More than 20 inches of snow fell in Elizabethtown, Ky., late last week, turning highways into parking lots. Learn how Kentucky shops are digging out and coping with, what some may hope, is the last winter storm. As the cold weather continues, also learn tips for installing in low temperatures.
In Louisville, Ky., Terry Davis, owner of Auto Glass Plus, says business is “busy.”
“I’m usually out on the roads, but they called me in to help with the phones,” he says. “The snow is melting and it’s warmer. We had a skeleton screw that came in last week. We didn’t close, but we didn’t do a lot of work, either. It’s definitely picking up now and busy.”
His company doesn’t have an official snow policy.
“We did call some techs and told them to stay home,” he says. “The mobile vans they take home in the evening are rear-wheel drive vehicles. They are difficult to drive in the snow. So just those of us who live close by and have four-wheel drive or front-wheel drive vehicles came in.”
Lexington, Ky., received about 14 inches of snow, according to Alan Anderson of Avizion Glass.
“Most of our main roads are passable. We can only hope to reap some benefit from the ice and snow to recover for the days missed,” he says.
When installing windshields in cold, snowy weather there are some things to keep in mind, says Bob Beranek, a board member of the Auto Glass Safety Council™.
“You can’t install while it is snowing or raining unless the vehicle is under cover. Urethane doesn’t stick to a wet surface,” he says.
“If I am 100 percent sure that the glass is the right glass for the job, or if it is a part that is common and I can sell it later if need be, I will wash and prep the glass in the shop prior to going to the job. This way, the glass can stay in my heated truck until I’m ready to use it and the primer has had plenty of time to dry and cure,” he adds. “Make sure the use of the part is within the usable time frame of the primer.”
When scheduling an appointment, it’s a good idea to ask the customer if he has a heated garage to work in.
“You’ll be surprised at how many customers have friends or family with a heated space in which you can work. However, even an unheated garage is better than nothing,” Beranek says.
To read his tips for installing in cold weather, click here for his latest blog on the topic.