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Beginner’s Guide to Heavy Construction Equipment:A Blog

Things To Know Before You Hire An Excavator

Posted by on Oct 12, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Things To Know Before You Hire An Excavator

If you are a newcomer to the construction business, and you’ve decided that buying an excavator for projects is too expensive, you can hire an excavator for your work site. So to help you navigate the process of renting this heavy piece of equipment, here are the essential things you need to know. You Will Need Your Own Insurance — Excavators are massive pieces of equipment that have the capability of causing damage if one of your workers loses control of the machine. That’s why excavator hire companies carry their own liability insurance, but that insurance doesn’t extend to paying for any damage that you cause if your workers have an accident while using the excavator. That’s why you will need to buy damage insurance from a third party or from the excavator hire company itself. Damage insurance will cover any property damage that results from an accident or malfunction of the excavator, and in fact most excavator hire companies won’t rent you the machine unless this coverage is in place. You May Need To ‘Rent’ An Operator — Another important thing to consider is whether you need to find an excavator hire company that provides an experienced operator who will come to your work site and either operate the excavator on your behalf, or train any of your workers who are not experienced at using an excavator. This will cost you an additional fee, but it may be worth it because you will have someone who can supervise the safe operation of the excavator, which can help prevent accident or injury. You Don’t Need A Licence — Work safety regulations once required that all excavator operators obtain an LE licence, but that requirement is no longer in force, so you won’t be asked to show any type of permit or licence when you hire an excavator. However, some excavator hire companies may ask you whether you have an experienced operator and offer one of their own operators to mitigate any potential issues with the use of the excavator. You Must Understand What Happens If the Excavator Fails — Before hiring the excavator, make sure you completely understand the procedures that will happen if the excavator suffers a mechanical breakdown. You may want to only deal with a hire company that offers a same-day replacement guarantee for an excavator that fails on the job, or you will lose valuable labour hours waiting until the next...

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Why Choose a Concrete Tank for Water Storage

Posted by on Oct 7, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why Choose a Concrete Tank for Water Storage

When opting for a storage tank for water, you can usually choose between metal, plastic, and concrete. Each material may have certain advantages, but concrete is often a popular choice for homeowners and even for production facilities and cities that need to conserve water. Note a few reasons why concrete is a good choice for material for your property or facility when you’re ready to have a new water tank installed. 1. Environmentally friendly option To make plastic tanks, this requires a tremendous amount of power in order to mix and form the material. This is also needed when you want to recycle a plastic tank. While metal may be easier to form and shape, harvesting the raw iron ore to make steel or other metals can often mean blasting and other processes that upset the environment. Metals may also need to be trucked in from other areas where they are harvested and treated, and this shipping means fumes and emissions from delivery vehicles. Concrete is much more environmentally friendly. The materials to make concrete are easy to harvest and usually available locally, so there is less shipping needed and, in turn, less pollution created when you use concrete. 2. Theft-proof A plastic or metal tank that is stored above ground can be stolen relatively easily; a thief can simply haul it away when it’s nearly empty and relatively lightweight. However, a concrete tank is theft-proof. You cannot simply pick up concrete tanks and put them in the back of a truck and drive away with it. This is something to consider if you travel away from home often or if you want a tank on a production facility that is unoccupied at night and your tanks are then unattended for long periods of time. 3. Fireproof Metal can easily become charred in a fire and connectors can become warped and damaged when exposed to flames. Plastic may simply melt. Concrete is virtually fireproof and won’t be damaged in any type of fire or when exposed to high heat. This is something to consider for production facilities where there may be extremes in heat from the production processes, or an increased risk of fire. It’s also good to consider this if your home is in a high-risk area, such as near brush land or in the desert. If there is any increased risk of fire or high heat on your property, concrete can be the best option for a water...

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When to Have a House Demolished Versus Renovated

Posted by on Oct 5, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on When to Have a House Demolished Versus Renovated

A house demolition may seem like a drastic step for some homeowners, but it can actually be a good choice versus a renovation, depending on your reasons for wanting to tear down your home. A demolition can be complete, meaning the home is torn down to the foundation, or it can leave the frame intact and simply remove all the other building materials. Note when it may be better to have a home demolished rather than renovated and why it can sometimes be a better choice. 1. Excessive mold or other such damage Trying to clean up excessive mold, asbestos, mildew, termite damage, after a flood or fire and other such damage can be challenging if this damage has spread to the majority of your home’s frame and building materials. Mold and asbestos are not only damaging to the home but they’re also very dangerous to occupants. If the damage is very extensive and may be overly costly to clean, you may want to simply have the home demolished and start with fresh building materials that you know will be strong and safe. 2. Poor construction If a home has been poorly constructed, you may only be able to do so many things with a renovation to help improve its overall structure. Cracks in walls and the ceiling may be the result of poor-quality framing materials. These may also result because the home was built on a slope or soft soil without proper underpinning of the foundation or additional structural strength to certain sides that bear more weight. In cases like these, trying to simply brace up walls or make repairs can be just as costly as having a home demolished and then reconstructed properly. 3. Adding weight to the home If you want to renovate to add more space to the home, note that this also adds more weight. You cannot simply ‘toss on’ an extra storey or build an attached sunroom if the weight of these additions are too much for the frame of the home. Trying to renovate to add this structural strength can be a challenge as you may need to tear down certain walls and rebuild them from scratch, so a demolition may be just what you need. This will allow you to add a frame that will hold the weight of the space you want to create with the home, and do so more easily than trying to work around walls that are already erected. For more information and professional advice, contact professional house demolition companies, like Roach Demolition &...

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Questions to Ask When Deciding on a Crane Hire for a Construction Jobsite

Posted by on Oct 1, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Questions to Ask When Deciding on a Crane Hire for a Construction Jobsite

Hiring a crane for a construction jobsite can be difficult, as you have many different types of cranes from which to choose and need one that will perform the necessary job but still fit in a confined space or work on the surface of the site itself. You also need to ensure the crane can be operated safely with the right type of operator and with the right added accessories. To get the right crane for your jobsite, note a few questions you might ask of any rental agency. 1. Do you charge travel time with the rental price? When noting the rental price of a crane, be sure to ask if they charge travel time. This may be added on top of the actual rental price and it will of course be adjusted according to the distance of your jobsite from the rental agency, as well as the size and weight of the crane. These will add to the cost of delivery for the rental agency, and in turn, it will be more costly for you. Note if travel time is included or will be figured after they arrive at your jobsite, so you don’t have any additional, surprise fees and costs. 2. Is a pre-site check needed? Very often, a crane rental agency will need to do a pre-site check in advance. This is to note the type of ground and how firm or soft it is, so that the rental agency knows if the crane will be too heavy and may sink into the soft soil. A rental agency will also need to check the clearance of the site, as you may need a telescopic arm rather than an arm that folds out, depending on the room of the jobsite. If there is a pre-site check needed, you’ll need to get this scheduled properly, so be sure you ask about this. 3. What rigging and other equipment is recommended, and is this included? There is a difference between lifting gravel and lifting steel beams, so you will need different rigging and other equipment depending on the job. One good thing to consider is if each different type of rigging, bucket, etc., is included in the rental price or if you will need to pay something extra for these pieces. You want to invest in what’s needed for your jobsite, but you also don’t want another surprise on your invoice for the rental costs. Keep these questions and considerations in mind when talking with rental agencies, like Williams Crane...

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