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CowboyStudio Photography 3-Roller Wall Mounting Manual Background Support System
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- Two (2) Tri-fold hook
- Six (6) Expand bar
- Three (3) Chain
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|Package Height||4.3 x 12.4 x 13.9 inches|
|Shipping Weight||12.75 pounds|
This background support system is a smart choice for substitute of expensive electrical roller system. Durable yet light weight. Counter-balanced chain and gear assembly makes raising and lowering your backgrounds quick and easy.
Assembly and operation instructions included. Very easy for installation on your studio wall or ceiling. Economical and convenient. Use with PVC or aluminum tube (Not included)
Product code: 3wallmount
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First, don't worry about getting pipes for each paper roll. You only need them if you are using different widths of paper. The instructions suggested aluminum pipe, which my husband thought was WAY too heavy so we went with indoor/outdoor PVC. I got one for each roll, but since I hung two 107" rolls and one 86" roll, I only needed one pipe for the 86" roll. The expanders work just fine on the paper tubes that come on the Savage seamless paper. And for the other, I just used gaffer tape to tape the free edge of the 86" roll to the pipe and then with my husband's help, rolled the tape onto the pipe after the system was installed. Easy peasy.
Now, our house is older and finding studs has always been hit or miss. You can't afford to miss the studs for this baby. Our handyman friend suggested first taking 2'X2' pieces of 3/4" plywood and screwing these into the studs. Then we could attach the wall brackets onto the plywood with long wood screws where we needed them for the 107" rolls. It worked beautifully. And since I still had some wall paint, once it was painted, you didn't even notice the plywood.
Some people have mentioned that the paper rolls down too easily. Well there's a screw on the side opposite the chain, and it's a tension screw. If you screw that in tightly, the paper is pretty secure and doesn't just go crazy. It's way better than it was on my stand!
My one wish is that I'd had them install it just a little higher. My studio is in my home, and my husband thought he'd need a little room at the top to lift the roll onto the bracket. As a result, if you hang the rolls where the paper comes down behind the lower rolls, you can see the lowest/front roll at the top of a tall person standing up. I may reverse the rolls to see if it works better to come off the front.
I used clamps at first to weight down the edge of my paper to keep it from curling, but I really don't use them now. The system is wonderful. And after my husband's remark, I'm adding some pictures so others can see how he and our friend installed it. Once they figured out how to do it, it went really quickly.
The only drawback I've found is that the "plungers" (for lack of a better term) are exactly the right size to insert in the cardboard tube of Savage seamless paper. There's not enough clearance to put a pipe through the cardboard tube (which is what the installation instructions suggest) and insert the plungers in the pipe. If the pipe fits into the tube it's too small for the plunger. I tried PVC as well as metal, and finally wound up nixing the pipe and going straight into the cardboard tube.
It works great, but it means I had to install the brackets at a set 107" apart. To use my 55" paper, I installed a second set of brackets at a set 55" apart. I've got the room (one is installed on the underside of a soffet; the other, on the face of the soffet) and it's inexpensive enough that buying multiples wasn't a big deal.
Just something to keep in mind as you plan how to implement this in your studio.
The only thing I'm leary about is the plastic chain. Works fine if you don't put too much stress on it. Again, with a 10x12 backdrop, the chain works well. Also, it's very easy to shorten the length of the chain so that you can keep the whole loop closer to the ceiling.
Build quality its ok, but i bet that it wont last like the manfrotto one, and the rollers doesnt fit tight in the holder, so you must add some padding or rubber bands to prevent it from falling or getting lose.
Its cheap do... thats its main selling point.. but its CHEAP.
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I installed by myself, was so easy.Read more