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— A MONTH-TO-MONTH MAINTENANCE CALENDAR FOR Good Housekeeping Practices Which Will Keep the Exhibitors' Property in Top-Notch by HAVILAND F. REVES WOOD FOLLOW-THROUGH Oil daily and weekly maintenance makes less work for the seasonal and annual operations, but there are a few things that require regular periodic attention. While months are indicated, it must be realized that these are very flexible, and seasonal rather than monthly scheduling might be preferable. In any case, the month can usually be moved forward or back by one notch to adjust to special local conditions in most houses, and climatic conditions may suggest changes in various regions. JANUARY Year-end operation.s in other departments may make absence of any extra maintenance operations very welcome. Monthly inspection of lighting, especially cover lighting and fixtures. Those not replaced should be carefully dusted. This includes less accessible units not covered in weekly and daily inspections, and should be performed monthly—in January and the other 11 months. FEBRUARY CARPETS: Accumulated carpet repairs .should be undertaken at this time, when carpel .service people have a normal slack time after the Christmas season. It is highly desirable to defer repairs in this department until enough have been logged to make a worthwhile project for the service company, unless the needed repair constitutes a hazard. MARCH STAGE CURTAINS: They should be lowered or taken down, and thoroughly vacuum cleaned. A regular house vacuum system is a big help here. MARQUEE AND ROOF: Clean off the top carefully, so heavy rains will flow off properly. Standing rain on the marquee may get down into the wiring, or the transformers usually found because of the modern use of neon. On the main roof, neglect could cause moisture to get into the auditorium proper and create serious interior damage. APRIL CLEANING OF AIR DUCTS: This should be done before starting the air conditioning system. Despite any closing-off process, these have undoubtedly accumulated a lot of dust, soot and plain dirt during the long winter months, when they were probably not in active use, and dust could readily settle thickly. When the system is turned on, this accumulation is going to blow out of the ducts into the auditorium, dirtying the upholstery, carpeting, decorations—and perhaps the patrons as well. This procedure should be scheduled for completion before Decoration day. SPRING CLEANING: See September. MAY CARPETING: Another good time to have accumulated work done, as carpet people are just getting over their spring rush, and get busy again a little later in the summer. (See February.) HEATING SYSTEM: Check to see that it shut off properly, valves properly closed, Because is proper protection given ducts, etc. systems vary widely, from central heat to all types of fuel and heat circulating systems, no attempt to cover this can be made. The manufacturer's recommendations for proper care of the system, especially with reference to beginning and end of the heating system, should be carefully studied and followed. They were written to protect your investment, not to run up a service bill for the heating service firm. JUNE FIRE AND SAFETY INSPECTION: The timing of this is usually governed by local regulations, but is placed here to conform to a fairly common schedule. Inspection may be anticipated—and should be welcomed—by diverse authorities, such as a city and a state fire marshal, electrical engineer, police officer and building and sanitary engineer. Among things to be checked are: fire prevention or fighting equipment, safety equipment, doors and shutters in booth, asbestos fire curtain, exits leading from the stage, skylights, flameproofing of drapes in both stage and auditorium, panic bolts, construction of lobby poster frames so that they will not be able to fall on patrons, aisle lighting and exit doors. Much of this is inspected in large cities every couple of weeks by more general inspection visits. JULY Vacation schedules will make the absence of any special maintenance chores very welcome. AUGUST FIRE EXTINGUISHERS: Recharge to conform to requirements. Compare safety discussion under June.) SEPTEMBER HEATING SYSTEM: Check thoroughly before cool weather sets in. to see that all parts are functioning properly. (See discussion under May. i SPRING CLEANING: This is the time to start it. With fall weather coming on, painters and other craftsmen are going to be more readily—and economically—available, and the general cleaning of the house and general non-emergency refurbishing should be worked in as suitable. Once-ayear cleaning of relatively inaccef^ible units, such as dusting of remote ceiling fixtures and ornaments, may be includec' in this part of the calendar. COOLING SYSTEM: Now is the time to have work done on this, while the servicemen are available. Try to keep a fewmonths ahead of the public seasonal demand for maintenance service skills. A carclul inspection 0/ less accessible lighting fix tures, with replacement of detective units and lamps should be made every month in the year. March and November are good times for the semiannual cleaning of stage curtains and draperies They should be vacuum cleaned. Washrooms which receive hard use should receive refurbishing in November which is a good time, also, to go over the house for general touchup work. 20 The MODERN THEATRE SECTION

— THE THEATRE Physical Condition The regular engineers or maintenance men can utilize their spare time in the winter, going over the entire cooling system inch by inch and checking condition. The necessary repairs can usually be made by these men. but any which they are unable to perform can be done by an outside contractor. Again, there will probably be a saving by calling this time of the year. Another objective in types of systems u.sing carbon dioxide gas should be to have u minimum of this on hand at the close of the season—both in stock, as well as in the system itself. Fans, motors and vents should all be checked over carefully during the winter. OCTOBER MARQUEE AND ROOF: Clean thoroughly before the onset of winter. All drains must be free, so that melted snow will drain down. Wiring should be checked for possible leaks. Drainage should be satisfactory if drains are open, and pitch is correct. In case of heavy snow at any time during the winter, it should be swept off, as it will otherwise overload many marquees. NOVEMBER PAINTING AND DECORATING: A good time to undertake major maintenance programs in this field. This includes especially painting of suitable portions of seats, touching up plaster, refurbishing washrooms which always get hard usage, places in walls that have been kicked or otherwise damaged. This is touchup painting work—no attempt at general redecorating is covered in the regular maintenance schedule, of course. The auditorium floor, on the portions not covered, should be repainted annually because of the hard usage. STAGE CURTAINS: They should get their semiannual cleaning isee March). DECEMBER Special seasonal decorations and holiday problems—with a brief respite from heavy maintenance schedule. ga