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  • entertainment rigging aka arena rigging includes the science and practical understanding of rigging high in the air
    Entertainment (Arena) Rigging$109.95
    "Entertainment Rigging" formerly known as "Arena Rigging" Same book just a different title.
    Written by Harry Donovan
    Hundreds of drawings, pictures and tables. 700 pgs.

    Finally, a book that really explains arena rigging. For the novice and experience alike...everyone can learn something from this book. Harry's been teaching this subject for years in special week-long seminars. Now he's put all that information on paper.

    The book discusses all aspects of entertainment rigging. And for those of you not in the entertainment business, 90 percent of the information is applicable to other trades that use rigging, such as construction, mining, material handling, logging, longshore work, cranes, and industrial rigging.

    I love this book. It includes many drawings actually showing you the right and wrong ways to do your job. You know, a lot of things SEEM like they might be right when you're doing them but are actually incorrect and that affects SAFETY...of both yourself AND the people under you. It's a wealth of valuable information for both the riggers in the air and the ground riggers that support them.

    I highly recommend this book.
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  • RigRight CD and Reference Cards by Harry Donovan accompanies Entertainment Rigging
    RigRight CD and Reference Cards$499.95
    What comes with the software? You get the Complete Rigging System, consisting of the 710-page book Entertainment Rigging, two laminated reference cards, RigRight 1.0 on CD, and a comprehensive 87-page manual.
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  • Handbook for Riggers intended primarily for heavy equipment riggers has useful information for the stage rigger
    Handbook for Riggers$19.95
    by Bill Newberry, 128 pgs., small pocket format.

    This is a handy reference handbook sized to fit your shirt or back pocket so its expertise is with you when you need it on thejob. Primarily written for heavy construction riggers, it contains much valuable and absolutely necessary information for the theatrical and arena rigger.
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  • Introduction to Fall Protection
    Introduction to Fall Protection$99.95
    2nd Edition by J. Nigel Ellis, Ph.D., CSP, P.E.

    Any guy with that many initials after his name ought to know what he's talking about! Seriously, this is a great book published by the the American Society of Safety Engineers. The new 2nd edition is now a hard cover book. It's an 8 1/2"x11" oversize book 30% larger than the 1st edition loaded with diagrams to explain everything about safety when it comes to fall protection. It's absolutely the most comprehensive fall protection guide and is highly recommended for anyone involved in providing for the safety of others as well as anyone interested in their own safety when working high.
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  • RigRight CD only by Harry Donovan accompanies Entertainment Rigging
    RigRight CD only$425.00
    Here's a computer program that computes and adjusts rigging geometry and forces, calculates positions, lengths, and forces for bridles, breastlines and deadhangs. It manages any number of loads simultaneously, of any weight and at any location, rigged from beams at any location. It does solutions in both 2 and 3 dimensions. Individual solutions can be adjusted to fit a particular situation. It supports files of beams and show rigging points. Solutions can be viewed individually, printed, recorded, and exported in spreadsheet form singly or as part of a group.

    System Requirements: RigRight 1.0 runs in Windows 98, 2000, and XP. It needs 20 MB of RAM, 10 MB space on the hard drive, and a screen resolution of 800 x 600 or higher. You must own the "Entertainment Rigging" book to purchase the CD.
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  • Stage Rigging Handbook
    Stage Rigging Handbook$34.95
    Second Edition. Written by Jay O. Glerum. Over 100 drawings and photos. 137 pgs.

    The first edition was like a guided tour of the pin rail. The new expanded edition gives you lots more -- the important stuff that riggers today need to know. It now includes the math involved in rigging and a chapter on using block and falls. Four sections cover hemp rigging, counterweight systems, motorized rigging and specialized problems with their practical solutions. As you flip through the pages, you'll see that it's been updated with real thought toward real life situations and problems. I think it's 100% better than the first edition. Each section includes sytem descriptions, maintenance instructions, operating instructions, and safety inspection prodcedures. This is information EVERY stagehand, not just riggers, should know.
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  • Pocket Reference Book
    Pocket Reference Book$14.95
    Features hundreds of tables, maps, formulas, constants & conversions with a huge index of information.
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  • Handbook of Knots and Splices
    Handbook of Knots and Splices$19.95
    By Charles Gibson 152pgs, Hardcover.

    This is the perfect companion to the "Guide to Knots." It has an incredible amount of extremely useful information on knots, hitches, splices, fancy work, block and tackle and something that most knot books leave out -- wire rope -- its splicing, care, how to work with wire rope, eyes and coiling.

    It describes the construction of rope and details its care. Also included are tables of the breaking strenths and weights of various ropes.

    Whether you want to learn more about standard rope or the handling of wire rope, this book, along with the "Guide to Knots" is perfect for you.
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  • Health and Safety Guidelines for School Theater by Dr. Doom
    Practical Health & Safety Guidelines for School Theater Operations$99.95
    Also known as "Dr. Doom's Book"

    by Randall Davidson, 434pgs., large format, hard cover, 2005

    This book leaves "no stone unturned" as the famous Dr. Doom searches for the dangers lurking in every corner of your theatre. His stated purpose is to "motivate major re-thinking and necessary changes regarding health and safety practices in the performing arts at all educational levels." While that's quite a mouthful, the book illustrates many of the dangers you have very likely just gotten used to or assumed that "every theatre was like this." Lots of pictures show in detail the many dangers in all aspects of the theatre from the stage to the flys; from the house to the outside areas surrounding the theatre. An easy read, this book will send you into the theatre with "new eyes."
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  • RigRight CD, manual, referenc cards and key
    RigRight CD, manual, ref. cards and key$499.95
    RigRight CD w/ manual (on disk) and Reference Cards Here's a computer program that computes and adjusts rigging geometry and forces, calculates positions, lengths, and forces for bridles, breastlines and deadhangs. It manages any number of loads simultaneously, of any weight and at any location, rigged from beams at any location. It does solutions in both 2 and 3 dimensions. Individual solutions can be adjusted to fit a particular situation. It supports files of beams and show rigging points. Solutions can be viewed individually, printed, recorded, and exported in spreadsheet form singly or as part of a group. What comes with the software? You get two laminated reference cards, RigRight 1.0 on CD, and a comprehensive manual (on disk) and the software key.. System Requirements: RigRight 1.0 is a windows program.. It needs 20 MB of RAM, 10 MB space on the hard drive, and a screen resolution of 800 x 600 or higher. #54531 RigRight CD w/manual, Ref. cards and key $499.95
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