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Top ten mistakes when installing shelters

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Have you ever made a mistake when installing a shelter? DomeShelter Australia has come up with a list of the 10 most common mistakes encountered when installing Shelters and tips of how to overcome them.

1. Wrong Wind Region Requirements met
Sometimes the customer wants to save money by getting a region B shelter for a region D area and taking the tarp off for cyclones. This has proven to be way more expensive than buying a region D shelter due to the man hours spent removing and re-installing the tarp roof every time. 

2. Ground not prepared 
If ground is not prepared properly water can run under the dome when it rains and there can also be problems placing containers

3. Containers not square or angled away from shelter slightly 
If containers are not square the whole shelter will be skewed resulting in a twisted looking shelter that may not perform under normal engineered capacity

4. Posts not spaced properly with AgShelters
Ag Shelters are designed with exact post spacing, if this requirement is not met the purlins and bracings between hoops will either not meet or overlap.

5. Ballast requirements not met
Ballast requirements are very important, if this is not met it may result in the DomeShelter shifting in high winds stressing out the components and twisting the shelter

6. Put up hoops from front to back
Hoops should be put up from back to front for ease of installation and to remove any obstructions for the crane

7. Try to pull tarp over on windy day
A large DomeShelter tarp may catch the wind and billow when being pulled over a DomeShelter. Pick a windless day to do the final step of installation

8. Tension tarp too much on sides before front and back
If the Dome is tensioned too much on the sides it will pull the ends in and make the front/back tensioning much harder. This needs to be done in smaller stages rather than 2-3 large steps. 

9. Not assembling and grouping all parts on ground together before starting
When assembling and grouping all components on the ground anything left out will be seen before it is too late and parts can be grouped according to their size/use

10. If one part doesn’t fit right, they cut to size.
This might be a part for another area of shelter that got mixed up Sometimes parts look similar but can be slightly different. If a wrong part is
altered to fit, the actual part might be found later and be unusable for the section.

By following these ten simple tips, you'll have an easier time installing and maintaining your shelter, ensuring its use for a while to come.

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