‘Tis the season for holiday breaks and empty hallways. As students depart to spend time with their families, we know you’ve already made your list and you’re checking it twice – your maintenance list that is. Here are a few tips to help you cross some items off your list this holiday season when it comes to Bleaches…
It won’t be long until we’re moving indoors for Basketball Season, is your gym ready? Below are some of our featured telescopic bleacher and athletic equipment posts with maintenance and safety tips at the forefront. PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE: THE HOW-TO & WHY Given the right care, your telescopic bleachers will last generations, but it takes effort, care and knowledge on…
OUTDOOR BLEACHER RENOVATIONS: WHERE TO START Where to start? With an inspection of course. If you haven’t had one within the last 12 months, get one scheduled and let them know this inspection has dual purpose: code compliance and renovation/upgrades options. Tell them what your initial renovation needs are and what you would like to do so they can be sure to give you everything you need. Be transparent about a turnaround time too – if you know you need to make renovations within the next three months, you don’t want to wait a month for your report….
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We mentioned in our last post that Hussey Seating Company “…is not a manufacturing center. They are an innovation center.” They are dedicated to providing the best solution, and that solution includes maintenance services. We know, and Hussey knows, that when properly installed and maintained, your existing seating could have decades of safe and useful life ahead. You’ve invested in your equipment, and Hussey Seating Company has invested in its Regional Service Centers by training local Service Technicians through their rigorous factory training and certification program for installation and repair of Hussey seating systems.
With the development of partners like Farnham Equipment acting as the Regional Service Center in Ohio, we are able to provide not only service but code compliance solutions, preventative maintenance and inspections in the educational market for all seating products all across North America in a professional and timely manner.
Farnham Equipment Company has been a partner with Hussey Seating Company for nearly 50 years and has some of the best trained and available service technicians in the industry. With their knowledge of current codes, requirements and upgrade solutions they are able to support their customers with all aspects of seating needs in regards to code compliance, safety inspections, parts, repair and service.
We know many parts and pieces used may look alike or do the job, however if you have a facility you manage in Ohio and want the best solution, right parts and a successful repair or inspection, we strongly recommend calling Farnham Equipment Company to service all your needs."
- Mark Beaulieu, Hussey Seating Company, Dealer Service Manager
Currently there are 32 Hussey Regional Service Centers specializing in the comprehensive inspection of telescopic platforms, bleachers, fixed seating and gymnasium equipment throughout the North American market.
Here at Farnham Equipment Company, we’ve taken Services to the next level, viewing regular and detailed bleacher seating inspections and maintenance as much more than code compliance, but the cornerstone of customer care. Our Service Technicians have vast industry knowledge not only regarding Hussey products, but all telescopic bleacher models, outdoor bleachers and grandstands, athletic equipment, and playground equipment to provide you with a complete service solution for your equipment.
Our team's combined industry knowledge gives you possibilities:Even if your seating wasn't installed by us, we can maintain it. Parts, repair, and inspections are available for all seating manufacturers.
We may be in the heat of July, but I’m sure your mind is already looking ahead to the start of school this fall as you check maintenance items off of your to-do list. We wanted to make it a little easier for you when it comes to Telescopic Bleachers, Athletic Equipment, Playground Equipment and more with a quick resource guide to some of our previous Preventative Maintenance posts.
Not long ago, we were invited to a facility for a Gym Safety Session. There were approximately 12 people in attendance, many understood why they were invited to attend and some had obvious frustration that their attendance was required, they operate the equipment on a regular basis after all, so why should they attend? This is a large facility,…
Given the right care, your telescopic bleachers will last generations, but it takes effort, care and knowledge on your part. Just like your car needs an oil change, your telescopic bleacher needs preventative maintenance to ensure proper operation. We mentioned previously that our number one care tip is cleaning under the bleachers. Here are a few others to…
There is a reason we gave away popcorn samples at all of our trade shows this year – each one had a reminder inside to clean under the bleachers, the number one preventative maintenance tip we share. Whether its food, soda, or dust and debris, all have an impact on the operation of your telescopic bleachers.
Known as the bearing surface, the space underneath your telescopic bleachers in both the open and closed position. Often, cleaning up the mess after a big game means to close the bleachers and clean the floor where debris fell through. This is a good start, but you have to also beware of what lingers on the bearing surface where the bleachers sit in a closed position. This is where dust and debris tend to collect.
