Hi, When looking at a photo or sketch, I find it hard to take out the important bits and turn it into a freebody diagram. I am doing this question (pic attached). Im quite unsure how to even begin. Ive though of a few ways to start analysing it. The first way analyses AD as a whole. And essentially all the forces would produce a moment about C. the bottom pic shows the forces (the ball exerts 800N) and I would calculate the reactions in the supports. I would be tempted to find the reactions then put them back into the analysis mentioned above (moments about C). The only prob is, Im not sure its as easy as saying ƩF(y)=0. ∴Reaction(D) = Reaction(E) = -400N. Are there any pointers? I do have the solutions manual however Id just like a nudge in the right direction before taking a peek. Thanks.