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Introduction:

Each advertising blimp, balloon, ball and tube we make is factory inspected and test inflated to insure there are no defects or leaks.  Each product is shipped with a “Special Instruction” page with assembly and filling instructions pertaining only to that product.  Be sure to read that page in addition to this page.

Selecting the Operational Area:

Select an area which is clear of power lines, trees, buildings, poles and other obstructions which might damage the product as it moves around in the sky.

At the tie down point and the area around the tether line, make sure there are no objects which might catch, fray or cut the tether line.

Warning! A tether line under tension is easily severed! 

Select a location for inflation which is smooth and clear of any rough or sharp objects.

Lay out a tarp to protect the product during inflation.

Make sure all valves on the product are completely closed.

Avoid inflating in windy conditions if possible.

Connections:

Attach the quick link on the end of the tether line to the quick link on the product. Screw both quick links closed and tighten with a small pair of pliers.

Unwind around ten feet of tether line from the reel and tie off to a secure point to insure the product doesn’t get away while being inflated.

Inflation Procedures:

Inflating is a two man operation! One person holds the product at the point where the tether line attaches and the other person does the inflating.

Screw the brass fitting end of the inflation hose onto the cock of the helium tank.
Hand-tight is sufficient for brass fitting; a wrench is not necessary.

Slide the other end of the hose into the large inflation port and hold the material tightly around the hose.

Helium is a nonflammable, non-toxic gas, but it is bottled under extremely high pressure.

WARNING! Very slowly crack the helium tank valve! Inflate slowly!Never open the helium tank valve to the point that the flow of helium makes a high-pitched screeching noise and violently flaps the material, which could result in damage to the blimp material.

The flow of helium will make a rushing noise. Continue inflating until the “inflation strap” on the outside of the product lies smooth and flat against the surface.

Cold weather inflation procedures:

Towards the end of the inflation, when the material starts to flatten out, finish inflating very slowly to allow the cold material time to stretch without damage!

If it is below freezing, the final phase of inflation must be done in stages.

 Helium Purchase:

Tanks of helium may be purchased from your local welding supply company. Most welding suppliers will deliver to your location and pick up the tanks when you have finished.

Plan to keep at least one tank with some helium to occasionally top off your product. A product with no holes will have around a 1% loss per day through the material, which means you will normally have to add a little helium every 3 to 5 days.

Protect your Investment:

The tether line tie down point should be kept away from the public, such as on the roof of a building. Individuals have been known to cut the tether line for the fun of it! To prevent vandalism, the product should be lowered and stored inside anytime your business is closed. This is especially true at night.

Storage Considerations:

All products need to be completely dry before deflating and packing up for any length of time. The product should be stored in a climate controlled enviroment, free of moisture.

Warning! If folded damp or stored in a damp location, a fungus will develop that will eat holes in the material, which will destroy the balloon beyond repair.

Dealing with Leaks:

Leaks are usually caused by the product coming in contact with something sharp or rough which punctures the material. To repair leaks, follow the “Blimp & Balloon Repair Instructions” included with each product.

Tether Line Handling and Operation:

Letting the tether line slide through your fingers too fast will cause rope burns! It is recommended that you wear gloves.

Products should be flown using the total length of the tether line. This keeps the product flying above surface wind turbulence.

At the tie down pont and the area around the tether line, make sure there are no objects which might catch, fray or cut the tether line. A tether line under tension is easily severed!

Weather Considerations:

Once inflated, rain, ice and snow will not hurt the material, but the added weight will reduce the lift and affect the flying performance. Rain should not be a serious problem, but accumulating ice and snow will.

The main weather consideration is wind! If high winds or thunderstorms are forecast, the product should be pulled down and stored inside. If you do not have an inside storage location, including a trailer that’s large enough, then:

Secure Temporarily:

(1) lay out a ground tarp

(2) tie the tether line off short to a ground anchor

(3) cover the product with a cover tarp

(4) anchor the cover tarp securely, pulling the product snugly down on top of the ground tarp.

Understanding the Effects of Temperature Change:

Helium shrinks in cold temperatures and expands in warm temperatures. Consider:

1. You inflate outside in hot weather and bring the product inside where it is cool. The helium will shrink slightly and the product will become soft. Do not add helium, because when you take it back outside in the hot weather, it will expand back out.

2. You inflate outside in cold weather and bring the product inside where it is warm. The helium will expand and so will the product. Do not bleed off helium, because if you do, when you take it back outside in the cold weather, the helium will shrink and the product will become too soft to fly properly.

In Review . . . Three Major Precautions!

Tether Line——–It must not rub against anything to prevent it from being severed!

The Product—–Avoid any obstructions to prevent causing holes and leaks!

Storage———-Pack up dry and store in a damp-free location to prevent damage!