As winter melts away, everyone’s thoughts soon turn to springtime with the feeling of rebirth in the air. As you and your family head out into the warm spring air, be sure to discuss some spring safety topics to keep everyone safe. Here are a few topics we fell are important:
Allergies are a problem for many people in springtime. Get advice from your doctor on which allergy medicine to keep handy and have it ready for anyone in the family who needs it.
Warm days of spring are a great time to go over your fire escape plan with your family. Start doing some practice drills and make certain everyone knows what to do and where to go.
Your lawn mower has been sitting all winter long and needs a few things done before it can be used safely. Be certain to change out all of the fluids in the mower, top off all levels including oil and clean out any old grass that is still on the blade very carefully! Blades should be sharp and not pitted, if it is you may want to consider having it serviced and sharpened.
We tend to think about major cleaning the the springtime. Dangerous household chemicals such as paint thinners and cleaning chemicals can NOT just be put into the trash. If you live in Dane County, Wisconsin – check out Dane County’s “Clean Sweep Program”. It’s a great and safe way to get rid of those hazardous articles safely. Visit their web site or call 608-243-0368. Other counties or areas, visit your local garbage removal company for their policies.
As always, be safe. Finished with your spring cleaning and dreaming of adding on a porch…give Adams Design Construction a call…608-241-9009, or visit our web site… http://www.adamsofmadison.com . We make dreams a reality!
The garage door is often taken for granted, but it’s one of the most importantcomponents of your home. It’s not only essential for the security of your garage—and your home by extension—but it’s also vital to your convenience and safety. A garage door that doesn’t function properly makes it difficult to park your car in the garage and can make it less safe for anyone to pass under. It’s why if you are having any problems with your garage door that you should have it inspected right away. The following are some of the most common problems that garage door openers can experience:
- The Wall Switch Doesn’t Work:
If the remote to the garage door opener works fine but your wall switch doesn’t, it means that there’s either an issue with the switch itself or the switch wires. You will need to call a garage door repair professional or electrician.
- The Garage Door Opener Remote Doesn’t Work:
If the wall switch works fine but one of your remotes doesn’t, then it could be due to a number of issues. The most obvious thing to check first is the batteries. If you replaced the batteries and the opener still won’t respond to the remote, you may need to invest in a new one. If you can’t find a remote that matches your garage door opener model, you’ll either need to try a universal remote or you’ll need to have a new receiver installed.
- The Garage Door Sensors Don’t Work:
Every modern garage door comes with sensors on the side. These sensors ensure that the garage door doesn’t close on anything or anyone that’s passing through. If your sensors aren’t working, then your garage door isn’t safe to use. The door could close on your vehicle as you drive through—or it could close on someone walking through, thereby causing an injury.
- The Trolley Carriage Is Broken:
If your garage door won’t open at all, then it could be the result of a number of problems. If neither your remote nor your wall switch is the culprit, check the trolley carriage. If you notice that the trolley carriage moves even though the door isn’t opening, then it’s most likely because the trolley carriage is broken. Replacing the trolley carriage shouldn’t be done on your own unless you have experience with such repairs. A professional has the experience, expertise, and tools required to perform the task safely and effectively.
- The Main Drive Gear Is Broken:
If it’s not your trolley carriage that’s causing your door to stop from opening, then it could be the main drive gear. If you hear a grinding noise as you attempt to open the door, then the main drive gear has probably failed and needs to be replaced.
- The Tracks Are Misaligned:
If you hear a rubbing sound when the door reaches a certain point each time it opens or closes, it means the tracks are most likely misaligned. You can check the tracks for alignment issues on your own. If you see gaps between the rail and the rollers, there’s an issue. Misaligned tracks can make operating the garage door a dangerous task. If it’s especially bad, the garage door won’t move at all.
- The Garage Door Springs or Cables Are Broken:
The springs and cables help to lower and raise the door safely, preventing it from falling too fast. If the springs or cables break, then the door will slam to the ground, which could damage your property or your door as well as injure anyone underneath. If the springs or cables have broken or are visibly damaged, don’t attempt to replace them yourself. Doing so can be incredibly dangerous due to how tightly they are wound.
These are some of the common problems that garage doors can experience. These problems not only make your garage door less convenient to use, they can also affect the safety and security of your home. Need help with replacing a door then give us a call – 608-241-9009, we’d be happy to help you.
Snow is back and it’s turned cold here this December in Wisconsin. You’ve kept your driveway and sidewalks clear of the snow, but do you need to shovel the snow off your deck? Actually, the answer is simple: NO.
If you are worried about your deck collapsing from the weight of snow, don’t. Building codes require that decks support more weight than your roof. Basic rule of thumb: Don’t worry until the snow is above your rails. Most deck rails are 36″ high and weight of snow should not cause a problem unless it is over three feet deep. The best thing you can do with your deck is just leave it alone while the snow sits there, slowly melting and clearing itself. The deck will still be there come April, no need to mess with it in the mean time.
An exception to not shoveling would be if your deck is the second-emergency entrance into your home, or an entrance you use regularly. Then you may choose to shovel it, but be careful. Here are some basic rules to follow:
- Before snow falls, make certain no nails are sticking out of the deck boards .
- Try using a broom or leaf blower first. If too much snow, then get out the shovel.
- Use a plastic shovel, not a metal one – so not to scratch the decking material.
- Shovel in the direction/parallel to the boards, not across the boards.
- Never chop ice off your deck, it’s too easy to damage deck boards. If you must get rid of ice, then use environmentally safe chemicals.
So, if you need to (or desire to) get that snow off your deck, just be careful not to scratch or damage the deck boards. And be careful walking on your deck afterwards, ice has a way of creeping back for revenge.
What, you don’t have a deck? Are you considering having one built down the road? Well, give us a call for a free consultation…608-241-9009. We’ll be happy to take a look — once all this snow melts that is … Happy Winter!