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Hey, Don, thanks for the great PVC tip. The banner did come in a sturdy cardboard box, and I was wondering how the heck to reinforce it to preserve it.

The PVC tube is a great idea and I don't know why the heck I didn't think of it myself -- I've spent the past few days cutting and glueing together 3/4" PVC pipe for the banner frame.

In fact, the hardware store had a few odd pieces of leftover PVC pipe that they were selling cheap as scrap. Now I gotta go back and look for a 3" wide piece about 2-1/2' long.

BTW, the instructions that came with the banner said to roll it up with the lettering facing in. So that's what I'll do.

If Hurricane Hannah doesn't get there first, I'm hoping to use the banner and pennants next weekend at a big street fair. Keeping my fingers crossed!

Thanks again, Don, for the great tip. SETH
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Got up early Sunday morning to give my new E-Z Up tent and banner a test setup in the back yard -- I didn't want to be "practicing" my setup at a show!

Turns out I was right on the money with most of my measurements, I just had to trim about 3" off the legs of the banner frame, so that the banner was at the correct height relative to the front of the tent. I also tried out the "bungee balls," and they are quick and easy to use, definitely recommended. The top of the banner is 9 feet off the ground, and the tops of the pennants are 12 feet off the ground. No question that my booth WILL be visible!

I do have one question. The banner frame seems very sturdy from side to side, because it's lashed to the front legs of the tent. However, front-and-back is another story, and of course, if it's windy, that's where I will have the biggest problems. I can run a guy line at a 45-degree angle from the top of the banner frame to the top of the rear tent leg, on each side of the banner. That will provide some stability for wind from the rear, but it does nothing for wind coming from the front. I think that guy lines going in front of the tent would be unsightly and impractical (I have enough people tripping over my side guy lines for the tent as it is!) Anybody have some tips for dealing with this?

BTW, I know that one obvious answer is not to put the banner up in anything but light winds, which I plan to do. But I'm concerned about that one unexpected gust of wind that can send everything flying. SETH
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Seth,

I don't see much you could do.unless you did go on a 45 degree from the front.But like you said the marks will trip on the guy lines.Now you could find some thin pipe or steel rods and put inside the PVC pipe that is above the tent and holding the banner.This would stiffen the PVC pipe.

This is why I always used condut steel pipe for hanging banners and use these fittings to put it together.

http://www.ysbw.com/3-4-Canopy-Fittings-s/6.htm


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Hey Don, I looked at the conduit and it seemed to be about as sturdy as the PVC. I went with PVC because I figured the metal conduit would make a heck of a lightning rod, but the PVC wouldn't. Of course, I forgot that the tent frame itself is either steel or aluminum!

Anyway, the PVC is pretty sturdy, I have a sort of an H-frame that I jury-rigged up. It's fine in no wind or even a light breeze, but of course with that solid 2 x 8 banner on it, I imagine it could be subject to some pretty strong pressure. I'll just have to see how it goes. But at 25 cents a foot, it was cheap to put together, so if it doesn't work out it's no big deal, and of course, it IS deductible! SETH
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