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Protect Sharp Corners of Exterior Metal Posts With UV Treated, Anti-Bacterial, Molded Foam Basic Corner Strips

by Barbara 7. January 2013 10:58

Question about how to safetyproof metal square posts in a Headstart playground area with Boing yellow corner strips

Q: "The director of my Headstart Program wants to protect children in our playground from (16) sixteen 90 degree angle square metal posts. He wants each post protected at least 48 inches from the base of each post. Four metal posts are 4 inches on a side. The other 12 metal metal posts are 3 inches on a side. What do you suggest? Thanks. Helen from Texas."

Answer: After reviewing all the options, I phoned my manufacturer. The only option is to purchase the Basic Corner Strips, cut them and stack them to the appropriate height. These are "Skin Urethane" molded foam strips with a shock absorbing "inner" foam and a thick outer “skin” to protect from abrasion, UV rays, moisture and bacteria.

Polyurethane is a completely self-skinning polymer that is stain-resistant, puncture-resistant and remarkably easy to clean.It resists staining caused by grease, chemicals, waste products, and other liquids, and can be cleaned as easily as a countertop. Polyurethane is naturally antibacterial/antimicrobial and odor-resistant, making it ideal for clean room environments.

Each shape of protective padding or protective corners is made to specific dimensions and baked in a mold for 30-40 minutes. This basic corner strip is currently available in yellow, red, green, blue, orange and ivory. The primary colors are the most popular for safety proofing, especially the yellow. Black and grey are usually available. At this writing, January 7, 2013, neither is available.

I suggest you purchase the case of 25 yellow as you need at least 20 and this is the most economical way to buy. Each stick is 39.5 inches long (39.4 inches on the inside) by 2.25 inches by 2.25 inches and 1/2 inch thick. Cut the sticks to stack them the height that you want. Put the cut side at the bottom and use silicone to seal that edge when you cut these lengths to stack to the 48 inches that your director wants: then water and moisture do not effect the strip. These strips are made to be installed either inside or outside. You need a minimum of 20 strips to cover the 48 inches. This product covers the sharp corner edges of the 90 degree angle posts. There is no product to will "fill in" the missing space.

Boing Safety Corner Edge Strip Features:

  • Designed for all types of wall/equipment/furniture corners, fireplaces etc.
  • Also great for "square posts".
  • Shock Absorbing.
  • Durable and long lasting.
  • Easy installation.
  • Use "GE-Silicone I" or II brand Rubber Silicone.
  • Quick repair or replacement.
  • Waterproof.
  • Can be used indoors or outdoors.
  • Fire retardant.
  • Anti-Bacterial.
  • UV treated.
  • Non-toxic: contains no PVC or phthalates.
  • 10 colors: Red, Orange,Yellow, Ivory,Green, Sky Blue, Indigo, Grey, Brown, and Purple.
  • Colors match 3 D Corner Cushions (not included).
  • Dimensions: Each stick is 39.5" long x 2.25" x 2.25" x 1/2" thick.
  • Non returnable if used.
  • Limited 1 year manufacturer's warranty. 

Basic corner strips are also available in boxes of 4 and 10 strips. Please contact us if you have more questions. Thank you for the opportunity to quote.

Sincerely,

Barbara

 

Raccoon Proofing an Ergo Automatic Pet Feeder for Outdoor Dog or Cat

by Barbara 31. May 2012 07:03

Question about the Ergo Auto Pet Feeder 5 lb. Capacity Timed, SMALL

Q: "We have an outdoor cat on our acreage in the country. Sometimes we are gone for several days at a time. We have no close neighbors. The raccoons get into the cat food no matter how hard we try to keep them out. Is this unit the best choice for us and how do we keep the raccoons out?" Thanks. Bill

Answer: We decided you really needed a pet feeder that would dispense into a bowl, which would be the Pond Feeder.  I consulted with the manufacturer after we discussed the Ergo Small Automatic Outdoor POND FEEDER as an option. Your comment was that your cat ate once a day and about 1 cup of cat kibble. The manufacturer's suggestion was to purchase the Ergo Outdoor Automatic POND FEEDER. MEDIUM. That is because this unit has an agitator so that the kibble would flow even if it got damp. Your response was that the unit would be in a sheltered area, that you only needed a 5 lb. capacity.

The anti-raccoon suggestion given by the manufacturer was to enclose this pond feeder unit in a metal cage or fencing that would have openings no larger than 4 inches. That way the kibble would dispense into a bowl through the holes and the raccoon could not get into the feeder itself. We concluded that a caging with a smaller hole, perhaps two inches maximum would work as well. We hope to hear back from you about your cage/enclosure so we can pass this information onto others.

Thanks for your very interesting question.

Sincerely,

Barbara

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Use Cardinal All Metal Safety Gates for Outdoor Pet and Child Safety

by Barbara 3. September 2011 14:20

Question about metal safety gates for outdoor use.

Q: "Which gates do you sell that can be used outdoors? We are looking for a metal gate to mount on our outdoor deck to keep children and pets from falling down the stairs to the lower level. We have already installed black deck netting to protect the openings between the deck posts. Thanks. Bill."

Answer: Safe Home sells several metal gates that will fulfill your needs. All Cardinal brand gates are JPMA certified & adhere to guidelines as set forth by the JPMA & the Consumer Products Safety Commission.

Cardinal Stairway Special Gates come in brown , black and white gates with stainless steel hardware. The Stairway Special Outdoor Gate (Model SS-30OD) come with stainless steel hardware. Optional stainless steel mounting kits are available for Stairway Special Gates bought without the stainless steel hardware.  These safety gates are powder coated so the finish is long-lasting and easily cleaned. Features include a latch system that baffles toddlers yet allows one hand operation for adults, and an optional stop bracket prevents opening over a stairway for greater safety. The Stairway Special will mount at angles up to 30 degrees allowing location of a stud when mounting on drywall.

