Many people purchase/hire a D-I-Y Balloon Kit, from a Gas Depot or Party shop to do the decorating themselves. Typically comprising of a cylinder with a measured quantity of helium, balloons and ribbons these 'kits' do not always come with an explanation of how to inflate and/or arrange the balloons correctly and of course there is never a Balloon Professional around when you need one.
In this blog and the next I'll share with you my own method for 'inflating balloons' with helium that I have used regularly in my own business over the past 36 years. I will also explain the most common sizes of gas cylinders and the basic way to sizing either an air or helium filled balloon.
To know how to inflate and size balloons the ‘old school’ without the aid of professional digital equipment means that you can perform the process anywhere anytime. Consistent sizing and arranging of balloons can save both time and money and can make the difference between your presentation having the WOW factor or just looking like a left-over mess.
Undersized balloons will not float for the expected 16-20 hours. Oversize balloons use too much gas and reduce the balloon-fill quantity from a cylinder, thus wasting your money. Over inflating the balloon not only looks UGLY it also puts undue stress on the balloon's integrity and leaves the balloon vulnerable to bursting when ‘brushed’ against objects or the ‘gas’ expands due with the rise in ambient temperature.
The First Graphic explains the different size gas cylinders that can be purchased in Australia. Different parts of the world have similar sizing.
The Second Graphic gives and easy method for inflating/sizing the balloon directly from the cylinder via a 'balloon regulator, tilt valve" which is the most common method used.
The Third Graphic demonstrates and easy 'sizing' method once the balloon has been inflated using air from a cylinder, compressor, air blower or hand pump.
In my next Blog I will demonstrate two easy methods for arranging the balloons in a professional looking bunch.
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