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Choir Risers 

Fitting inconspicuously into the altar area at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Albany, making a winged layout to accomodate 40 or more singers, and to make things more difficult, being removable and stowable in the storage space under the choir loft, these risers have survived perhaps a dozen concerts as of 2009.

Here the steps and the platform are set in place and joined (notice the faint line parallel to the steps, where the platform meets the steps).  Note the marble dais steps, which make a rectangle without the risers.  Note also the angle of the riser surfaces joining each step to the next, which matches those of the marble steps.  The edges of the wooden steps are all rounded to match the marble, and of course, a flooring paint chosen to match the color.  A small wooden block sits on the marble kneeling platform against a steel post and locks the step unit into place.

The guardrails, made of mahogany decking to match the kneeling rails, are supported by threaded plumbing pipe lengths which drop into holes in the platform or steps and are then individually screwed by hand into hidden floor flanges affixed to the bottoms of the rails.  Here several choir members are screwing the pipes up to the rails. On each side of the altar there are 2 sections of railing, and they are connected at one corner with removable screws through an overlapping pipe flange. 

Note the requirement of the tux as a uniform for people working with the risers.

Storage and Mobility

One of the platforms and one set of steps has wheels, and the opposite of each stows on the wheeled one for rolling to and from storage.

Here is the back of a platform, the one with the wheels, where the pipes go through sleeves and into cups at the bottom, all parts off the shelves of a hardware store.  The assembly is final here in this photo, with the last screws being placed to connect the two separate sections of railing.  You can see the groove in the bottom of the rail and the pipe flanges that fit there.

The pipes, the holes for pipes, the rails and the wooden blocks are all marked with numbers where they meet and the big portions for their locations relative to the altar.

Choir members enter at the break in the kneeling rail where the person is in the photo and then go up the marble steps and around the end of the railing onto the risers.


Valuable Digital Harpsichord needed a protective carrying case.  Used misc. scraps of materials on hand. And protective felt circles for bottoms of legs of furniture.



Cold Weather Painting Enclosure

A Canaan, NY customer was in a hurry to put this house on the market for sale in October 2009, and hired us to do some fixing of rotten items to prepare it for painting, but then the painter cancelled out. 

So we offered to do it as long as the weather was warm enough.  Well, we got half done before the temps went too low, so here was the solution:  A big roll of poly sheeting, hung from the gutters, draped over the scaffolding and propane heating added.

Adds about 15% to the cost, but gives you 24 hours a day of painting time if needed.



A Whatzit???

First Clue

A Wooden Structure supported on surface piers, no buried footings.  Movable?

Plywood Sheathing being placed over it.  A deck? A floor?  And what's with the strange shape?

Oh, and it's near Seattle, Bothell, to be exact.

Clues Two and Three

Ok, so it's circular, and maybe it's a floor.  A dance floor in the woods?

But what's that cagey thing there?

Clue Number Four

It's definitely a Floor.........and a playpen wall?   With a cable strung around the top, and a door frame?  And what's that contraption all the hippie-types are holding onto?

NO CLUES?................

Well, there's sky beyond, must be up..........

It's got a roof!

Ok, last photo.  One more clue.  It's based on an ancient kind of structure, used by nomadic people in Mongolia.

And there's more fabric to drape over the walls.

"Yurt".