Posts by Taylor Leon

How To Decorate Your Garage Door Without Inhibiting The Opener

Few parts of your property are more of a blank canvas than your garage door, which is almost literally a blank canvas. Whether you’re decorating for the holidays, springtime, or for any special occasion, it is important to know exactly what you can and cannot put on your garage door for the sake of allowing it to open and close properly. Here are a few simple rules for making sure your decorations don’t get in the way of your door’s operation. 

Don’t Let Your Decorations Jut Out

This one might seem obvious, but it might restrict your decoration options more than you might think. Measuring the distance between your garage door when it is open and the ceiling above it will give you a good idea of how big your decorations can be. Christmas wreaths that are overly elaborate are typically a no-go, and decorations like flags are usually a problem. However, a way to get around this would be to use a more modest wreath around the holidays, and draping a cloth flag across the front of the door, instead of mounting them on poles. This way, the door will be able to open and close freely without issue, just so long as there aren’t any screws or nails sticking out of the back. 

Leave the Heavy Stuff Off

Another big issue when mounting decorations on a garage door is the weight, especially when your garage door is particularly heavy, like those made of wood. The horsepower of your garage door opener obviously has a large impact on this, and as a general benchmark, an opener that is 1/2 horsepower can lift around 300 lb, while a 1 horsepower opener can lift about 400 lb. Asking your garage door service company about the amount of weight your opener can lift is a great way to guarantee you won’t be stuck with an unusable garage. When asking this, make sure to also ask about the total weight of the door, as this will tell you the approximate weight of decorations you can use without harming the motor. 

Your garage door is a fantastic place for personal expression, and a great way to liven up your back or side yard. However, getting carried away with decorations can be expensive and time consuming if it causes your door to be useless. When in doubt, go for light, flat decorations or even washable paint to use this blank space as a backdrop for your home decor. For more information, contact Transcona Overhead Doors Ltd.

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Learn How To Properly Care For Your Garage Door Opener

Garage door openers have made life with a garage much easier because you can simply press a button to open your garage door. In order to keep your garage door opener working as well as it can, you need to be sure that you take care of it properly. Below are a few tips for taking proper care of your garage door opener.

Keep It Secure

A huge mistake that many people make is keeping the opener on the visor in their car. Anyone could take the opener and your GPS to get into your home. The thief hits “Home” on the GPS and uses the opener to open your garage to steal everything inside of it and possibly get into your home as well. Keep the opener in your glove box or center console so that no one can see it when you are not in your car.

Keep It Cool

If you keep the opener in direct sunlight or in a hot car for too long, the batteries inside of it could explode or leak. This will ruin the opener and cause it to no longer work. It is best to keep the opener in your pocket or purse on hot days to keep the batteries from destroying it. If the opener is too large to fit in your pocket, simply remove the batteries and carry them with you instead of the entire opener.

Keep It Dry

You need to keep the opener dry to ensure that it does not become waterlogged and stop working. If you drop your opener in a puddle or accidentally get it wet in the rain, you need to dry it out to ensure that it will work when you need it. Take the batteries out of the opener immediately. Place the opener inside of container filled with rice. Be sure that the entire opener is covered with the rice and leave it in place overnight. When you wake up the next morning, all of the water should be out of the opener and it should be usable again.

If you follow these tips, you can rest assured that your garage door opener will work when you need it to. If your garage door opener stops working, replace your batteries to see if that is what is wrong with it. If that does not solve the problem, you may have to get a replacement garage door opener.

To learn more, contact a company like Crowfoot & Cross Town Garage Door Services with any questions you have.

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Come Clean–How To Help Your Hotel Guests Have The Best Experience Possible With On-Site Self-Serve Laundry

Access to on-site guest laundry facilities may be one of the hotel industry’s less-glamorous amenities, but when life gets messy being able to quickly wash or dry something can make all the difference in a traveler’s experience.  Whether your hotel is able to offer your guests a dedicated laundry room or you just have a couple of coin-ops in the hallway, here are some ways to make sure your visitors get the most out of your laundry facilities.

Invest in Quality Equipment

The type of equipment you are able to offer will reflect back on your business.  Guests will not expect hundreds of options and specialized settings, but they will not be impressed by machines that are dated, slow, and loud.  Instead, invest in quality commercial washing machines with adequate capacity, the ability to perform efficiently (minimizing the need for repeat cycles), and that don’t make excessive noise. 

Make Maintenance a Priority

Few things are as off-putting to a traveler as seeing an “out of order” sign taped to a machine when they need it most.  Spare your guests the disappointment of choosing a hotel with on-site laundry only to still have to hit a laundromat by keeping machines in good shape through regular maintenance.  When a problem does arrive, make sure it is repaired promptly.

Adequate Number of Machines

Despite your best efforts, well-maintained machines do occasionally break down.  Also, even when everything is up and running perfectly there may be multiple guests who need access to machines at the same time.  Prevent guest frustration by investing in multiple machines.  Be aware of how often machines are being used–if all available machines are running simultaneously at least once a day it is probably time to purchase additional equipment.  If you have a pool at your location, you may also want to install extra dryers so swimmers can dry damp suits while other guests do full laundry.

