Maintenance

Posted by in News, Maintenance on Oct 18, 2016 .
 
Even though we’re nearing the end of grasscutting, lawn mower injuries to the feet are common injuries this time of year.
 
These injuries can result in deep lacerations, severed tendons, and loss of toenails or toes. They are typically very dirty injuries requiring immediate medical attention for adequate cleansing of the area, antibiotics, and possible surgical intervention including repair of any deep lacerations.
 
Some fare better than others in the extent of the injury. There are many things that you can do to help prevent this injury for yourself:
 
‣ Wear shoes. Now this might sound like...

Posted by in News, Maintenance on Jul 27, 2016 .
 
Severe winds, rain, snow and ice have caused a number of power outages throughout Ontario overall the last few years. Some lasting days or even weeks. Portable generators are small, practical and easy to transport.  A number of local residents have relied on backup power options to ensure they have power when stormy weather hits.
 
Always operate generators safely and responsibly.   It is important to use generators only in well-ventilated areas.  Gasoline produce harmful carbon monoxide gases when burned in an engine. running the generator in an attached garage can be extremely dangerous and often fatal, with the...
 
Before a winter storm arrives, it’s important for home and business owners to prepare for snow clean-up and ice removal. Police, fire and medical emergercy personnel remind home and business owners that it’s best to get ready before a storm strikes.
 
The days after a storm can be dangerous for people who are trying to get things back to normal and facing extraordinary circumstances.
 
Just a few short years ago, the Greater Toronto Area was ravaged by an unprecedented ice storm which left many homeownners powerless over the holiday season.
 
 
Roger, a local fire official says that far...

Posted by in News, Maintenance on Jul 13, 2015 .
 
Time is money, and when commercial landscapers find themselves spending more and more time adjusting, replacing or repairing trimmer line and heads, it starts to cost money! One of the easiest ways to keep a string trimmer performing starts with the trimmer line itself. 
 
Storage. Keep the line cool and out of the sun. A spool of line stored in direct sun runs the risk of UV rays breaking down the line, making it brittle. Commercial-grade line will stand up to rocks, weeds and other obstacles, but trimmer line baking in the sun will require more time and attention. The trimmer and especially the trimmer head suffer...
 
Today's equipment is far more complex and precise to meet environmental and noise regulations. 
When they are functioning as designed, they are extremely productive and efficient.
 
All lawnmowers and chainsaws. They all use gasoline for fuel, and this brings up ethanol, that additive that can be good and bad.
 
Ethanol is promoted as a means to make oil supplies go further. 
 
Ethanol is made from vegetation, and corn is a primary source. Growing corn for making ethanol has been a boost to agricultural interests. 
 
Ethanol works well in vehicles and usually in big outboards of late...

Posted by in News, Maintenance on Apr 07, 2015 .
 
After a winter of shoveling, roof-raking, and other back-breaking chores, another task awaits—ridding the yard of winter's debris. A common part of the job is taking a chain saw to fallen tree branches but that can be frustrating if your chain saw isn't ready for the cleanup. Here’s what to do:
 
Fire it up. Since a chain saw is a handheld machine with a small engine, degraded gas left over the winter can keep it from starting. If you added fuel stabilizer to the gas before you put it away for the season, it might start right up. (The 2-cycle oil you mix with your gas should have built-in stabilizer.) Otherwise,...

Posted by in News, Maintenance on Apr 07, 2015 .
With the first sight of grass and rising temperatures, spring is finally just around the corner. 
 
Before we know it we will be getting our lawn mowers out of the shed! Are you ready for it? The better question may be, is your mower ready?
 
Speaking from past experience, many of us put our mower away in the fall and have not seen it since. Also from past experience, one can get frustrated when the grass needs cut and the mower does not start.
 
The best way to avoid this is to make sure your mower is cleaned and properly maintained. Whether you are a do-it-yourself type of person or prefer the help of...
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