Archive for November, 2011

Connecting a marquee to a house

Monday, November 28th, 2011

During the winter people are often using marquees to gain an extra room on a house rather than holding the whole event in the marquee. This brings with it a few issues:

1. Orientating the marquee: If at all possible have the end of the marquee butting up against the building rather than the side.

  • This means if it rains the water will go off to the side rather than towards the house/join
  • There are no eaves rails in gables so raised doors can still open outwards in to a marquee
  • If you have to have the side of the marquee against the house then consider a walkway even if you only use 2m of it to cover the doors

2. Leave the end walls open if possible: If there is a door opening in to the end of the marquee then there’s often a window nearby. It helps the atmosphere of the party if people inside can look out of that window and see the marquee outside (and vice versa). It makes the marquee feel more like an extra room (which is what most people want after all).

3. Fill the gaps: It’s cold this time of year and heat from the marquee should be going in to the house not the other way around:

  • Extend the ends of the marquee on either side to block up any gaps between the house and the marquee
  • The marquee may not need weathering if you’ve got the gable up against the building but pin the scalloped edge up to the house guttering to make it look neater and give it a better seal
  • Keep rain skirts, all roof edges and leg covers fixed down, if they flap around in the wind then the heat will get blown out

As a final note – remind your customer to have the drink or food (preferably both) outside in the marquee to ensure it gets used thoroughly. Just pointing out that the most popular room at a house party is the kitchen usually does the trick. They’re paying for a marquee the best thing is to make sure it gets used!

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Good marquee discussions over on the forum

Monday, November 21st, 2011

I have mentioned the marquee forum several times before but it is a very good source of information. I certainly learn a lot from people on there so here are some useful threads to read:

Electric heaters..any good? Personally I don’t think they are very good (which is why we don’t sell them) but I have to respect the fact that there are people in the industry who do use them.

Drilling in to tarmac A thread that educated me, I always thought drilling in to tarmac is fine but in some circumstances it’s not a good idea.

Mould in pvc A must read, this discusses how to get out marks in PVC as well as explaining why you shouldn’t fold walls/windows repeatedly using the same fold lines.

Worse than a gym membership A warning against advertising with one of the marquee directories

There’s also a lot of other useful information on there and as it’s the only dedicated marquee forum around (to my knowledge) it’s worth keeping an eye on.

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Marquee lighting & electrical courses

Monday, November 14th, 2011

Putting up marquees is easy. Putting up our lighting packages is easy. Planning the lighting and electrical requirements for a large marquee event is not so easy.

As a marquee hire company gets bigger naturally the events you cover become larger and more sophisticated, with that in mind you might want to consider going on one of Essential Supplies lighting or electrical courses:

Essential Supplies in conjunction with our Hire depot ES Lighting HireĀ will be running a range of training courses in January and February. The courses will be in PAT testing, marquee electrics and marquee lighting. They are specifically tailored to suit those working within the events industry.

The PAT Testing course will run on the 17th, 18th, 30th and 31st of January, the marquee electrics course will be the 9th and 10th of February and the marquee lighting course the 22nd and 23rd of February. The courses shall be held at the premises of our hire department in Hook, Hampshire.

For more details contact Louise at Essential Supplies, please mention our name then we might get some more pasties at The Showmans Show next year!

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How to avoid a headache

Monday, November 7th, 2011

When you turn up to erect a marquee the exact position isn’t always definitely decided. This gives a nice flexibility to the booking that customers often like so they can decide where it goes based on the weather forecast and where they think it looks best on the day.

Unfortunately this can lead to problems. One is that the customer (or person who needs to make the decision at least) isn’t there. The last thing you want is to erect the marquee only to be called back to move it later in the day.

The second problem is it leads customers to believe that the position of the marquee is flexible even when you’ve nearly finished the build!

If you have a customer who’s indecisive or you fear may want to move it ‘depending on how far it goes on to the lawn’ for example then there’s an easy answer. Lay the groundbars and footplates out to create the footprint of the marquee. This is nice and easy to move around the garden and you make it clear that this has to be their final answer.

You come across as helpful and wanting to ensure everything is right for their event but at the same time you’re making sure you don’t have to waste your time moving the marquee at a later stage.

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