Can it be set up on grass, Sand?
YES, on dirt or grass you can also skip using the chain and instead put spikes through hole in foot.
The spikes or chain prevent the feet from spreading outward during the vibration and bouncing of doing a performance.
On SAND, use a 2ft x 2ft Thick Plywood square under the feet so that rig will not sink into sand. You MUST use
the chain/straps on the feet.
Will it set up to a lower than the height I purchase?
YES, the height is determined by the number of sets of 4 leg segments you put on during setup, and by setting the PTO Pins at the desired height on the rig feet. A 20 foot rig can be set up as low as 7 feet and any height in between in 6 inch increments.
Does my Ludwig Rig need guy wires or stakes?
A Ludwig Rig does not need guy wires or stakes into the ground as long as it is not used for swinging. If you are in a high wind area, it would be a good idea to use guy wires if rig is set up long term and unattended.
Do I need to buy chain or any hardware for the rig or for the feet?
NO, all hardware comes with the rig: chain/straps, wrench, snaps, pins, Spare set-screws
I Lost my Set screws, What size are they, where can I get them?
They are Stainless Steel 1/2-13 x 5/8 long. Usually about $0.75- $1
Most real Hardware stores carry them, Lowe’s might, Home Depot does NOT.
If you can’t find any, I can send them to you. They are 75 cents each plus shipping.
Do I have to use the Chain/Straps?
YES, they prevent the feet from spreading outward during the vibration and bouncing of doing a performance.
However, on dirt or grass you can use spikes through the holes in the feet instead.
Just make sure the spikes are strong and at least 6″ long.
My older rig does not have the snap buttons, Can I add them?
Yes, Here is a guide on drilling the rig legs and the header to locate the holes for the snap buttons. SNAP BUTTON UPGRADE instructions.
Can it be left outdoors for extended time?
YES, The rigs are painted with Powder Coat paint which is tougher that spray paint,
Consider that your car, bridges etc, made of steel and stay outside for a very long time.
The eyebolts are hardened and galvanized, The screws and nuts welded to the legs are Stainless Steel.
I have had a rig outdoors for 2 years straight in Colorado winters in snow,
That rig did not even have the stainless steel screws and nuts.
There was minimal corrosion and the non-stainless steel screws
and nuts were not rusted but only had a rust discoloration and squeaked when being removed. You still need to take care of the rig, inspect for damages, etc.
What is the FOOTPRINT of rig on the ground?
See the specifications page: http://damnhot.com/trapeze/aerial_rig_specifications.html
Basically, the distance from foot to foot is approx. the same as the rig height.
A rig set up to 21 ft high has a footprint close to 19′ x 21′