Archive for the ‘marquee hire advice’ Category

The rain in Spain (and France) can be a pain

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

One of the joys of running DIY Marquees is I get to chat to people from geographical areas that I have no experience of. When I ran a marquee hire business the area we covered was as compact as we could make it (for obvious logistical reasons) so it’s great hearing about other peoples experiences especially if it’s something I can share to others on this blog.

It’s fair to say that France and other parts of Europe have had a bit of rain recently. Torrential rain is always a headache in the marquee industry, it’s a pain dealing with wet equipment and a party is always better in the sun than rain.

From a waterproofing point of view rain shouldn’t be an issue however the weakest point will always be a join -this is why nearly all DIY marquees use roofs that are all in one piece. Providing guttering has been fitted correctly and tested then it should cope with all but the most extremes of downfalls.

Something that has been highlighted in discussions with some customers in both France and Spain recently is what about the run off from other buildings? Whilst most houses in the UK have guttering that is often not the case in other parts of Europe or even on outbuildings or barns here in the UK.

If you are putting a marquee up against any building then it is always wise to look at what would happen if it rained – could the water run off the building? If so where will it go? Could it overload a guttering system (theirs or yours)? If you use roofs that come in sections (as I say, our main marquees don’t have this problem) then will this compromise the waterproof integrity of the join?

In relation to how often this situation may arise this is a minor issue, it is however something you as a professional marquee hirer should be aware of, it is much better to learn from our experience or those of our customers rather than make the same mistake yourself.

If in doubt then as always, take some photographs and email them to us – we’ll happily advise as best we can.

If you want to share good practice in the industry then there is an excellent facebook group of marquee hirer’s here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/themarqueeclub (note you must apply using a work/marquee related email).

Thanks for reading

Spencer

Marquee Heating information

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

Nearly all professional marquee hirers use diesel or gas powered heaters. When using one of these to heat a marquee personally I would always put a carbon monoxide tester in the marquee too. They’re cheap, easy to fit and give peace of mind to both you and the customer. Not only that it makes you look (even more) thorough and professional. All fumes from a diesel heater should be kept outside from the chimney but what if the wind blows it straight back towards the marquee?

L B Whites have a very useful heating app that’s worth looking at and illustrates why electric heaters are just not man enough for any serious size marquee.

Inputting a 6x12m commercial (3m apex height) marquee with a rise of 30degrees C (they do metric, I can’t!) gives a requirement for approx 100,000BTU’s or 30KW of heating. Had we designed our marquees to have a higher apex not only would they be less wind resistant they would also require far more heating – the requirement goes up to 40KW.

The maximum an electric heater can supply is 3KW of heat. If you wanted to heat one of these marquees using electric heaters you would need a whopping 10-13 of them and a very large generator to power them all!

Stick to diesel (indirect) or gas (lbwhite) and fit a carbon monoxide detector.

Thanks for reading

Spencer

Demo DIY Marquee going up 1st or 3rd March

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

We’ll be putting up one of our 6x12m DIY Commercial Marquees as a demonstration model next week – likely Tuesday 1st or Thursday 3rd March.

If you are considering buying one of our DIY Marquees or have bought one but not yet erected it you are more than welcome to come and see how it is done.

We at DIY Marquees have revolutionised the marquee sales industry in our ideas, designs and methods of construction. We’re more than happy to pass that knowledge on to existing or prospective buyers.

Alternatively the marquee will be staying up all summer for viewing.

A final decision on which day will be taken on Monday (29th), if you are interested in joining us then please get in touch and we will confirm timings on that Monday.

Thanks for reading

Spencer

Marquee Hire website design

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

Due to the continuing expansion of the company and increasing demands on all things online all of our web design is now handled by AJC Technology.

They also do marquee hire websites: Golden Dream Marquees

AJC made our new marquee planner so could potentially add that in to any new website you may want.

So if you need to update your website and want to talk it through with someone who actually understands marquees get in touch with AJC, we can highly recommend them.

Thank for reading.

Spencer

Can I use a DIY Marquee as a smoking shelter?

