So a friend of mine who goes by Hexavier in the scene created a very nice rig to do suspensions from. It sets up easily in a living room, and then stores easily as a few pipes under the couch. I thought it was really cool, so I wanted to write about it.
Here’s what it looks like all set up:
Because it’s made out of very strong pipes, it’s able to hold up to 8,000 lbs. He states that the working load limit is 1,000 lbs. I have actually watched him suspend two girls from it at the same time, and it didn’t even move. Its very solid.
So how do you create such a thing yourself? Well, it’s as easily as buying some pipes (go for the thick, strong metal), cutting them to the length you want, and fitting then with some end pieces that either slot or thread together. His is made from 2 inch black pipe for the support on top and 1 inch black pipe for the legs. The foot print when setup is 6′ x 6′ x 6′. The exact dimensions and build could be retrieved from him on Fetlife. Here’s what the parts look like before being snapped into place:
Again, I’m not likely to build my own suspension rig, since I’m not much of a rope person anyway. Still, I think it’s impressive as hell and Hexavier was great to have at play parties, where he did suspensions for the guests. So awesome!
If you’re into rope, you should totally try designing and building your own rig!