Staking cold-air inflatables down for ground installations is an important part of a successful setup. While it may seem like an easy enough task, there are a lot of factors to be considered: Which stakes are best? Are there utility lines buried at your site? Are the weather conditions windy? Will the inflatable be safe from vandalism?
There are several different stakes and techniques, but the professionals here at Landmark Creations recommend using one of the following-
Durable, metal ground stakes generally come in 18”- 42” lengths. They cost between $4-$10 and can be found at local farm and fleet stores. They’re great to use on large inflatable ground installations because they are heavyweight, they won’t shear off, and they’re durable. These stakes can even penetrate asphalt giving you a larger selection of where to place your inflatable.
While they are heavyweight and will help your inflatable remain safe (even in windy conditions) there are a few drawbacks. Metal stakes are heavy to transport, and expensive to ship. They also require a heavy mallet to drive them into the ground.
Ground augers are a durable, lighter weight solution. They can easily screw into the grass by hand or with use of a screwdriver run through the top loop. Augers are inexpensive, and easy to ship. These anchors are good for use on small inflatable ground installations, but they, too, have drawbacks. Ground augers can twist out of the ground if the soil is loose or the conditions are windy so you need to be a bit more selective of where you locate your inflatable.
1. Choose an area that will provide a good line of sight for your inflatable. After all, the whole purpose is to generate a heavy traffic flow to your business or event.
2. Contact your local utility company in advance of your installation so they can mark ground lines.
3. Be sure your inflatable will be protected from vandals. Choose a location with constant visibility, or one with a fence that can be locked after hours if possible.
4. Locate near a ground fault protected electrical source. Use long extension cords sparingly.
Giving due attention to the location and staking techniques used during your installation will help you have a more successful event.