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

Yes, you can use one of our DIY Marquees as a smoking shelter but only with some precautions/conditions:

Will the marquee smell? No, not really. The PVC will not absorb smells so as long as it well ventilated the marquee will not smell and could be used for alternative purposes at other times.

If you are building a smoking area at an event then it is best to erect a separate roof only marquee or create a porch at the front of the marquee.

Thanks for reading

Spencer

Duracoretex PVC

Monday, January 25th, 2016

How do I know the quality of a PVC marquee cover? This problem arises as the only generic way of describing PVC is by weight – 380gsm, 500gsm, 650gsm.

The problem we have as a supplier is that there are many many different qualities of PVC within these weight bands. We could make our marquees cheaper by using a different quality (but same weight) PVC for example.

The problem you have as a hirer/user is how do you know what quality of PVC you are buying?

After many many years of supplying marquees using different versions of PVC we are now exclusively using Duracoretex PVC, this is because it has proved itself to be the most durable of all of the materials we have used across all weight categories.

Duracoretex PVC

The strength of the initial core material gives the fabric its strength with Duracoretex PVC often out performing heavier weight non-branded PVC.

So is all non-branded PVC unsuitable? Certainly not. But the quality of our marquees is how we have gained our excellent reputation and this is not something we wish to risk. Hence we use Duracoretex PVC.

Thanks for reading.

Spencer.

PAT Testing, Marquee Lighting and Event Electrics Courses

Monday, December 14th, 2015

Our friends at Essential Supplies:

We will be running PAT Testing, Marquee Lighting and Event Electrics Courses next year. For further information, prices and availability please email sales@essentialsupplies.co.uk

All of the marquee lighting we supply is designed to be very easy to fit but if you expand and take on more adventurous lighting or electrical work then you want to make sure you’re following best practice.

Spencer

Marquee Heaters – how much fuel to supply

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

Even though the weather is still relatively mild any marquee hire will now be going out with heating. The question is how much fuel do you allow for and what is reasonable?

As with many things it is best to preempt any potential head ache by telling the customer in advance. We would usually specify (both on the quote and verbally when erecting the marquee) any heating comes with 12 hours of heating. This would usually be plenty for any function – if the party starts at 7 tell them to fire the heaters up at 5 to warm the marquee up and if they’re still going at 5am then the alcohol will keep them warm!

By not specifying this you run the risk of customers running out of fuel whether that be gas or diesel. As with many things I only know this from personal experience but customers will be in the marquee the evenings beforehand using the heater only to find they’ve used up all of the fuel before the function.

This doesn’t of course apply to electric heaters though as discussed elsewhere they are only really suitable for very small marquees/gazebos. Diesel heaters have the advantage over gas in that customers will often be happy topping up the fuel themselves to save you going out to do so (you can even leave a spare canister and funnel).

Save yourself the headache and risk of a callout by making it very clear in advance how much fuel for the heaters you are supplying.

Thanks for reading

Spencer

Selling used marquees

Monday, November 16th, 2015

Ben Dawson has written a really interesting blog post on Linkedin: Selling used equipment – marquees especially

For those who don’t know Ben he’s the man who set up curlew.co.uk which is simply the place to sell second hand marquees or associated equipment. He’s a very, very knowledgeable person on marquees and I can only agree with all the points he makes.

Spencer

 

Showmans Show 2015 – review

Monday, October 26th, 2015

Thank you to everyone who came and visited our stand at The Showmans Show 2015. I grew up on stands at various outdoor shows and as I’ve said previously The Showmans Show is so much better organised and so much more exhibitor-friendly than any other show we have exhibited at it is a joy to be a part of.

The atmosphere among the marquee hire trade in general is so much more positive and upbeat than just a few years ago.

Our newly designed demi-marquees seemed to go down very well, they are based on a concept we developed years ago but it’s nice to at last produce a more polished model. The deluxe version will be available early 2016 with a commercial model to follow.

The best part of the show is meeting people. Whether it’s meeting new start-ups with the energy they bring or existing customers that we have dealt with for years. There are also a number of past customers who pop in having moved on to the bigger machinery-erected structures that intimidate and impress me in equal measure!

Thanks for visiting us, I hope to see you at next years show.

Spencer