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Hauling And Storing Equipment On Your Construction Site? How to Prevent Theft

Posted by on Oct 31, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Hauling And Storing Equipment On Your Construction Site? How to Prevent Theft

Hauling a trailer behind your work truck is a great way to haul tools, materials and equipment to each construction site. Additionally, it provides a place for storing items on your construction site when they aren’t in use. However, you might still be concerned about theft of valuable, expensive tools and equipment. Luckily, following a few tips can help you prevent this. 1. Use an Enclosed Trailer When shopping for a trailer to use for your business, it’s a good idea to look for an enclosed trailer. This can be a much more secure option for storing tools and equipment, and it can also help protect items from the elements when you are hauling or when your trailer is left at a construction site overnight. 2. Park Your Trailer in the Right Areas Don’t just leave your trailer anywhere. If you want to help prevent theft, it’s generally going to be better to store your construction trailer at the front of the job site, closer to the road or in another more visible area than parking it at the back of the construction site. During the hauling process, if you have to leave your trailer unattended (such as if you stop for lunch or if you have to go into a hardware store for materials), consider living it in a well-lit, well-populated area to help discourage theft. When storing at your place of business or home, consider storing in a garage, where your trailer (and the items inside) will be kept safe and secure. 3. Invest in a Lock and Alarm Your enclosed trailer should be secured with a sturdy, durable and reliable lock that cannot be easily broken or cut. Additionally, you may want to invest in a trailer alarm. The right model can be installed so that it will sound if someone opens your trailer door, which can alert you or others nearby of the potential theft or which can serve as a deterrent for a would-be thief. You can often purchase these items from any dealer that sells enclosed trailers and their equipment. As you can see, if you use an enclosed trailer for hauling and storing equipment on your construction site, there are a few things that you can do to prevent theft. If you follow these tips, you can help reduce the chance of anything happening and can keep your expensive tools, equipment and materials as safe as possible. Then, you can enjoy peace of mind and can focus your efforts on the job at...

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How To Maintain Your Air Compressor

Posted by on Jun 1, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Maintain Your Air Compressor

Your air compressor is the workhouse of your toolbox. It powers many of your tools, and now that you have it, you likely can’t imagine life without it. The good news is that it doesn’t require daily maintenance and it’s not hard to take care of. You do have to perform routine maintenance on it, though, to keep it running for years to come. Here are some of the critical maintenance tasks you will need to carry out. Read Everything If you’re like many people, you likely don’t like to read the instructions or ask for directions, but when it comes to tools, you need to always read the manual. This is especially true for the air compressor so that you can learn how it works, how to troubleshoot it, and how to take care of it. Just read it, learn it, and take care of it. So simple. Clean It There are a few components on your air compressor that need to be cleaned. The intake vents, the fuel tank, and the heat exchangers are the three parts that should make your routine maintenance list. Cleaning these parts are simple, and you will get more use out of your air compressor if you take the time to occasionally take care of it. Check, Change, and Tighten If you aren’t cleaning it, you need to be checking it. All nuts, screws, and bolts on your air compressor should be checked routinely because the vibrations of the air compressor can cause them to loosen. Check them and tighten them up as needed. The air filters on the compressor should be changed periodically and more often when you deal with dirty jobs. Be sure to check them after each use to make sure they aren’t getting full of dirt, which will make your compressor run inefficiently. You also need to check the tanks on your compressor and make sure they aren’t getting full of moisture and water. You will need to release the pressure on the tanks and them empty the water as needed. Finally, inspect your hoses regularly. You want to look for wear and tear or leaks that render the hoses ineffective. When they look worn, change them before they leak. If you notice a leak, you need to change the hose so the compressor doesn’t have to work harder to do the job you need it to. These quick tips are easy to implement and something you can put into a regular routine to make sure that you don’t forget to take care of your air compressor...

