Garage Door Safety FS Construction Services Red Bud IL

Knowing Your Garage Door Parts Can Keep You Safe

Here at FS Construction Services we always like to say that a garage door is one of those things you don’t notice until it stops working the way it should, and then it becomes something you can’t ignore. Because of this, it can also be easy to forget that garage doors are very heavy and can actually be dangerous if they are not maintained properly.

Garage Door Safety Tips

Our partners over at Raynor Garage Doors have put together a useful list of things to keep in mind with your garage door and its specific parts.

  • Section Joints are the joints between garage door sections. Think of this part of the garage door like the gap between the door and the wall when you open any standard door. It may fit your fingers when it’s open, but it certainly won’t when it’s closed. When manually opening a garage door, be sure to keep your fingers away from these section joints.
  • Corner Brackets are the brackets that are attached to the bottom corners of your garage door. The cables responsible for raising and lowering the garage door are attached to these brackets. Because of this, these brackets are under tension, and should only be removed by a professional.
  • Extension and Torsion Springs balance the garage door and provide lifting power. These springs should only be serviced by a trained technician.
  • Photoelectric Eyes and Sensing Edges are the sensors that send an invisible beam across the space of your garage door. If this beam is obstructed, by a car, a foot, etc., the garage door will stop closing. Making sure these sensors are functioning properly is necessary when it comes to keeping your stuff and you and your family safe.
  • Lift Handles and Pull Ropes allow you to manually open your door in the event of a power outage or a malfunctioning door. Make sure any ropes can’t accidentally hook onto anything when opening normally. Additionally, when opening or closing a garage door manually, be sure to keep fingers, toes, and other body parts clear of the door.

If you are in need of a new garage door or in need of garage door services, please let Gateway FS Construction Services know. Give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

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Project Profile: A Building For Many Purposes

Here at FS Construction Services, we know that a building can be many things: a place to relax, a place to keep your stuff dry, a place to keep important things protected. And sometimes, a building needs to be a little bit of all of those things at the same time. Recently, we worked with a client who needed just that.

Unique Multi-Purpose Storage Building Features Horse Stables

The 66’ x 120’ x 17’ building was built on a 12” stem wall and was designed to function as part agricultural storage, part machine storage, part general purpose, and part horse stables. This durable structure includes 5” x 8” laminated columns set with L brackets on the stem wall as well as a metal roof with ice guards and a seamless gutter system. The roof also includes three cupolas: one 4’ x 4’ cupola with glass windows and two 3’ x 3’ louvered. The roof is finished with DripStop protection to prevent excess moisture from building up on the roof and falling to the ground below.

The building features three overhead doors, two 16.5’ sliding doors that combine to create a 33’ wide opening, and two 12’ x 14’ doors for additional access. These are Raynor garage doors that provide weather protection and thermal insulation.

Increasing the multipurpose function of the building, three double Dutch-style doors lead to three interior horse stables. As for the exterior, the building features 3’ charcoal-colored wainscotting accents and a large, covered patio to provide extra covering and protection.

Though this building was built to serve a number of needs, we build wood and steel structures to fulfill a wide variety of functions and purposes. If you are in need of a new building, please let Gateway FS Construction Services know. Give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

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Finding Courage in a Year Like No Other

There is no denying that this has been a year like no other. As the months have passed on, it has been hard for many not to feel worn down, tired, and even hopeless. And yet, no matter how bleak things may feel, or how dark the outlook may seem, we are not without hope. All around us are stories of men and women who refused to give up, who kept on fighting, and had courage even when no one else did.

Remember Those Who Served This Veteran’s Day

Some of these stories we may know and some of them we never will. This November 11, as we reflect on the sacrifice and bravery of the men and women who have served our country, we hope that you will also take courage in their courage. Even in the midst of uncertainty and doubt, time and time again, people have shown their ability to rise above and keep on going. Whether it was overseas or right here at home, our veterans have proven that it is possible to be resilient and to persevere, no matter the adversity. So if you are spending Veteran’s Day with family and friends, or if you are spending it alone, we hope that you can find some comfort and solace, even in a difficult time.

And to those of you who have served, we would like to say thank you, not just for your service, but for the example you have provided for the rest of us.

As always, FS Construction Services is here for your building, garage door, grain system, seed system, roofing, and other handiwork needs. Our group of experts and specialists are always happy to answer your questions, give you advice, or help you in any way. Please feel free to reach out to Gateway FS Construction Services. You can give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

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Why Choose FS Construction for Your Grain Storage

If you’re new to FS Construction Services, you may not know this about us, but grain storage is one of our specialties. Over the course of our 40-plus years, we have worked all over southern Illinois and the Midwest building grain and seed systems of all kinds of sizes for all kinds of clients. To ensure that we are always able to offer the best products at the best prices, we have partnered with many wonderful manufacturers, including: GSI, Sukup, Grain Handler, and Brock.

