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Staking study refresher

August 1, 2014

Whether you are a new installer or a seasoned professional, safe installations begin with understanding the IFAI Staking Study. By Jim Reyen Tent Rental Division (TRD) of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has always been at the forefront of the tent event industry in terms of education, training and useful tools for the safe …

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Ballasting act

August 1, 2013

Tent Rental Division-developed ballasting tool provides an accurate way to calculate ballast weights. By Jake Kulju Poet Maya Angelou is known for the saying, “When you know better, you do better.” Tent installations may be an odd application for a poet’s inspirational words, but the quote succinctly describes the tent rental industry’s new approach to …

An arts-centered wedding reception

June 1, 2013

Chattanooga Tent Co. meets logistical challenges for a wedding reception at the Hunter Museum of American Art. An arts-centered venue with stunning natural views is an inspired and inspiring choice for an upscale wedding reception in Chattanooga, Tenn. For the March 2013 event, Chattanooga Tent Co. created a seamless transition from the Hunter Museum of …

The right weight safely secures a tent

August 1, 2012

When staking wasn’t possible, L&A Event Rentals preserved safety by having the proper ballast. When the University Medical Center of Princeton in Plainsboro, N.J., was ready to open its doors to the community, it called on L&A Event Rentals to oversee the tented event. The grand opening for the facility that provides state-of-the art medicine …

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Case study: bridge installation

April 1, 2012

Installing tents for the dedication of the University of Virginia’s South Lawn pedestrian bridge was no walk in the park. By Janice Kleinschmidt When the University of Virginia (UVA) asked Skyline Tent Co. of Charlottesville, Va., to install a tent on a new 100-foot-wide pedestrian bridge to accommodate 340 people for a sit-down dinner, Skyline …

The right weight—ballast, that is

TRD’s ballasting tool helps companies calculate proper ballast weights. In January 2011 TRD members voted unanimously to allocate funds to conduct a ballasting study. Clemson University conducted the research, and study findings were presented at Tent Conference 2012 . The study findings provide members with a tested way to calculate the required ballast weights to …

Anchoring in wet soil

June 1, 2009

By Michael Tharpe Q: What should I consider when anchoring in wet soil? A: Therein lies the problem: the ground on which the tent sets. Anchoring is accomplished by fastening guys (ropes, webs or cables) to the top of the side pole or bracket and attaching the other end to an anchoring device, such as …

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The holding power of stakes

April 1, 2009

By Michael Tharpe Q: What is the holding power of stakes? A: More than a decade ago, industry leaders met to discuss staking, anchoring and the issues in setting industry standards—standards to address questions like: How much staking is adequate for my tent? How do loose soil and high winds affect their holding power? What …

Why staking is critical

December 1, 2008

By Michael Tharpe Q: Why must tents be anchored? A: Proper anchoring is the most important part of ensuring your tent installation is safe. Frame tents must be anchored to hold them down. Pole tents must be anchored to shape them and hold them up. A tent (whether frame, pole or otherwise) will not remain …

How to square a tent

June 1, 2008

By Michael Tharpe Q: What is the correct way to square a tent? A: A tent that’s properly laid-out or squared is structurally sound and aesthetically pleasing. Pre-staking or squaring the stake line is the preferred method of squaring your tent. If you are using another method or are new to the industry, do yourself …