Design Elements

Throwback: Cheap Fake Trussing

Gary Brownell from Sagebrush Community Church in Albuquerque, NM brings us this cheap alternative to aluminum trussing. (Originally posted October 2011)

He wanted to duplicate the look of concerts that used aluminum truss. Since they already had their lights hung from a lighting grid above the stage they didn’t need the functionality of the truss–it didn’t need to support a lot of weight.

So they used PVC pipe. Gary went to Home Depot and loaded up on 1″ 1/2 and 1/2″ PVC pipe. He used PVC glue to put it together so it looked like real trussing. Then he bought chrome paint at an auto parts store and gave it the metallic finish.

Note: Do not use this idea if you’re trying to hang anything from the fake trussing.

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