The Milltown Crew Helps Chelmsford With Friendship Park Project

The Milltown Crew Helps Chelmsford With Friendship Park Project

  • Community
  • Helping Hands
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Friendship Park in Chelmsford has 65 square yards of brand new safety mulch thanks to the volunteer efforts of local home service provider Milltown. 

The park recently received renovations that included four new exercise areas around its perimeter. The exercise areas, along with the pre-existing playground, required a thick layer of ADA compliant mulch to be considered safe for long term public use. More than half of the serious injuries that occur on playgrounds involve falls on hard surfaces, making mulch and other cushioning materials a vital safety requirement.

Steve Callaghan, Chelmsford’s Playground Coordinator, and the rest of the DPW have been extraordinarily busy in recent months, which left them counting on local volunteers to lay down the new mulch. 

If Milltown did not help out today the chips would have been spread in six or seven sessions over the course of the spring,” said Callaghan. “And that’s with volunteers.”

Milltown heard about the town’s predicament and decided to use his company’s resources to assist the town in getting the project done quickly and efficiently. The company arrived on-site with 20 wheelbarrows, rakes, shovels, pitchforks and an excavator. The project in its entirety took just under two hours to complete.

“Milltown was looking to do volunteer work for the community and I feel lucky that they chose to help with the town’s playgrounds and parks,” said Callaghan. “The time and resources they (Milltown) devoted to the project was nothing to scoff at, but they were all more than happy to help out the town.”

Milltown has a well-established history of community service. Last year they completed a similar project laying down mulching at Varney Playground. They also have volunteered their services to set up the plumbing and HVAC to Habitat for Humanity projects in Westford, along with planned pro-bono electrical and HVAC work for The Paul Center for Learning and Recreation to help them prepare for the summer camp season. 

“We have always received so much support from our community, it only feels right that we take opportunities to support others where we can,” said Fred Webster, Milltown’s owner. “It’s just in our nature to want to give back.”


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9 Warning Signs of Outdated Wiring

9 Warning Signs of Outdated Wiring

  • Electrical
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As wiring becomes outdated, problems occur that inconvenience you. You may find yourself in the dark a lot due to frequently tripped circuits or blown fuses. You might not have enough power to run all of your appliances, lights and devices at the same time. You may receive shocks frequently. You may notice your electric bill is becoming increasingly high for no apparent reason, which may attribute to old wiring. Outdated wiring has the potential to do more than just complicate your life. You could find yourself without a place to call your own once the faulty wiring sparks and starts a fire.  

Benefits of Rewiring

If you opt to rewire your home, you could find yourself saving money. Although it sounds hard to believe you can save money by spending it, it’s true when it comes to electrical work. A bad breaker box will increase the amount of energy you consume. Additionally, the electric doesn’t always flow as smoothly through the wiring. Leakage in underground wiring will cause you to use more electric as well. All of this can be repaired to save you money on your electric bill.

If you have an electric furnace, your home might not be heating as efficiently as a result of the outdated wiring. Homeowners notice their home’s furnace heats more efficiently when the wiring is up-to-date, meaning winters will be much warmer as a result of the update. Lights are brighter with newer electric wires, changing the entire ambiance of your home. 

Your electronic devices will thank you for updating your wiring since outdated wiring isn’t adequate and may damage the equipment. Sixty amps were once enough for all major devices in a home. Today, homes require 200 or more amps for TVs, computers, air conditioning units and other electronic devices. When the voltage drops, it’s hard on the electronics and can cause them to quit working prematurely. 

Here are some signs that your home needs to be rewired:

1. Dimmed ceiling lights

Dimmed ceiling lights aren’t just a sign a light bulb is preparing to burn out. Oftentimes, it’s an indication there isn’t an adequate amount of electricity flowing through your wiring to power it, so it doesn’t illuminate as strongly. 

2. Smoking from Outlets, Lights or Appliances 

When your appliances, lights or outlets begin smoking, you need to take action immediately. Electrical devices smoking isn’t just a bad habit; it’s a sign the health of your wiring is poor. The smoking indicates something is burning, and when it continues to do so, you could find your whole home going up in flames. 

3. Noisy Electrical 

The electric in your home should run without making any noise. What you might be blaming on paranormal activity usually signifies outdated wiring. Noises like buzzing, crackling or sizzling signal issues like a short, a faulty electric panel or fuse box or an overloaded circuit. 

4. Burning Smell

You might notice a burning smell around your electrical, or you may just start smelling a burning smell in your home that you can’t identify the source of. It tends to smell like a burning candle. You might just notice the smell occasionally. The odor means wires in your home are starting to melt. 

5. Discoloration Around the Outlet 

One sign of old wiring is discoloration around the outlet on the cover or even up the wall. The area may appear scorched with black or brown discoloration. This is a sign the wiring behind the wall is getting too hot. 

6. Warm Spots

Your outlets shouldn’t get hot from your electrical for any reason. The electric runs behind the walls through coated wiring that protects the electrical current from escaping. Unfortunately, as the wiring ages, the coating doesn’t trap the current like it should, which will cause the electric to escape and heat the wall. Usually, these spots arise on the outlet. Ultimately, this puts your home at risk of catching on fire.

7. Aluminum Wiring 

Today, copper dominates as the most reliable and conductive material for electrical wiring. However, during the 1960s and 1970s, homes were commonly built using aluminum wiring. It’s a safety hazard since the connections loosen over time. The loose connections cause overheating and are a fire hazard, especially when you plug appliances into them. 

8. Knob and Tube Wiring

Originating in the 1880s, knob and tube wiring is highly outdated. It was only used until the 1970s and consisted of rubber, which breaks down over time to expose bare wires. Without the protective coating on them, the moisture and air reach the wires, which increases your risk of a short or fire. 

9. Frayed Wiring 

With age, comes problems with your wiring. For instance, the wires may fray and cause electrocution. They also lead to faulty operation of electric devices and fire. 

Call MillTown today and schedule your checkup to see if you need fixes for cold spots in your house!

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