Contractor Tips Blog

Apr
5

Save Money by Buying a Used Golf Cart

Posted in Golf Carts

Have you been considering buying a golf cart but not sure you can afford a new model? Buying a used golf cart might be the right option for you. Whether you want it for the golf course, as personal transportation or for excursions into the woods, you can find many used golf carts that still have many miles left to go. However, you want to make sure you get a cart that has been well maintained and is worth the investment. Here are some tips to find a quality used golf cart for a good price.

  • Buy from a golf cart dealer. Don’t take your chances buying a used golf cart from a private owner. Many quality golf cart dealers sell both new and used golf carts. Ask whether their used carts have undergone maintenance or inspections before they are put up for sale.
  • Electric models. For electric models, make sure to find out the age of the batteries. These are one of the most expensive parts to replace, so if the cart will need new batteries soon, take that into consideration with the price.
  • Ask for maintenance records. Golf carts, like all vehicles, need regular maintenance for the best performance. If you are buying from a dealer, there is a good chance the cart was traded in for a new golf cart purchase from an existing client. Ask if the maintenance records are available so you know exactly what has been done on the vehicle.

You can save thousands of dollars buying a quality used golf cart that can still last for years. Contact your local golf cart dealer that offers used carts for sale to find out what is available in your area.

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

Apr
5

Don’t Settle for Pre-Made Metal Work – Customize!

When you are looking to add metal work to your home or business, you want it to reflect your needs and style. While there are many pre-made options when it comes to cabinets, railings, stairways and other metal fabrications, it can be worth the investment to consider custom metal fabrication. Hiring an experienced metal fabricator to create customized metal products that are designed especially for your project can ensure that you will get exactly the product you envision.

Fit and Function

A customized piece of metal work is guaranteed to have the right fit and function for your needs. Whether you are adding a new metal staircase for an apartment complex or just want to create the ultimate garage in your home with custom storage, a metal fabricator can build to your specifications. Having an expert welder and metal designer that can build your metal piece from start to finish for your needs can ensure it will be a perfect fit.

Style and Personalization

A quality metal piece can last for decades; why not make sure it matches your style or brand? Customized metal pieces are unique and made to reflect your tastes. Want a new piece that has an antique look or a logo incorporated into the design? With customized metal fabrication the options are endless, allowing you to own a personalized product that no one else will have at their business or home.

To get the metal work you want for your product, find a local metal fabricator that offers customized options. When your project is finished, you will have a piece of art that is functional for your needs that can last for many years to come.

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

Apr
5

Improve Your Bottom Line with Conveyor Belt Service

Posted in Conveyor Belts

If you own or run a shipping or manufacturing business, conveyor belts are the lifeline of your enterprise. Moving products from one area to another with speed and consistency is vital to meeting your production goals. One of the costliest mistakes you can make is underestimating the importance of maintenance on your conveyors; a downed belt can cost thousands of dollars in production losses in a short period of time. Improve your bottom line by investing in a conveyor belt maintenance service.

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” they say and that is especially true in manufacturing and shipping businesses. Having your production line come to a standstill due to a broken belt or a mechanical issue can quickly become an expensive issue. Regular maintenance and service can prevent most equipment failures and reduce repair costs – well-maintained equipment lasts longer and requires less repairs, saving money in both downtime and replacement costs.

For conveyor belt maintenance, choose a company that has experience in all types of conveyors and has access to the parts needed for service. You can’t afford to wait a week for the right part to be shipped in for repairs. Quality conveyor services not only offer routine maintenance and service but can customize parts as needed, ensuring you keep downtime to a minimum when replacement belts or hoses are needed.

Every business wants to maximize their productivity and reduce excess costs. For manufacturing and shipping businesses that use conveyor belts, choosing the right maintenance and service company can make a big difference in improving the bottom line. Call your local conveyor experts and ask about maintenance plans to prevent equipment failures and unnecessary downtime.

