Contractor Tips Blog

Dec
30

Benefits of Using a Vacuum Conveyor Belt

There are many different types of conveyor belts available with a wide variety of capabilities. Choosing the right one for your needs can be daunting, especially if you manufacture or ship a variety of different items. So which one is right for your needs? For many applications, a vacuum conveyor belt can offer a secure surface that will easily transport your items where they need to go through your production floor or warehouse. Here are some of the benefits of choosing a vacuum conveyor belt for your business.

  • Do you ship or manufacture flat items that need to be swiftly moved through your production floor? Vacuum conveyor belts are perfect for flat items that often slip off conventional belts.
  • Businesses that need to move oddly shaped or various sized items can benefit from using a conveyor belt with a vacuum function. This helps hold even small or round items in place as they are moved from one area to another.
  • Items that need to be held in a specific position for gluing or cutting on a production floor will be secure with the suction from a vacuum belt keeping them in place.
  • Steep inclines for transporting items from one area of your warehouse to another can benefit for the stability that a vacuum conveyor belt can provide.

Not all conveyor belts offer the same functions or capabilities. Nor do all conveyor belt companies offer the same products and services. Before settling for a generic conveyor belt that may not meet your production needs, talk to your local conveyor belt experts that offer vacuum conveyor belts as one of their options.

Posted on behalf of:
The King Group, Inc.
6865 Shiloh Road East, #100
Alpharetta, GA 30005
(770) 886-1113

Dec
30

Broken iPhone: Repair or Replace?

It happens to even the most scrupulous iPhone user. Even with screen protectors and expensive cases, your iPhone is never completely resilient to damage. Drop that phone just right on cement or accidentally sit on it when it is in your pocket and you can end up with a cracked screen that just doesn’t function right anymore. Even a tiny crack will eventually grow, turning your trusty iPhone into an expensive paperweight. So when the unthinkable happens, do you shell out hundreds of dollars for a new phone or get it repaired?

The problem with many repair options is that you need to send your phone to be fixed or replaced, especially if you use phone insurance through your carrier. While this may seem like a good option, in the mean time you are without a phone. There is a good chance you will not get your same phone back, meaning you will need to reload all your apps and other settings on your replacement phone. The same is true if you buy a new phone. But there is one more option: same day, local repair.

Luckily, there are now mobile device repair shops in most shopping centers that can repair your iPhone on the spot. Some even offer mobile repairs where the technician comes to you. Most common damage issues can be fixed in as little as a few minutes, allowing you to keep your same phone, apps and settings, while repairing your cracked screen or other issues.

If you find yourself with a broken iPhone, iPad or other mobile device, check around before going through the hassle of sending it off for repair or buying a new device. You may be able to get it fixed the same day for a reasonable price right in your home town.

Posted on behalf of:
iDeviceMD
1570 Old Alabama Rd
Roswell, GA 30076
(678) 869-9899

Dec
30

Reduce Electronic Waste by Repairing and Recycling Your Electronics

How many electronic devices do you have in your home? Too many to count off the top of your head? Most people own a cell phone, a computer and many other electronics for entertainment, all which will someday stop working. So what do you do when your computer keeps freezing up or your cell phone is on the fritz? Consider repairing these devices to reduce waste.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) urges people to recycle their electronic devices, but before they do that, consider repairing your device. Many times a computer that is having problems just needs a quick repair to get it back online again. Bring it in for a diagnosis to a local repair shop to find out the problem. It may just need a virus removed or an upgrade in software, saving you money off buying a new device.

The same is true for your cell phone. Why spend hundreds of dollars to get a new phone when for a fraction of that price, you can get it repaired. A cracked screen or dead battery is a simple fix that can extend the life of your phone for another year or more. This reduces waste while saving you money.

When it does come time to get a new computer or cell phone, make sure to be responsible and recycle. Did you know that the EPA estimates that recycling a million laptops can save the same amount of energy as it takes to power 3,500 American homes for a year? Bring in your old electronics to a e-cycling center. You may even be able to get money for old cell phones by bringing them into a local repair shop that buys old phones. Look at your options and make the right choice for your wallet and the environment.

