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Old 06-08-11, 09:58 PM   #1
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I am looking to have a ladder made. I want something that can come apart into several pieces for transportation. Does anyone know what type of metal tubing is best to use for this? Anyone have blueprints they are willing to share? Seems like a fairly simpled project for a skilled metal worker. If anyone has a good tutorial/other helpful links it would be much appreciated!
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Old 06-10-11, 08:53 PM   #2
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You make it 1 piece out of aluminum tube 'bout 1 and half inches in size. All the rungs are not the same distance apart. Reed from Key West Just fell on his and hurt his self really bad .He might want to sell his. With a good welder you could make it in pieces that fit together. But it still needs to be made out of aluminum. Let me know.
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I Realy need something that comes apart into at least 2 pieces for easy transportation, I am interested if that is the case. Thanks.
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Old 06-14-11, 07:50 PM   #4
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they can be made quite a few different ways, I've seen them made out of 3/4" steel. The thing is, if you don't have one, haven't worked out the act, and can't climb one yet.... the first one you have isn't going to be the last one. Make one. Then make another one. Then make another one. Somewhere along this process... you're going to decide what you really need it for (or that you don't want to use it at all) and you'll either make one that fits your needs perfectly, or you'll ditch it and do something else.
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Michael James walks standing on the very top not on the rungs then juggles.the only guy I ever saw do that.
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Old 06-15-11, 04:26 PM   #6
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Ok few questions. First do you already walk ladder if not then you need a one piece ladder to learn. Two transport on plane or automobile? Jeep I learned to walk on top and almost busted my butt literally when I fell. Quickly abandoned that stunt. Lastly as Jeep points out even when you know what you are doing you can get hurt real bad.
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Old 06-15-11, 05:59 PM   #7
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Yea that's one tough feet to do. The kid that rides the unicycle really good and walks the ladder, I forget his name, with the English circus. They work Boston, San Francisco, etc tried and didn't want any part of it either. I know I ain't doing it! I'm working on ''that'' trick in my ultimate human jukebox. Thanks for the help. See you again soon.
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Old 06-16-11, 08:46 AM   #9
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Thanks shel, Maybe you can find the time to give some pointers.I may have a steady job lined up for the jukebox starting in a few days. Call me 305-923-9885
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Michael James walks standing on the very top not on the rungs then juggles.the only guy I ever saw do that.
Dextre Tripp also does that one. It's a good trick!
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Isabella, Dextra is top shelf And if any one can do that "feet " it would be him. I still
borrow some of his lines to this day,as he is by far one of the best.
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The Circus Firemen performing on Ladders Melbourne Today
tubular steel that break in half.
weight18kg for both.
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Old 06-19-11, 01:32 PM   #13
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My ladder breaks down into 3 pieces so it can be checked baggage on plane.
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Old 06-22-11, 07:30 PM   #14
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The Circus Firemen performing on Ladders Melbourne Today
tubular steel that break in half.
weight18kg for both.
Wait, 18 kg per half? 18 kg both halves? 18 kg both ladders? More acrobatic based ladder numbers seem to use much more light weight ladders as seen here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WiqldHajHA0
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' weight18kg for both. '

means both ladders combined = 18kg
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To actually answer your question:

The old SemCycle ladders break down into three pieces. Unfortunately Sem no longer makes them. I use them and have 3, no I'm not willing to sell any of them. You can find them used but it was a bit difficult for me. I scoured the boards and internet for a few years actually.

Also problematic is Sem built the ladders to a "standard size" but the top rung may not be at the correct placement for your legs. (I like it just above my knee, some people prefer it below the knee or even mid thigh). I took the top section to a machinist and had it modified to my prefered size.

Another issue with Sem ladders is the rubber feet at the bottom. They are a specialty part from Norway and impossible to find. The street GRINDS THEM UP. I bought a ten year supply of them before Sem discontinued the ladders.

SOLUTION:

Your best bet is to go to CBE-CIRCUS.COM

The build custom circus equiptment and are AMAZING. They built the table I use in my 5 cyclinder rolla act and it is beautifully and counter intuitively engineered. Jake & Carl Conover have been building circus equipment for ages and whatever they build for you will exceed all your expectations.

HOWEVER:

They are expensive. Look to pay around $1000 for a ladder to your specs. Also expect at least a 4 month turnaround time. They are in demand and you will be put on a waitlist. (once they begin work on your project they are FAST, but you have to wait your turn)

Good Luck!

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