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Freight Shipment And Crane Handling Services | A Customer’s Guide

Posted by on Aug 24, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Freight Shipment And Crane Handling Services | A Customer’s Guide

With the availability of overseas cargo shipments for business customers, you have access to a global base of clientele by taking the right steps. Whether you are in the process of establishing an international client base or you are just new to overseas shipping services, there is no doubt that you have a few questions about how it all works. This is especially true when it comes to the safety and handling of the items you plan to ship. Here are a few of the most common questions concerning freight shipping by a cargo ship and the answers you will want to know as a new customer.  Who will be responsible for loading your items into a cargo container and will it be safe? The crew at the loading dock of the cargo ship will take on the responsibility of loading items into shipping containers once they have been delivered by customers. You will only be expected to have your items shipped or transported to the load site before the scheduled departure time. Keep in mind that if your items to be shipped arrive late, there is usually no way that the load can be included, as it takes a lot of time to get all containers filled and moved into place with the cranes on board. The process is lengthy because great care is taken to ensure that all pieces in the containers are secured before they are placed on the ship.  When shipping containers are loaded with heavy lift cranes, will breakables be in danger? The professionals who operate the lift cranes on or around cargo ships usually have many years of experience in the trade. Therefore, they can handle loads with precision and accuracy. Additionally, all items loaded into cargo freight containers are stabilized with straps and fastening hardware to keep anything from shifting during movement or turbulence on the water. If something in your shipment does get damaged, it will likely be covered by the liability insurance offered by the shipping service.  Even though overseas shipping is often a financially logical option as an international seller, it can be a little unnerving to see your freight lifted onto a ship to be carried away. If you have concerns and worries about the safety of your shipment, be sure to talk to a representative from your chosen shipping company. For more information about cranes, contact  A C Jones Trucking Inc. or a similar...

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Complete Construction Jobs With Minimal Risk And Maximum Efficiency – Advantages Of Renting Heavy Equipment

Posted by on Aug 13, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Complete Construction Jobs With Minimal Risk And Maximum Efficiency – Advantages Of Renting Heavy Equipment

When you own your own construction firm, you’re faced with a bevy of choices that may determine the long-term viability of your business. One of the most important of these concerns your heavy equipment, and whether you want to commit to large purchases that will require constant upkeep and which may suddenly seem out of date or obsolete. Below, you’ll find a guide to some of the advantages of renting, rather than purchasing, your heavy construction equipment. Keeping these upsides in mind should give you the confidence you need to commit to this valuable business model, making it more likely that your firm can remain profitable and avoid potential liabilities for many years to come. Decreased Maintenance One of the biggest challenges for many construction companies is keeping their equipment in its best possible shape. Heavy equipment can undergo serious stress on a job site, and most people who specialize in building construction don’t have a simultaneous expertise in equipment and vehicle maintenance. Rather than struggling with a maintenance calendar and committing large sums to hiring outside repair contractors, relying on rented equipment allows you to shift the burden of maintenance to someone else. When your rented equipment is damaged, most standard rental agreements will allow you to receive a replacement component quickly, rather than struggling to fix what you already have. Guaranteed Turnover Heavy construction equipment represents a serious investment, and that investment can quickly seem like a regret in the face of evolving technology. If you find yourself buying an earth mover or demolition crane which is then quickly replaced on the market by a newer version, it can be extremely frustrating to see new features that would improve your efficiency. Most equipment rental services work to turn over their stock and provide the newest and best equipment to their clients. This allows you access to that equipment without having to pour a constant stream of money into new purchases and, therefore, cutting off some of your cash flow. Limited Liability The construction industry can be somewhat fickle and volatile, and even successful firms will go through down periods of struggling to secure work. In those periods, it can be difficult to keep enough cash on hand to meet all the requirements of operating your firm, including payments to be made on purchased equipment. If you rent instead of buy your equipment, however, you can return what isn’t being used. This prevents you from pumping money into idle gear and will allow you significant savings that can help keep your company strong and...