Posted on behalf of Cellairis

Dec
30

Selling Your Home? Increase the Value with New Vinyl Siding

If you are planning to sell your home, you want to get the best price. However, if your home is older and has old siding or needs paint, it can hurt your chances of getting the price you want for your home. Curb appeal is extremely important when selling a home; when a buyer pulls up to tour your home, you want them immediately fall in love with the house. But old siding or peeling paint can detract from all the other benefits your home may have to offer. New vinyl siding can make your old home look new again and has many other selling points that buyers will love, including:

  • Low maintenance. Most people like the idea of owning their own home, but do not care for all the upkeep, maintenance and expense that comes with it. Vinyl siding is great for homeowners that want a low maintenance home that won’t need new paint every few years.
  • Energy efficient. Everyone wants to save money off their energy bills. Vinyl siding helps insulate the home, keeping the cold air in during the summer and the cold air out during the winter.
  • Vinyl siding looks great and can last for decades. Nothing can change the look of your home more completely than adding new siding.

Increase the value and desirability of your home before you put in on the market by investing in new vinyl siding. By improving the beauty and efficiency of your home, you can get the most value and possibly sell it quicker than you had hoped. Talk to your local contractor to find out if vinyl siding is the right option to increase the value of your home.

Posted on behalf of:
Atwood Home Builders
227 W 8th Ave
Homestead, PA 15120
(412) 638-1262

Dec
30

Is the Brick on Your Home Separating?

Brick is beautiful and can last for many decades, with many brick homes lasting centuries. However, time and the elements can take their toll, even on the most well-built brick home. Settling in the foundation and other issues can lead to bricks separating, causing the tell-tale staircase gap that you see on many older brick buildings. So what can you do when you begin having these issues on your home?

Brick repair is not as simple as just filling in the gaps between your bricks with mortar. First, the underlying cause must be addressed. Just repairing the bricks is like putting a bandage on a bullet wound. The problem will just reappear and continue to get worse if not repaired at the foundation or structural level of your home.

For brick home repair, you need a qualified masonry company that can not only fix the gaps in your brick, but repair the underlying cause. In many cases, the foundation is to blame. A settling or sinking foundation can create the staircase gap in brick walls, as well as put the structural integrity of your home at risk. An experienced masonry company that specializes in foundation repair can fix both the base problem and the cosmetic issue of your separating brick, protecting your investment into your home.

Don’t ignore the signs of a foundation issue in your home. If you have noticed cracks forming in your walls or gaps appearing around your bricks, call your local masonry experts for an inspection. They can find the root cause and have it repaired before it causes any more damage to your home.

Posted on behalf of:
Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs
Marietta, GA
(770) 422-2924

Dec
30

Top Customized Options for Your Golf or Utility Cart

Posted in Golf Carts

You wouldn’t be satisfied with a base model car or truck, so why accept less for your new golf or utility cart? There are so many options to make your cart personalized for your comfort, style and taste. Before you buy a standard golf cart, consider some of the bells and whistles that are available at quality golf cart dealers.

  • Heaters/fans. Keep warm or cool off with options to keep you comfortable when you are out tooling around in your new cart. The heater can be wonderful for early morning golfers or hunters heading out in the woods. Enclosures are also available.
  • Customized bodywork or paint. Trick out your new ride with flames or specialized bodywork. There are many ways to update the look of a standard golf cart.
  • Wheels. Like all vehicles, golf carts with stylish wheels are very popular right now. Consider Mag wheels or choose from many different types of rims to accessorize your new cart.
  • Lift kit or larger tires. Going out on rugged trails? Get your cart lifted and add larger tires to make sure you have the clearance you need.
  • Of course, adding a stereo is almost a necessity. Who wants to go anywhere without access to music or at least a radio?
  • Street legal kits. In many residential areas, golf carts can be used on roads with the addition of a street legal kit.

Don’t settle for a basic golf cart model when you can customize your new cart for your lifestyle. Talk to your local dealer to find out all the options and features available for your new cart.

Posted on behalf of:
Action Specialty Carts
1891 McFarland Pkwy
Alpharetta, GA 30005
(770) 888-0892

Sep
9

Inspecting Your Home for Structural Issues

Foundation and structural damage rarely happen overnight. Unless caused by a natural disaster, most changes in the structural integrity happen slowly over time. When you see your home day in and day out, year after year, you may not notice the small signs that your structure may be beginning to have problems. The quicker you address structural issues, the less expensive they tend to be, making it easier on your budget. A quick inspection of your home a few times per year can help you catch these small issues and have them repaired before they cause major and expensive damage to your home. Here are some signs to look for inside and outside your home:

  • Walls. Check for cracks in drywall in the interior that could be caused from structural damage or foundation shifts. On the exterior, uneven siding or shingles and step cracks in brick could be caused by foundation issues.
  • Chimney. Look for cracks in brick chimneys or for leaning in the structure. It may be only the chimney that needs masonry work, but it should be inspected by a masonry expert.
  • Doors and windows. Doors and windows that stick can be signs of foundation issues. Also, doors that swing open may be caused by structural shifts. Gaps around doors and windows are another sign of possible structural problems.
  • Use a level. Check the level of the floors in all rooms of the home on the ground level.

