Thank you for ordering your Mod Scenes ground support stands for use with our Pro Scenes Line of panels! I think you will find that these stands provide a great alternative to hanging panels form truss, pipe and drape, line sets, and grumpy elevator operators. These stands are great for limited locations where easy of setup and lack of rigging is a concern.
A few things you need to note before building:
– Always weight your ground stands well and do not use these outdoors or in areas of un-controlled wind.
– Everything should be built without any tools.
– You will have spare parts, those are for a rainy day when your other parts get lost.
– You will need to use 2 way stands on the edges and 4 way stands in the center.
– It is easiest to build all of your stands first, then attach the panels.
Attach the foot to the upright of your stand. Match the green sticker to the other green sticker as shown below. All colored stickers on the stands should match up as you build.
(picture of long support pole. Picture of support leg being attached to vertical stand with metal carriage bolts and metal wing nuts.
Attach the cross brace matching the blue and red stickers together as shown. Make sure to fully tighten your screws and ensure the stand is set to square. This will ensure the best possible operation.
(pictures of cross brace being attached with ¼” x 20 x 2/4” carriage bolts and wingnuts.)
Layout your stands approximately 24” apart with sand bags on the bag of each. Make certain to use 2 way stands on the ends and 4 way stands in the center.
(photo of 3 ground support stands spaced out approximately 2’ apart between each. Note that the outer stands are 2 way style stands and the inner stand is a 4 way style stand.)
Attach a panel to your first ground support stand. Insert your panel onto the stand as shown below. Next add a nylon cap nut to tighten the panel onto the stand at both the top and bottom. If you have trouble aligning the holes, you may want to remove your sand bag temporarily to allow for easier lateral adjustment.
(photos of first fluid panels being attached on the right upper corner with nylon cap nuts. Note that the panel is help the entire time to make sure it does not fall while attaching the hardware)
Attach the other side of your first panel to the next ground support stand. Again, you will use a nylon cap nut to attach the panel. It is typically easiest to attach this panel from the back side of the wall as you have additional ability to move the stands around. Once this first row is set, the remaining panels become much easier to setup. You will have an outstanding stage backdrop in no time!
(Single fluid panel attached to the bottom connectors of the first and second ground support stand. The third ground support stand is prepped of to the side to allow for easy access and setup to attach the panels. These white PVC panels are attached with white nylon cap nuts that are turned about half a turn. Putting these panels on should take under 30 seconds).
Continue this building process for the remaining width of your layout. Typically it is best practice to keep the with of your layout under 50 feet. If you need to make layouts larger than this, simply set them up side by side. By doing this it typically gives the same appearance while allowing more free movement on the stage during setup, decreased stresses on the panels, and decreased fruitions in the build process.
(picture of 2 fluid panels creating the first row of a 2 panel wide ground support section. Picture of a close up 4 way style connector with the panels attached)
Build your next row in the same fashion as the first. Insert the panel onto the connectors that are built into the ground support stands and attach with nylon cap nuts. Note: Sometimes it will be necessary to loosen an adjacent panel to get them all to align correctly. This happens most often on floors that are not level. Do your best to use these in mostly level locations. These are not designed to be used in an outdoor environment.
(pictures of attaching white pvc fluid panels to the captive pvc ground support stands. Panels should rest between the 2 stands and attach with white nylon cap nuts as shown. These cap nuts should be snug to ensure the panels can not work themselves off of their connectors)
Step 8: Repeat the process of step 7 until you reach your desired width and height for your stage backdrop.
(picture of 6 panels attached to a 4 panel tall ground support stand. Picture of 8 panels attached to a 4 panel tall ground support stand setup.)
Enjoy your finished product! You have created stage art and should be proud!
(pictures of a finished stage backdrop of 8’ tall by 4’ wide utilizing 8 fluid panels and 3 eight foot tall Ground support stands. Note the stands are well sand bagged.)
As noted in other parts of these instructions, there are a few key things to keep in mind. These stage backdrop stands should always be used in conjunction with sand bags. We are happy to provide a quote for sand bags if needed. The failure to use sand bags as ballast on these ground support stands could cause a failure that is less than pleasant. This could include, but is not limited to, the stage backdrop falling, panels being broken or destroyed, people being injured. We trust that you are awesome and will use sandbags as noted. Way to be awesome! Also keep in mind these stands are design to be used on level surfaces. The use of shims or other materials to level the stands ins not recommended. If the stands are not level, they can potentially cause issues in the build process.