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Emergency Boardup Adventures

Here are a couple of strange emergency boardup adventures that happened on my shift.

An emergency board up company is one of those services that can be easily over looked as a real trade, until needed.

Dread Gone Awry

In Long Beach California I performed an emergency car crash board up. Upon arrival a patron was telling me that a drunk driver plunged into the restaurant. I thought to myself, eh this happens all the time,…then the patron continued with the story and said that the car stopped on top of a two year old a girl. I immediately had sickening dreadful feeling that almost brought me to tears. Then the patron continued with the story and said that everyone in the restaurant ran to the car, counted to three, lifted the car off the girl, pulled her out, and said that she was unharmed. I was overcome with relief, and joy. I have never been so touched to hear a story of a mob working together in a critical situation and pulling together to save a life.

Bear-a-cade

The other day I received an emergency board up call to secure a door that a wild bear had ripped apart in the foothills of Sunland California.  A small bear came down the mountain, and walked up to my customer’s patio door, and proceeded to thrash the door. She must have been hungry. Go figure. It could happen to you.

Sleeping on the job

I performed an emergency board up in Inglewood California. My customer’s apartment had an attempted robbery. The would-be robber fell asleep on the sofa and was arrested by the police.

The right to remain silent

In Reseda California I got a call to board up a vacant building that was storing a 1988 Lotus Esprit Turbo that was in mint condition. The property management was making a routine inspection of the property and discovered 1 missing 1988 Lotus Esprit Turbo, along with a squatter that thought he had rights…

Cops in the Candy Shop

It was about 1:30 am. I had been sleeping for about an hour when I was once again startled out of my sleep by my 24 hour emergency board up hot line. I answered the phone in a fog, wide awake, but still in a fog. I answered with a clear audible board up company response pretending to be wide awake,”Boardup Services”. After a brief conversation with the business owner I was up and on my way. I arrived to the board up scene within 30 minutes. My customer was graciously cleaning up the broken glass when I got there. I said thank you Sir, but I’ll take it from here. I broke out my high powered shop vac, and sucked up the remaining pieces of broken glass.  I was told that a man was seen trying to enter the candy shop by breaking the rear glass door, but didn’t gain entry because some passer buyers called the cops. As I continued with the emergency board up service I couldn’t help but notice the Cops in the Candy Shop. Looking at them admire and handle all of the candy while photographing the nostalgic billboard signs with their cell phone cameras. They looked like children in paradise the whole time I observed them. All I could say about that was “How Cute.”  Upon completion of the emergency boardup, my customer was complimenting the neatness of my job and said that he was pathetic and horrible when it came time to use his own hands to do manual labor. I said in response, “your skill is running a business.”

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Although currently there is no specific licensing, or guide lines regulating emergency board ups, and how they are to be done, a professional board up service should be safe and take reasonable care not to cause further damage to a customer’s property. They should examine the scope and maintain a certain level of workmanship necessary to prevent injury, and provide the security needed to protect ones assets from further loss.

Broken shards of glass may still be present, and should be removed to prevent injury before performing a board up. Boards should be measured and cut to size then mounted on the exterior surface with no gaps allowing air, or moisture to seep in, to assist in weatherization. With this said techniques vary from company to company.

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Option 1 the strong back method by mounting boards to an opening using carriage bolts that pass through the opening joining the exterior board up to a 2×4 on the inside with a nut and washer. This is the most secure way of performing an emergency board up.

There are times when this method must be deviated however, and circumstances will dictate that. For example: when a commercial building board up is performed in the middle of the night, or the customer is not present, the strong back method usually is not an option because the board up serviceman cannot exit the building after fastening the bolts on the inside.

The board up company should seek all options when performing an emergency board up, to prevent further damage to a customer’s property.

Option 1: The strong back method

Option 2: The slip cleat method: The slip cleat method is done by first removing the window vinyl from the opening, and then cutting 4 inch plywood strips to fit into the glass pocket creating a new surface for the plywood to be attached, causing no damage to the storefront.

Option 3: The wedge method: The wedge method is done by cutting 2x4’s to fit the opening, then gently tapped in snug, so that the plywood can then be fastened the 2x4’s.

If the frame will not support the slip cleat method, or 2x4’s are not available, the technician may apply the screw to frame method

Option 4: The screw to frame method: The screw to frame method is the least desirable method of all, but effective. The board is then screwed to the frame causing damage to the store front by leaving tiny holes in the metal.
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