When Installation Day Comes for Your Spiral Stair
After going through the whole process of selecting a stair manufacturer, designing a stair, and placing your order, it’s finally come to the day when it’s go time. You’re likely excited to get your spiral stair in place and get your project over and done with so you can move on to the next thing.
Still, to make sure everything goes smoothly on D-Day, there are several preparation steps you should cross off your list first. With these below measure taken under consideration, your installation process will be shorter and just more pleasant in general.
One of the first things you should have crossed off your list before that delivery truck arrives is preparing your space. That means a clean, cleared space with which to work. You’ll want a minimum of items other than your actual stair parts and what tools you need in the area.
Plus, just as with your home, office, or any other space where you dwell day-to-day, a cleaner work space is much more stress free. Eliminating stress before it has a chance to form will make the installation process a lot better for everyone involved. Plus, the fewer the materials present, the easier it will be to find what you need when you need it.
Plus, just for aesthetic judgement purposes, you’ll get a much better idea of what your final assembled product will look like in the room once any clutter is cleared. It’s a lot easier to picture any décor you plan on adding or designing you want to do later if you’re looking at a clean space than it is if you’re looking at a space in a state of disorder.
Check ahead to make sure all of your helpers will definitely be able to show up that day. It shouldn’t take that many. But you’re project may require a few things be done at the same time as, around, or in conjunction with your spiral stair installation itself. If these things have to be done at the same time as, or close to, the installation itself, just make certain everyone’s schedule coincides. If they don’t all happen to coincide on the day the stair actually shows up, see if you can learn this ahead of time and schedule the stair assembly for a few days later than delivery.
This postponement may set your timetable back a little bit, but at least you can plan better if you know in advance and prioritize any other projects you’re doing accordingly.
Besides the space where you’ll actually be assembling the stair, you’ll also need to clear out a path between where your stair will be delivered and the space you’ll be taking it to. This clears any tripping hazard, plus you’re already set to go for when you clear away any packing materials and boxes after unpacking. And the real bottom line is that you’ll just be able to transport your stair from point A to point B just that much faster.
Tools on Hand
Another step you can take to help installation day go better for you is to have any tools you know you’ll need out and ready ahead of time. Arrange them in a spot where they’ll be easy to grab. If you’re not certain precisely which tools you’ll need, one simple step to take is to call your chosen spiral stair manufacturer ahead of time and ask. Your spiral stair should come with detailed instructions that include a list of the tools you’ll need, but it doesn’t hurt to take measures to have what you’ll need in advance so you can move the process forward just that much faster.
Installing spiral stairs doesn’t really call for safety gloves, glasses, or other protective wear. You’re not exactly going to be working a circular saw or air hammer. It’s really more a matter of just using common sense, taking things slow and careful, and making sure someone else is present to help.
Once you initiate the assembly process, things should go smoothly if you’ve taken all the proper preparatory steps. However, if you do encounter a hitch, then it helps to keep your phone handy so you can call your chosen spiral stair manufacturer’s customer support number.
Get a good feel for how helpful your chosen manufacturer’s support line really is during the purchase process. It also helps to establish a relationship with a particular representative during the purchase process, that way you have someone who knows your particular project and its specifics when you call the help line. Your questions will be answered a lot faster. Salter is ready to assist whenever you need during installation and more. Just call us at (800) 368-8280
Another way you can help yourself get ready for go time before the stair shows up is to mark out your spot where the stair will be mounted. If you’ve measured everything, carefully planned which way the entry points will face, and you have your décor and furniture arranged accordingly to accommodate the stair, then you should know the exact spot where the stair will actually be bolted and secured. So take the time out to mark that spot clearly so there’s no eyeballing or playing around when the stair gets there. Just up and go.
Planning your day for when the stair comes is an obvious and important step. However, odds are that you’re busy with several other things. So it may not be a matter of clearing your schedule, and certainly not an entire extended block of time, to knock the stair out in one session. You may have to work on assembling the stair in intervals. Possibly over a couple of days.
The important thing is setting a time slot(s) and sticking to them so you’re done when you want to be and feel better about your progress. You also want to do this so you can give any volunteer helpers a set time for coming over.
Cleaning Materials on Hand
Besides your tools for assembling, it’s also a good idea to keep some cleaning supplies readily available. That way the area you cleared stays cleared even as you go. Things are likely to go faster, even though you’ll have to take some time out, if you clear away debris and other litter now and then during the job.
Go over Your Plan Beforehand
Prior to your stair arriving, make sure you actually have that list or schedule written out so that if you do have several projects to juggle at the same time you know where your stopping point should be for one job and where your starting point should be for another.
Having your schedule drawn out will make you feel a lot better about where you are with the project and a lot more in control, even if you run into any scheduling snags or you need contact customer support.
DIY or Not?
Prior to any other plans, one obstacle to tackle immediately is whether or not you are up to the task, even with friends. It may not be a matter of if you’re capable of assembling the stair or not, it may be a matter of if the stair will be done as soon as you’d like it to be with your timetable or not if you’re the one to do it. You may need third party help just for keeping on schedule. Or you may decide DIY is the way to go.
There is also the possibility that your stair is a particularly large one, and while you, like any average homeowner, are capable, you’d still rather pay a professional. So determine if your desired schedule and the dimension of the stair will allow you to have the stair done in a time that pleases you before the stair arrives.
Test it out
Having finished assembling everything on time, you’re left with only one task before you can call the task complete—test the stair out. You and your helpers should walk up and down the stair to make sure you’ve assembled it right, you’re absolutely satisfied with smaller details such as where the entry points face, and there’s nothing whatsoever you feel the need to change about the stair. You might as well figure this out while you have your helpers handy.
Once you’ve had the chance to test the spiral stair to your satisfaction, then you can say the job is done and installation has been carried through to the end.
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