Keeping an eye out for these small changes in your home can alert you to issues before they become a major expense. At the first sign, contact a reputable contractor that specializes in structural and foundation repair to have a professional inspection.

Posted on behalf of:
Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs
Marietta, GA
(770) 422-2924

Sep
9

Tips to Protect Your Phone From Damage

If you are like most people, you depend on your smartphone for everything from actual phone calls and texts to navigation and social media. It goes everywhere you go, making it very susceptible to damage. A slip of the fingers and your phone can have a devastating crash on the pavement or land in the ocean. While it is impossible to prevent all damage, there are ways to limit the risk. Here are a few tips to extend the life of your phone.

  • Buy a quality case and screen protector. One of the bare necessities for protecting your cell phone is outer protection. A screen protector and case can give your phone extra insulation from screen cracks, scratches and even water damage. Plus, with custom options for cases, you can personalize the look of your phone.
  • Keep your phone away from metal objects. If you place your phone in your pocket or your purse, make sure it is not next to your keys or other metal objects. Keys are notorious for scratching cell phone screens.
  • Be wary of water. If you are going to be around water, leave your cell phone somewhere dry. Whether you are in the bathroom, at the beach or by the pool, leave your phone elsewhere. It is just a matter of time before it ends up in the surf or in the toilet, possibly ruining your phone.

Even with diligence in reducing the risk for damage, it still can happen. Keep in mind that most minor damage like screen cracks, water damage and battery issues can be fixed at local mobile device repair shops for a fraction of the price of replacement.

Posted on behalf of Cellairis

Sep
9

Choosing Your New Roof

Putting a new roof on your home is a large expense but necessary to protect your investment. While many people look for the most economical option, it is important to consider how long the roof will last and the value it can add to your home. There can be thousands of dollars in difference between the different roof options available, but there is also a difference in quality. Here are some of the most common roof types and their benefits and drawbacks.

  • Metal roofing. Steel and aluminum roofing are popular for their longevity. They can be affordable and now come in more aesthetic options. However, aluminum does not resist dents and damage from weather issues such as hail as well as steel metal roofs.
  • Asphalt shingles. One of the most common roof materials is asphalt shingles, with an estimated 75% of homes in the U.S. using this material. This is an economical option, although the lifespan on lower grades may be less than other materials.
  • Wood. Shakes and shingles made from wood last longer than most asphalt shingles, but usually are more expensive.
  • Slate, clay or cement tiles. While more expensive, slate, clay or cement tiles can add a unique and beautiful accent to a home while offering a long lifespan.

Just as important as the roofing material you choose is the contractor. You want a reliable contractor that has an established reputation in your area for quality work. Since this is a large expense that only should need to be done once every few decades, it is worth the extra effort to find the right material and contractor to ensure the roof you add will last and add value to your home.

Posted on behalf of:
Atwood Home Builders
227 W 8th Ave
Homestead, PA 15120
(412) 638-1262

Sep
9

What Conveyor Belt Type is Right for Your Business?

Conveyor belts are as specialized as the products they move. If you own or manage a manufacturing or shipping operation, conveyor belts are a necessary component of your business. However, if you are just beginning your manufacturing enterprise, you may still be researching which conveyor belt will be right for your business. Depending on your product, there are a few basic types of belts that will meet your needs. Consider these common conveyor belt types:

  • Vacuum. If the product you are moving needs to be held in place for gluing or other reasons, a vacuum conveyor belt may be what you need. These are also used for flat, cardboard and printing operations.
  • Cleated. When products need to be moved up an include or are flat, needing a firm grip, cleated belts are often used. These can use metal or rubber cleats, depending on the product.
  • Rough top. For solid or smooth products, rough top conveyor belts can add improved grip to keep items moving and reduce slipping issues.
  • Food grade. Food manufacturing operations need specialized conveyor belts that are designed to be sanitary for food handling. These belts may need a special coating to prevent sticking and allow easy cleaning. They also may need temperature controls for hot or cold foods.

When deciding which conveyor belt to use for your business, it is advisable to find a reputable company that specializes in the installation and service of custom conveyor belts. You will want the expertise of a conveyor belt industry leader to determine the best belt to meet your manufacturing or shipping application. With a customized conveyor, you can have the perfect belt created using one or more of the types above to meet your productivity needs.

Posted on behalf of:
The King Group, Inc.
6865 Shiloh Road East, #100
Alpharetta, GA 30005
(770) 886-1113

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