How to Tie Down Event Tents on Cement

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Tents come in a variety of shapes, sizes, frames and profiles, depending upon the event they are used for, such as car shows, celebrations and sales booths. Anchoring an event tent involves knowing how much surface area the tent contains, and the surface to which it is to be anchored. Permanent and temporary anchoring solutions exist, along with specific devices used to keep the tent in place.

Things You'll Need

  • Felt pen
  • Drill motor
  • Cement drill bits (1-inch round by 4 inches)
  • Drop-in eye bolts (3/4-inch round by 3 inches)
  • Threaded shafts (matched to eye bolt thread diameter)
  • Hammer
  • Channel locks
  • Bolts (3/4-inch round by 3 inches)
  • Cement mix
  • Pan (large)
  • Trowel
  • Water barrels (55-gallon)
  • Rope
  • Scissors

Permanent

  • Lay out the tent frame, or corners, on the cement surface where you plan to raise the tent. Use a felt pen to mark the locations of the frame connecting points or tie-down eyelets of the tent onto the cement surface. Pull the tent to the side. Hook up a 1-inch round by 4-inch long cement drill bit to a drill motor. Drill down through the concrete approximately 3 1/4 inches. Remove all cement shavings from the hole. Drill all holes in this manner.

  • Place a threaded anchoring shaft at the top of the hole, with the tapered side of the shaft facing down. Tap the threaded shaft down into the hole using a hammer until its top sits flush with the surface of the cement. Place all your anchoring shafts in the holes and tap them down flush with the surface.

  • Screw your threaded eye bolt down into the threaded shaft sleeve by hand. Tighten it with a pair of channel locks. Screw in all the eye bolts into the threaded shaft sleeves in the same manner. Place your tent frame (or poles) into position over the eye bolt locations, and secure the poles or frame with your tent ratchet straps or tie cords placed through the eye bolts.

  • Untie the tent ratchet straps or cords from the eye bolts and strike the tent, when ready to leave. Unscrew and remove all the eye bolts with the channel locks. Screw in 3/4 by 3-inch bolts into the threaded shaft sleeves with channel locks. The anchoring holes can be reused again by simply removing the bolts and replacing them with the eye bolts. This also protects the holes from debris and dirt.

  • Mix a batch of cement and water in a pan, according to directions. Remove the anchoring shafts and pour cement into each of the anchoring holes and smooth the surface with a trowel. This procedure should be used if the property manager of the area would like the cement surface returned to its original condition and appearance. Allow the cement to dry completely before leaving the premises.

Temporary

  • Count the number of anchoring corners you have on the tent, including the sides for a very large tent. Obtain the number of 55-gallon water barrels you will need for each anchoring position.

  • Raise the tent and secure the frame as you normally would. Place the tent in an upright position. Place a 55-gallon drum next to each anchoring location, either inside or outside the tent according to your preference. Fill all the water barrels with water.

  • Cut lengths of rope with scissors, long enough to loop around the bottom of the water barrel and tie to the pole or bottom frame of the tent. The barrels will weigh over 400 pounds, enough to keep the tent from flexing and flying away in a breeze.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always get permission from the owner of the property before drilling holes for fixtures. Some holes may pre-exist, and you can use these in combination with water bottles. Repair any damage you incur on the cement surface, whether it be concrete, asphalt, dirt or grass.

References

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