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How To Repair A Wide Crack In Your Driveway Or Other Residential Asphalt Surface

Posted by on Jan 27, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Repair A Wide Crack In Your Driveway Or Other Residential Asphalt Surface

Asphalt is an ideal material for driveways and paths due to its low cost, attractive appearance and durability. However, even the most durable of asphalt surfaces can develop cracks due to erosion, summer heat or the freeze/thaw cycle in winter. Small cracks are readily-filled with asphalt from a caulk gun tube, but wide cracks need special attention. When cracks are larger than about a half-inch in size, there are a few additional steps that should be taken to make the repair successful and long-lasting. Here is what you need to know: Tools and materials needed Gallon-sized bottle of cold crack filler with spout V-shaped asphalt squeegee ½-inch diameter foam backer rod Flat-blade screwdriver Wet/dry vacuum Small wire brush Broom Scissors Tape measure Performing the repair – Step-by-Step 1. Ensure conditions are right for performing an asphalt repair – For best results, complete the repair on a warm, dry day. If the asphalt is cold or wet, the crack filler will not properly adhere to the surface. That’s why the air temperature and asphalt surface should both exceed 50 degrees Fahrenheit, and there should also be no forecast threat for rain in the day or two after the repair is performed. 2. Prepare the asphalt surface for repair – On the day of the repair, you will need to prepare the area inside and around the crack in the asphalt. Begin by sweeping up loose gravel, rocks and other bits of debris; don’t throw any gathered material away, though, since it will be used to disguise the repair. After you have swept up the surface, use a wet/dry vac with a crevice nozzle to suction smaller particles down inside the crack. If there are stubborn pieces of debris lodged inside the crack, use a flat-blade screwdriver or wire brush to remove the debris. 3. Insert the foam backer rod into the crack – To provide a solid foundation for the crack filler liquid, you will need to insert a long piece of foam backer rod into the bottom of the crack. Measure and cut the backer rod to length, then push it into the crack with your fingers. Next, use the tip of a flat-blade screwdriver to push the backer rod as far as you can into the crevice, so it will be “locked” in place. 4. Fill the crack with cold asphalt crack filler – After the foam backer rod has been inserted into the crack, you are ready to fill the remaining space on top of the crack with cold asphalt crack filler. Start at one end of the crack and gently pour the crack filler liquid into the crack and allow it to seep into the spaces around the backer rod. Move down the length of the crack with the bottle of cracker filler, pouring what is needed; be careful to avoid pouring too much to avoid waste and prevent making a mess. 5. Squeegee the crack filler material – Once the crack has been filled with crack filler, then the next step is to spread and evenly distribute the filler with a v-shaped asphalt squeegee. Start at one end of the crack and position the inside of the “V” at the end of the crack. Slowly pull the squeegee along the crack to scoop up excess...

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4 Reasons Your Pilot Light Keeps Going Out On Your Water Heater

Posted by on Jan 4, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Reasons Your Pilot Light Keeps Going Out On Your Water Heater

With months of winter ahead, it’s important that you keep your house nice and warm, included your home’s water. One of the biggest problems that people have that is associated with not having hot water is that their pilot light keeps going out. There are several explanations as to why this is the case. Thermocouple A thermocouple is a device that essentially monitors the temperature of any given device. It is a device that consists of two different conductors that serve to monitor the heat index of an appliance. In this case, it is your water heater. There might be several reasons for this, but your thermocouple could be subject to a malfunction. When a thermocouple malfunctions on a hot water heater, your pilot light doesn’t actually go out. Rather, your water heater will “think” that the pilot light has went out, and will disable the ability to heat up water and ultimately warm your house. It is highly recommended that you call on the services of a professional if your thermocouple device is malfunctioning. Lack Of Ventilation A lack of ventilation can cause some serious issues surrounding your water heater, and can cause your pilot light to continuously blow out. When your water heater does not receive enough oxygen, this will cause an ecosystem wherein the pilot light can’t even be turned off. The first thing you should do is check the filter to your hot water heater. Either clean out the filter or replace it; the latter is usually quite a bit easier to do, and not to mention, it is also relatively inexpensive. Make sure that your hot water heater has a louvered door or a vent line that leads outside, and either one of these things are open. Over Ventilation Related to the issue of a lack of ventilation is the opposite end of the spectrum, over ventilation. If your hot water heater is being subjected to drafts or windy areas, your pilot light can continuously go out. Make sure that the shields are in place over your pilot light and that your HVAC system does not have any sort of ventilation blowing directly upon the water heater, especially if it is above your hot water heater. Make sure that your hot water heater is placed in an area that does not have an abundance of windows or that your hot water heater is placed sufficiently away from the windows in the room that it is placed in. Gas Control Valve For a number of reasons, your gas control valve might be acting a bit odd. Your gas control valve might be causing gas to not sufficiently flow to the hot water heater itself. Make sure that all of the gas is turned off to your heater before removing your gas control valve, then remove the valve itself. Make sure that you drain the water from the heater, also. Check to see if the gas control valve is still working properly. If it is not, it can easily be replaced. A solidly working gas valve will ensure that your pilot light will be continuously on. A water heater pilot light blowing out is a relatively common problem, that could have many causes, when it comes to hot water heaters. Hopefully, throughout the course of this brief article, you have...

