2015 Celebration will be the Largest Display in the Nation, Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation
Nashville Named No. 2 ‘Must-See’ Biggest Fireworks Display, American Pyrotechnics Association
The 10 Biggest 4th of July Fireworks Displays in the U.S., Condé Nast Traveler
Best Fourth Of July Fireworks Shows, International Business Times
“Nobody does July 4th quite like Music City”, USA Today
5 Insane Festivals in July Around the World, Huffington Post Travel
A Prelude to the 4th
Friday, July 3, 2015 | begins at 4:00 p.m.
Jack Daniels Main Stage at 1st and Broadway
Live Music! Featuring The Weeks, Gabe Dixon, Elise Davis, and DJ DU
Music City July 4: Let Freedom Sing!
Saturday, July 4, 2015
The Nation’s largest fireworks show showcasing the Grammy award-winning Nashville Symphony concludes the day’s activities and entertainment including the Music City July 4th 5K/10K run; McDonald’s Family Fun Zone; live performances around the downtown stages; Jack Daniel’s Main Stage music highlighted by performances including Grammy-nominated artist Mikky Ekko and headliner Martina McBride, a four-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year.
Visual Inspections Key to Garage Door Safety
Courtesy of Nashville Home Inspections | June 2015 Monthly Tip
As long as garage doors go up and down… and do so in a reasonably quiet fashion… most homeowners don’t give this important entryway much thought. But get locked out of the front door, or have the garage door freeze in place (up and down) and it will loom front and center on everyone’s mind. Not only are ingress and egress blocked, but cars, bikes, lawn mowers and other equipment may be inaccessible.
Experts make several suggestions when it comes to garage door maintenance. The first and easiest one is a visual inspection that can be carried out monthly or bimonthly by standing inside the garage with the door closed. A visual examination of the garage door springs, cables, rollers, pulleys and mounting hardware may reveal signs of wear or damage. Things to notice in particular are cable wear or fraying, loose hardware anything that doesn’t look – or sound right. At this point, closer inspection by a professional may be warranted.
It is easy today to take the operation of an automatic garage door for granted. In fact, automatic doors were a rarity fifty years ago, and when first included in new construction, not always installed with safety in mind. A federal law, enacted in 1992, changed that, requiring all doors manufactured after January 1, 1993, to be equipped with a reversing mechanism and a sensor to prevent entrapment. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) prompted the law to reduce the number of deaths to children who become entrapped under garage doors with automatic openers.
If an automatic door does not include these features, it is recommended that the system be replaced for safety reasons. Doors that are equipped with pressure sensors can be tested by placing a 2 x 4 on the ground underneath the closing door. This will allow the door to press against an unyielding object. If the door does not automatically reverse direction, the door should be immediately serviced by a trained technician. Testing the force it takes to reverse the door can be done by holding the bottom of the door with hands outstretched and firm. If the door continues to close, the sensor could be set too high and there may be an issue.
To test the photo eye sensor, if that is the system in the garage door, waving an object such as a broomstick in front of one of the door’s photo eyes should cause the door to reverse direction. If the door continues downward, and cleaning the eye with a cloth does not help, a technician should be enlisted.
Depending on the age of the garage door, it may come with self-lubricated or plastic parts that need no oil. In an older door, that may not be the case. After using a leaf blower to remove any debris trapped in the door tracks (this can also be done using a rag or brush), a small amount of spray lubricant applied to door hinges, rollers and tracks may keep the mechanism sliding smoothly.
The rubber seal on the bottom of the garage door is an important line of defense against rodents and other pests, as well as dirt, debris or moisture. If the rubber seal has hardened or chipped, the seal should be replaced. This can be done for under $100.
Although it’s easy to forget, it never hurts to clean and inspect the interior door leading into the house in an attached garage. This should be done at least every other year, if not every year. To keep energy from escaping into and out of the garage, this door should be properly weather-stripped with a threshold seal that fits snugly against the bottom of the door.
Most building codes require this door to be fire-rated and self-closing. If the door is damaged or put in place before more stringent fire codes were enacted, a new fire-rated door can be purchased and installed. Check with your local municipality for exact building codes.
Source: John Watkins, Nashville Home Inspection; June 2015 Monthly Tip eblast distribution
FRANKLIN WINE FESTIVAL
October 16, 2015 | The Factory at Franklin
I am proud to once again be a member of Franklin Wine Festival’s Silent and Live Auction Committee benefiting young Tennesseans of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee (BBBS). We are now in full swing for the upcoming event and need your support and donations as we collect items for this important fundraising auction. Suggested items that auction well are hard to find or rare wines, get-away trips, quality cigars, gift certificates, dining experiences, sports tickets, artwork, etc.
The annual Franklin Wine Festival, presented by Cool Springs Wines & Spirits and supported by Nissan is Middle Tennessee’s premier celebration of wine and food. Extensive offerings by Middle Tennessee’s finest chefs from 35 area restaurants and caterers – 300 selected wines from around the world – live entertainment – silent auction – live auction.
PURPOSE Funds raised by this event are used to conduct background checks on volunteers to ensure child safety; provide ongoing support for children, families and volunteers to build and sustain long-lasting relationships. BBBS programs introduce children to new opportunities for the future, positively impacting our children and the community.
- 2015 Auction and Donation Form: Your donations are greatly appreciated!
- Franklin Wine Festival
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee
I truly appreciate your consideration in supporting the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee. Please feel free to give me a call or drop me a line with any questions or concerns. All the best – Kenneth