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I'm Spencer King, an ex-marquee erector. This blog is designed to help those running a hire business or thinking of starting. I don't claim to know everything, I'm just trying to help people avoid the mistakes I made! Check out our event planning section for advice on planning your own marquee event. Please contact us if we can help or offer advice in any way.


How to gutter marquees

At the risk of educating my competitors I’ve heard several people recently describe how they (incorrectly in my view) put up gutters so thought it was a good thing to cover on here.

Several people tell me it’s easier to hang guttering using bungees rather than cable ties. Easier it may be, better it is not.

Even if you’ve got a good fall on it water is still going to weigh down a gutter, this pulls down the bungees in the middle meaning that middle section of the gutter holds water. When it holds water the bungees get pulled down even more, this continues until water overflows the top of the guttering. That is not a good thing.

Second point: You want to avoid getting kinks in a gutter, if you’ve got a kink in it water will get held up and sit in the bottom.  If you’ve got a 6inch high gutter with 2″ of water sat in the bottom then suddenly you’ve effectively got a 4″ deep gutter. Less than ideal.

The secret with hanging a marquee gutter (wake up competitors, this is the bit you’ll want to copy/steal) is to pull it out taught as you go along:

  1. Lay the gutter out between the marquees with an equal length overhanging each end
  2. Start in the middle of one marquee and cable tie tightly in place. Work your way out to either pulling the gutter taught and cable tying in place (leave the cable ties slightly looser towards each end to create a fall on the gutter)
  3. At this stage you should have a gutter hanging down from one marquee.
  4. Repeat stage 2 in the second marquee ensuring no kinks form as you go along.

Guttering is very easy to do, once you’ve done it a couple of times it will become second nature.

Remember good guttering is also part of planning – always avoid ‘T’ shape guttering as it never works. Better to have three marquees side by side than attempt two side by side with one across the end.

Thanks for reading.

Spencer.

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