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Three Ways Home Automation Can Save You Money

Posted by on Dec 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Ways Home Automation Can Save You Money

Sometimes you have to invest money to save money. This is particularly true when it comes to reducing energy costs in your home. Although home automation has been primarily touted as a way to make life easier for homeowners, it can also help you save money on energy costs. Here are three ways you can use home automation products to cut down on your energy usage and put more money in your bank account. Increased Light Control Although switching to compact fluorescent bulbs or other energy-saving light bulbs is an easy way to immediately reduce the amount of electricity used in your home, using smart bulbs connected to a home automation system can save you even more cash. First, the lights can be set to detect motion so they only come on when someone enters the room and turn off when the individual leaves. This significantly reduces the instances of lights being left on to burn when no one is in the area. Not only does this reduce the amount of energy used, it also extends the life of your bulbs. Second, lights can be set on timers and customized according to your lifestyle. For instance, the lights can be set to turn off automatically after 9 a.m. when no one is home. This minimizes the risk of someone accidentally leaving a light on in the rush to leave the house and leading to a full day of wasted electricity. Lastly, you can also control the brightness of the lighting using a home automation system, so you only use as much light as you need. You can turn down the brightness during dinner or increase it while the kids are doing their homework. Better Home Temperature Regulation Home automation systems can help you regulate the temperature in your home in unexpected ways. In addition to letting you customize the settings on your heating and air conditioning system to support your lifestyle, a home automation system can let you take advantage of your exterior environment via your curtains and shades. For instance, you can automatically adjust the amount of sunlight that enters your home by raising and lowering the shades at set times. During the winter time, you can set the system to raise the shades during the time of day when the sun is shining brightest and use the energy from the light to heat your home. You can then set the system to lower them again to prevent the captured heat from escaping. This reduces the amount of effort your HVAC unit has to put forth to keep the home at a comfortable temperature and, in turn, lower your energy bills. Manage Small Appliances A third issue that home automation can help you with that often escapes notice is the energy consumed by small appliances. Many small appliances still consume energy even when they are turned off or not in use. Although each individual appliance may only use a watt or two when they are in standby, the cumulative effect of having multiple appliances and electronics such as computers, televisions, and even coffeemakers drawing power can be significant. According to the Department of Energy, energy consumption from plugged in appliances account for about 5 to 10 percent of your bill. A home automation system can help you close...

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Weep-Free Tips To Plant And Maintain A Weeping Willow Tree

Posted by on Dec 7, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Weep-Free Tips To Plant And Maintain A Weeping Willow Tree

Mowing your lawn, trimming shrubs, and watering the flowers are all key elements to maintaining your home’s landscaping, but planting trees around your yard is also smart. Considering that certain trees enhance your curb appeal and increase your home’s total value, they are excellent investments for your landscape design. Of course, the various options available can be overwhelming. Fortunately, choosing a weeping willow tree for your yard adds appeal and value. In addition, weeping willows provide shade, which can cool your home in the summer and keep it warm in the winter.  Using this guide, you will understand the proper, weep-free way to plant and maintain a weeping willow tree. Location Whether you have a small, suburban yard or sprawling acres of land available, finding the best location for your weeping willow tree can be challenging because of its size. This whimsical-looking tree grows quickly, reaching an estimated 30 to 50 feet in height. While surprising to hear, the tree may also grow the same size in width, making it a large statement in your yard. Due to its size, make sure to choose an open area for your weeping willow tree. Be sure to plant the tree in an area that is free of sewer, water, or cable lines, since the tree’s roots spread far and wide, as well. Lastly, make sure your tree will receive full sun or partial shade to maximize its growth potential. Planting When installing the tree, dig a hole a few times larger than its root ball. This will ensure the roots have adequate space to grow and receive moisture. In regards to soil, the weeping willow is a versatile tree that will grow in most conditions. However, it will thrive best in a well-drained, acidic soil. After planting, cover the tree base and root ball with mulch to help trap in moisture. Then, water generously. In the summer season, water the tree daily to implement growth. In the cooler months of fall or spring, water every few days. Maintenance Once established, your weeping willow will need to be watered once a week. In extremely hot temperatures, water a few times each week. While watering is important, your weeping willow tree will also require periodic maintenance to keep it appealing and healthy. Dead growth should be removed in the winter. Locate any dead branches closest to the tree trunk, using pruning shears to trim them away. Remove hanging branches that touch the ground, as well. Removing this overgrowth will allow the tree to continue growing in a healthy manner. To ensure your tree keeps the traditional weeping willow style, sketch out a drawing, removing certain limbs and branches on paper before making actual cuts. Pest Control Unfortunately, your weeping willow tree is not immune to pests and certain diseases. Gypsy moths and aphids are both common pests that find the weeping willow, and other trees, very appealing. These pests wreak havoc on the look and underlying health of your tree in just one season. If you notice the following signs, your weeping willow is most likely infested by one of these pests: Caterpillar Sightings in Late Spring Holes in the Leaves Defoliation or Loss of Tree Foliage Visible Eggs on Tree Leaves, Branches, and Trunk When you first notice these signs, consider spraying...

