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It is very important that you inspect and inventory the parts both before erecting and after disassembling the  tent. Tent  disassembly  is  discussed  later.  The component  and  maintenance  checks  consist  of  the following: l l l l l l l Tent body. Inspect for abrasions, mildew, holes, poor   condition   of   previous   repairs,   broken stitching,  evidence  of  leaks,  and  low  fabric tensile  strength. Tent lines. Check the tent lines for frayed or raveled ends and for broken strands. Tent poles. Check poles for cracks, splinters, and damaged  metal  parts. Tent pins. Check pins for breaks and cracks. There   are   twenty-eight   24-inch   pins   and forty-eight 16-inch pins. Tent  hardware. Check  hardware  for  rust, looseness, damage, and missing hardware. Tent  cover.  Examine  cover  for  rips,  mildew, broken stitching, frayed tie lines, and loose or missing grommets. Slide  fasteners.  Inspect  for  damage  and  freedom of movement. Lubricate when slide fastener is hard to move up or down. SETTING UP THE TENT At  this  point,  you  have  selected  an  appropriate  site for  the  tent. You  are  also  familiar  with  the  tent components and have made certain all items are present and in serviceable condition. Now you can begin to set up the tent. When you are setting up the tent, use only tent parts and  accessories  for  their  intended  purpose. Component  Assembly You  should  begin  to  construct  the  tent  by  first assembling  the  poles. The tent has 1 ridge pole, 2 upright-center poles, 4 corner wall poles, 4 upright door poles, and 10 cave poles. The ridge pole comes in three sections. Two metal bands allow you to join these sections. lighten the four bolts that go through the bands to further secure these sections. The two upright-center poles (10 feet 3 inches) come  in  two  sections.  To  assemble  the  upright-center poles, insert the end of the section without the band into the section having the metal band. Raising and Securing the Tent Due to the extreme technical nature of this process, the instructions that come with the equipment should be followed. Remember, these instructions should be on the window flap at one end of the tent under the Care and Maintenance heading. General instructions also may be found in the Marine Corps Combat Feeding Workbook, P-MCBLC    1179    (Rev.    12-91).    If instructions are lacking, find a service member with enough experience to direct the raising and securing processes. The following are some safety points to observe when erecting the tent: l When lifting the tent, start in the correct squatting position and use your legs to avoid back injury. l When working near frame hinges, be careful to avoid pinching your hands or fingers. Do not hold the hinge at the ridge or cave location. .  Do  not  use  the  Yukon  stove  (M1950)  in  the expendable modular tents. .  Raise  and  lower  the  entire  side  of  the  tent smoothly and evenly to avoid damaging the frame. . Make sure to leave enough air space between the tent wall and foodservice equipment. When the M2 burner units are lit, they get hot. Frequently check the tent wall for heating while using the M2 burner units. Move the M2 burner units further away from the tent wall if necessary. If they are too close to the tent wall, they could ignite the tent. . Do not step on tent components. . To avoid damaging the tent frame, do not twist or turn it when handling. l Clear and level the ground before installing the floor. Sharp objects or ground depressions can damage the tent floor. .   Be   careful   when   moving   or   storing   tent components to avoid damaging the fabric. . If using an M1941 stove, make sure to tie the stovepipe  flap  securely  with  the  two  tie  tapes  provided. . Remember that under high wind conditions extra personnel are needed to safely erector strike the tent. 11-6

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