Get the Word Out

Of course, owning great machines provides little benefit if guests aren’t aware of them.  You can mention the on-site laundry at check-in, but you can also raise awareness by placing reminders in strategic places.  Some possibilities?  A sign in the fitness room could let guests know they don’t need to re-wear sweaty gym clothing during their stay.  A note near the pool could spare guests the inconvenience of packing wet suits.  Information could even be placed in the hotel restaurant or with take-out menus suggesting that if guests spill, they can tackle stains immediately rather than waiting until they return home.

Also, adequate hallway signs directing guests to the machines serve the double-purpose of preventing lost laundry-seekers and reminding visitors of your commitment to their convenience.

Change for the Better

Make your guests’ lives easier by having a way for them to change dollars into quarters.  A change-making machine is one option, but keeping the front desk stocked with quarters is often easier.  Leave a note near machines advising that the front desk is happy to make change to help bashful guests feel comfortable making the request.

Have Detergent Available

Finally, because most travelers don’t regularly carry detergent with them, have single-wash packets of detergent and fabric softener available somewhere on-site.  While offering them as a complementary necessity at the front desk is a nice gesture, most guests won’t mind paying a reasonable price for these supplies and they can easily be sold alongside candy and hygiene products at a hotel sundries store.

Following these simple steps will help make having access to washers and dryers one more way your guests feel truly at-home in your hotel.  

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3 Signs That You’re Spending Too Much To Heat Your Manufacturing Plant

As someone who runs a manufacturing plant, you probably know that nothing is cheap when it comes to running an industrial company. Keeping your building warm when the temperatures are plunging outside can be a costly challenge, but it’s critical to keep temperatures reasonable for the health and morale of employees and to prevent damage to your supplies and equipment. Unfortunately, there’s a chance that you’re spending far more on heating your industrial building than you should. Look for these signs, and you can then make changes to help you save money while keeping your manufacturing plant at a comfortable temperature all winter long.

1. You Aren’t Careful With Doors

Large, industrial-size doors can allow a lot of warm air to get out of your building in a short amount of time. If you don’t have rules in place regarding keeping the doors tightly closed at all times, then there’s a strong chance that you’re spending a lot more in heating than you should. It’s also important to check the area around your doors and around any windows that might be on your doors to ensure that there are no air leaks. If there are, you should use caulk or weather stripping to cover up these leaks. Another good option might be to replace older doors with energy efficient ones. Although this will require an investment on your part, you’re sure to get this money back and then some when you save on heating your plant.

2. You Aren’t Taking Advantage Of Heat From Machinery

As you probably already know, a lot of the machinery and equipment inside a manufacturing plant produces a lot of heat while in use. If you aren’t taking advantage of this, then you should. Place a large industrial fan above these machines so that the warm air that they produce will be circulated throughout the plant. Also, consider leaving areas open rather than closing them off so that the heat can spread throughout the building.

3. You Aren’t Using Gas For Heat

If you are using electric to power your heating and air conditioning system, then you are probably spending far too much. Although it’s debatable when it comes to the best choice for residential use, gas-powered air conditioning and heating systems are usually the best solution for manufacturing plants. Plus, if you purchase your fuel in bulk, you can save quite a bit of money.

As you can see, there are a few different reasons why you might be spending too much to heat your manufacturing plant. Luckily, spotting out these signs and making minor changes can help you save in the future while keeping the building as toasty and warm as ever.

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Party Potty: How To Disguise A Portable Toilet

For most people, porta potties bring images of dirty, smelly, plastic rooms designed to make your personal business as public as possible.  They are usually brightly colored and often placed in prominent locations so they can be easily found.  However, when hosting an event, the last thing you want people to see is a bright blue plastic room in which to do their business.

Here are some ways to disguise portable toilets and still keep them accessible to guests. 

Rental Tents

Concealing toilets inside a rental tent will create a better looking “building” for portable potties and give people a place to wait for an unoccupied unit.  Designate one tent for women and one tent for men.  The tents can be lit and decorated to match the theme of the party.

Use signs that also match the decor to assign gender and discretely point the way for guests.  To help create a more upscale feeling, set up a small table inside each tent with sanitation and beauty supplies such as hand sanitizer, lotion, mints, and perfume or aftershave.

Location

If a rental tent isn’t in the budget, strategically placing the portable buildings can create a feeling of privacy.  Hide the units behind a nearby building or behind a row of trees.  A sheet or tarp hung up between two trees could also create a cheap and easy hiding place.  Lattice is a little more expensive, but makes a screen that can be decorated with foliage, or tulle to camouflage potties.  Just be sure guests can still find their way to the bathroom once it’s hidden. 

Decorate

A suitable place may not be available to conceal your bathrooms.  In this case, hide them in plain sight.  Add some humor to the situation by making the porta potties part of the decor.  For a wedding, use cardstock to decorate one as a bride and the other as a groom.  A cow and bull would be funny for a barbecue.  Drape them with sheets to create a tent-like look or cover them with flowers.  Keep in mind, the purpose of a party is to have fun, so be creative. 

Portable bathrooms often get a bad rap because they’ve been left unattended in a public location for too long.  No one is taking care of the upkeep so they become messy and smelly.  During your event, be sure to assign potty duty to someone.

Keep the toilet paper stocked, the room wiped down, and air freshener handy and your guests will be comfortable and grateful to you for the extra thought.  Some rental companies offer this service as part of their package so ask your provider.  If you want more help or have other questions, consider contacting a company like Pitton Portable to learn more.

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