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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.

What’s needed in the toolbox of a marquee hirer

At an enjoyable meeting over the weekend I was asked what should be in the toolbox/van of a marquee hirer. What’s the typical equipment you should set yourself up with?

Obviously we can supply most of these but they are reasonably standard equipment available in many places:

  • Snips/wire cutters. Essential for cutting down cable ties used to attach linings and lighting.
  • Spare cable ties – used for linings and lighting and 101 other uses
  • Gaffa Tape – ideally in white. Just avoid the temptation to temporarily patch PVC using gaffa tape – when it comes to permanently patching the adhesive the tape leaves prevents the glue/weld from giving a good bond.
  • A repair kit is always useful just in case.
  • Carpet cutting knife (stanley) or similar, hammer, toolbelt & nails
  • Detachable eyelets are useful
  • Sledgehammer & goggles
  • Stake puller of some kind make life a lot easier than trying to loosen stakes with a sledgehammer
  • Steps – commercial grade, shorter than 2m to work under the eaves but giving a safe working height of 3m
  • Some offcuts of wood – useful for chocking tables in transport, supporting the odd footplate that’s in a slight dip
  • Hacksaw – just in case (incredibly rarely required)
  • Gas spanner – if you use gas heaters
  • Funnel – if you use diesel heaters
  • Pair of spanners (if using bolted together marquee like our deluxe range)
  • Vacuum cleaner or leaf blower – whatever you use to clean the floor
  • Washing up liquid, cloth & bowl – for giving the marquee and any equipment a once over
  • Baby-wipes – some people use these to ensure clean hands before fitting any marquee linings
  • Hard hats – it’s debatable as our marquees are mostly assembled on the ground whether they are classed as lifting over head height and therefore require hard hats. From experience I can say that you come across as a much more professional outfit if you wear hard hats until the structure is complete so I view it as good practice.

You wouldn’t need all of these initially, some you may never require but having most of these in your van/toolbox will make day to day life running a marquee hire business a lot easier. It will also save dashes to local DIY stores to get whatever tool you’re missing!

Thanks for reading.


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