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here's a time and a place for
surprises-a tent install isn't
one of them. Encounter the
unexpected on one of these
projects and you risk losing
time, money and potentially a customer, not
to mention incurring on-the-job injuries.
Site evaluations offer the best protection against such
unhappy outcomes. Although the unanticipated can
still happen, site evaluations greatly reduce the chances
of a tent rental company being caught off guard.
Site evaluations offer an in-depth understanding of
the project, identifying problems ahead of time that
could cause delays, says Alex Kouzmanoff, president of
Aztec Tents in Torrance, Calif. Common issues include a
customer ordering a tent too large for the site or not wellsuited for the topography. Others challenges Kouzmanoff
mentions are limited or difϐicult access to the site, or one
where trucks must park some distance away from where
the tent will go up; overhead or underground utility lines
and other obstacles; non-standard anchoring conditions;
or a client who wants to have the tent installed over
objects that can't be moved, such as trees, statues or pools.
Even when a thorough evaluation is done, things
can still pop up, says Steve Belliveau, sales manager
for Evansville, Ind.-based Anchor Industries Inc. He
recalls one installation where the tent site was several
feet away from a stream or river that would (unknown
to the company) overϐlow during heavy rain.
"The day before the wedding, it rained over 2
inches and the tent was completely swamped, causing
chairs, tables, and even the dance ϐloor to vanish
downriver," he recalls. "The tent had to be reinstalled
several hundred feet away on higher ground."

UP, DOWN AND ALL AROUND
Thorough evaluations are key to
avoiding issues that could slow down
an installation or even present a
danger. Alex Kouzmanoff, president
of Aztec Tents, demonstrates using a
dynamometer to test anchoring loads.
Photo courtesy of Aztec Tents.

What should be checked at every site evaluation?
"As much as humanly possible," says Belliveau.
"The more information gained, the less likely the
need for subsequent trips on the installation-
which, we all know, will have a negative effect
on the overall proϐitability of a job."
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