). And Voila!

    I run a photography studio and have a couple of different ways to mount poles on walls. Unfortunately, they all involve screwing things into the wall.

    Shoot me a mail if you’re interested.

    Cheers!

    June 30, 2008
  • Neil,
    I am in a similar situation with having a small space to work in. The solution my husband came up with (similar to one of the links Spica posted above) was to cut a length of PVC pipe to fit the space I needed, which was much smaller than the default stand width. Then he drilled two holes in the pipe to accommodate my two stands. Works like a charm and is light and portable too.

    Good luck! I wish I had enough rooms to convert one to a studio!

    July 08, 2008
  • Thanks for all the suggestions and encouragement everyone. I’ve solved the problem and posted about it here.

    July 17, 2008

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