Get the Best Grain Storage for the Best Price

One of the main benefits of working with so many different partners is that, not only do we have a variety of product and cost options to choose from, we’re also able to extend a number of deals, discounts, and offers to our customers throughout the year.

Our experienced team works efficiently without cutting corners. We understand the time-sensitive reality that these structures carry, but we also know that your grain bin needs to last for many, many seasons and that your grain should be free of unnecessary pests and rot. We also know that most of the time you need more than just a big container to hold your crop. Often, there will be a need for fans, power sweeps, stirrers, and more. Part of our job is helping our clients determine the right equipment, the right bushel capacity, and the right layout for their grain system.

If you are interested in a new grain bin, or in updating an existing structure, be sure to reach out to us. While we are able to work quickly, the sooner you contact us the sooner we can find a time on the calendar to get you the equipment you need. Additionally, if you are interested in any other kind of grain handling or grain drying, please let Gateway FS Construction Services know. Give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

 

 

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5 Tips for Staying Safe Around Power Lines this Harvest

While this year has certainly been a year unlike any other, the realities of the ebb and flow of time haven’t changed a bit. After spring came summer, after summer came fall, and harvest, as it always does, has arrived. While many of us have had to take a number of extra precautions in our everyday lives this year, the high level of caution needed during harvest has remained the same. And while there are many safety tips and practices to bear in mind, we here at FS Construction Services wanted to take a little time to talk specifically about staying safe around power lines.

Stay Safe this Fall Around Power Lines

There’s no way around it, as a farmer, at some point in time you’ll be working around electrical equipment. Often, you’ll be working around electrical equipment in large, tall machines. We have compiled some information from Safe Electricity to have on hand as a reminder this year.

  1. Know when you’ll be working areas near power lines. Have a plan to keep everyone safe.
  2. Use a spotter to help keep you at least 10 ft. away from power lines in all directions.
  3. Be careful when raising augers. Use a spotter if necessary. When not in use, lower equipment extensions as low as they can go.
  4. This may be obvious, but never attempt to move a power line, even if it’s in your way.
  5. If any equipment you are on comes in contact with a power line, don’t leave the equipment. Call professionals to come and safely de-energize the line. If the equipment is on fire, jump as far away from the line as you can, with both feet together, to keep a current from flowing through your body.

There is, of course, much more that could be said, but hopefully none of this information is new to you and is simply a reminder. We wish you a safe and successful harvest this year. If you have any questions about grain systems, please let Gateway FS Construction Services know. Give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

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A Building With All the Bells, Whistles, and Saddles

Over the years here at FS Construction Services we have talked often about the many uses and benefits of wood and steel buildings. Much of the time these buildings are used for storage, vehicles, and agricultural equipment. Recently, however, we had the chance to construct a building for another means of transportation: horses.

Wood and Steel Storage Buildings

This 54’ x 88’ x 16.5’ multipurpose structure was actually built to fulfill a variety of purposes, including: suburban storage, machine storage, general purpose, and horse stable. This building is constructed with strong, patented 5’ x 6’ laminated columns, creating a very durable structure. Additionally, we installed R19-rated wall insulation and R42 blown insulation in the ceiling to provide year-round comfort for both animals and people.

One of the most exciting features of this project is the actual horse stalls themselves. We built four individual stalls, but installed a custom, moveable stall/wall divider that can merge two of the stalls together, creating a huge third stall area. Over the stalls we constructed a loft to provide further storage space.

This project also included four overhead doors, two are 18’ x 14’, one is 18’ x 12’, and one that is 12’ x 12’. These are Raynor Aspen AP200 series doors featuring window panels and nylon rollers for extended life and performance.

While we worked hard to make the interior as comfortable as possible, our client wanted to make sure they had an attractive exterior too. This building features: 4’ high natural rock wainscoting, (2) 3’x 3’ cupolas with windows, a cedar truss covered door entry, 48’ x 10’ Dutch finish back porch, double Dutch doors for exterior stable entry, upper windows with fixed insulated and lined eve lights, and three walk-in doors with keyless entry.

While this was a pretty feature-rich project, we construct all kinds of buildings for all kinds of purposes, from simple storage sheds to comfortable office spaces. If you are in need of a new building, please let Gateway FS Construction Services know. Give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

 

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Project Profile: A Complicated Seed System Update in Perfect Time

Over the years here at FS Construction Services, we’ve had the chance to work on almost every type of construction job there is, from new construction, to restoration, to retrofitting old structures and equipment. And while it’s often easier to just start with a blank slate, we’ve also found that we do love a good challenge. This latest challenge took us north to Salem, Illinois.

With seed systems, one of the main challenges comes when combining existing equipment with brand-new, state-of-the-art systems. Luckily, our team has proven experience at providing customer support and service when these situations arise. Our team put their heads together and got this tricky job done in perfect time.