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4 Benefits Of Galvanized Metal Finishing

Posted by on May 3, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Benefits Of Galvanized Metal Finishing

In order to get the most of any heavy construction project that you have on your docket, you will need to be sure that you consider the importance of getting galvanized metal finishing. There are a lot of great benefits that you can enjoy when you receive a galvanized metal finish. To learn all about these benefits of galvanized metal finishing, read on and reach out to the professionals who can help you out. Benefit #1: You will enjoy a very low entry cost Perhaps the greatest benefit of switching to galvanized metal finishing is that it is much easier on the pocket. This is not only a low-cost finish, but it requires far less labor in order to create the finish. Because of this, you will be able to keep your budgets and operating costs under control for any sort of project that you have in mind. These professionals will be able to give you a great price on any sort of galvanized metal finish that you need, providing the icing on the cake for your heavy construction.  Benefit #2: You will Receive An Added Layer Of Protection From a structural standpoint, galvanized metal finishes are of the utmost importance. For instance, when the metal is galvanized, construction professionals add a layer of zinc, which is helpful in fighting off rust. This added layer of protection keeps your metal shining and prevents corrosion from setting in. Since your metal is then far less likely to be affected by the elements, you will also enjoy great longevity out of it that you otherwise would not have been able to receive.  Benefit #3: A Galvanized Metal Finish Makes Your Construction Incredibly Low Maintenance When you receive a galvanized metal finish, you are essentially signing up for 50 years or more without having to worry about maintenance. The protection afforded by the finish drastically reduces the level of work that you otherwise would have had to put into keeping the brilliance, luster and composition of the metal. This alone is worth the value.  Benefit #4: The Metal Will Make Inspections Easier In working on construction sites, you will typically have to contend with a number of inspections. This obligation becomes much easier to deal with when you have galvanized metal finishing, because this coating tremendously decreases the need for as many inspections. In exchange, you will also have less to worry about when it comes to inspection-related fines and fees. These four benefits illustrate why you should touch base with a company like Rogers Brothers Galvanizing that can provide you with galvanized metal...

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Selecting The Right Crane Hoist Sling For Your Next Construction Project

Posted by on Jan 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Selecting The Right Crane Hoist Sling For Your Next Construction Project

If your construction company needs to rent a crane and hoist sling for a project, then it is vital that you select the right type of hoist sling to move your building materials from one location to another. Crane hoist slings are made of either synthetic fibers or metal. While a synthetic fiber sling is perfect for moving lighter building materials, a metal sling is necessary for moving more abrasive concrete blocks. To help you choose the right crane hoist sling for your company’s upcoming project, below is some information about each option that you can choose from: Synthetic Fiber Crane Hoist Slings There are three types of synthetic fiber slings that are made out of polyester and nylon fibers: web slings rope slings round slings Synthetic fiber hoist slings are less expensive than those made out of metal and are easier for your crane operator to control while they are in flight. However, synthetic fiber slings are not able to handle abrasive materials and are not repairable if they become damaged on the job site. This makes synthetic fiber slings a good option if you are moving non-abrasive, light, bulky items, such as building insulation or wooden building materials. Metal Crane Hoist Slings Metal crane hoist slings are designed to move very heavy and abrasive loads of building materials. They are more expensive than their synthetic fiber cousins, but they have the distinct advantage of being able to be easily repaired on the job site if necessary. Metal crane hoist slings are versatile, durable, and are resistant to weather damage. Metal crane hoist slings come in three types as well: metal mesh slings wire rope slings chain slings Of all of the various hoist slings on the market today, meal chain slings are the most durable and are rated to safely lift the heaviest loads. Additionally, chain slings are impervious to damage from heat and rubbing from abrasive building materials. This makes chain hoist slings ideal for moving large cement loads, such as septic tanks and underground fuel tanks. Chain slings are also ideal for moving excessively heavy loads such as plate and I-beam steel. Conclusion Now that you understand the different types of crane hoist slings and their various applications, you can be assured that you select the right hoists for your future construction projects. For further information, you can speak with the crane company to ensure that you are renting the safest sling option for your unique...