What Does it Impact?
The most obvious reason to clean under the bleacher is for sanitary reasons, from food, soda, wrappers, and dust this is a breeding ground for bacteria. The sometimes not so obvious reason: It can do some major damage to your understructure. The dust and debris can cause a domino effect with damage to the drive wheels that will impair tracking and alignment and this type of damage isn’t covered under your warranty because it is 100% preventable.
When you are closing power bleachers, row one goes under row two and pushes both under row three and then pushes all three under row four and so on getting heavier as they go. Once you have all of the rows closed under the others, except the last row or two, is when the bleachers begin losing their traction and need your assistance to close all the way. This is where the dust is causing the drive wheels to lose that traction. Now if it happens much before that, your wheels have picked up too much dust and are spinning in it creating a glazed smooth drive wheel instead of a gripping tire.
Your bleachers automatically realign themselves by closing completely and opening completely. When the bleachers loose traction and do not close completely and they are then opened, they do not come out straight. Coming back out, the portion that did not close all of the way has a head start and is ahead of the other sections that did close. This can, and does, bend the structural components and can even break them to the point that they need to be replaced. Note: A bleacher inspection that does not include the inspecting person opening and closing your bleachers is not a complete inspection.
But our bleachers are wall-to-wall, no gaps more than 4-inches, and we can only access this area through our access hatch… You would be amazed at what can fall through tiny openings. Even though unauthorized access to the understructure is prevented with wall-to-wall bleachers, dust still gathers and will build up on your drive wheels.
What to do:
Make cleaning the bearing surface part of your routine schedule and clean under the bleachers in the open position, clean where the bleachers sit in the closed position, then close the bleachers. Don’t cheat and close the bleachers then flip up the skirtboard and sweep between everything, this will leave more dust and debris where you do not want it the most.
Have Reverse Fold Bleachers? David DeCan, Lead Service Technician shares best practices when it comes to cleaning the drive system and under the bleachers on a reverse fold telescopic bleacher.
Maybe budgeting for new telescopic bleachers just isn’t in the plan for 2019 but renovations are necessary for both your staff and your students.
Where Do You Start?
The best place to start is to take inventory of what you have with a complete Telescopic Seating Inspection for Code Compliance and Safety. An inspection will give insight on the severity of code compliant and safety issues as well as what possible upgrades you could make to your seating. If you truly are interested in upgrades, make sure to let your technician know so they can provide options that best suit your needs and answer any questions while they’re on site.
Another item to take into consideration is the overall age of your seating unit as well as the make and model and how easily it can be upgraded while keeping the maximum seating capacity. For instance, if you have an older unit without dedicated aisle and aisle rails, in order to upgrade your unit to include these items, you will lose seating capacity but you will upgrade in safety and code compliance (also decreasing liability).
What is the general footprint of your existing bleachers? Do you have room to grow length wise? Do you have room to grow if you were to add additional rows? Are you also wanting to incorporate portable team seating and scorers tables? During this process, be sure to ask questions and get your questions answered.
Remember Code Compliance
Chapter 5 of the ICC-300, Section 501.4 states: “Alterations. Alterations to any tiered seating shall conform with the requirements of this standard for new construction. Portions of the structure not altered and not affected by the alteration are not required to comply with the requirements in this standard for a new structure.”
Meaning, if you upgrade your aisle rails, you need to be sure they meet the code requirements referenced in Chapters 1-4.
Bottom Line: Do your research and make sure that the people doing the upgrades know what they’re talking about. Code requirements aren’t in place to be a hassle, they’re in place to keep spectators safe.
What is the end goal?
Is your goal to increase seating capacity? Or maybe it is to give your gym a fresh face with an Extreme Logo or Signature Logo Seating. Or perhaps, you have an older model of bleachers that does not have dedicated aisles and aisle rails, and you would like to create ease of access and safety for your patrons.
Depending on your overall goal, you do have options. If your seating unit is code compliant and safe, you can add to your school spirit with replacement seats, colored rails, skirt-board logos, step logos, and a fresh full-bleed Safety-End Closure Curtain that blocks unauthorized access to your bleacher’s understructure.
Is additional seating your number one goal? If you don’t have it in your budget for a full replacement, we suggest looking into the Maxam1 Portable Bleachers that can be moved throughout the building for multi-use purposes. Not sure if this is right for you? Contact us and try out our sample for a game or two.
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