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

Apr
5

Save Money On Your New Cell Phone with This Tip

Is it time to upgrade your cell phone to the newest model of iPhone or Samsung Galaxy? Phones are no longer a small expense – often they can cost hundreds of dollars, even with a contract through your wireless provider. So how can you save money on your new phone? While the newest models will still cost a small fortune, you can save money on a monthly basis by foregoing the extra insurance for your phone.

Phone insurance seems like a good idea, especially with how expensive new phones are to replace or repair if they are damaged. However, if you add up the cost of the insurance, it may not be such a great deal. Many insurance plans cost close to $10 per month, or $120 per year. Plus, you usually have to pay a deductible when you have it repaired or replaced. So if once per year you crack the screen on your phone, it is not free. Your $120 in premiums plus another $50 or more in deductible is certainly not cheap.

Another issue with phone insurance is sending away your phone for repair. In the meanwhile, you must use another phone and often you may get a replacement phone back instead of your same phone. That means starting from scratch adding your apps and adjusting your settings.

Instead, skip the phone insurance and use a local phone repair service instead. You only pay for the service when you need it, making it a wise choice. They can repair your phone the same day, with no hassles of sending it away or needing to re-set up your phone. Most repairs cost less than what you would pay in premiums and you only pay it if you need it. You could save over $240 in two years if you never need repairs, helping pay for the cost of your new phone.

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

Apr
4

Signs of Basement Foundation Issues

If your home has a basement, it relies on the stability of the basement foundation as part of the structural integrity. Over time, your basement walls and underlying foundation can become damaged, putting your entire structure at risk. Be aware of the signs that your basement foundation may need repair to avoid costly damage to the rest of your home.

  • Bowed basement walls. A definite sign you need to call a masonry expert is bowed basement walls. If your basement walls have begun to bow inward or outward, do not wait any longer to have a foundation inspection and repair completed.
  • Cracks in basement walls. Another sign of foundation issues is cracks in the concrete or bricks of your basement walls. If you have a finished basement, these cracks can form in the drywall covering your walls. Keep an eye out for any cracks on the inside or outside of your basement walls or in any masonry throughout your home.
  • Sagging windows and doors. Have you noticed that the windows and doors in your basement are sagging? This is a sign of a foundation problem that can quickly endanger the structure of your home. When windows won’t open or doors begin to stick, call in a masonry or foundation expert to inspect your basement.

Any foundation issue should be taken seriously and undergo immediate repair. Even a small change in the foundation can affect the entire structure of your home, putting excessive pressure on joints and beams that keep your home in place. If you notice any of these signs, call a local masonry expert that specializes in foundation repairs to protect the large investment you have in your home.

Posted on behalf of:
Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs
1027 Oregon Trail
Marietta, GA 30008
(770) 422-2924

Apr
4

Golf Cart Theft Prevention

Posted in Golf Carts

Whether you own a golf cart for hitting the course, hunting or personal transportation, it is a sizable investment that needs protection. These vehicles are valuable, which also means they are targeted for theft. Like other recreational vehicles, golf carts are small enough for thieves to haul away in a pickup or trailer, making it easy for them to disappear many miles down the road in just minutes. Here are some golf cart theft prevention tips to help keep your golf cart safe and secure from would-be thieves.

  • Store your golf cart indoors. Don’t leave your golf cart outside. Find a place inside your garage or in a storage shed to keep it out of sight and harder to access by thieves. If you don’t have space at your home for indoor storage, consider a rental storage unit.
  • Make sure your cart is insured. Contact your insurance company about coverage on your golf cart. It may be covered for theft under your homeowner’s policy, but you may want to add separate insurance for collision, comprehensive and liability.
  • Invest in anti-theft devices. Talk to your local golf cart dealer about adding anti-theft devices for your golf cart. There are alarms and other options to protect your golf cart when it is unable to be stored inside or you need to leave it for short periods of time.

Golf carts can sell for thousands of dollars, even used, making them desirable to thieves looking for a quick score. Keeping your golf cart safe and secure can deter many thieves, as will using an anti-theft device or alarm. Protect your golf cart investment by using these golf cart theft prevention tactics to keep it secure and make sure it is insured.

