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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Expert Q&A: Installing and removing tent stakes

December 1, 2015

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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Expert Q&A: Safety First!

October 1, 2015

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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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 …

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Understanding water barrels

April 1, 2015

By Nick Deninno Q: When I can’t stake, what do I need to understand about water barrels? A: Historically, water barrels offered an economical solution for anchoring a tent. Unfortunately, the reality is that water is not always available, barrels are time consuming to fill and often cannot be emptied on-site. Tent professionals are trained …

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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 …