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Coal Mining Equipment 101: Borers And Coal Cutting Machines

Posted by on Nov 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Coal Mining Equipment 101: Borers And Coal Cutting Machines

Modern coal mining equipment is like nothing else you have ever seen. It is no longer coal cars on a rails and men with pickaxes and shovels, but extremely large, heavy construction-type equipment. If you have never been in a coal mine before, you may be very surprised to see the following pieces of equipment in use. Longwall Machines These astounding machines are the size of an extra large dump truck but bore through mining tunnels like gophers through gopher holes. There is a platform in the middle, shielded by a large overhanging, roof-like plate. On either side is a set of rotary cutters that cut huge slabs of coal out of the mine’s walls and drop it on a conveyor belt, which then takes the coal out of the mine. Two miners generally operate this massive machine, standing on the platform in the center to operate the controls. Since they are protected by the long, overhanging plate above, the ceilings of the mine are allowed to collapse behind them as the machine bores through. If the ceiling does collapse, the overhanging plate creates a large air pocket which protects the miners from suffocation. Continuous Miners If a coal mining company does not use a longwall machine, they might use a continuous miner. This machine is similar in appearance to a frontloader in that it has a lift arm on the front end. On the end of that lift arm are a series of rotary cutting balls, very similar to the same ones used on a longwall machine. The continuous miner begins the cutting process into the mountain or the area of the earth where coal is suspected to exist. It then continues the mining process, cutting away everything in front of it and above it in an up-down and forward motion. There is nothing added onto the machine to protect miners from a cave-in, so it is generally used with great caution or used in conjunction with a roof bolter. Roof bolter A roof bolter is somewhat self-explanatory. It bolts the roofs of coal mines up so that fewer cave-ins occur. However, the very size of this machine is formidable and on par with the sizes of the other heavy construction equipment used to bore through the earth to collect coal. Often, a roof bolter will follow after a continuous miner, bolting up the ceiling to protect the miners who operate the continuous miner machine. At the end of the work day, the roof bolter and its operators may exit the tunnel completely, while the mining and boring machines may remain. For more information about large mining equipment, contact a company like Don Leslie Supply,...

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What Equipment You Can Rent For Your Garden, And When You Should Hire A Pro

Posted by on Nov 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What Equipment You Can Rent For Your Garden, And When You Should Hire A Pro

When you’re a homeowner that wants to gain independence, confidence, and control with DIY work in your garden, you may be tempted to take on every project that comes your way. Garden and landscaping equipment rentals can help you tackle outdoor DIY projects, giving you the chance to save money and gain confidence in taking care of the maintenance or updating of your property. Though garden equipment rentals can be a great way to save money and up your game outside, there are a few rentals that may be better left to the pros. So if you’re contemplating a few jobs outside that need to be completed, here’s what you can rent yourself, and what you should leave to a contractor. Lawn Care is a DIY Affair Lawn care equipment offers you an abundance of resources to enhance the health of your lawn or introduce a new one, as long as you are willing to understand the basics. Lawn care can be a DIY affair when you’re familiar with seeding, aerating, trimming, blowing, and the basic demands of the task at hand. Before you begin any chore associated with your lawn, do some research as to the best time of the year to accomplish the task, how often to perform it, and what it takes to get the best results, as far as maintenance is concerned. But beyond the research required to do lawn care yourself, renting the equipment you’ll need to do it can often provide you a way to proactively participate in bringing a better lawn home. Mowers, aerators, trenchers, lawn conditioners, blowers, trimmers, and even edgers are power tools that require a low level of skill and effort to use, are relatively safe (as long as you stay away from moving parts), and can make a big impact on your outdoors. Trees, Branches, and Stumps Can Be Tricky The next tier of outdoor activities can be tricky, as dealing with trees, branches, and stumps requires you to operate rental equipment that is hazardous, can require working at heights, and may cause the displacement of debris in the process. Trees and branches that need to be removed should always be handled by a professional if you don’t have experience, because the patterns where they fall can cause considerable damages and injury if not carefully calculated and executed. Chainsaws require familiarity and skill to operate, and doing so on ladders or roofs can be difficult for even a seasoned professional. And though stump grinding equipment can be tempting to rent for the day if you have a few to get rid of, hiring a professional will ensure that you correctly remove the entire stump with minimal chance of dismemberment, or damage caused by either flying debris or breaching underground utilities. Stump grinding is difficult to deal with for a novice also, because the size, depth, and type of wood being ground must be dealt with using the proper equipment–if you rent a machine that can’t handle the task you risk damaging a machine that you aren’t prepared to pay for. ...

