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How To Repair A Pallet Jack That Won’t Lift

Posted by on December 28, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Repair A Pallet Jack That Won’t Lift

Pallet jacks are a staple of warehouse equipment, particularly for moving shipping or storage pallets around. Although pallet jacks are fairly compact in size, what they lack in structure is compensated by force. These small units can lift pallets with ease, and the wheels on the base make it simple to roll those pallets to their new home. When you’re regularly rotating stock or unloading shipments, they are a worthwhile investment. Unfortunately, they aren’t fail-proof. If your pallet jack stops lifting, it’s important to know how to deal with it. Here’s a look at what you should know about a grounded pallet jack. What Causes a Pallet Jack to Stop Lifting? The most common reason for a pallet jack to stop lifting properly is an air pocket in the hydraulic system. Since the hydraulic pressure is what’s required to operate the jack, any air pocket can disrupt that pressure and keep the jack from lifting. Although the hydraulic system is usually tightly sealed, a worn, damaged or cracked o-ring by the valve cartridge could allow air to seep through. If you’re seeing moisture or hydraulic fluid leaking near the bottom of the pallet jack handle, that’s a sure sign that you have a damaged o-ring. What Can You Do About Damaged O-Rings? If your pallet jack has a leaky o-ring, the only way to fix it is to replace the ring and then fill the hydraulic system with fluid again. You can get replacement o-rings from most industrial equipment suppliers, tool supply centers and similar sources. You’ll just need the model number of the pallet jack to be sure that you get the right ring. You can also remove the old one and take it to a supplier for proper sizing. How Do You Replace a Damaged O-Ring? Lift The Jack: Position a set of four jack stands on the floor so that they support the pallet jack forks at each end. You should have one jack stand at the tip of each fork and one jack stand at the end of each fork near the pallet jack body. This elevates the jack enough for you to work on it safely. Drain The Fluid: Locate the drain screw on the lower right side of the hydraulic pump, near the rear tire. Put a small bucket under the stem of the drain screw, then use an Allen wrench to pull the screw out. This allows the hydraulic fluid to drain from the system. You may need to pump the handle of the jack up and down a couple of times to flush the rest of the fluid out. Then, put the drain screw back in place and tighten it. Disconnect The Lower Lever: Locate the pin that sits on the right side of the pump body, securing the lower lever in place. Use a small Phillips screwdriver to drive the pin out of place. Just place the screwdriver on the pin and tap the handle of the screwdriver with a hammer. The light pressure of the screwdriver should be enough to remove the pin from the lever. Pull the lever off the pump body. Remove The O-Ring: Locate the valve cartridge that was covered by the lower lever. Use pliers to turn the valve cartridge counterclockwise. Once it’s loose enough,...

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Five Mistakes People Make When Mailing Screen Prints In Cardboard Tubes

Posted by on December 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Five Mistakes People Make When Mailing Screen Prints In Cardboard Tubes

Thousands of people across the United States collect limited edition screen prints, including gig posters and collectible movie prints. Unsurprisingly, collectors expect their purchases to arrive in mint condition, and while cardboard mailing tubes can help you ship these items safely, mistakes can still happen. If you want to make sure your buyers get their screen prints safely, avoid the five following mistakes other people sometimes make. Choosing a tube that’s not wide enough It’s easy enough to carefully roll up a screen print without creasing the precious paper, but you need to make sure you choose a mailing tube that’s wide enough. If the tube is too narrow, you’ll have to roll up the screen print too tightly, which is a good way to damage the paper. If you roll the print too tightly, you can scuff the artwork on the front side of the paper. What’s more, to roll the print up tightly, you often have to apply a lot of pressure, which can crease the screen print. Choose a tube that is wide enough to hold the print rolled up without leaving too much or not enough room inside. Choosing a tube that’s too thin Collectible screen prints can cost thousands of dollars, so you owe it to your buyers to make sure the shipping tube is sturdy enough. Thin mailing tubes are cheap, but they may not withstand the rigors of the postal service or a courier. If the print turns up damaged, the buyer will almost certainly want his or her money back. For collectible screen prints, it’s generally a good idea to choose a heavy-duty, thick-walled cardboard tube. It’s almost impossible to bend or crush this type of tube, and the thick wall will also offer protection against water damage. Failing to seal the tube correctly The plastic caps on a cardboard mailing tube seal quite snugly, but they can pop out in transit if you don’t fix them in place. Once one of these caps pops off, the screen print inside the tube is vulnerable and may even slip out of the tube. As such, it’s important to take time to properly seal the caps. Apply tape around the full circumference of the cap, sealing the cap completely against the cardboard tube. Use several strips of heavy-duty tape across the end of the cap as well, as this will give you extra protection. Failing to wrap the print in paper It’s important to carefully wrap the screen print in acid-free paper, as this will protect the artwork from the inside layer of the tube. Although a brand-new tube is clean, the brown cardboard can still rub against and damage the screen print. A collector won’t want a screen print with scuff marks on the back. Carefully roll the screen print up in an oversized sheet of acid-free brown paper. This will give you a thick layer between the print and the tube. Seal the rolled up paper in place by taping the ends of the brown paper down. This will stop the contents shifting and/or slipping in transit. No padding inside the tube Even if the tube is strong and secure, damage can still occur to the screen print inside the tube if it can move around in transit. As such, you...

