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What are the challenges of ballast? It's
heavy and it takes up a lot of storage
space. This is the yard at Classic Tents
& Events in Norcross, Ga. Photo courtesy
of Classic Tents & Events.

HEAVY ON VARIETY

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ccording to Michael Tharpe, national
sales manager at Rainier Industries Ltd.

in Tukwila, Wash., ballast can be accomplished
in several ways:
* Weight can be positioned on top of a plate that is
attached to the baseplate of a tent.
* Weight can be distributed via a web and ratchet
or rope to the eaves of the tent.
* Weight can be attached to both the baseplate
and attached via a web and ratchet or a rope to
the eaves of the tent.
* And finally, weight can be positioned on top of a
plate that is attached to the eaves of the tent via
a web and ratchet or rope.
Additional factors to consider include the type
of tent and configuration required, ground type or
surface condition, required load for the tent, and
type and geometry of ballast to be used.

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coefϐicient of friction for different
common types of ballast on a variety
of surfaces. The tool was developed
from a study completed by TRD with
the Clemson University Department of
Engineering, Clemson, S.C.
"It was coincidental that that tool
came out shortly after we launched
Block and Roll," says Deninno. "I had no
idea it was coming and wasn't involved.
But as soon as that study came out,
people learned they needed more
weight in their tents, and I was the
solution to ϐigure out how to do it. We
don't tell people how much weight to
put on-we just give them the tools to
do it properly.
"You have to accept what you don't
want to accept," says Deninno. "You have
to accept that you need more weight
than you think you need. That's the
hardest battle for rental operators. The
Ballasting Tool is the best resource to

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