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Plant Relocation Tips

Posted by on Oct 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Plant Relocation Tips

If you are considering relocating one or multiple plants, then you have a pretty big task ahead of you. There are a lot of things that you will need to plan for and keep track of, which is made even more stressful by the fact that a small mistake could end up costing you a lot of money. Here are some tips that you should consider before seriously committing to plant relocation: Evaluate the State of Your Equipment When planning to relocate, you might want to make your destination facility as similar to the origin facility as possible. This could mean getting a facility has an identical layout or transporting all of your current equipment to the new facility. However, this might not always make the most economic sense. Buying New vs Moving Old Shipping your current equipment can be a pretty expensive proposition, so you will need to weigh that cost against the price of new equipment. Of course, you will probably also need to factor in the distance that you will need to transport the new equipment to reach your facility. In some cases, buying new equipment could be best, especially if your current equipment is particularly old. Some equipment is too fragile to be shipped normally, which might drive up the cost of shipping by a huge margin. If you are unable to secure a cost effective means of shipping such equipment, then buying new and starting over could be your best bet. You’ll also need to weigh those cost factors against the less quantitative attributes of your old equipment. In some cases, getting new equipment can improve morale and productivity. This boost could be substantial enough to tip the scales in favor of buying new equipment rather than shipping the old. Evidence for Shipping Damage Another big factor that you need to consider is the potential for damage during shipping. In many cases, you will hire an outside contractor to ship your equipment for you. If something is damaged, you will want to be able to prove that the damage happened during shipping, since that could allow you to pursue compensation (or even a lawsuit if all else fails) against the shipping company. Therefore, you want to make detailed documentation (including photos) of the status of every single piece of equipment before it is shipped. This also has the secondary benefit of improving organization and helping make the move easier, since you will have detailed records of absolutely everything that was transported. When you are moving a lot of stuff, it can be easy to lose track of certain pieces of...

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Four Sources For Used Heavy Construction Equipment

Posted by on Oct 20, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Four Sources For Used Heavy Construction Equipment

Are you interested in procuring used heavy construction equipment? If you want to save money on your equipment purchases, it’s usually the best way; used heavy construction equipment will often still have a significantly long usable life and will be vastly under-priced compared to newer models. Still, it can be difficult to find used heavy construction equipment. To get the best heavy construction equipment, you may want to check the following markets. 1. Government Auctions When government jobs are completed they may occasionally auction off heavy construction equipment that is no longer necessary. This equipment could be unneeded because a particular department has been downsized or because the fleet has been renovated. Either way, the government will often attempt to recoup their budget through an auction. Look at county auctions frequently if there are items that you need.  2. Online Classifieds Believe it or not, used heavy construction equipment is sold on consumer sites. In fact, you can usually get a good deal through online classifieds and even auction sites. But there is a caveat: when you purchase construction equipment through online classifieds, you need to figure out how to actually get it to your work site. This may not be a trivial task if it’s in another state altogether.  3. Other Construction Companies Don’t be afraid to call around to ask other companies if they are thinking of selling some of their older equipment. They will often welcome the ability to unload some of their equipment without having to go through the arduous process of first finding a buyer. Used construction equipment is a rather small niche — sometimes it’s easier for companies to hold on to their old equipment than to secure a buyer.  4. Rental Services Heavy construction rental companies will often sell the models of construction equipment that they no longer use. If you don’t want to rent a piece of equipment, you can instead ask them if they have anything for sale on their lot. They may even be able to put you on a wait list and call you should the item that you want come up. And, of course, even if they don’t have the item for sale, you may be able to lease it.  If you still can’t find heavy construction equipment, you might want to consider contacting the manufacturer to find more information. Often you can get discounts or financing on new models — or the manufacturer may still have older models in stock that they are looking to...