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Save Money On Crane Rentals By Scheduling Contract Lifts Around Traffic

Posted by on December 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Save Money On Crane Rentals By Scheduling Contract Lifts Around Traffic

Many residential construction companies have their own backhoe, bulldozer and truck, but few have a crane. Occasionally, a crane is needed to move forward with a construction project, though. For example, if landscaping and buildings make it impossible to move supplies around a home, they must be lifted over the home. Crane rentals aren’t cheap. If you run a residential construction company and a building project requires renting a crane, however, you can save money on the contract lift by scheduling it around traffic. Residential Construction Companies Use Contract Lifts There are two types of crane rentals: contract lifts and crane hires. Contract lifts are short-term rentals, as Allegiance Crane & Equipment details. They’re called “contract lifts” because there is a contract between the contractor equipment rental company and the residential construction company to rent the crane for a specific lift. The rental includes the crane, any additional equipment that’s required, an operator, any other support staff that are needed and insurance. Crane hires, in contrast, are long-term rentals that only include the crane itself. Companies that rent cranes via crane hires must supply their own operator, support staff and insurance. Most residential construction companies use contract lifts when they need to rent a crane, since few residential construction workers are certified to operate cranes, and few residential construction companies carry the necessary insurance. Crane hires are typically reserved for larger commercial projects. Contract Lifts Usually Have Hourly Rates Construction equipment rental companies that offer cranes may have daily and weekly rates, but contract lifts for residential projects are typically charged by the hour. After all, lifting supplies over a house only takes a few hours at most. As is the case with any short-term construction equipment rental, hourly rates for a contract lift aren’t cheap. According to, crane rental rates range from $100 to $600 per hour. Anything you can do to reduce how long the contract lift takes will save your company money — and lots of it. Even shaving just a few minutes off of a contract lift could provide significant savings, as renting a crane costs between $1.67 and $10 per minute. Work Around Traffic Since your company won’t be operating the crane during a contract lift, you can’t reduce the lift time by working faster or adjusting the crane operation. You can, however, reduce how long the lift takes by working around traffic. Specifically, you can schedule the lift for mid-day, and you can direct traffic when the crane arrives. Many companies charge for crane rentals from the moment it leaves their facility until it returns, charging for the time it’s being transported as well as when it’s on your property. By scheduling a lift to be done during late morning or early afternoon, the construction rental equipment company won’t have to transport the crane during rush hour. They’ll be able to take the crane to your job site after morning rush hour and return it to their facility before evening rush hour. Depending on how bad rush hour is in your city, this could reduce your contract lift by a few minutes or as much as an hour. You can also offer to direct traffic once the crane arrives. Traffic will likely need to be stopped temporarily while the truck driver moves...

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Reduce Downtime And Maintenance Costs With Bronze Air Compressor Seals

Posted by on December 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Reduce Downtime And Maintenance Costs With Bronze Air Compressor Seals

Seals are small parts, but they’re vitally important components of any air compressor. They also can be expensive to replace if they break — even though they are small. If you run a manufacturing or industrial facility that uses air compressors and has hot areas, reduce downtime and maintenance costs that arise from broken air compressor seals by installing bronze seals rather than aluminum ones. The Real Cost of Replacing Broken Air Compressor Seals Seals are inexpensive, especially compared to larger and more complex parts used in manufacturing and industrial complexes. In many cases, seals are so cheap that it’s not worth repairing the broken seal. Replacing it with a new seal is cheaper than welding the broken one back together or bending it back into shape. Replacing seals in air compressors, however, isn’t a cheap proposition. It takes time — often lots of time — because many other parts must be removed to get at a seal’s location. During every moment spent disassembling an air compressor, replacing the broken seal and reassembling the machine, facilities incur three costs: the lost opportunity costs of ceased production the wages of workers replacing the broken seal the salaries of employees who aren’t able to work while the air compressor is down When these expenses are added up, the real cost of replacing a broken air compressor seal is much greater than just the price of the piece. In a bustling manufacturing or industrial facility, the true cost of replacing a broken seal can be hundreds of dollars per hour. Your facility’s precise cost will depend on its typical production and employees’ salaries. Whatever it is, though, it will be significant. The Advantage of Aluminum Air Compressor Seals Aluminum air compressor seals have one distinct advantage over bronze ones: aluminum seals are less expensive than bronze ones. At the time of writing, InfoMine listed the price of aluminum at $0.684 per pound. Copper, which is the primary metal used in bronze according to Metal Supermarkets, was selling for $2.11 per pound per InfoMine’s data. Since copper cost so much more, seals made of bronze must be priced higher than aluminum ones. The price difference between an aluminum and a copper seal, however, is insignificant to a manufacturing or industrial facility that only needs one or two air compressor seals. Air compressor seals are small, weighing only a fraction of a pound. The most your facility would save by opting for an aluminum seal instead of a bronze one would be a few cents. The Advantage of Bronze Air Compressor Seals Bronze air compressor seals have a significant advantage over aluminum ones: bronze seals can withstand much higher temperatures than aluminum, which melts at 1,220°F. Bronze alloys melt at slightly different temperatures because the ratios of metals that make up bronze differ from one alloy to the next. In general, though, bronze alloys have a melting point close to 1,800°F. In a manufacturing or industrial setting that sees high temperatures, having an additional 580°F before a seal’s melting point could make a difference in how long it lasts. By using bronze seals in your facility’s air compressors, instead of aluminum ones, you’ll be able to reduce how often they wear down or break from overheating. Investing in these seals may cost you a little more...

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