Contractor Tips Blog

Sep
6

Top Benefits of Metal Stairs

Posted in Metal Stairs

When it comes to building stairs for commercial use, there are several considerations. Budget, durability, use and safety are all factors in determining the best stairs for your business or property. Metal stairs have many benefits and advantages when it comes to commercial use. Here are some of the top advantages of choosing metal stairs for your commercial property.

  • Strength. Metal is strong and can handle heavy traffic and weight. Whether you own an apartment building with foot traffic or a manufacturing facility needing high-weight capabilities, metal stairs can meet the strength needs for your business.
  • Longevity. Metal stairs can last for many years, even decades. When properly maintained, metal can last longer than many other materials and is easily repaired if needed.
  • Versatility. Not all metal stairs are the same. You can have your stairs customized to meet your needs, from indoor stylish options to functional, durable outdoor commercial-grade staircases.
  • Safety. Metal is excellent for providing safe stairs for employees and customers. Non-slip, sturdy stairs made from metal are extremely safe and can help reduce accidents on your property.
  • Budget. Metal stairs are a cost-efficient, fitting almost any budget. They can be less expensive than other options and last longer than other materials.
  • Easy maintenance. Metal stairs are simple to maintain. They are easy to clean and repair; re-coating the stairs every few years can keep them looking great and protect them from damage.

Metal stair offer many valuable benefits, making them a wise investment for many different types of commercial applications. Use an experienced metal fabricator that specializes in customized metal staircases for the highest quality stairs for your business.

Posted on behalf of:
LCG Welding, LLC
4625 Church Road
Cumming, GA 30028
(678) 455-5552

Sep
6

Wet Smartphone Basics

Everyone knows smart phones and moisture don’t mix. Yet, when your phone goes everywhere you do, it is bound to get wet eventually. A small spill on your phone or a little rain is usually not a problem; just wipe it off quickly and in most cases, no damage is done. However, if your smartphone takes a dunk in the toilet or lands in the pool, you may not be so lucky. Acting fast can save your phone from permanent damage. Here are some wet smartphone basics to help minimize damage if your phone gets soaked.

  • Dry off the exterior. First and foremost, turn off the phone and wipe away all moisture from the outside of the phone. If the phone is well-sealed, this can prevent damage in some cases. Make sure to dry all ports as much as possible and leave out plugs to allow drying.
  • Take apart your phone. Open the case and take out removable parts such as the battery, memory card and SIM card. Wipe all components dry with a soft, absorbent cloth or paper towel.
  • Suction, not forced air, is best. If you want to try and remove water, do not use a hair dryer or forced air; it can force water further inside. A vacuum can be used, but do not put the hose too close to the phone.
  • Let the phone dry. Leaving the phone and components to air dry on an absorbent cloth for several hours or overnight can remove water. Another option is to put the phone in dry white rice that can pull water out and absorb it.
  • Try to turn on phone. Wait at least 24 hours; if all the components feel and look dry, assemble and try to turn on your phone; if it doesn’t turn on, try charging the battery.

If your phone doesn’t turn on or has functional issues after completing all these steps, all is not necessarily lost. Bring it to a local cell phone repair shop. Often, they can fix water damage, especially if you have removed as much water as possible first.

Posted on behalf of Cellairis

Sep
6

3 Tips to Keep Your Electric Golf Cart Running like a Champ

Posted in Golf Carts

Whether you use your electric golf cart for running the course or as personal transportation around your property, you want to keep it in tip-top shape. Maintaining your cart can extend the life of your investment and give you the most value for your money. Doing a few maintenance items can make sure your golf cart is always ready to go. Here are three tips to keep your electric golf cart running like a champ.

Maintain Your Batteries

For electric golf carts, one of the main areas to worry about is your batteries. They are the fuel that powers your cart and they are very expensive to replace. Make sure they are always kept completely charged, are filled with water and receive regular maintenance including cleaning the cables.

Schedule Regular Tune-Ups

Like any vehicle, your golf cart needs routine service to keep it running like it should. Schedule routine tune-ups at your local golf cart dealer as recommended by the manufacturer.

Check Your Brakes and Tires

You may not be speeding down the freeway with your electric golf cart, but you still want to ensure that it is safe. Checking the air pressure on your tires before use is important. You also need regular inspections and maintenance for your brakes to keep them working safely, including replacing brake pads and adding fluid as necessary.

By doing a few key maintenance items you can ensure the safety and reliability of your electric golf cart, helping it last for years before you need a replacement. Talk to your local dealer about maintenance options and bring your cart in for service as needed.