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Four Safety Tips for a Safe Home Demolition

Posted by on Aug 13, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Four Safety Tips for a Safe Home Demolition

Completing a demolition project at home may involve pulling up hardwood flooring, tearing down walls, and removing drywall, and it can be dangerous. It is important that you make safety your top priority any time you attempt a DIY demolition project. Here are some tips for completing the project without injuries. Disconnect the Power Electrocution and fire hazards are considerable risks when you plan on demolition that involves the walls of your home. To ensure this doesn’t happen, make sure the power is disconnected in the room you are working in. Since you might be using demolition equipment like power drills, you will need a power source from another room. Using an extension cord is your best bet. You can also use utility lights in the room you are working on to get ample light, or, of course, simply open the curtains during daytime hours. This prevents the need for turning on the lights while you are working. Wear Protective Gear A common mistake people make when doing their own demolition is not wearing enough protective gear. You might assume you will be careful and that nothing will happen, but this may not be the case. Professional demolition crews wear safety gear for a reason. You should have a good pair of goggles and a respiration mask to protect your eyes, nose, and mouth from dust and other debris. Also wear a hard hat, gloves, boots, and long sleeves. Seal Off Areas with Plastic Demolition results in a lot of dust and debris from plaster, drywall, and other materials. This can get extremely messy, and just shutting the door of nearby rooms might not be enough. When you are doing demolition on one area of the home, make sure you seal it off completely with large sheets of plastic and sturdy tape. This allows you to keep the dust only in the area you are working. You are protected with safety gear, but people in other rooms of the home might accidentally inhale the dust if the room isn’t sealed off properly. Inspect behind Walls If you are planning on pulling off drywall or tearing down a wall, make sure you inspect what is behind it before you start tearing it down. You should never blindly swing a sledgehammer at a wall, even though it sounds like fun. You might accidentally hit plumbing pipes or electrical wires, which would then need to be repaired. You should also be aware of harmful asbestos if you have an older home. If you have any doubts about your ability to do demolition safely, hire a professional demolition company, like Colorado Cleanup Corporation. This type of service will have all the necessary equipment and tools to safely complete a demolition, and you can save the hassle of doing it...

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Troubleshooting Common Air Compressor Problems

Posted by on Aug 12, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Troubleshooting Common Air Compressor Problems

When you invest in an air compressor for your shop or garage, it’s often a learning experience as you discover how the compressor works and what things can go wrong. It also often leads to confusion as you face new problems when something does malfunction. Here’s a look at some of the most common issues you might experience with your air compressor and what you can do about them. Problem: Excessive Noise When the Compressor’s Running Air compressors naturally make some noise when they’re running, but if you start hearing whining, squealing or other loud noises that are out of the ordinary, it likely means something’s wrong inside. Shut the compressor off, then check the oil level in the crank case. If the oil’s low, refill it and then test the compressor to ensure that the problem is resolved. Otherwise, it may be caused by a loose pulley, flywheel or belt. Check all of the mounting bolts to ensure that everything’s secure. If neither of these things fix it, you’ll want to call an air compressor service technician to inspect the crank case and the cylinder head. Problem: Knocking in a Rhythmic Pattern If you’re hearing a knocking sound that’s occurring in the same rhythm as the compressor’s RPMs, that’s a sign of bearing or flywheel issues. Check the flywheel first, tightening the mounting bolt if necessary. Otherwise, you may need to have a technician replace the connecting rod bearings or the main bearings. Problem: Milky Oil in the Reservoir If you check the oil reservoir and find that the oil inside is milky, that’s a sure sign that there’s water getting into the oil. This often happens if you’re running your compressor in a high-humidity area. You’ll want to move your air intake to a less humid environment. Once you find another location for your air intake, you should have the whole system serviced and have your oil changed. Problem: Oil in the Compressor’s Discharge Air Your compressor should never discharge oil with the air. If it is doing so, you’ll need to figure out where the oil’s coming from. If the air filter is clogged, the restricted air intake can cause this. It’s also sometimes caused by worn piston rings or the use of an oil that’s the wrong viscosity for the compressor motor. With the tips here, you can be better equipped to identify some of the common problems that can occur with air compressors, making it easier to troubleshoot your new air...

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3 Tips For Buying Used Heavy Construction Equipment

Posted by on Aug 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Tips For Buying Used Heavy Construction Equipment

