|A View from the Maintenance Building|
- 3-hour Spring Safety Training and Staff Meeting
- 1 worker fixed ball marks in the rain
- 1 worker changed course set up so that we can catch up on mowing when it drys out
- We disassembled most of the pumphouse in preparation for some repairs
- Refurbished 50 bunker rakes with Vinyl Guard
- Investigated the mystery of the bladder tank (see below)
- Cleaned shop
- At the moment, the crew is helping me do an alpha sort and file of receipts and PO's from 2010. I meant to do it over the winter but, you know, didn't get around to it.
Over time, fiberglass bunker rakes start to fade and splinter. They last longer than the old aluminum handles that would kink and bend, but nobody likes fiberglass splinters. Paint doesn't stick for long, so we decided to use a product called Vinyl Guard to refurbish the rakes. Vinyl Guard uses a heat shrrinking process to put a permanent protective coat on the handle. For a couple bucks per rake, they are like new.
|Jimmy's favorite job|
|Some of our "new" bunker rakes|
We are in the process of making some repairs to the irrigation pump system. Over the past week, we have been disassembling and inspecting all the components of the system. Most of the piping will be replaced due to its age and condition but some elements can be refurbished.
|Irrigation system components up for replacement|
|Definitely in the "replace" pile|
The red tank in the following pictures is supposed to hold an inflated air bladder that buffers system pressure and protects the pumps from excessive starts and stops. It is important to maintaining the system's health and longevity. Unfortunately, the air cavity was slowly leaking pressure and had been contaminated with water and sludge. The tank weighed at least 800 pounds in its waterlogged state so our mechanic had to do some rigging to move it. Using a combination of chainfalls, sleds, chains, and rollers, he moved the tank out of the pumphouse without breaking a sweat.
|The tank on a "sled" with rollers|
|Out the door and in the air|
|Pressure tank bladder|