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What’s needed in the toolbox of a marquee hirer

Monday, January 26th, 2015

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.


DIY Detachable eyelets

Monday, February 9th, 2009

I really try to keep this blog informative rather than a sales pitch for our shiny & lovely DIY Marquees.

Today I’m going to write about an ingenious gadget that we’re starting to sell but please realise that I love this thing which is why we’re now selling them – I’m not raving about something just because we sell it. Make sense? Probably not but regular readers will be used to that 😉

Introducing the DIY detachable eyelet:

DIY detachable eyelet

dimensions approx 8cmx4cm
This is a tool that means you can create an eyelet anywhere on a marquee wall/roof without leaving marks or making holes.

How’s that useful?

Our marquee walls used to be covered in very small holes where we’d have to attach them to a house -you get quite inventive how you do it but generally cable tying to a drainpipe or door frame is the most common. This tool saves any hole-making or damaging, just create an eyelet in seconds.

I promise you if these had been around when we ran a hire company I’d have bought them by the hundred, they save so much time and effort while looking smarter. They’re also good for emergency repairs or guttering.
They’re not on the website yet as we’re rushed off our feet (I nearly said snowed under there..) but costs will be:

  • £3.80 for 4 (p&p £1.20)
  • £7.80 for 10 (p&p £1.50)
  • £14.80 for 20 (p&p £1.80)
  • £29.80 for 40 (p&p £3.95)

We only stock white as all commercial marquees are white.

Thanks for reading, hope it’s not too marquee sales pitch like