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    Thumbs down Let's talk about the weather...

    I am in North Texas, in the middle of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.

    The common take on weather in Texas is if you don't like it, wait a few minutes...in fact today, it was just over 50 coming into work, supposed to hit about 65 by noon, then a front will move in and we'll be into the 30's by the time I leave!

    In my relatively short time in this job and industry (I'm in my 4th month) I've had the experience to do my walk-through (lock/security/litter check) in amazingly hot weather, a deluge of rain, and near freezing temperatures.

    When it is raining, I do not use the golf cart! I've used my vehicle. So far the cold hasn't deterred me from using the golf cart, but I can count on two things: 1) it WILL get colder; and 2) we WILL have ice.

    We don't get a lot of snow here. We get some, but it usually doesn't accumulate. Last year it snowed, and accumulated, which was a nice treat...but we can't count on it.

    No, usually precipitation manages to turn liquid and then freeze. I'm sure those of you from more northern climes will agree with me that, while driving on snow is a challenge, it is far preferable to driving on a sheet of ice. I am wondering just how I'm going to accomplish my tour of the grounds with an inch layer of ice over the ground! I've got some decent boots, but they're made for the motorcycle. Not exactly ice-boots. I can't imagine the idea of trying to get the golf cart out on that stuff. Steering my pickup truck through the grounds on slick pavement is begging for trouble.

    So how do y'all handle such inclement weather? Do you just give the walk through a miss? Go with 'boots on the ground'?
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    Default Re: Let's talk about the weather...

    If its that nasty then there must be way less traffic! Assuming that Id just go to where the bodies are down and the vehicles are crashed and that should be just about everyone.

    Strangely it doesn't get that bad in THIS part of Canada.

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    Default Re: Let's talk about the weather...

    Heh! You would think the traffic would go down...

    Well, it goes down some. The problem has a few facets - it's ice, not snow, so the imported Yankees we have still don't have any better clue how to drive on the stuff than the Texans. But then the Texans are often in their pickups with no weight in the bed/over the rear wheels, and that just turns all kinds of interesting at times.

    And don't get me started on the automatic sprinklers running when it's 20something degrees outside...thankfully Texas finally passed a law that will fine those morons a significant amount!

    I've only had to leave my car at the bottom of an icy hill once. Managed the walk home from there. Fortunately it was still there the next day, and all in one piece!
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    Default Re: Let's talk about the weather...

    #1, get some good boots, some great deals to be had on the internet. And #2, get some ice cleats. We were thinking about chains for our golf cart!

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    Default Re: Let's talk about the weather...

    When we get snow, I normally check the locks as I plow. I do not know about you guys but I am a bit anal about plowing. If we get a bad snow I may not get door to door but, within a few days I have the white crap plowed D to D. As I plow it does push the snow up to the doors. But only about six inches thick by sometimes a foot deep. Within a few days that either melts or the tenant does what I ask and push it onto the drive. I have the plow on the truck for quite sometime after a snow and I just clean up the drives every day.

    How do you guys handle snow? Do you plow or have it plowed Door to Door?
    My dad is a truck driver and tells me I am crazy. He said most of the facilities he passes plow a path down the center of each drive and let the tenants fend for them self.
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    Default Re: Let's talk about the weather...

    Quote Originally Posted by dakselfstorage View Post
    When we get snow, I normally check the locks as I plow. I do not know about you guys but I am a bit anal about plowing. If we get a bad snow I may not get door to door but, within a few days I have the white crap plowed D to D. As I plow it does push the snow up to the doors. But only about six inches thick by sometimes a foot deep. Within a few days that either melts or the tenant does what I ask and push it onto the drive. I have the plow on the truck for quite sometime after a snow and I just clean up the drives every day.

    How do you guys handle snow? Do you plow or have it plowed Door to Door?
    My dad is a truck driver and tells me I am crazy. He said most of the facilities he passes plow a path down the center of each drive and let the tenants fend for them self.
    Well, Joe, In the part of NC where we are, the snow doesn't stick around much...but the dangerous part is the ice where it is sheltered by the buildings from the sun & doesn't melt! We just use Ice Melt (when it isn't sold out) & put up signs warning of ice!! Part of our lease states that we have the authority to shut down the gates & deny access if "dangerous" conditions exist--including inclement weather.

    Larry...depending on the conditions...I drive the lot where I can...but ALWAYS tour the climate control building to make sure each thermostat is set at the proper temp & that the reading is satisfactory w/no issues...we have 3 different heating/a/c systems & I check each at least twice per day everyday to see if functioning properly. Even if noone has been on the lot...visuals are necessary to assess any damage done by ice/or equipment failure (i.e., in the summer we had a problem in Climate Control Bldg...water was supposed to be exiting via tube to the outside...& it backed up & water was standing in 2 units...one of which was occupied!). Also last winter...snow stood around which was unusual for more than 24 hrs...and the gutter started pulling away from the side of the building...we had to get the snow removed that was piled up & have the gutter reattached....always something, right!!!
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    Default Re: Let's talk about the weather...

    Well, if nothing else, you can buy chains for your boots! While I currently live on-site in a very temperate climate, my "Home" is in the local mountains. There, the icy roads are also steep and winding! In the past, I have slid on the ice right under my car door and down the street until I finally caught a rough spot to stop me!

    The local Rite-Aid had chains like tire chains, but they attach to your boots! Problem solved.

    I also was thinking maybe you can get chains for the golf cart.
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    We have lock cuts to do here and it is 19 degrees outside and feels like 4, I thought I moved to the south to escape the cold northern winters, yikes!

 

 
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