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

Sep
4

Wood Garage Doors vs. Metal

Posted in Garage Doors

Are you researching new garage doors? There are many different aspects to consider when choosing a new garage door, from style and design to insulation, wind resistance and other features. However, one of the first decisions is what type of garage door you want. The two highest quality garage doors are wood and metal, both with their own advantages and drawbacks. Here is a quick comparison to help you decide which is right for your garage.

Wood Garage Doors

Wood garage doors can be a beautiful, durable option for your home and garage. A solid wood door can be stained for a classic style that adds curb appeal to your home. For authentic-appearing carriage-style doors, wood is a wonderful choice. However, wood does tend to be more extensive when you choose a higher quality door. While there are thin particle wood doors that are much cheaper, they are less secure and durable than solid wood.

Metal Garage Doors

There are a few different types of metal used to make garage door. However, steel garage doors are the most durable and withstand dents much better than thinner metals. Steel garage doors are a popular option. They are often less expensive than wood, but they can be painted to look like wood or come in many colors and designs.

If you want a high-quality garage door, both solid wood and steel doors are great options. The biggest differences between the two is style and cost. Talk to your local garage door service company. They can go over the options available for your garage and help you decide which option is the best for your needs.

Posted on behalf of: 
Habpro Garage Doors
Dacula, GA 30019
770-985-3355

Sep
4

What to Do if Your Garage Door Has a Bent Track

Posted in Garage Doors

The metal tracks that are so essential to an overhead garage door can be easily damage. Vehicles going in and out, plus other influences can damage the tracks and impact their stability. If these tracks are bent or dented, they can jeopardize the safety of your garage door. It is important to inspect these tracks and make sure they can support the hundreds of pounds of door that they move up and down each day. Here is what to do if there is a problem with your garage door tracks.

You may think a small dent in your garage door track is not a big deal, but it can impact the entire door opening system. A dent or bend can throw off the alignment of your door. This can result in it coming off the tracks. Since most garage doors weigh a few hundred pounds, this can be a major safety hazard.

It is important to regularly inspect your tracks and hardware. Look for dents or a bent track, corrosion and other signs of weakness in the structure. Also inspect the cables, rollers and stabilizing hardware in and around the tracks. If there are signs of rust or damage, these components should be replaced right away.

While you may be able to replace a rusty screw in your tracks, replacing the entire track should be left to the garage door repair professionals. Tracks must be perfectly aligned to allow the opening system to work correctly. Call your local garage door service to replace your bent or damaged track and any other components that are showing wear and tear. It is important to keep these parts in good repair to ensure your garage door can safely function.

Posted on behalf of: 
Habpro Garage Doors
Dacula, GA 30019
770-985-3355

Aug
23

Improve Curb Appeal Immediately by Pressure Washing your House

If you are planning to sell your home, host a large reunion or simply want to spruce up the curb appeal of your home, pressure washing is the way to go! Years of dirt and grime could be holding your home’s beauty back. Pressure washing has many benefits, especially if done every few years.

Remove Algae and Mildew

Most pressure washing solutions contain chemicals such as mildewcides and rinsing agents that clean mildew and algae off your home and then be rinsed off in a matter of a few hours.  Feel good knowing your home is clean and sanitized.

Brighten Exterior Paint Colors

Years of dirt and grime can make a home look less vibrant and dull.  Pressure washing allows the color to shine through again for way less than it would cost to repaint.

Safe For Your Home

Most pressure washing companies offer a low pressure wash that can safely clean most exteriors such as wood, vinyl siding, stucco and brick surfaces. They have the techniques and cleaners that can easily wash those hard-to-reach areas.

Do It Yourself

It is also possible to rent a pressure washer from a local home improvement store. They usually charge by the day at reasonable prices. However, you’ll have to read up on the rinses you may want to use to spray on your home to be able to clean it properly. You can also use it to clean your driveway or gutters.  Once you get a clean spot, its hard to quit!

Overall, pressure washing is a much less expensive way to bring back he beauty of your home.  Consider hiring a professional or renting the equipment for your next home project.

Posted on behalf of:
JB Power Clean
Sherrills Ford, NC 28673
(704) 658-5896

Aug
6

3 Reasons to Add a Backyard Kitchen

More and more people are using their backyards and patio area as an addition to their living space. Why spend time indoors when you can relax outside in the fresh air? The only problem is that when it is time to eat, everything still needs to come out from the indoor kitchen. While firing up the grill is one way to move the cooking duties outside, there is still quite a bit of running in and out. Why not add a backyard kitchen to complete your outdoor space? Here are three great reasons to build an outdoor cooking space.

