Contractor Tips Blog

Jan
10

Signs of Conveyor Belt Problems

Posted in Conveyor Belts

Many different types of businesses rely on conveyor belts to maintain productivity. Whether you own a large manufacturing business or a small retail business that ships out products, you most likely use conveyor belts in your operation. A malfunction of one of your belts can cost you thousands of dollars in downtime and lost productivity. To avoid breakdowns, keep an eye out for common conveyor belt issues before they become expensive problems.

  • Belt slippage. If your belt shifts or slips during use, you may have an issue with the traction or pulley. This can be due to improper tension, debris build up or other issues. Cleaning the conveyor or readjusting the tension could resolve the issue.
  • Noticeable wear on the edges. When your belt begins showing edge wear, it is a sign of trouble. You may have uneven tension or misalignment within your track. If there is even wear throughout the entire belt, it may be time for replacement. Premature wear could mean you are using the wrong belt for your application.
  • Cracked or hardened areas. If you are noticing some areas on your conveyor belt are hardening, cracked or seem swollen, this could be from heat damage.

These can all be signs that your conveyor belt will fail if you do not address these issues. The best solution is to schedule regular maintenance for your conveyor through a reputable conveyor belt service company. Having a professional technician inspect and service your conveyor can ensure you have the correct belts, tension and traction for your application. This is a good investment in your business and can reduce the chance of costly shutdowns in the future.

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

Jan
10

Tips to Extend the Life of Your iPhone

Posted in iPhone Repairs

It is getting more and more expensive to own the latest technology. The days of free cell phones are in the past, especially if you want an iPhone. While some people can afford to buy a new iPhone every time a new model comes available, most people want to ensure their phone lasts as long as possible. Just like any device, your iPhone needs proper care to last. Here are some tips that can help you extend the life of your iPhone until you are ready to upgrade to another model.

Protect It

This should go without saying, but if you don’t already have a protective case or cover on your iPhone, invest in one now. It is only a matter of time before you sit on it, drop it or wear down the plastic from use.

Downloading Apps

Your iPhone is a mini computer and it is susceptible to viruses and malware. Be very careful downloading apps; choose a reliable source to avoid getting a bad bug that can crash your iPhone.

Battery Maintenance

Make your battery last longer by not overcharging or overusing it. Batteries should only be charged until they are full, then unplugged. Often people have apps that continue running in the background, using their battery life when they aren’t using their phone. Make sure this isn’t happening on your iPhone.

Repairs

Don’t try to do repairs on your own. If you damage the screen or your phone is heating up too fast, bring it to an iPhone repair shop. Makes sure the technicians are trained and certified for working on iPhones and that the company offers a good warranty on their repair work.

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

Jan
10

Do’s and Don’ts for iPad Owners

Are you a proud owner of an iPad? This popular device has found its way into millions of households and is loved by the young and old alike. However, it is an expensive item and can be damaged easily. Most people realize it can be cracked or scratched from impact or pressure, which is why a case or cover is recommended. But there are other ways to damage your iPad that you may not realize. Here are some Do’s and Don’ts to ensure your iPad has a long, productive life.

Do’s

  • Clean the screen. The iPad screen has a protective coating that can be damaged if not kept clean. Wipe it clean after use with a slightly damp, soft cloth to remove oils and dirt.
  • Download new updates. Apple updates for your iPad should be downloaded – these updates can improve the performance of your iPad, even saving on battery life.
  • Allow your iPad to use all of its battery once a month. Draining the battery completely down and recharging it to 100% can help improve the life of your battery. Do this once per month.

Don’ts

  • Don’t use chemicals. Never use window cleaner or other chemicals to clean the screen. This could harm your iPad.
  • Never dry with a heat source. If your iPad gets wet, don’t use a hair dryer or external heat source to dry. Dab it dry and let it air dry. Heat can damage the components.
  • Don’t try to repair your iPad. If you have a cracked screen or other issue, don’t try to fix it yourself. Bring it to a professional iPad repair store.

Following these few tips can help you protect your iPad and get the most out of this incredible device.