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Moving Your Furniture Into A High-Rise Apartment

Posted by on Oct 20, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Moving Your Furniture Into A High-Rise Apartment

Moving furniture and appliances can be one of the most challenging tasks if you live in a high-rise apartment. Rather than try to drag your furniture all the way up the stairs, risking injury or damage to your furniture, you should instead consider hiring a crane service that can bypass the very tight spaces you’d otherwise have to navigate. Instead, your furniture can be placed on your balcony or carried directly through your window. Also, if you own an older home that has stairs that are not very wide, you might need a crane. Moving It Yourself If you’d like to first try moving the furniture up the stairs yourself, you will need to cover your furniture completely with blankets and then wrap the blankets tightly to the furniture with plastic wrap. Then, you will need to get a lifting buddy who can help you carry the furniture after securing lifting straps to the bottom of it. The straps support the weight of the furniture and also free your hands for guiding the furniture. Hiring a Crane Service Before you hire a crane service, perform accurate measurements to verify that you would be able to fit your furniture through a window or the doorway of a balcony. If not, you might want to reconsider how important the piece of furniture is. Still, it is worth asking a furniture crane service to visit your home to estimate whether they will be able to somehow fit your furniture in. When consulting with your landlord, you may receive permission to remove a door or sash so that the furniture is able to fit. Choosing Between a Hoist and Hydraulic Crane Furniture can be lifted using a furniture hoist, also called a furniture crane. If the furniture is heavier than 250 pounds, it may be necessary to use a hydraulic crane. Other hoists must place the furniture on the railing or window frame at some point, but doing so can cause damage. Also, a hoist is usually only able to reach the fourth or fifth floor at best, so it may be necessary to use a hydraulic crane. Protecting Your Furniture When your item is transported by crane, it needs to be covered with protective pads to make sure that the furniture is not damaged on the way up. The cost of the padding is usually added to the bill. Therefore, the more items that you will have hoisted up by crane, the more expensive the whole process will be. To learn more, speak with a business like A C Jones Trucking...

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Renting Heavy Equipment For Your Project? Be Sure To Ask These Three Questions

Posted by on Oct 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Renting Heavy Equipment For Your Project? Be Sure To Ask These Three Questions

If you have a significant amount of property and a major outdoor project to get completed, it’s worth considering renting a piece of heavy equipment. Whether you need a backhoe, loader or bulldozer, talking to a heavy equipment rental company and finding the right piece of machinery for your job can help to get the work done quickly and correctly. During your pre-rental discussion, you’ll likely have some basic questions about the price and length of the rental and whether it comes with an operator, but there are a handful of other questions to ask to ensure you’re as informed as possible. Here are three other questions to discuss. Beyond The Rental Price, What Other Fees Will I Pay? Although you’ll likely be focusing on the rental price for renting the piece of heavy equipment, don’t be afraid of asking if there are any additional fees that you’ll need to work into your budget for the project. You might have extra fees for the delivery and pickup of the equipment or for the use of the machine’s gas. Having an operator included in your rental will also often change the price, so be sure you have a full understanding of exactly how much you’ll be paying before you sign the rental agreement. Is There A Better Machine For My Job? Unless you’re experienced in dealing with heavy equipment, it’s worthwhile asking a rental agent, like those at Sound Equipment Rentals & Sales, about his or her recommendations about the machine you plan to rent. For example, if you’re wanting to grade a large area of your backyard, you might have your mind set on a bulldozer. By asking this question, however, the rental agent could shift your focus to another type of machine, such as a tractor with a grading blade. Considering other types of machinery could lead you to renting something that will cost less money or get the job done quicker. What Happens If It’s Raining Heavily On The Day Of My Rental? Although heavy equipment can typically be operated when it’s raining, prolonged periods of heavy rain can cause your yard to become muddy and make the project difficult or even risk the machine getting stuck. Given that you can’t control the weather, it’s useful to talk to the rental agent about how to proceed during periods of heavy rain, regardless of whether you need the machine for just one day or are renting it for several...

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