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On trend

April 1, 2016

Welcome to the redesigned InTents, your complete source for events in tents. Sailcloth, two-story (and three-story!) structures, pagodas, glass walls, high-end flooring—the list goes on. In 2016, the tent and event industry has more varied and creative options than ever. As the only publication dedicated to tent rental and events, InTents strives to reflect the …

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Industry Q&A with Gary Feuerborn of All Seasons Event Rental

January 25, 2016

Gary Feuerborn, vice president of All Seasons Event Rental, Kansas City, Kan., began working with the owners of the company in 1982 as a way to work his way through college. After graduation, he went into business with his cousin, but in 1997, he returned as general manager to All Seasons—which manufactures party tents, rental …

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Managing cyber security

December 1, 2015

Don’t fall asleep at the computer. Today, even with almost every specialty fabrics business involved with some form of Internet connection or data storage (customer lists, employee information, books, records, job estimates, receipts and tax documents, for example), nearly 83 percent of small businesses do not have a contingency plan outlining procedures for responding to …

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Expert Q&A: Installing and removing tent stakes

Q: How can I use tools to install and remove tent stakes more easily and safely? A: Tent stakes are an important part of most tent rental businesses, regardless of the type of tent used, from pole tents to engineered structures. Installing and removing tent stakes can be the toughest aspect of the job unless …

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Safe worksite advice

October 1, 2015

Free OSHA consultations for small- and medium-sized businesses. The On-site Consultation Program offered by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) provides free and confidential advice to small- and medium-sized businesses, with priority given to high-hazard worksites. This service is separate from enforcement and does not result in penalties or citations. Consultants from state agencies …

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Expert Q&A: Safety First!

Q: What mistakes lead to fatalities and injuries on the job? A: Safety starts before you show up on the job site. Safety begins before the job is even sold. There are steps along the way that can make the difference between having a long and satisfying career and being injured, permanently disabled or killed. …

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Expert Q&A: Rental management software

August 1, 2015

Q: What questions should you ask before investing in rental management software? A: Rental management software is an investment with the potential for a high rate of return. However, a basic, low cost system isn’t likely to yield the greatest returns of lowered operating costs and time savings. How do you avoid this common mistake? …

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The big picture

Code discussions loom over a busy tent and event season. By Jill Lafferty, Editor Much of the North American tent rental industry is at the height of its busy season—and it shows on my Facebook news feed. InTents readers are posting photos and descriptions of tent installations and everything underneath—stunning fabric treatments, fun lounge arrangements, …

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How does OSHA determine which workplaces to inspect?

June 1, 2015

Imminent danger situations are top priority. This means there is “reasonable certainty that a danger exists that can be expected to cause death or serious physical harm.” Catastrophes and fatal accidents are OSHA’s next priority. If an accident results in a death, you have 8 hours to contact OSHA. If an accident results in one …

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How can I get a long life out of my tent fabric?

Expert Q&A Q: How can I get a long life out of my tent fabric? A: First, it’s important to understand the composition of tent fabric. Scrim is a coarse woven polyester material used for reinforcement in both laminated and coated PVC (tent vinyl). The flexible scrim material is then encapsulated in PVC using either …