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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.


Anchoring a marquee – the ground matters

Deciding how much anchoring a marquee needs is not an exact science, generally it comes from experience and obviously you should always be on the cautious side when deciding how many anchoring points to put on a marquee.

Our tie down kits allow for one tie down per leg but there are many other factors to consider:

  • The quality of the ground, if the ground is very soft you will need more (or larger) anchoring points than usual
  • The area immediately around the marquee, if it is surrounded by high wind-breaking obstacles then you can use less anchoring points than usual
  • The surrounding area, being in the middle of a field on top of a hill will require more anchoring points than usual
  • How the marquee is to be used, a marquee without sides (effectively a large umbrella) will require a lot more anchoring than usual
  • The weather forecast will also influence your decision

This information is supposed to help not intimidate any one starting up, for nearly every marquee job you take on our standard tie down kit will be more than enough. But for those odd occasions these are things you need to be aware of, if you turn up to a job on a beach or sand-school or if the weather is very bad consider adding additional anchoring points. If the weather is good and the marquee is secluded then you can probably allow less.

Out tie down kits use larger stakes than the industry average, they have better quality and stronger ratchet straps and also include a figure of eight strap for secure fixing to the marquee.

Thanks for reading

Spencer

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