Posted on behalf of Cellairis

Jan
10

Inspecting Your Roof After the Storm

Posted in Roofing

It seems like every time you turn on the news, a major storm is hitting one area of the country. Hurricanes, floods, hail storms and high winds seem to be more prevalent than ever. The amount of damage these storms can do to your home is extensive – especially to your roof. Regardless of whether you have a metal, shingled or tiled roof, you should have it inspected after any major storm, even if you don’t see any significant damage.

Small Issues Can Lead to Big Problems

Obviously if you have missing shingles or major dents in your metal roof, you will want them repaired. But even the small issues can eventually lead to bigger, more expensive problems. Shingles that have the asphalt worn off or are slightly lifted should be repaired or replaced. They could eventually create a leak in your roof that will be much more expensive than a small repair.

Hire a Professional Roofer

The problem is that many homeowners do not know what to look for when inspecting for roof storm damage. Plus, it can be dangerous to go up on your roof without the right safety equipment and experience. If your home was exposed to a severe storm, call a local roofer to complete an inspection. They can determine if there is any damage. If there is, they can give you a written estimate for repair that you can turn into your homeowner’s insurance if it is covered. Make sure to hire a reputable, local roofer; “storm chasers” are on the prowl, looking to take advantage of homeowners after major storms.

Don’t assume your roof didn’t sustain damage just because there are no leaks or major issues. Call in a professional roofer to complete a thorough inspection to avoid costly repairs down the road.

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

Jan
10

Dangers of Chimney Damage

Posted in Masonry

Your chimney is a crucial part of your heating system, doing much more than just keeping smoke out of your home. It dispels dangerous gases that can be deadly to your family, while helping keep the right air flow needed to maintain your fire. Maintaining your chimney should be a top priority; this includes regular cleanings and repairs. Most homeowners that use wood heat understand the dangers of a dirty chimney, but chimney damage can be just as dangerous.

A loose brick or hole in your chimney can put your home and family at risk. Once the chimney structure is compromised, there are many possible hazards you can face. Here are a few of the dangers of allowing your chimney to function when it needs a repair:

  • Gas exposure. Any blockage or leak in the chimney structure can allow hazardous gases to escape into your home. Many of these gases are poisonous and can even cause death.
  • If one brick is loose, others may be as well. If these bricks come loose at the wrong time, they can cause serious injury to anyone who happens to under them when they fall.
  • Damage to your chimney can create a fire hazard. A chimney repair is much less expensive than needing to replace your home and furnishings, not to mention the danger it poses to your family.

If you notice any loose bricks or that your chimney is leaning, call your local masonry repair company right away for an inspection and repair. Chimney repairs can protect your home and family from extensive harm and are worth the investment.

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

Jan
10

Golf Carts: The Ultimate Wedding Rental

Posted in Golf Carts

Destination weddings are all the rage right now, with many ending up on rustic farms or on a private beach. These are wonderful settings, a nice change from the boring indoor weddings in chapels or other traditional wedding venues. However, there is one drawback to these natural destinations – they are not easily accessible. Women in high heels and grandparents with bad knees can have a difficult time reaching the spot of your planned nuptials. You need a transportation plan that will accommodate your guests.

Golf carts are the perfect solution for the destination wedding. While you may have considered every little detail of your special day, many do not consider this option. Yet it makes sense to ensure your guests’ safety and comfort. A few good reasons to rent one or more golf carts for your big day in a remote location:

  • You don’t want someone tripping on a clump of hay or falling down a dune on your wedding day. Golf carts provide a safe ride for those in dress shoes or with disabilities.
  • Comfort. A long walk to the ceremony area can be difficult for your older guests. Consider their comfort and offer them a soft seat to ride on to your wedding.
  • Bragging rights. Everyone wants their wedding to be special. Having a well-organized wedding with all the right elements in place, including golf carts with drivers, will give you bragging rights.

Before you say “I do,” head to your local golf cart dealer and inquire about rentals for your big day. Make sure to plan to have designated drivers to haul your guests to and from your destination wedding location.

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

Dec
30

Natural Stone: The Perfect Material to Spruce Up Your Outdoor Living Space

Posted in Landscaping

Is your outdoor space needing a makeover? If you want to update the outdoor areas of your home, consider using natural stone. Not only is this material durable and beautiful, it can add value to your home with its classic appeal. Here are some ways to use natural stone to spruce up your outdoor living space.

