Raynor Winter Promotion Extended!

We’ve got some great news! FS Construction Services and Raynor want to continue to help you conquer this coming winter with their Innovations Series promotion that’s been extended now through November 30th due to an overwhelming response! We want to make sure that you’re fully prepared for the long, harsh winter, so we’ve extended the Conquer Winter promotion on select high-energy efficient Innovation Series doors.

Again, take advantage of this limited time offer and save on the purchase of any DesignForm and Innovations Series (Affina, Centura or Relante) door.

The following promotions still apply:

  • Save $125 off of any Innovations Series or DesignForm 1 car door (1 car is defined as 10’2” wide or less)
  • Save $225 off of any Innovations Series or DesignForm 2 car door (2 car is defined as 10’3” and greater)

All orders placed during the promotional period must ship by December 15, 2014.

For more pricing and promotion details, click here to see how you can save and prepare for the predicted, harsh 2015 winter. And to speak to one of our experts at FS Construction Services about how you can benefit from this promotion, contact us at 866-551-3454.

 

Increasing Dangers of Power Lines During Harvest

During fall harvest, we encourage our farmers to take all precautionary safety measures including being highly aware of the dangers of overhead power lines and the precautions to take while working around them. The increasing danger of power lines is a very serious matter and Safe Electricity, a public awareness program of Energy Education Council (EEC), is raising awareness to all participating during harvest.

Safe Electricity stated that during busy times, especially harvest, many farmers may not always realize how close they’re working to electrical equipment. Movements of machinery such as grain augers from bin to bin can lead to disaster if workers aren’t careful and aware of the serious dangers. It’s wise to check daily of the movement of your equipment to ensure that it’ll be clear of all power lines. Standard clearance of power lines over streets and rural areas are typically 18 feet and 12.5 feet over residential private property.

Safe Electricity advises farm operators and workers to:

  1. Always use a spotter when operating large machinery near power lines
  2. Use care when raising augers or the bed of grain trucks around power lines
  3. Keep equipment at least 10 feet from power lines at all times and in all directions
  4. Inspect the height of the farm equipment to determine clearance
  5. Always remember to lower extensions to the lowest setting when moving loads
  6. Never attempt to move a power line out of the way or raise it for clearance
  7. If a power line is sagging or low, call the local utility immediately

If there happens to be contact made with a power line, remember to remain with the equipment, warn others to stay clear and call the utility company immediately. If your equipment catches fire, the operator/worker should jump clear of the equipment while keeping both feet together, without touching the equipment and the ground at the same time. Once on the ground, make sure to keep both feet together and hop to a safe distance away from the equipment.

To read the full article, click here. And for additional information and safety tips on power lines during harvest, visit Safe Electricity or call one of our specialists at FS Construction Services at 866-551-3454.

Raynor Winter Promotion Going on Now!

Winter will soon be knocking at the door…your garage door that is! And FS Construction & Raynor is here to help you conquer this coming winter with their Innovations Series promotion going on right now through October 31st. We want to make sure that you’re fully prepared for the long, harsh winter, so we’ve launched the Conquer Winter promotion on select high-energy efficient Innovation Series doors.

Take advantage of this limited time offer and save on the purchase of any DesignForm and Innovations Series (Affina, Centura or Relante) door.

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We are running the following promotions:

  • Save $125 off of any Innovations Series or DesignForm 1 car door (1 car is defined as 10’2” wide or less)
  • Save $225 off of any Innovations Series or DesignForm 2 car door (2 car is defined as 10’3” and greater)

All orders placed during the promotional period, September 15, 2014 -October 31, 2014, must ship by November 15, 2014.

For more pricing and promotion details, click here to see how you can save and prepare for the predicted, harsh 2015 winter. To speak to one of our experts at FS Construction Services about how you can benefit from this promotion, contact us at 866-551-3454.

Production Solutions: Corn Physiological Maturity and Dry Down

Corn Storage SystemsCorn Kernal Harvest SeasonHarvest is upon us and now’s the time of the season that many farmers are closely monitoring the progress of their developing corn crop.

In a recent Production Solutions newsletter issued by Growmark Inc., they’ve highlighted very helpful indicators on what to look for when examining your crop and what farmers are currently witnessing.

From the dent stage of corn to the physiological maturity, this information covers all areas of crop development that you’ll need to be aware of when harvesting your crop this year. Click here to read the full article.

