The Tools of the Trade, a collection of tips and tricks

Inflating is the most critical part of working with balloons. Getting the air in is not critical, but getting all the balloons to be the same size is the key to a professional appearance over an amateur one.
- Unknown
Note:
Some of the following comments include amounts of money in the imaginary unit called "C-shells." These units are used to avoid any hint of illegal price fixing in the balloon industry.


Equipment

The following table lists some of the equipment balloon decorators need. This list is by no means complete but if you have these things on hand when you are at a job you should have no trouble completing your decor.
  • Balloons
  • Electrical Equipment
  • Rigging Equip., Adhesives, & Fasteners
  • Miscellaneous Tools & Equip.
  • Foil
  • Extension Cords
  • Glue Gun
  • Tool Belts
  • Hi-float
  • Round Latex
  • Power Strips
  • Glue Sticks
  • Tape Measure
  • Quickie Clips
  • Non-round Latex
  • Chase Mini Lights
  • Rubber Cement
  • Spring Clamps
  • Quickie Clip Dispenser
  • Other Balloons
  • Standard Mini Lights
  • Duct Tape
  • Allen Wrench
  • Balloon People Face Stuff
  • Inflation Equipment
  • Large Christmas Lights
  • Electrical Tape
  • Standard Wrench
  • Large Plastic Trash Bags
  • Helium Tanks
  • Other Lights
  • Other Tape
  • Standard Screwdriver
  • Invoice
  • Nitrogen Tanks
  • 3 Prong Ground Adapter
  • Small Cable Ties
  • Phillips Screwdriver
  • Camera
  • Tank Valves (Regulators)
  • Large Cable Ties
  • Needle Nose Pliers
  • Tripod
  • Electric Air Inflators
  • Centerpiece Materials
  • Drapery Hooks
  • Standard Pliers
  • Film
  • 5" Inflator Tips
  • Mirrors
  • Tile Ceiling Hooks
  • Hammer
  • Promotional Material
  • Dolly
  • Balloon Sand Weights
  • Nylon Cord
  • Hacksaw
  • Food
  • Safety Equipment
  • Confetti
  • Monofilament
  • Bolt Cutters
  • Beverages
  • Ear Plugs
  • Ribbon
  • Suspension Cable
  • Scissors
  • Safety Glasses
  • Baskets/Containers
  • Cable Clamps
  • X-acto Knife
  • Metal Infrasturcture
  • Tank Safety Stands
  • Foam
  • Turnbuckles
  • Pocket Knife
  • Base Plates
  • Tank Safety Straps/Chains
  • Floral Picks
  • Track Wall Hooks
  • Drill
  • Metal Pipes/Conduit
  • Greening Pins
  • Rubber Bands
  • Drill Bits
  • Fittings
  • Balloon Sticks And Cups
  • Large Paper Clips
  • Balloon Sizing Templates
  • Aluminum Rods
  • Small Paper Clips
  • STP's Armor All

Monofilament Line

Tulle

Deco lace

Ribbon

"Premium Balloon Stems"

Plush

Latex Balloons

Combating Pear Shapes

Sizers/Templates

Foil Balloons or Mylar Balloons

Deflating Foil Balloons

Painting Foils

Heat sealers

Storing Balloons

Corralling Balloons

Tools For Cutting Foamboard

Mylar Cutter

Bow Machines

Spray Adhesive

Glue Guns

Pan Glue

Velcro

Tape

Hanging Things From Walls And Ceilings

Power For Outdoor Work

Painting Styrofoam


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