  • A travertine patio. Create a stylish patio with travertine pavers that are unique, easy to maintain and a gorgeous addition to any home. Travertine pavers come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors that can give your outdoor space an updated, trendy look.
  • Tumbled marble pool deck. Sunbathe on beautiful tumbled marble pavers for your pool deck, adding a classy touch to your outdoor relaxation area. Marble is perfect for a Mediterranean-style for your pool area.
  • Outdoor kitchen. Natural stone pavers are perfect for creating your outdoor kitchen for entertaining your guests. They are heat resistant and easy to clean, an excellent choice for building your counters and cabinets for your kitchen.
  • Fire pits. Enjoy late nights under the stars around your natural stone fire pit, a great addition to make your outdoor area warm all year round.
  • Cobbled walkways. Natural stone pavers or bricks are wonderful for walkways through your garden or backyard area.

Natural stone is very trendy right now for home design, inside and out. However, it is also a material that has a classic appeal that will be stylish for many years to come. Talk to your local natural stone paving company to explore ways to use this versatile material to add beauty to your outdoor living space.

Posted on behalf of:
Tri County Pavers & Design
3300 S Congress Ave
Boynton Beach, FL 33426

Dec
30

5 Types of People That Should Own a Golf Cart

Posted in Golf Carts

Golf carts have shifted from a luxury for those that enjoy the game of golf to a useful device for people from many walks of life. While you will still see them on the golf course, there are many types of people that can enjoy the benefits of this affordable and reliable source of personal transportation. Here are five example of people that could benefit from owning a golf cart.

  1. Large property owners. If you own a large farm or plot of land, a golf cart is perfect for getting from one end of your property to another. Many working farms use golf carts to haul small loads to and from different outbuildings on the property.
  2. Outdoorsmen. Whether you hunt or just bird watch, if you love the outdoors, a rugged golf cart should be in your garage. With many options available for higher clearance or larger wheels, you can comfortably go on all-day treks through the woods in style.
  3. Medical issues. Worn out knees and hips can make walking long distances painful. Those with medical issues can enjoy the freedom of movement with their own golf cart to take with them wherever they go.
  4. Business owners. Businesses that encompass large areas like resorts, parks, apartment complexes and cemeteries need ways to transport their clients from point A to point B.
  5. Golfer. Of course, the avid golfer can always benefit from owning their own cart versus renting one every time they play.

If you fit into any of these categories, it may be time to consider investing in a new golf cart. You will be amazed at all the options available through your local dealer to customize your new cart for your needs.

Posted on behalf of:
Top Dog Golf Carts
55055 Hammond Industrial Dr
Cumming, GA 30041
(770) 887-7433

Dec
30

Restore or Repair? Deciding the Best Option for Your Commercial Staircase

Posted in Metal Stairs

Do you have a metal staircase at your commercial building that is becoming an eyesore, or worse, a safety concern? Metal staircases are used in many commercial applications due to their durability, easy maintenance and longevity, but even metal can wear out when constantly exposed to the elements or under heavy use. If you have noticed rust, corrosion or weak spots on your staircase, it is time to fix the issue before it causes an injury. But do you need just a staircase restoration or a full replacement?

In many cases, metal staircases can be restored by a metal fabricator. It depends on the amount of repair that is needed. If there are only a few loose welds or rusted areas, it may be less expensive to have the staircase restored. First the staircase will need to be inspected. The metal fabricator can evaluate your staircase for signs of these common issues:

  • Metal fatigue
  • Rust
  • Failing welds
  • Loose railings
  • Corrosion
  • Worn protective coating

In many circumstances, the issues can be fixed without replacing the whole staircase. Replacing a few treads and re-welding loose areas can often fix the issue. Once the structural issues are fixed, covering the staircase with a new protective coating will make it look new and extended the life of the metal.

Of course, if there are too many repairs needed, it may time for a complete replacement. However, once your staircase is replaced with new, solid metal, it should last for decades if maintained. Call your local metal fabricator that specializes in metal staircase restorations and replacements to schedule your inspection.

Posted on behalf of:
LCG Welding, LLC
4625 Church Road
Cumming, GA 30028

 

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

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