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DECISION
BALLASTING DONE RIGHT MEANS
GOING HEAVY, BUT INDUSTRY-DEVELOPED
TOOLS HELP TO EASE THE BURDEN.
by Jeff Moravec

allasting may seem a necessary evil in the world
of tented events. All tents need to be anchored in
one way or another, of course, with ballast
(weight) being a common method. It requires a
lot of planning, cost and physical effort to do it
right-yet it's work that likely goes largely unnoticed and
unappreciated by the customer and event attendees unless
something goes wrong.
But, because when something goes wrong an event
can be ruined, along with the installation company's
reputation, it's critical to have the right ballast and to know
how to transport it and use it.
"You don't want to be on the news because your tent
blew down as the result of being poorly ballasted," says
Saroj Bains, general manager of Event Labor Works, a labor
augmentation company serving the tent rental industry in
Montreal, Que., Canada.
In the industry there are those who view successful
ballasting as an art form and take pride in mastering the
craft. And in recent years, with access to better information
about how to ballast, as well as signi¤Éicantly improved
ballast options, the operation doesn't have to be as onerous
as it once was.
"We actually love ballasting," says Steven Eisenstein,
president of Classic Tents & Events in Norcross, Ga. "We're
proud of the way we do it."

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