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

Jan
10

Turn Your Hill into a Terraced Garden

Posted in Retaining Walls

Do you have hill or steep slope on your property? This may seem like wasted space, making it difficult to landscape or maintain. Why not make the most of this area by creating a terraced garden? Using retaining walls, you can create tiered flat areas that can be used for several different purposes. Consider these ideas for using your hill space:

  • Multiple gardens. If you can create two, three or more tiered flat areas on your hill, use each for a different type of garden. One can be flowers, another herbs and of course, one for vegetables. Your hill side will become a beautiful, useful planting spot.
  • Add a stairway. Make it easier to reach each tier by incorporating a stairway. Match your stairs to your retaining walls; natural stone or pavers make excellent materials for both retaining walls and stairs.
  • Create a patio with a view. Why not add a separate patio on one of your tiers to give you a grand view of your property? Create a paved area with a patio set or relaxing swing. It will be a nice resting spot when you attend to your gardens. You could even add a fire pit for evening bonfires.

Not only do retaining walls allow you to use your hill space, they protect the hill from erosion. The walls give the slope structure, keeping the earth in place during heavy rains and storms.

Building a tiered hillside can be tricky; if done incorrectly, it could do more damage than good. Hire a contractor to build your stone retaining walls and stairways to ensure they are done correctly so they will last for many years to come.

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

Jan
10

5 Golf Cart Safety Rules to Follow

Posted in Golf Carts

You may not view driving a golf cart as a hazardous activity, but even these small vehicles can cause injury. Just like any vehicle, safety is a concern when driving a golf cart. Although they may not be large or fast, they can cause damage or injury if not driven carefully. Here are five safety rules to follow if you own a golf cart. 

  1. Do not overload. Your golf cart has weight restrictions – adhere to them. Carrying too many people or a heavy load can make it more likely to tip. It also puts undo stress on the engine and tires.
  2. Slow down. Although golf carts are not known for excessive speeds, going too fast on the wrong terrain can lead to trouble. It also increases the chance of injury or damage if you hit a person, animal or object.
  3. Stay up on maintenance. Your golf cart needs maintenance just like your car or truck. Stay up to date on tune-ups, brake inspections and other maintenance at your golf cart dealer to ensure safety and performance.
  4. Road driving. Do not attempt to drive your golf cart on main roads unless you have it equipped with a street legal kit. Without the proper equipment, this can be dangerous and illegal.
  5. Underage drivers. Be careful about allowing youngsters to drive your golf cart. It may seem like a fun toy to them, but it can be dangerous to them and others.

By following a few safety precautions, you can enjoy your golf cart without fear of injury or damage. Keep it well maintained and drive within the specifications for your golf cart to stay safe.

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

Jan
10

Maintaining Steel or Metal Staircases

Posted in Welding

If you have metal staircases in your home or business, you rely on the durability these structures. Metal is perfect for staircases due to the strength it provides, especially in industrial applications. However, even metal or steel needs regular maintenance to ensure that it does not corrode, rust or breakdown. Here are few maintenance tips to extend the life of your metal staircase.

Cleaning

Dirt, dust and debris can shorten the life of your staircase. When allowed to accumulate, the grit and grime can wear down the protective coating, exposing the metal to the elements. This will also detract from the aesthetics of the metal. Cleaning should be done as often as needed.

To clean metal staircases, you can use an all-purpose floor cleaner. First, test the cleaner on a small patch of the metal to ensure the chemicals do not cause a reaction. Once tested, you can use a stiff brush to apply the cleaner according to the manufacturer’s instructions. In outdoor areas, a pressure washer or hose can be used to rinse the stairs; be careful not to use too much pressure that could harm the coating.

Inspections

You should routinely inspect your metal staircases, testing rails and treads. If any seem loose or begin to show signs of rust, schedule a repair. A local metal fabricator that specializes in staircases can fix loose welds or replace treads that have damage. 

Restoration

If multiple issues begin occurring on your staircase, it may be time for a restoration. Fixing and replacing corroded or rusted areas and adding a new coating can extend the life of your staircase by many years without the expense of replacement.

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

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

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