The Mania is Back!

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Maintenance Mania is back, in person, for the first time in two years after the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. GNAA and the Maintenance Committee have been hard at work preparing for this year’s Maintenance Mania held at Al Menah Shriners on Thursday, March 31, 2022. Registration opens at 11:00 am. Register your maintenance teams online or call 615.365.3047 for more information.

For everyone who has never experienced this event, Maintenance Mania is a national program offered by NAA and presented where maintenance technicians compete against each other in various skill-based games. NAA divides the country into divisions, placing Nashville in division three. Winners of each division will participate in the National Championship, held at the annual conference, Apartmentalize. Prepare for Maintenance Mania with the below information. 

New Wildcard Qualifying Process

Maintenance Mania is adding something new this year called the New Wildcard Qualifying Process. The Wildcard qualification process rewards the ten fastest remaining competitors from around the country who have not previously qualified for an MMNC event. Therefore, we will see MMNC Rookies compete against the top finishers from each of NAA’s ten regions.

2022 Games

This year’s games include the A.O. Smith Water Heater Installation, the Frigidaire Icemaker Installation, the Halstead Click-Lock Plank Installation, Kidde Fire & CO Alarm Safety Installation, the Kwikset Key Control Deadbolt Test, the Pfister ToppFit Faucet Installation, and finally, everyone’s favorite, the Race Car Competition. 

A.O. Smith water heater: Removing the mini water heater supply lines and swapping out with a new mini water heater reinstalling the supply lines flipping a switch to fill with water, and turning the breaker back on.

Frigidaire ice maker installation: Setting the icemaker on the screws, lifting the ice maker arm, and pushing the water inlet tube through the rear panel.

Halstead Click-Lock Plank Installation: Connect all Click-Lock plank pieces, use the hammer and tapping block to ensure all components are locked together and use the cleaning rag to erase all markings. 

Kidde fire alarm & carbon monoxide safety installation: Install a smoke alarm, test it, and plug a carbon monoxide alarm by plugging it into a wall outlet.

Kwikset key control and deadbolt test: Lock the key control deadbolt, rotate the deadbolt faceplate and unlock the deadbolt, and then turn the faceplate back to its original position.

Pfister TopPfit Faucet Installation: Run the Spout Body Water Supply Lines through the circular opening on the display set, place TopPfit Install tool at the top of the body, drill to tighten the metal bracket, unscrew the connector piece, pull the faucet neck hose through the opening, connect the Faucet neck, screw the connector piece, and secure the supply lines to the L-shaped bracket. 

Race Car Competition

The Race Car Competition is one of the main highlights of Maintenance Mania. Competitors build a gravity-powered car using at least three maintenance supply items for this event. However, wood does not count in this competition. The car is required to be a maximum of 18” in length, 6” in width, and 6” in height with a maximum weight of 1 lb. 8 ounces. Glass may not be used on race cars, and competitors must use approved yellow competition wheels provided by the affiliate. Wheels can not be altered or modified. Wheels are available at the GNAA office. 

Cash & Prizes

There will be 1st, 2nd and 3rd place overall prizes. There are also 1st place prizes for each event. In addition, there will be a prize for “Best Use of Maintenance Supplies” on your race car and a “People’s Choice Award” for their favorite race car.

Prizes awarded to the National Championship winners consist of a CAMT scholarship from NAA and local affiliate (if offered) for first place. In addition, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place will also receive various prizes from presenting sponsor HD Supply and National sponsors.

Cheer Team Registration

Properties and management companies can support their maintenance representatives by putting together cheer teams.

Maintenance Mania Quotes:

I’m a very competitive guy, so it allows me to compete with my peers. This allows us the opportunity to see people that we do not see often in our field so we can share our experiences. It also allows us to show off the company that we work for. I’m very lucky that I get to help run the event that gives back to the maintenance people in our industry. It’s just nice to allow a half-day of fun, which we all enjoy.

-Jeremy Byrd

Maintenance Mania – This is something I look forward to every year. It lets us bring out our competitiveness and also have a good time with all our peers in the business

-Chris Mason

What do I like best about Maintenance Mania? All of it! It’s a day of appreciation for all the hard work our maintenance people do. From seeing old friends, great food, the feeling of camaraderie and let’s not forget the competition! The car race is my favorite event. Anyone can wind, even me one year! It’s a lot of fun and I look forward to seeing everyone this year.

-Dale Smith