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August 1, 2019

Clutter is easily accumulated, often difficult to dispose of, and a hazard to your facilities.

By clutter I mean those couple of extra desks, the 5’ wide roll of butcher paper left over from “that” project, the sets from the school play twelve years ago, etc.

Stuff just seems to accumulate. Often someone feels that the items can be used again – some day; or that someone will be able to use that – if only we can find that someone; or, we have the space, so what is the harm?

The harm may be that it b...

July 18, 2019

One often overlooked preventive maintenance task is re-coating guiderail / handrail posts.  While the rail itself may be visually inspected, few look at the base.

Typically set into concrete, the bases of the posts are often heavily rusted. In cold winter regions harsh salts used for de-icing exacerbate this problem.  Likewise, coastal areas can be impacted by salt spray, fine mists of which can be carried quite far from the coast.

It is recommended that guiderail / handrail posts be inspected at...

June 6, 2019

A leaky toilet hidden somewhere in your Church, or rectory, or parish center, or school can lose 6000 gallons of water per month, or 72,000 gallons per year.  

There are 748 gallons of water per 100 cubic feet (CCF). Therefore, that leaky toilet is using 96CCF per year.

Using figures for New Haven (CT), water (for a 5/8” meter) costs $4.138 per CCF of water used. That leaking toilet is costing $397 a year.

What’s worse, in New Haven sewer fees are based on metered water usage at the rate of $4...

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