Whether you run a construction business or simply want to handle a one-time project, it pays to get your hands on the best equipment for the job. If you would like to do this, while saving some serious money, you should look into finding the best used heavy construction equipment for sale. Whether you want to purchase an excavator, backhoe, bulldozer or any other piece of equipment, there are a variety of tips to keep in mind for the process. With this in mind, read on and follow the guidelines below to put your best foot forward.  Know The Red Flags Before Buying Since the equipment you are purchasing is used, it is very important to key in on some red flags that should disqualify or at least make you think twice about buying certain pieces of equipment. The biggest red flag to look out for is an engine that does not start, or struggles to start. This will be more trouble and money than it is worth, which is why you should look elsewhere. You should also be wary of used equipment that has any fluid leaks, coolant that flows into the oil or any machinery that has been seized by the bank. Keep these red flags at the front of your mind so that you can always choose wisely. Learn The Factors That Determine Price Since you are buying used equipment, make sure you understand the factors that go into the price points. Supply and demand is a huge price indicator, since other contractors will also be in the market for certain types of equipment. For this reason, purchasing a certain piece of equipment off-season can net you significant savings. You should also be mindful of the current economic climate, as this can cause the prices of your equipment to fluctuate or reduce. Get Quotes And Shop Around When purchasing any kind of used construction equipment, see which dealers are willing to give you a bargain and always make sure that you take it as an opportunity to truly shop around. Get quotes in writing so that you can compare and contrast among other dealers. Further, always purchase a warranty on your equipment, as added insurance for any incidents that might happen early on in ownership. When you keep these points in mind, you will best be able to land some use construction equipment that will help you out with any kind of job that you have on your plate. For further help, get in touch with used heavy equipment dealers in your local and surrounding...

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Three Garden Rentals That Help You Do Heavy Duty Work

Posted by on Aug 7, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Garden Rentals That Help You Do Heavy Duty Work

Taking care of a yard is essentially your third full-time job. Lawns and gardens need constant weeding, cutting, trimming, de-bugging, and a host of other tasks to make them neat and tidy. While you could certainly buy all of the heavy duty equipment for yard and garden upkeep, it is just easier to rent these tools when you need them. That way they do not clutter up your garage or your shed and you are still able to accomplish everything on your “honey do” list. Three essential garden rentals to consider are as follows. A Log Splitter This frighteningly powerful tool can split tree trunk sections with a split-second snap. However, it does make very short work of chopping up trees and removing long trunks. It is also very handy when you have to stockpile firewood and do not want to spend an entire day doing it. Renting one usually costs around $40/day, whereas buying one will cost you a couple hundred to close to a thousand.  Call around to check for availability and pricing. Log splitter rental cost varies by location and period of rental, but for a general idea, they typically run around $40-$50 for half-day, $65-$75 for a full-day, $175-$200 for 1-week, and $500-$575 for 4-weeks. A Water Well Drilling Rig If you live close enough to a city to rent a water well drilling rig, but too far out of town to get city water, you may need to rent a water well drilling rig. At some point, wells dry up, and then you have to dig a new one. Your water source from the new well connects to your home’s plumbing, but you can fashion an irrigation system for your yard that connects to it too. Well drilling rig prices start at several thousand dollars apiece, and for a piece of equipment you may only use once in the entire time you own your property, it makes better sense just to rent it for about $200 or less over the course of a few days. A Lawn Roller or a Lawn Aerator Either of these tools you can connect to the back of a riding lawn mower. The roller flattens all of the lumps and bumps in your yard from a tumultuous winter, while the tow-behind aerator pokes a lot of holes in your lawn to let the root systems of healthy grass breathe. Both cost a few hundred dollars to buy (when you buy the tow-behind versions), but a minute fraction to rent for a few hours to a few days. Some garden rental places will even rent these tools to you for a month, if you need them that long. Usually, a single, twenty-four-hour period is more than enough to accomplish smoothing and aerating...

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A Guide To Reducing the Risk of Dump Truck Tipping

Posted by on Aug 3, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on A Guide To Reducing the Risk of Dump Truck Tipping

Dump trumps have gotten longer and the risk of dump trucks tipping over has become a more common problem. The dump truck is at a risk of a tip-over when the center of gravity is not between the frame rails of the truck. When the dump truck tips over, the operators might become injured, nearby workers may become injured and the truck will likely be damaged. As a result, whoever designs the work site and the dump truck operator must take steps to minimize this risk. Operate On a Level Surface To reduce the risk of the dump truck tipping over, it should always be on a level surface when it is tipping. While the dump truck may be able to travel on uneven slopes to some extent, it should be parked on level ground before dumping. The area where the dump truck will be operating needs to be cleared of all debris so that nothing will tip it over. The dump trucks should not be operated in fill areas or on rough terrain where the ground can be very uneven. There are other trucks better-suited for these conditions, such as pup trailers. Distribute the Materials Evenly in the Bed of the Truck The material should be evenly distributed throughout the dump truck rather than being primarily centered on one side or another. The wheels need to not settle unevenly when the material moves to the rear. Depending on the weather, the materials can freeze to the side of the truck, causing the weight to become unevenly distributed. This is best prevented by using exhaust to thaw the materials. Avoid Operating the Truck on Windy Days Wind can sometimes exert enough force on the dump truck that it could cause it to tip over. For this reason, it is sometimes better to use a dump truck on non-windy days. Take Care of the Truck The condition of the dump truck can affect the likelihood that it will tip over. If the wheels are worn down unevenly or if there is more tire pressure in some tires than in others, the dump truck will be more likely to tip over. Additionally, worn down lifting cylinders, components of lifting systems and the condition of the rear suspension system affects the stability of the truck. To further increase the safety of operators, those using dump trucks should use remote controls. If it is not possible to use a remote control, the operator should be assisted by a trained observer outside the dump truck who will identify hazards when they emerge and notify the operator. For more information, contact companies like Skippers...

