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DIY Background Roller
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on Jan 2, 2014 at 4:52:47 pm
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A DIY roller system for seamless background paper, less than 10 bucks in parts.
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Re: DIY Background Roller
by Leo Giava
Hi! I was thinking of employing your system. Yet, I have two questions:

1) What do you recommend installing on the other side of the paper rolle, the one where there is no cord? I'm tempted to install the same mechanism, though without cord.

2) Any reason why I should, like you, have the roll hanging from chains attached to the ceiling, or can I connect the metal conduit to L brackets attached to the wall?

Thanks!
Re: DIY Background Roller
by Todd Terry
@Agnes Marsala "Is this system unable to handle larger and heavier rolls?"

Well Agnes I think you've proved that it won't. Vinyl is obviously too heavy, I can imagine that it is many times heavier than paper.

There has been no research, testing with other background types, or R&D of any kind on this system... it was entirely a DIY one-off project that I made for myself to just hold seamless paper rolls, where it works great. It sort of falls into the "you get what you pay for" category.

It's going to take a pretty heavy-duty professional roller system to handle something like vinyl... if then.

T2

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Todd Terry
Creative Director
Fantastic Plastic Entertainment, Inc.
fantasticplastic.com

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by Agnes Marsala
Thanks for the response. I don't know what I was thinking.

Re: DIY Background Roller
by Agnes Marsala
After using the system with my paper roll of green, I decided to purchase a vinyl green roll. The core is bigger so I stepped the slip joint up, and when it was still too big I wrapped some gaffers tape around the slip joint. It seemed to fit snugly but when I started to unroll it, wow! The weight just caused it to completely unroll. It won't stay put like the paper. Is this system unable to handle larger and heavier rolls?

Re: DIY Background Roller
by Larel Terry
I have a 10x20'vinyl backdrop that's extremely heavy. Will this system support it??? And how do I know what size pipe to put in the middle so mine will roll properly? Thanks!
Re: DIY Background Roller
by Todd Terry
Your conduit is too big. You want 3/4" conduit as specified in the video, not 1".

On the upside, it's really cheap.

T2

__________________________________
Todd Terry
Creative Director
Fantastic Plastic Entertainment, Inc.
fantasticplastic.com

Re: DIY Background Roller
by Agnes Marsala
OK so I got all the parts and everything was going great, until I tried to pass the conduit through the slip joint. It wouldn't fit! There are smaller and smaller openings in my slip joint. The conduit is 1" and fits in the one end but won't pass thru. I've already drilled the holes for the eyebolt in the conduit and now I can't find a slip joint that works. Any suggestion? (So close!)

Re: DIY Background Roller
by Todd Terry
No you need exactly the same slipjoint that is in the video... same size and type and everything. The 2" diameter core on your roll is standard, that's what's in my video. Remember you are not using the plumbing fitting for its intended use, so the dimensions of it (3/4" to 1") don't have anything to do with the usage here... that's the size of slipjoint that has the correct outside diameter to fit snugly inside a roll.

T2

__________________________________
Todd Terry
Creative Director
Fantastic Plastic Entertainment, Inc.
fantasticplastic.com

Re: DIY Background Roller
by Agnes Marsala
I'm using a 2" diameter core. Should I get a 13/4" to 2" slipjoint?

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