Stairway Special Gate Features:

  • Gate width is adjustable 27 inches  to 42. 5 inches
  • Height: 29.5 inches
  • Bar Spacing: 2.5 inches
  • Width extensions: 10.5 inch extension (Model BX1) extends width from 42.25 inches to 53 inches. 21.75 inch extension (Model BX2) increases width from 42.5 to 64 inches.

Cardinal Gates Duragates are available in white and taupe. This steel gate is powdercoated for durability. Model MG-25 has a simple mounting system, easy assembly and can mount at any angle. If you need a taller gate, the Duragates also come with height extensions. There are two models, the taupe gate and the white gate, each with an 8 inch height extension included. A total of two extensions can be added increasing the height a total of 16 inches.Width extensions are also available in in white or in taupe.

  • Width is adjustable from 26 ½" to 41 ½"
  • Height 29 ½"
  • Bar Spacing 2 ½"
  • 12” extension (Model BX12) is available for openings 41 ½" to 54"

Please measure carefully. Gates are returnable only if damaged in transit or in unopened boxes. Hope this helps.

Thanks for your question.

Sincerely, Barbara

How to Install Cardinal Gates Deck Shield Netting on Outdoor Decks for Child Safety

by Barbara 22. September 2010 10:52

Question about Cardinal Gates 50 Ft. Black Deck Shield Netting or the Cardinal Gates 50 Ft. Silver Deck Netting

Q: "How difficult is installation of this deck netting? How long should I expect it to last? Our deck is shaded part of the day. Thanks. Joan.

Answer: Deck netting is easy to install. And it should last at minimum several years depending upon your location.

Installation of this outdoor safety netting is easier with two people although one person can do it. With two people, it is easier to stretch the netting and secure it. There are cable ties provided to attach the UV resistant mesh netting to the deck posts. Eye screws are also provided to attach the plastic netting to the deck surface. Some sun rot over time can be expected depending upon the amount of sun exposure. There is no material that is 100% rot resistant.

The major differences between the silver and the black deck netting are as follows:

  • Thickness: Silver is substantially sturdier and thicker—more than 7 times thicker than black. Black is approximately 0.26mm thick. Silver is approximately 1.98mm thick.
  • Size of openings: Silver: each "mesh" rectangle measures ½-inch hole size .  Black: each "mesh" rectangle measures about 1.25" x .75". 
  • Visibility: silver is even less visible from a distance.
  • Height: 36 inches for black and 36 inches for the silver

Deck Netting Features:

  • Material: durable, weather-resistant plastic netting for child proofing.(polypropylene)
  • UV protected: sun "rot" is reduced.
  • Installation: quick and easy.
  • Cable ties (provided) to attach uv mesh netting to deck posts.
  • Eye screws (provided) to attach plastic netting to deck surface.
  • Barely visible from a distance.

If you need shorter lengths, please contact us. We sell 15 ft and 30 ft lengths in both black and silver.

Thanks for your question. Please contact us if you need more help or have additional questions.

Sincerely, Barbara

Automatic Outdoor Dog Water Fountain for Summer & Hot Climates

by Barbara 25. June 2009 12:13

Question about the Contech Outdoor Dog Water Fountain.

Q: My labs enjoy staying outside in our fenced yard despite the summer heat. The trees provide shade but it still gets into the 80's or low 90's most days. We'd like them to have fresh water and the option of cooling off. How does the automatic water fountain work? How hard is it to train dogs to use it?" Thanks. John.

Answer: Learning to use the Automatic Dog Waterer is like learning to use a dog door. If the dog is thirsty, he or she will learn faster. When we trained our Bostons to use the dog door, we gave them dog cookies the first few times and pushed them through the door. That was all it took.

Similarly, your dogs should learn quickly to use the waterer. If you want them to get cooled off, my suggestion is to purchase a Contech Water Scarecrow. This will dump about a cup of water on them each time they approach it which should help to cool them off.

Meanwhile, these are the specifications for the automatic waterer:

* Runs on 4 "C" Batteries: Battery life: Up to 1 Year.
* Low battery indicator: when light flashes red, change batteries.
* Ultra sound based concept: Operates unattended and "activates" the fresh stream of water when your pet approaches.
* Detection Range: 40 degrees angle out to a distance of 1 meter (approximately 3 feet).
* Operates 24/7: Cool Clean Water on Demand for your dog at any time.
* Simple Installation: Installs easily on any outdoor spigot.
* Emergency Lockout: If an object remains in front of the WaterDog for more than 4 minutes, the Water Dog will shut off until the object is removed.
* Pipe Splitter Included: Flow Through Tap Connector allows you to connect another hose or sprinkler without having to disconnect the Water Dog.
* DO NOT use if there is a risk of freezing.
* Maintenance:
o Daily: Place your hand in front of the WaterDog sensor. When the light flashes green, it is working correctly.
o Monthly: Inspect the sensor area to make sure that it is clean and free of any debris. Wash the screen with soapy water.
o Yearly: Replace the alkaline batteries for maximum performance.
* Most dogs will understand how to use the WaterDog immediately. More timid dogs may need some training. When introducing your dog, make sure he is thirsty. Remove regular source of water and exercise first.
* Dimensions: Unit: 6.5" high x 3" diameter. Metal Hose: 23"
* 2 Year Limited Manufacturers Warranty.

Thanks for your question.
Sincerely, Barbara

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