If you have any additional questions regarding the development of your corn crop, please contact our specialists at Gateway FS at 866-551-3454. We’d be happy to answer your questions and help you out in any way that we can.

Last Minute Harvest Preps

It’s September, which means fall harvest is here!  If you haven’t done so already, now is the time to evaluate your current grain drying system to ensure it’s up to par. Making sure all necessary equipment is updated, working properly and running at the best is crucial for maximizing your crop this fall.

In order to successfully prep your system, you’ll want to carefully examine and test your equipment well prior to harvest. Did you experience any mold or spoilage after last year’s harvest?  If so, that’s an indication that your drying system isn’t working properly or fast enough to dry the crop evenly.

Feel free to give us a call to check out these systems prior to harvest.  We’ll review your systems and address any specific challenges you may have faced last year with high-moisture crops. In addition, we’ll be happy to discuss new systems to expand your storage and drying capacity.

Unlike last spring, we’ve had a good start to the growing season this year.  We’re crossing our fingers that it continues and you have the need for even more storage.  We encourage customers to plan now and be ready.  Whether it’s an auger, new parts, new additions or an entire grain system update, we’ll help you to find the best option to fit your grain system needs in time for harvest.

To ensure the best overall outcomes of your crop this fall, start inspecting your systems right now, it’s not too late! If you need additional assistance, contact FS Construction Services at 866-551-3454 to get in contact with our grain system specialists.

Raynor’s OptiFinish Solution

optifinish-logoWe often forget that maintaining a steel garage door is an absolute must to ensure overall aesthetic quality for one’s house. With Raynor OptiFinish solution for steel garage doors, this customizable option allows customers the ability to paint their garage doors any color they choose complete with a durable finish that will look great for years.

More than 1,800 colors are now available on any Innovations and Traditions garage door, which allows the door to be painted after the section is built. Raynor’s Optifinish solution can be applied to Affina, Centura and Relante doors in the Innovations line and to Masterpiece and Showcase doors in the Traditions line.

This innovative process features durable Sherwin Williams BP Enamel paints that applies a third layer of paint to the pre-painted and galvanized steel, adding another layer of protection to the garage door to help prevent weathering, fading, cracking or peeling.

If you’re interested in learning more about Raynor Optifinish or considering this option for your door, call FS Construction Services today at 866-551-3454 or visit Raynor Optifinish. We’d be more than happy to discuss and assist you with all your garage door needs.

Boomer’s Corner – Six Common Paint Problems

Summer is almost over, which means it’s time to complete all those projects you’ve wanted to get done this season, specifically those paint projects. But, you might be hesitant when remembering all the DIY paint problems you could inevitably run into. Well, I’ve been where you are and I have six different problems that can be easily fixed.

1. Fish Eyes – This is when you paint over oil, dirt, silicone or incompatible coatings. Luckily, fixing fish eyes is a breeze. All you’ll need to do is to remove all greases and oils with a cleaning solution. The best choices for cleaning aids are bleaches, thinners or TSP. Then, you’ll want sand the area to remove the underlying problem. As a last resort, you might have to sandblast.

2. Cratering and/or Pitting – This is when air pockets get trapped in your wet film. The solution to this problem is to sand or smooth out the existing finish and then simply apply another coat.

3. Uneven Gloss – The cause for this problem is non-uniform film thickness, moisture in the coating, but mostly the topcoat may have been applied over primer before it was dry. Fixing this problem is simply letting the primer completely dry.

4. Fading – This is a very common problem for all painters. I found out the biggest thing to this is the pigment in your paint and the ultraviolet rays reacting with the paint. If moisture gets trapped behind the coating, this will cause fading. The best solution is to use a paint already colored from the factory. These types of paints have powder tint instead of liquid. I have colors already tinted for your roof or I can tint them myself. I painted a few green, red, black and they hold up well. As a reminder, dark colors draw the ultraviolet rays to your roof faster.

5. Wrinkling – This is when there’s just too much paint in the application. To fix this problem, you need to remove the paint and recoat. Haste makes waste!

6. Blistering – This is when a solvent or moisture gets trapped in or on the surface. The best solutions to blistering are adequate ventilation of air across your coating film or cleaning the surface that is contaminated.

