Outdoor Cleanup and Preparation Before Winter

An ounce of preparation is better than a pound of repair. In other words, a little work now to get your property ready for the winter can save you a lot of time, effort, and money in the long run.

What follows is a collection of some of the areas on which winter temperatures can wreak the most havoc and steps that can be taken to prevent avoidable damage.

Filling Cracks and Sealing Holes

Winter weather conditions are notorious for turning property’s cracks, holes, and gaps into big problems. They let cold air into homes, raising heating bills, they allow water in to freeze and crack surrounding material, and more.

So before winter falls, walk around the property looking for cracks and holes. Pay particular attention to walkways, driveways, and sidewalks, plus any feature that includes pavers and paving sand. Get enough paving sand to accommodate your property and fill in any gaps and compensate for the settling and packing that inevitably happens.

Gaps, cracks, and holes…

Essential Equipment Every Moving Truck Needs

Having the right equipment in a moving truck (and using it) is a necessity for both professional movers and amateurs who’ve rented a truck or are equipping the one they own. The appropriate use of the following tools, having protective equipment for the movers and their goods, and the rest of the mover’s gear should make the process of moving a bit more painless.

General Lifting

The equipment needed for lifting heavy things are obviously essential for a moving truck. One of the most basic, but most helpful, is the hand truck. A single person can use one to move smaller appliances and furniture or a stack of heavy boxes. They cut down moving time and lessen the chances of strained backs or drop-damaged microwaves.

Basic moving straps are surprisingly effective at allowing two people who aren’t bodybuilders to lift things bigger and heavier than they would have guessed. However, knowing limits is extremely important. That includes both the limits of the people doing the mov…

Avoiding Material Handling Risks in the Warehouse

Safe material handling and general warehouse safety are features of warehouse work that benefit everyone. For management, it means lower insurance liability and vulnerability, not paying out workers’ comp, and not losing labor time or productivity to injury. Most importantly, it means that their employees are not being injured in avoidable accidents. And for employees, obviously, not being injured is a pretty compelling benefit. 

Many of the following potential hazards (and the strategies for avoiding them) may seem like common sense. However, it’s the day-to-day, rather than the exotic risks, responsible for injuries to warehouse workers who may take the risks for granted.

Forklift Safety

This one’s likely no surprise. When there are vehicles cruising around a warehouse, driven by someone whose vision is often obscured by the load, there are bound to be some accidents. Accidents can be the result of either driver or pedestrian error. Both parties get used to forklifts, th…

Avoiding the Most Common Moving Injuries

For a lot of us, moving is one of the few times we’re lifting and transporting heavy, bulky, or awkward loads any distance. That’s also a reason why moving can actually be dangerous and result in injuries if one is not careful.

Thankfully, most of the injuries that result from moving can be avoided with some planning, restraint, and the use of appropriate tools. Below are some of the most common injuries that can result from moving and some the best ways to avoid them.

Strained Back

Among the most common and debilitating of all moving injuries, a back injury on moving day is generally the result of mishandling a heavy load. Whether one is lifting without equipment, with the wrong equipment, or using an improper technique, a back injury can put your move on hold. As is the case with the other injuries listed here, however, hurting your back during a move is also almost entirely avoidable.

The most effective strategies for keeping the back out of harm’s way aren’t very or…

Tips for Moving Out of an Apartment

An argument could be made that whatever sort of abode you’re moving from, moving is moving. You pack your stuff up, use a traditional hand truck to load up the trailer or truck, unpack it in the new place, and you’re done. Always a time-consuming hassle, but basically the same thing whether you’re moving out of a house or apartment, right?

Not exactly. There are some definite differences between moving out of an apartment and a house. Recognizing those differences and taking them into account can mean the difference between a successful move and a miserable, and even injury-risking, disaster.

Finishing Up the Apartment Move-Out Necessities

One of the primary differences between moving out of a house and an apartment is that it’s a near-certainty that the apartment is arental. So, in addition to giving your notice (of course), be sure to tie off all the details necessary when moving out of a rental, such as:

· Turn in all keys, including your mail key

· Make sure you’re pa…

Wheelbarrow vs. Hand Truck: The Best Device for Yard Work and Landscaping

Landscaping can be a deeply gratifying experience while increasing the value of property and simply making a home or business a more attractive, pleasing place to be. However, like all good things, it requires work.

That work can and probably will be tough, but with the right equipment it doesn’t have to be a miserable, inefficient, or strain-inducing experience. There are too many specific work tools for the different sorts of landscaping and yard work projects to cover here, but the best tools for carting material to and from a worksite is manageable territory.

Though if there’s a single piece of advice that applies to the heavy lifting associated with any project, it’s that old landscaper’s maxim: “Use your head before your back.” To which the addition of, “And always wear a good pair of leather gloves,” can’t hurt.

The wheelbarrow is the unofficial godfather of the landscape and yard work material-moving equipment family. For millions of yard workers and D…

Material Handling by Hand: The Best Hand Truck for the Job

If you’ve had to move loads of anything by hand, you’re probably aware that there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to doing so. The proper equipment can mean the difference between a smooth, productive job and a frustrating, inefficient, protracted, and even dangerous one.

Knowing that, however, doesn’t necessarily guarantee understanding what the right hand truck for the job is. With that in mind, the following is a quick guide outlining which hand truck works best in certain situations. It’s by no means fully comprehensive, as every job has details, challenges, and features that make it unique. But hopefully, it helps.
Traditional Hand trucks
The hand truck is the workhorse of the materials handling gear suite and is ideal for carrying boxes, bags, books, packages, smaller appliances, etc. Basically, if what you need to move is relatively small and/or stackable, a hand truck is a strong choice for the job. They’re also quite maneuverable and easy to use.
But keep in mind t…