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Preparing For Next Summer’s Construction Season: How Many Bridge Cranes Do You Make?

Posted by on Jul 31, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Preparing For Next Summer’s Construction Season: How Many Bridge Cranes Do You Make?

Working as an employee for a bridge crane manufacturer you may wonder how your company decides to produce “x” number of cranes every year. It is not as though bridge cranes are a high demand piece of equipment, since  “There is no trend in equipment…”. This holds true of any type of heavy construction equipment, from floating cranes that build bridges to bridge cranes that lift heavy loads overhead and across a construction area. If you have ever wondered how your employer makes the call for production numbers, here is how that works. Contracts and Pre-Orders First and foremost, the company you work for relies heavily on secured contracts and pre-orders. The contracts and pre-orders are assured business–there is money coming in at the completion of the orders for the bridge cranes you and the other employees make. Contracts cannot be cancelled, ensuring that there is definite income for the company. Pre-orders may be cancelled, unless there is a stipulation that requires a certain monetary deposit be placed at the time of the order and that the deposit is non-refundable. (Your rate of pay and the number of employees the company can afford is also based on contract orders and pre-orders.) Producing Extra Bridge Cranes Building extra bridge cranes is not like building a ton of extra cars. Your employer does not want to waste valuable resources producing heavy equipment that will sit indefinitely. Instead, the company’s board of directors will examine the statistics and the statistical probability of the number of bridge cranes which may need repair or replacement for the following year, and produce a number of extra bridge cranes that would meet the demand in the event that every one of those cranes would need to be fixed or replaced before next construction season. (If you live in the Southern half of the U.S., “construction season” never ends. In the Northern half of the U.S., it is only during the spring, summer and fall.) When Too Many Cranes Are Produced In the event that your employer decides to make extra cranes above and beyond their orders, contracts and the estimated number needed for the following year, they may make too many. If this happens, you will probably see a decrease in production, and your work hours may be cut. You may even be laid off for awhile. To avoid the lay-offs and the employment cutbacks, bridge crane manufacturers and other heavy construction equipment companies work hard to sell their current inventory while working harder to determine how many more cranes they should make.  For more information on overhead bridge crane manufacturing, contact a company like Wazee...

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How to Operate a Stroke Sander

Posted by on Jul 28, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Operate a Stroke Sander

Stroke sanders are used to sand large pieces of wood like table tops and doors. The stroke sander uses a large sand belt that rotates across a flat table. The belt sizes range from 6 inches wide to 200 inches long or more. The stroke sander helps to keep the sanded surface of the wood flat and even, and avoid the dips and grooves that can easily happen when one sands a large surface with a belt sander. If you are preparing to use a stroke sander for the first time, here are some things you should know so you can operate it effectively. Wood Placement The piece of wood you will be sanding is placed onto a table that slides back and forth under the sanding belt. The piece of wood should be at least as wide and long as the belt (in this case, if the belt is six inches wide, the piece of wood has to be at least six inches wide and long). This helps you maintain control of the wood to prevent the sanding belt from grabbing hold of it and send it flying across the room. The piece of wood must fit just under the belt so you can properly sand it. There are controls on top of most stroke sanders that allow you to adjust the height of the sanding table. You should be careful not to touch the handles on the side of the stroke sander – those handles are used to tighten and adjust the belt when you replace an old belt with a new one. Sanding Procedure Place the piece of wood you want to sand on the sanding table. The wood piece should be pushed up against the head of the table to help keep it securely in place while you are sanding. Turn the stroke sander on and carefully slide the wood under the sanding belt. The sanding side of the belt is face down so you’ll need to press down on the top of the rotating belt to force the sanding side down onto the piece of wood. Do not use your hand to press down on the belt. Instead, use a wooden trowel that is as wide as the sanding belt on the stroke sander. You have to push the table back and forth under the belt while pressing the trowel down on the belt. You should run the trowel up and down the length of the wood (while continually pressing down on the belt) until the entire surface has been sanded to your...

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