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Reyen: People assume that angling the stake farther
away from the tent gives it holding power. That's
a very common mistake. When you stake you are
creating a soil wedge. You want the triangle that
makes up the soil wedge to be as large as possible.
When you have a stake that's very angled, you are
reducing the size of that soil wedge, so it will be
easier to pull it out. You want to have the optimal
soil wedge, which gives it holding power.

What is your best tip for staking?
Reyen: Do a site survey and identify what you
are up against soil wise. You want to have enough
stakes for that day on the job, and you want to
bring extra in case conditions change. And use
the study-it's very easy, and you can tell pretty
quickly if you are going to need additional stakes.
Deninno: Call 811. It's a pretty clear law in all 50
states. I hear, "Well, you could let the customer do
it." No, you really can't. You are the contractor-you
are the one doing the work; you are responsible,
not the homeowner. You can have them sign off all
you want, but if you hit a gas line, forget about codes
and ines-you are putting your staff at risk.

SAFE BALLASTING
What are the common mistakes that
cause a ballasted tent to fail?

PEOPLE ASSUME THAT
ANGLING THE STAKE FARTHER
AWAY FROM THE TENT GIVES
IT HOLDING POWER. THAT'S A
VERY COMMON MISTAKE.
-JIM REYEN

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Tharpe: Ballasting failures normally occur when the
ballast slides on the ground on which it sets or on
the plates on which it sets. These failures also occur
when there is insuf icient ballast being used, which
causes the plate of ballast to be pulled or lifted off
the ground. This reduces the effect of resisting the
forces placed on the tent or temporary shelter.
Reyen: A lot of people don't look at all the details
of the ballast, such as the attachment point and
the structural integrity of the attachment point.
A water barrel may be 500 pounds, but you
can't connect a rope or a web and ratchet to an
attachment point that is only rated for 50 pounds.
Weight is weight for vertical lift, even for water
barrels. But in a horizontal load situation, different
ballasts perform differently because concrete
coef icient of friction is very different from plastic.



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