Our client needed to upgrade an existing box-to-box loss-in-weight seed system. To add a bulk system to this older equipment, the team came up with a unique design. In order to make best use of what was already there, we moved the existing loss-in-weight seed metering system to the bulk side of the system, then added a Tri-Flo Continuous Scale.

After installation, our team stayed on site to provide extensive training and support on the new system so our client could take over with as few hiccups as possible. With all of our seed system jobs, our goal isn’t just to get some new equipment in place, but to make sure that our clients have a system that meets their needs now and into the future. Plus, we ensure they are trained, comfortable and ready to get the most out of their new equipment.

If you are in need of a new or upgraded seed system, please let Gateway FS Construction Services know. Give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

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Project Profile: Rearranging a Farm

Most people have experienced the feeling of looking at a room, or a garage, or a cabinet, or a tool bench and realizing that things just aren’t where they should be. That if you were to rearrange everything a certain way or organize items a little differently, then your space would be a lot more enjoyable and a lot more efficient. And usually, this happens over and over again as the years go on.

Unfortunately, this process is a whole lot harder when it comes to farm equipment. However, here at FS Construction Services we like a good challenge, and so when a client reached out to us about a reorganization job involving grain bins, we were happy to help.

First, we built a brand new 42’ tall, 7-ring Sukup grain bin with a bushel capacity of 34,000. This storage container also included two 10hp centrifugal fans, stairs, and a 10” unload. Our client wanted this new bin in a different location than the previous bins, and so to get everything in one convenient place, we not only moved two 24’ grain bins but we also added rings to them. Additionally, we built a new set of stairs between the old bins and added new floors and an unload.

While no small task, this act of reorganization plus the addition of a new bin will set our client up for success not just in the present, but well into the future. The increased efficiency and ease of use should be a great help to our client for many years to come.

Whether you’re looking for a brand new grain storage system or you are looking to retrofit or update an old one, please let Gateway FS Construction Services know. Give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

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Surface Prep to Avoid Painting Disaster

A fresh of coat of paint is one of the fastest ways to make something look brand new. Unfortunately, a poorly applied fresh coat of paint is one of the fastest ways to be disappointed. Lots of things can go wrong during the painting process and any one of them can ruin your hard work.

FS Construction Service’s resident paint expert Brian Garleb has provided some helpful tips about how proper surface preparation can prevent a whole host of headaches and wasted effort.

First off, painting after wallpaper removal. Removing wallpaper can be a chore, and it can cause damage to drywall that makes painting after a tricky process. Luckily, there’s a solution. Rather than painting over the damaged drywall and hoping for the best, applying a problem sealer coating can lock down the torn drywall or other unstable surfaces like crumbling textures by creating a hard, moisture-resistant foundation that won’t bubble. Damaged drywall should be clean, dry, and free of buildup or leftover wallpaper adhesive before applying the sealer. After the sealer has been applied, the wall can be painted.

Next is the trouble of peeling paint. Peeling paint can be sanded and scraped, but if you’re painting an outdoor surface, peeling paint tends to be a problem that takes more than just a little scraping. Instead, let a power washer do the removal for you. At the right pressure and the right distance, a power washer will remove peeling paint without damaging the surface underneath. After the old paint has been removed, apply a clear building sealer to fill cracks and glue down blistered areas. A sealer can act like a primer, so when it’s dried, it can be safely painted over.

Painting is always simple in theory and nuanced in practice. If you have any questions about painting or need someone to tackle a difficult or timely job, please let Gateway FS Construction Services know. We can even match your current color using X-Rite Color Matching. Give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

FS Construction Services grain systems

Good Grain Means Good Care and Good Equipment

At FS Construction Services, we know that grain has to be taken care of. A small pocket of bad grain in storage can spread and have disastrous ramifications. When grain is stored before it’s completely cleaned and dried it can mold and rot, and damp grain is an open invitation for harmful insects.

When it comes to storing grain there are lots of things that can go wrong at any point in time during the process. Outdated or improperly working equipment can damage grain or fail to clean it or dry it properly, causing widespread loss and low-quality product.

There are a number of practical things that can be done to ensure your grain quality. Slow drying grain limits stress, running handling equipment at low speeds prevents unnecessary damage, and avoiding unnecessary steps means fewer overall opportunities for things to go wrong.

And while these things are crucial to keep in mind, it’s also true that the equipment used to handle that grain has to be up for the job. A good grain distributor will prevent fine material buildup. If material is allowed to collect on the grain mass, it creates moisture buildup and poor aeration. Keeping grain well stirred evens out the temperature and prevents pockets of heat and from building. A high-functioning grain dryer will keep unnecessary moisture from ruining whole batches.

At FS Construction Services, our many partner relationships guarantee that we’re able to help our clients find the right product for the right price. Our job isn’t to find the most expensive solution, but the solution that works best for you, whether that means something new, something updated, or something unique.

If you are in the market for grain storagegrain drying, or grain handling equipment, please let Gateway FS Construction Services know. Give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.