Pipe & Drape 2.0 FAQ
Let’s count the ways “2.0” will make your life better:
The patent pending Pipe & Drape 2.0 was designed by people who worked in the event production industry for over twenty-five years. With twenty-five years of setting up pipe and drape and dealing with torn up pipe, scrapes, and domino effect fall downs, they thought “there has got to be a better way.” The rest is history.
The threaded insert is to accommodate future accessories that will be secured to the top of your uprights. For example, we will soon introduce a “Light Post” that will allow you to secure a lighting fixture up to 8-lbs directly to the Crown using this insert. It is important however to only use official Pipe & Drape 2.0 accessories. Accessories are schedule for introduction beginning in 2012.
Not at all. Retrofitting the Crown involves straightening the damaged end, or removing it with a pipe cutter, then attaching the Crown with two rivets. Upgrading the drape supports means removing the old hook caps and installing Ball Caps with a single rivet using the same rivet hole used for the removed hook cap. Each process takes 2-3 minutes depending on how much damage your upright has sustained and how interested you are in salvaging the slots. Save time and reduce chances of more damage to your pipe or hands by just removing the top of your upright.
No, Pipe & Drape 2.0 is engineered to fit to the most popular pipe hardware. If you wish to keep your slots, and your pipe is repairable, you can fit the Crown to your pipe even with the slots. We do recommend that you remove damaged pipe ends for safety reasons however. Also, since you will no longer need the slots, it is best to remove them so there is no chance of someone trying to use hooks in the future.
If you cut the tops of your pipe off just below the slots, you may lose about ½” in overall height. Remember, the 2.0 Crown fits to the top of the upright whereas the slots were located up to 4” below the top. Also, with Pipe & Drape 2.0, the crossbar aligns with the top of the upright, whereas the old hook and slot system aligns 3”-4” below the top of the upright. So while it may seem like you might lose height, you really won’t.
A couple of ways actually. The best way to accomplish this is to have a “transition crossbar” to connect your new P&D 2.0 to the old rented stuff. The transition crossbar is simply a crossbar with an old hook on one end and a P&D 2.0 Ball Cap on the other. Set up your pipe in a line and then use this special crossbar to transition to the old stuff. You can also leave the slots in your uprights when you install the P&D 2.0 Crowns, however we do not recommend this as your installers will be tempted to use hooks on your uprights and do more of that damage that P&D 2.0 eliminates. Of course, a third option is to get your rental source to convert to Pipe & Drape 2.0!
Yes, we offer a Crown and Ball Cap with a channel that mates to the extruded channels in the standard two stage upright and telescoping crossbars.
Yes, Pipe & Drape 2.0 has a Crown that fits the most popular 3-stage uprights.
Contact your sales representative about retrofit services.
Yes. Contact your sales representative for a quote.
Currently all parts are offered in flat black only. If you require a custom color, ask you sales representative about having a special run produced. This will require significant volume to be cost effective however.
We are proud to say all Pipe & Drape 2.0 products are designed and manufactured in the U.S.A.
Under normal usage, we would expect the products to outlast your pipe hardware.