Chicago Flyhouse Blog

Why Did the Zip Line Break?

Posted by Flyhouse on Sep 22, 2017 8:59:37 AM

When you were a kid, did you ever try to make your own zip line between two trees? The likelihood of succeeding in this endeavor at that age was probably slim. But do you know why it didn't work? Flyhouse went into the shop to test the math behind this and we found out why.

 

 

Topics: Video

Using Stop Sleeves and Oval Compression Sleeves

Posted by Flyhouse on Sep 1, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Have you ever thought about the difference between stop sleeves and compression sleeves? If you're in the rigging industry, they are standard items used on the job. What if you used wire rope that was powder coated? Would that make a difference? Flyhouse tested some scenarios to give you a better sense of what they are capable of doing.

Click here to watch this video on Stop Sleeves on YouTube

Topics: Facts, Video, Training

Understanding Lighting Safety Cables

Posted by Flyhouse on Aug 25, 2017 2:34:26 PM

How much do you know about the lighting safety cables you are using for your theater or arena? Do you know which method of attachment is best to secure the lights in preventing an accident? Our shop got curious about this so we decided to make our own and test the math behind it to get you an answer.

 

Click here to watch this video on Lighting Safety Cables on YouTube

Topics: Theatrical Rigging, Facts, Video, Stage Rigging

[VIDEO] Loading the Flatbed

Posted by Flyhouse on Aug 2, 2017 3:04:43 PM

Loading Steel I-Beams on to a flatbed truck is not an easy task. Luckily our shop bridge crane does the heavy lifting. Here's a quick snippet for one of the dozen beams to loaded.

Topics: Video, 30 Seconds in the Shop, Flyhouse Projects

Macy's Flag Raising

Posted by Flyhouse on May 26, 2017 12:00:26 PM

While the tradition of having a flag hang in Macy's (previously Marshall Fields building) atrium began in 1916, Chicago Flyhouse has assisted in making the flag happen since 2003. Hanging over seven stories high, the flag is an amazing site to behold. See the video below to get a quick glimpse of how we made it happen.

 

 

Topics: Hoist, Video, Project Recaps, Flyhouse Projects