The Best Foundation for an Inflatable Ad


Setting up a large inflatable balloon can seem like a daunting task.  Very few people have set up an inflatable advertisement before, yet everyone knows that a giant inflatable ad is just that, giant.  As with almost everything in life, the foundation to your company balloon is very important.  Other articles speak to what kinds of materials to use in securing a balloon rental to an anchoring system, but exactly what kind of anchoring system does an outdoor inflatable balloon need to be considered secure?  Here are a couple of questions to consider before you start setting up your large company balloon.


What kinds of stakes should be used?

Metal stakes are the first choice.  Andy other kind of stake would not be near strong enough to have a chance of keeping your company balloon grounded.  And considering that you are setting up a large balloon, the best kind would be 18 to 42 inches long; something heavy-duty and sturdy.  Most hardware stores carry them for under $ 10.  Depending on what kind of inflatable rental balloon you have will determine how many you will need to purchase.  Also, the more durable the stakes you choose, the more options you have for what kind of surface the rental balloon can be set up on: grassy lawn, rocky yard, or even paved parking lots (asphalt).  The only draw back to metal stakes is how much force (heavy mallet or sledge hammer) they can require to be forced into the ground deep enough to be truly secure.


Another option for anchoring your inflatable ad are ground augers.  The require less blunt force than metal stakes to get deep into the ground.  These can also be found at most local hardware stores and provide an excellent foundation to attach your inflatable balloon to.  However, be sure that whatever surface you’re working on is not too soft, as a strong gust of wind is more likely to pull an auger out of the ground than a stake.


What is buried under the ground you are considering?  Are there any utility lines?

Because your inflatable ad does require a solid foundation be sure and know where any underground wires, pipes, etc. are in relation to where you are driving in the stakes or augers.  In particular, if you are setting up your giant balloon near public property, call the city or local utility companies and ask if its safe to have a 3 foot stake in the ground you are considering.  You don’t want to puncture a hole in a water or gas line, or electrocute yourself by forcing a metal stake into underground electrical wires.  If there are lines near your promotional site but you still want to set up your company balloon there, ask them to come mark exactly where those lines are and how deep so you can work around them.


Where is the nearest plug?

Many people forget to consider this question before they start work after having already answer questions 1 and 2.  But this final question is just as important.  Yes, extension cords can be used, but they shouldn’t be the first choice.  If your company balloon does need to be set up a ways away from an outlet, be sure and get a heavy duty, outdoor extension cord.  You don’t want the balloon to “die” (deflate by the fan not running) and you don’t want anyone to get injured.


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