As your paint specialist, I myself have come across each of these problems and I hope my suggestions and tips will help you with your projects. If you wish for an estimate, you can reach me at 618.972.9516 or bgarleb@gatewayfs.com.

 

Prepping Your Augers for Fall Harvest

With fall harvest quickly approaching, now is the best time to make sure all your equipment is operating properly, including your portable augers. If you’re in need of a new, portable auger, it’s also a great time to make the investment with FS Construction Services. We make sure our farmers are fully prepared for the biggest time of the year and they’re moving grain with confidence and efficiency.

Our brands, such as Hutchison, provide our customers with a variety of configurations that easily adapt to their grain handling needs. We ensure our customers have the mechanical swing hopper auger, top-drive auger or low-profile drive-over hopper to get the job done efficiently. Our reliable and durable brands will have you confident in the investment you’ve made in the future of your grain equipment.

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We also highly recommend routine preseason maintenance to keep your existing portable augers in check and fully prepped. To ensure overall quality performance and the most efficient harvest possible, you’ll want to closely inspect your augers for any noticeable wear. It’s wise to check the drive system, bearings, wheels and/or tracks, lights, hydraulic hoses, safety chains and any other required auger maintenance or safety repairs. Be sure to always consult your owner’s manual for more specific maintenance.

If you need additional help, have questions about auger maintenance or how you can make an investment before fall harvest, contact FS Construction Services today to talk to one of our grain specialists at 866-551-3454.

 

Boomer’s Corner – Caulk and Sealants

In this month’s paint corner, I’ll be discussing the importance of caulk and sealants, and which types to buy for your specific project and goals. When you visit lumberyards or supply stores, wide variety of caulks and sealants may lead you to believe that any of the products will do the job. Unfortunately, that’s incorrect.

Caulking and sealants may only be a small part of a job, but they make a huge difference. Choosing the wrong one could mean trouble and I want to help you avoid these particular instances. Spending an extra dollar or two will pay big dividends in the long run since low-grade caulk or sealant can causes a lot of problems such as water leakage.

In order to identify what kind of caulk and sealant your job requires, you’ll first need to assess your situation and know exactly what you’ll be doing. For example, if you have an extreme moisture problem such as exposure to driving rain or pooling water, a latex or water base caulk will not work. You would need a sealant that was made for this problem.

Now, a lot of stores carry paintable caulk, which is great for any job. Remember, if you use a silicone caulk, the paint will not stick. The silicone has oil in the bead, which prevents the paint from sticking. A high quality water-based or non-silicone caulk will work the best for this situation. Only use silicone caulk in places where no painting will be done.

Finally, make sure the caulk you’re choosing is flexible as most houses, buildings and windows move, expand and contract. Most caulk can’t handle this movement and ultimately will crack and fail. The best way you can avoid this costly mistake is to buy an elastomeric caulk that is formulated for extreme joint movement.

I hope this advice helps you choose wisely when searching for the caulk or sealant that best fits your job. If you have any problems, call me at 618-972-9516 or email me at bgarleb@gatewayfs.com. Happy caulking and sealing until my next topic!

It’s Time to Prep for Wheat Harvest!

It’s already June, which means wheat harvest is just around the corner. Now is the perfect time to start prepping your storage facilities and making sure all of your equipment is geared up and ready to go. Your equipment should be updated, working properly and running at the best to help maximize your overall wheat count this summer.

Farmers should prepare first by performing routine maintenance on all systems while equipping and adjusting their combines. You’ll want to make sure that everything is prepped and running properly so you don’t run into any problems or issues during harvest. Test running your equipment prior to harvest is key to fixing any problems and eliminating the risk of breaking down in the middle of the job.

Another way to prep for wheat harvest is to make sure you check all your drying and storage facilities as well as your aeration systems and fans. Emptying, cleaning and removing traces of any previous crop in your bins is extremely important. If you experienced any mold or spoilage after last year’s harvest, that may be a good indication that your drying system isn’t working properly or fast enough to dry your crop evenly.

We encourage our customers to plan now and be ready. Whether it’s an auger, new parts, new additions or an entire grain system update, we’ll help you to find the best option to fit your grain system needs in time for wheat harvest.

To ensure the best overall outcomes of your crop this wheat harvest, start inspecting your systems right now! If you need additional assistance, contact FS Construction Services at 866-551-3454 to get in contact with our grain system specialists.