Archive for March, 2011

Marquee PAT testing with Essential Supplies

Monday, March 28th, 2011

So our friends over at Essential Supplies are running some PAT testing courses again, for those unaware every electrical item in the marquee industry should be PAT tested at least every 12 months. To be honest PAT testing is a bit of a dull job but it’s necessary! Here’s what they have to say:

After the success of our 2009 & 2010 PAT Testing Courses we have arranged some dates for 2011. We will be holding them on 4th/5th/27th and 28th April.  The location will be confirmed when we have numbers, but will be in the Basingstoke area.picture1.gif

THE COURSE

The aim of our one day ‘practical’ workshop is to obtain an understanding of why PAT Testing is necessary and be able to demonstrate safely and accurately all aspects of electrical testing necessary to perform PAT tests on your own or other peoples electrical equipment.

The course is designed for those within the events industry, although the testing techniques learnt can be used in any industry. You will be shown how to PAT test a wide range of our products from extension leads to metal light fittings and from simple distribution boards to power tools. There will be a maximum of four delegates per day, to ensure you get the most out of the course.

If you have already purchased a PAT tester you are welcome to bring it along to ensure that you get the best from it. Alternatively we will give you advice on testers to buy.

Price £230.00 per delegate (+ VAT)

Course fees include:

The official IET guide: code of practise for in service inspection and testing of electrical equipment. This is a complete reference for you.

Training at customer’s site shall be subject to extra transport costs.

To sign up…

call: 0800 0432 123

sales@essentialsupplies.co.uk

Fairy lights in marquees

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Many years ago we did a Xmas wedding marquee. The bride and groom wanted lots of Xmas trees with fairy lights, fairy lights in the roof, fairy lights around the sides. If any guest stood in one spot for too long they’d probably want fairy lights on them too!

Sadly this was pre-internet so sourcing white strings of fairy lights turned out to be an impossible task. So I spent 2 days covering green strings of fairy lights with white insulation tape!

Xmas trees with fairy lights? -no problem as long as you’ve got plenty of extension leads to run round the marquee. Xmas trees in the roof? -no problem you can hang them above or below linings and they look good.

Fairy lights around the side of a marquee are slightly trickier and I remember just thinking I’d get on site and ‘wing it’. The problem is people really want them hung around the eaves, but that’s where the swag is. One option is to drape them round and round the swag but I didn’t think that looked very good. So in the end I came up with going behind the swag and poking each fairy light up through the velcro holding it on to the roof so just the bulb is showing. The end result is surprisingly good (sadly the photos are long gone).

For weddings or occasions where people just want subtle lighting effects I think just having fairy lights criss crossing the ceiling is perfect. But for those customers who just want fairy lights everywhere then above the swags is very effective.

Thanks for reading

Spencer

PS Apologies for the delay, I was out of the country yesterday

New 9x12m DIY Marquees now available

Monday, March 14th, 2011

There are some people (I suspect my wife included) who think we/I get a little too excited about marquees however this time I feel our excitement is justified! Our new 9x12m DIY Marquees are now available for sale off the shelf.

Up until now it’s been a big price jump for marquee hire businesses wanting to go from 6x14m marquees up to 9x12m ones. You were looking at £1,099 for a 6x14m but around £7-9,000 for a decent quality aluminium frame marquee. At that price it’s very difficult to get a good return on investment.

Our new 9x12m DIY Marquees are only £2,499 + VAT. They operate on a similar system to our 4 & 6m wide ranges but have additional roof braces on 50mm framework together with roof and wall bracing cables. The end result -as anyone who saw it at The Showmans Show will tell you is a very very strong and impressive structure.

Don’t worry, the price won’t suddenly shoot up if you want more in the future this isn’t an introductory offer. Remember it’s in our interests to offer you good reliable products that can earn good returns on investment as that means you’ll be coming back for more DIY Marquees in the future!

Thanks for reading

Spencer

How long can a marquee stay up for?

Monday, March 7th, 2011

This is a question I’m asked often – how long can a marquee stay up for?

There are two parts to this -one is the structure, the other is the state of the ground.

Marquees are only designed as temporary structures, if you have them up for a long time then certain precautions should be taken. Checking it regularly for signs of wear & tear, checking the strength of bungees, making sure there is no water or snow gathering on the roof, not leaving it up in extreme weather conditions. All common sense stuff really.

The ground is only a problem if it’s going up on grass. As Legend mentioned on the forum recently if grass is covered for a long time the groundsheets underneath can become covered in rotting grass which smells. Badly. Can barely stay in the same vehicle badly! But I’ve only ever found that smell to be once the flooring has been taken up, never while the marquee is in use.

You can put flooring down for a week or two and all that will happen will be the grass will yellow a bit. A few weeks later and it will have recovered no problem. If it’s down for longer than that then the grass is likely to die off and need re-seeding.

Please don’t think about ‘breathable’ flooring/matting. As mentioned previously it allows a build up of condensation but also if it’s left down long-term the grass just grows up through the mesh. I can’t stand the stuff which is why we don’t sell it.

We’re trying to have a clear out before the season really starts so following on from the 6×12 we sold last week we’ve got a 6×6 with damaged boxes on eBay starting at 99p. In the main 6×6’s are less popular than 6×12’s so this could go cheaply.

Happy bidding, thanks for reading.

Spencer