Spring; let’s talk about Rockers! May 2014

Because rockers are constantly in motion, spring rockers wear out and need repairs more frequently than stationary pieces or equipment. Most rockers are supported by large coiled springs that move to and fro; hence the same, “spring rockers”.

Spring Rockers should be checked regularly for loose or missing hardware, cracks or breaks around hand holds, seats or foot pedals. The footers should also be checked for anchoring.

The most effective way to take a spring rocker out of service when a part is missing and or broken and poses a safety issue is quite simply to unbolt the unit from the footer and remove it from the playground until the part can be replaced. However, as most rockers have footer plates with protruding bolts, which can pose additional safety hazards, it may be necessary to secure the plate/footer with a support post cover. Barricading or using caution tape to seal off the area is also recommended. Never remove the rocker and leave any bolts or metal exposed and protruding from the play surface. Rock Springers, when regularly maintained can endure the harshest of whether, play and use.

When in doubt, contact your Tot Lot Maintenance Company for proper assessment, removal and/or repairs.

 

May Blog 2013: Don’t Scrap It…Restore It!

We see so many tot lots and ramada equipment that are in compliance and will last a long time but that are beginning to look old and faded on the steel parts.

We do offer a D.T.M. professional paint process with Amerashield VOC paint for play equipment including picnic tables, park benches, trash receptacles, bike racks, ramadas etc. This includes vinyl coated steel equipment.

This product is used in the factory on OEM heavy equipment, structural steel bridges, tanks, piping and more.

Amerashield Voc is a high gloss, high build, abrasion and chemical resistant topcoat that can be applied over steel and concrete substances.  This product is an aliphatic polyurethane with a unique acrylic and polyester blend that provides superior performance in abusive environments such as play and ramada equipment. It is an extremely durable paint. This is not a latex or enamel simple repaint.

We have repainted play equipment, trash receptacles, benches and tables for over 7 years now and they all have held up with excellent results.

There are some limits though. This product cannot be applied to the horizontal rubber coated decks because they become too slippery. However we power spray with 2,500 p.s.i. to brighten up the decks with great results.

Also the plastic components cannot be painted.

Wait ‘til you see what we can do for your tot lot!

Electrostatic Painting in Phoenix

Electrostatic painting creates a uniform, durable finish on metal without drips and bubbles that occur with traditional liquid paints. It’s used on many plastics and all types of metal surfaces. The electrostatic painting process also assures uniform coverage and less change of rust in the future.
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