The very last thing in which we are not going to do today is the rain flap or the storm flap. When I bring my employees on as new hires, I absolutely, will not allow them, to
close their own rain flaps for the first week or so. I want to make
sure I have no drop lace lines. This is also true if I hire temps. If I hire temporary labor ready employees, under no circumstances, do I want them
to close the rain flap. I need somebody with experience to check
that there are no drop lace lines before the lace line rain flaps are closed. The comment that usually comes out right now
is, “Well Pete, you told us not to walk on the tent.” That is absolutely right. This is the one and only time. The one
and only place that I allow people to walk on the tent. You must stay on the lace line when you walk up the tent. When you walk up on the lace line you are walking on two pieces of webbing. You are walking on the grommets and ropes.
There is very little fear that you are going to cause a scrim damage problem. This is the only please and the only time that
you can walk on the tent. After that week to ten day period is over and I am
comfortable with these employees, knowing how to lace a tent, our general process is to close the rain flaps
as we are weaving. Do not allow temporary workers or new hires to close the rain flaps. After you are comfortable with them, then
make them close rain flaps as they weave.