  1. Convenience. Make it simpler to feed the family or guests by bringing the kitchen to where you eat. If you love eating alfresco, then make it more convenient with a full kitchen connected to your patio or deck. Add a fridge, sink and cabinets to have everything you need outside. Plus, cleaning is so much easier when you can do it outside.
  2. Conversation. If you are the cook in the family, you know how much you miss when you stuck in the kitchen cooking. Join in the fun and stay part of the conversation during gatherings with an interactive outdoor kitchen space.
  3. Value. Your outdoor kitchen will not only be a benefit to you and your family, it can add value to your home. Many people enjoy outdoor living and a backyard kitchen could be a great selling point if you put your home on the market.

Don’t spend another summer running to and from your indoor kitchen. Call your local paver contractor to discuss building your new backyard kitchen for your outdoor living space.

Posted on behalf of:
Tri County Pavers & Design
3300 S Congress Ave
Boynton Beach, FL 33426
954-603-3244

Aug
6

Do You Have Golf Cart Envy?

Posted in Golf Carts

When you head out on the course with your golf cart, are you a little embarrassed of your old cart? As other golfers zip by in new carts with all the bells and whistles, you may be a little envious. But if your existing golf cart still runs, it can be hard to justify spending money on a new cart. Here are some options to explore to give you a golf cart that you can be proud to own.

Add Some Accessories

If you are not ready to buy a new cart, consider adding some new accessories to your golf cart. You can add some new wheels, get a paint job or bolster the stereo system. A few little changes can make your golf cart look like new and give it a few more amenities until you decide it is time to upgrade to a new model. A quick customization can make a big difference in updating your old golf cart.

Trade-in for a New Cart

If your existing cart still runs and drives, you are more likely to get a higher trade-in. Many golf cart dealers sell used golf carts and will take used models in as trade. You can get the most value for your cart and find a new model that will make you the envy of the golf course. Make sure to ask about all the new options for your new cart to ensure it has everything you want and need.

Don’t live with an inferior golf cart. Head over to your local golf cart dealer and talk about updating your golf cart or springing for a new model with a trade-in this summer.

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

Aug
6

Benefits of a Wrought Iron Railings

Do you need a new railing for your deck or staircase at your home or business? Consider the benefits of adding wrought iron railings for beauty, safety and durability. Wrought iron is a classic option when you want to secure a raised deck or add hand rails for your steps or staircase, with many advantages over other material options. Here are some of the benefits of using wrought iron railings for your next project.

  • Stability. Wrought iron is a safe and stable material for secure railings. When professionally installed and maintained, they can withstand the elements and pressure that is needed for a stable railing.
  • Style. Wrought iron is a beautiful, classic style option for any steps, staircase or deck. It can enhance a plain cement step into your home or blend well with wood or other decking materials. It works with older buildings and modern designs.
  • Customization. Wrought iron railings can be customized for any types of structure. You can choose a simple, classic railing or have your fabricator create a unique design that will blend into your building’s style. There are no limits to the type of railing that can be created from wrought iron, only limited by your imagination.
  • Longevity and durability. Wrought iron will not rot like wood and can last for many years when maintained. It is a good investment, adding a classic appeal to your home or business while providing the safety that is needed.

Don’t settle for boring railings on your deck or staircase. Talk to your local metal fabricator about creating stunning, safe wrought iron railings for your next project.

Posted on behalf of:
LCG Welding, LLC
4625 Church Road
Cumming, GA 30028
(678) 455-5552

Aug
5

Benefits of PVC Conveyor Belts

Posted in Conveyor Belts

Do you own or manage a food packaging business? Whether you have a small produce business or a large international company packaging nuts, you need conveyor belts that are food-grade and will benefit your operation. PVC conveyor belts are an excellent choice for many food packaging operations due to unique advantages that these belts provide. Meat, produce, poultry and nuts are all common foods that PVC conveyor belts can transport with less issues than other types of belts. Here are some of the benefits of PVC for your conveyor belt.

  • Acid resistance. PVC belts are perfect for high acidity food items and provide excellent chemical resistance. Where other materials can react or impact acidic foods like meat and poultry, PVC does not, providing a safe and effective transport material.
  • Rot resistance. The PVC belts are not prone to rot or mildew like many other belt materials. This is very important to meet health code standards when packaging moist foods like meats and produce.
  • Design options. PVC conveyor belts can be designed with your business’ needs in mind. Some PVC belts are made with a chevron pattern that enhances grip for inclined belts, while other businesses prefer crescent profiles or other designs for their needs.
  • High strength. PVC conveyor belts are durable with a high strength capacity, which is especially needed in the meat packing industry.

If you are in the food packing industry, consider the benefits of PVC conveyor belts for your factory operations. Talk to your local conveyor belt supplier about the options available in this versatile belt material that works so well for the food packaging industries.

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

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