PolyMenders is our plastic repair business. Simply put, we repair plastic slides, kayaks, motorcycle parts, ATV parts, water pipes, RV tanks and various other plastic items. I think the most unique repair we made was to an outdoor couch and chair set that had cracked in the summer sun.
Most of the items we repair can be brought to our shop. However, when a playground slide is broken, we pack up our equipment and drive to the slide.
|closed off for the safety of the children|
Today was one such day. We had been contacted a few days ago that a local elementary school slide was the target of vandals. After inspecting the slide, we determined that it is repairable. The school personnel were very relieved that we would bring their beloved slide back to useable condition! That's one of the best things about our job-helping repair items that still have many years of use :-)
|today's repair project|
The damage looks significant to the untrained eye, but to us, it's definitely repairable. The hole measures around 2" x 4 1/2" with two long cracks extending from each side and a much smaller crack extending from the top left corner. Kids have filled the hole with tanbark. I guess this slide must have been this way for awhile before we got the call to fix it...
|step one: check|
The first area to repair are the three cracks. Then we can tackle the hole once we have a solid foundation. This slide is white, an unusual color for a playground slide. So we used tan material in our repair. We've never heard a customer say that they'd rather get a new 'what-ever' if the color didn't match exactly!
|all done and ready for use again!|
It's a bit blurry, but you can see the final result here. We've finished the area so that it is once again smooth and ready for use! All that needs to be done now is remove the plywood at the opening of the slide. I'm sure the maintenance department for the school district will take care of that in short order.
|they'll be happy kids tomorrow when they can use the slide again|
One benefit of owning our own business is the ability to take Rufus along with us (sometimes). Today he enjoyed his shady spot while watching us work.
|Rufus enjoys his spot near our work site|
Check out our web page for more repairs: www.polymenders.com.