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    Manfrotto Autopoles (background suppport)

    I set up a system consisting of Manfrotto's Autopoles, the 3-way holders and three paper backgrounds. I have set it up three times. The two times with all three backgrounds, the whole thing came down, fortunately with very minimal damage. The third I set it up with only one paper background hanging and no weight on the plastic chain.
    I did my best for the Autopoles to be straight and stick tight to the floor and ceiling but I cannot guarantee that the third much lighter set up will hold (the first came down after days, the second time only in hours).

    Any advice?
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    I have had a set of those for a long time. I never had a problem when I had a hardwood floor but when I have a place with carpet the telescoping device settles into the carpet and becomes unstable.

    You can buy tripod stands, much like the bottom of regular light stands that encircle the pole and keep it stable.

    I've had additional backgrounds attached so that there are 5 in total and have never had a problem.

    I still telescope to the ceiling though for more stability although, with the stands bottoms you don't really need to.

    Also when placing the telescoping poles in place, it helps to have two people and really jam the bottom part down and the top part up, hard into the rubber holders before you snap the lever in place.

    Perhaps a membership at your local gym for a week to bulk up before you attempt again.



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    Thanks Michael. I will consider the stands if they are not too expensive. As for the gym... let's not go there! I gotta loose that pot belly somehow though...
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    It sounds like you were just placing the bottom pole down, forcing the top part up and then pulling down the lever.(as it says in the directions)

    In reality you have to really force down the bottom with one person and the other forces the top up hard, then pull down the lever.

    It should be OK then. The stands are like insurance.


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    Ah, that's a great small tip that will probably do it! I have been trying to install them myself. I guess I will sucker one of my friends to help. Bye him a beer or something.
    Thanks again!
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    It's really not that big a job. A whole beer may be excessive.



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    You are right. He should be happy with the peanut bowl.
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    Save the beer for when he helps you mend the ceiling.

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    That's a really good point.

    I have, depending on the placement, put a piece of 2x6, maybe 6-8 inches long above the top rubber piece to spread out the stress.

    But then I had 3, 9 foot paper rolls as well as a muslin and a 6 foot wide canvas background mounted on my system so it weighed more and needed more support.


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    Oh, my ceiling already has a couple of "foot prints" but the truth is I don't care as long as the backgrounds are safe and don't fall on the heads of people and expensive equipment. The 2-6 you have used are pieces of wood Michael? I also have hardwood floors and I find that if I pull the poles a little they start sliding. I thought of putting anti-glide tape where the poles meet the floor and ceiling.
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