PREPARATION OF EQUIPMENT FOR ADMINISTRATIVE STORAGE (Cont).
Open sites should be improved hardstand, if available. Unimproved sites should be firm,
well-drained, and free of excessive vegetation.
Store equipment so as to provide maximum protection from the elements and to provide
access for inspection, maintenance, and exercising. Anticipate removal or deployment problems and take suitable
Take into consideration environmental conditions, such as extreme heat or cold; high
humidity; blowing sand, dust, or loose debris; soft ground; mud; heavy snows; or any combination thereof, and take
Establish a fire plan and provide for adequate fire fighting equipment and personnel.
Maintenance Services and Inspections.
Maintenance Services. Prior to storage, perform the next scheduled PMCS.
Inspection. Inspect and approve the equipment prior to storage. Do not place nonmission-
capable equipment in storage.
Correction of Shortcomings and Deficiencies. Correct all shortcomings and deficiencies prior
to storage, or obtain a deferment from the approving authority.
Lubrication. Lubricate equipment in accordance with Chapter 3, Section I.
General Cleaning. Painting. and Preservation.
DO NOT direct water under pressure against unsealed electrical systems or any
exterior opening. Failure to follow this caution may result in damage to equipment.
Cleaning. Clean the equipment of dirt, grease, and other contaminants, but do not use
Painting. Remove rust and damaged paint by scraping, wire brushing, sanding, or buffing.
Sand to a smooth finish and spot paint as necessary (TB 43-0209).
Preservation. After cleaning and drying, immediately coat unpainted metal surfaces with
oil or grease, as appropriate.
Place a piece of barrier material (Item 2, Appendix F) between desiccant bags
and metal surfaces.
Air circulation under draped covers reduces deterioration from moisture or
Weatherproofing. Sunlight, heat, moisture (humidity), and dirt tend to accelerate deterio-
ration. Install all covers authorized for the equipment. Close and secure all openings except those required for
venting and draining. Seal openings to prevent the entry of rain, snow, or dust. Insert desiccant when complete
seal is required. Place equipment, and provide blocking or framing, to allow for ventilation and water drainage.
Support cover away from item surfaces which may rust, rot, or mildew.