Leveling Stands Outside
Posted 27 May 2006 - 12:36 AM
There has got to be some simple piece of kit that's relatively portable to aid in this task. I am tired of carrying around a selection of plywood and they usually end up getting left behind anyway.
Posted 27 May 2006 - 01:05 AM
Posted 27 May 2006 - 11:46 AM
I use sandbags for stability, and once or twice, I've put the sandbag under the 'short' leg of a stand to level it, but full sandbags are more of a chore to haul around than pieces of plywood. Mostly, I am looking for something to use where the ground is slightly uneven. When the level of the earth is really out of whack with your desires, well you know that going in and are prepared with your apple boxes, etc.
Inside, if I encounter an uneven floor, I use cheap 'folding wedges' from the local hardware or lumber store. They're meant for leveling windows and doors during installation, and can be used in multiples, not just two. Since they are only about 1/4" at the thick end, being able to use multiples is a GOOD THING. The downside is, they are only about 1 1/2" wide, too narrow to use confidently on uneven ground. What's needed is a handful of wedges say, 6" wide and 1/2" thick. Maybe I could get a woodshop to make me some in a durable hardwood. Then just sandbag the stand.
I was just hoping that there was a really portable invention (like cup blocks) already in use.
Posted 27 May 2006 - 07:50 PM
What's needed is a handful of wedges say, 6" wide and 1/2" thick. Maybe I could get a woodshop to make me some in a durable hardwood.
These kind of wedges and cribbing are standard with any dolly package for leveling the track. I'm sure you could rent or purchase just a crate of wedges (or weight of credges, as we like to say) very easily. And you really should have cribbing with general grip gear, both for leveling stands and "padding" clamps.
Wedges are also used as a wheel chock for large rolling stands.
Posted 27 May 2006 - 10:30 PM
Posted 30 May 2006 - 02:34 AM