<VV> NO CORVAIR -- OFF TOPIC -- I think this group might be able to help
Steven J. Serenska
corvair at serenska.com
Tue Jul 6 10:06:53 EDT 2010
About a year ago, I asked this group if anyone had any experience or
plans regarding building bleachers. I needed a set for people to watch
the Bristol, RI 4th of July parade (America's Oldest) from my front
lawn. I know that building bleachers isn't Corvair-related, but I do
know that 99.9% of this list is good with their hands.
If you Google "bleacher plans" you will come up with surprisingly few
results. I looked over the 2-3 plans I was able to find, along with
photos of commercially available bleachers. Once I learned the basic
design issues involved, I was able to draw up a set of my own plans
using Visio. A few of you advised me to consider the legal liability of
the project and I factored this into my design as well. The bleachers
are designed to hold 20-25 people and a theoretical weight of 5,000 lbs.
The bleachers were finished in time for this year's parade ... just in
time. On the morning of the parade, while I was in the house dealing
with something else, my friends rigged up a ribbon and demanded that we
engage in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to inaugurate the bleachers. Since
they had sweated out the last 36 hours with me, I was happy to oblige.
The photo is attached and I hope it comes through on this list.
Once things got underway, the bleachers were filled to capacity and were
rock-solid. We had 75 people over for the parade including bleacher
sitters, porch sitters, and in the case of my daughters and their high
school friends, roof sitters.
If you look at the picture, you'll see that the entire structure is
bolted together and can be broken down to individual boards. For
storage during the offseason, it all goes over the fence (directly
behind the bleachers in the photo) and down the bulkhead steps into the
basement . It takes about 30 minutes to bring the wood in and out of
the basement and about 4 hours to assemble everything.
Thanks to everyone who responded last year and to everyone else for the
non-Corvair bandwidth. I think they came out pretty well, so if you
would like the Visio plan I drew up for the bleachers (and the inventory
of materials), I'm happy to share it. I'm also happy to advise you to
hire someone else to build them... ;-)
Steven "drinking plenty of ice water after this weekend" Serenska
'65 Monza Convertible
'66 Corsa Coupe
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