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2 Reasons You Should Consider Installing Exterior French Doors

Posted by on Nov 5, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2 Reasons You Should Consider Installing Exterior French Doors

If you are like most people, you might zero in on that interior paint color or those dated laminate counters when you start thinking about home renovations. However, those improvements pale in comparison to what your home might be like if you update your exterior doors. Here are two reasons you should consider installing French doors: 1: Improve Your Home’s Value Remodeling your office might seem like a fun project, but how much would the improvement actually boost your home’s value? Research shows that an office remodel has an average return on investment of around 48.9%, which means that if you spend $5,000, you will only make back $2,445. However, because brand new exterior doors can make your home look incredible, they carry a much higher return on investment. Although the price of exterior French doors varies significantly based on the door size and the design details you choose, a basic set of aluminum or steel French doors typically costs between $300 and $800. If you choose a fancy set with ornate detailing or reinforced panels, French doors might cost between $1,000 and $3,000. However, considering steel front door updates carry a 98% return on investment, you could expect to earn nearly all of that money back if you ever move.   Believe it or not, looks aren’t the only reason French doors add to the value of your home. Here are a few other reasons French doors are such an asset: Energy Efficiency: To keep hot or cool air from escaping from your home, some exterior French doors are made from energy efficient fiberglass and contain special glass that blocks UV light.   Easier To Move: Because French doors don’t contain a center beam, they can be opened wide to help people to move furniture, rugs, televisions, or other large objects into and out of the house. Before you balk at those French door prices, keep in mind that a new set of doors could help to regulate your home’s temperature and make your next move a breeze. 2: Create Versatile Living Spaces Entryways aren’t the only area of your home that might benefit from a few new French doors. Because French doors can be opened wide to create a large entryway, they can transform cramped spaces into open, versatile areas. For example, because older sliding glass doors contain a single fixed pane that doesn’t move, upgrading to French doors might help you to open up your space. This versatility makes French doors perfect for patios, master suite balconies or even kitchens that lead out to the backyard. Because French doors let all of the light through, they create an open feeling without blocking off the space. For example, that set of French doors might make your space more comfortable during your next garden party. Instead of having guests choose between staying outside or enjoying appetizers in your dining room, you could throw open those doors to let people roam as they please. If you are worried about French doors damaging your privacy, you shouldn’t be. French doors can be fitted with interior curtains like any other window treatment, or you could ask for decorative glass to limit visibility. For example, if you select bubbled glass, it might create a nostalgic look while making it harder for people...

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4 Ways To Update Your Bathroom

Posted by on Oct 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Ways To Update Your Bathroom

When it comes to home renovations, most people immediately think of the big guns: the front lawn, the living room, and the master bedroom. One of the rooms that is most often overlooked when people think of such things is the bathroom. Why is this the case? It is a communal room that everyone uses – even guests; especially guests! So, why forget about it? There is no reason, and you shouldn’t forget about it, either. Although there are plenty of bathroom renovations that require a rather large bank account, don’t fret. There are plenty of repairs and remodeling jobs you can do on a budget. Throughout the course of this article, you will learn of 4 ways to save money on your next bathroom remodeling job. Accessorize One of the easiest, least expensive things you can do your bathroom is make sure you have plenty of accessories around to make your bathroom perhaps look a bit fancier than it actually is. Not only is this a cheap, easy “fix” it’s also something that won’t require that you pick up a solitary tool. Accessorizing is a simple phenomenon that can be something as easy as changing your old, perhaps a bit dirty, shower curtain with something newer, more modern and cleaner. Don’t skimp out on things like towels, either. A nice set of towels can make your bathroom look infinitely nicer, and they last a long time, as well. Paint Perhaps you live in a home that has a bathroom that hasn’t seen a paint job since the 1970s. What was once in vogue back in the day, like pink and avocado, hasn’t particularly aged well. You can have all of the newest, most modern looking fixtures in the world, but if they’re not placed against a good, solid paint job and instead butted up next to some dated looking colors, they’re simply not worth their weight. Make sure to buy premium paint, for several reasons. First of all, it simply looks better. Secondly, it will last longer and not look “spotty”. There’s something to be said for not having to slather on more than 2 coats of paint. Vanities and Fixtures Vanities and fixtures are accouterments that you can generally find on the cheap. In addition to that, it’s also perfectly acceptable to purchase vanities and fixtures that have been used, provided that you take a look at the product before buying it to make sure that it is in good aesthetic and structural shape. When looking for vanities and fixtures, make the rounds at all of the usual suspects, such as hardware stores and department stores, but don’t be afraid to look outside of the normal purview as well. Check out places like big box stores and check advertisements posted online in order to maximize your shopping experience. Showerhead Showerheads are another part of your bathroom that can generally be found on the cheap and can add to the aesthetics of your bathroom situation. There are a wide variety of showerheads to be found on the market, everything from your standard issue showerhead to showerheads that can also serve as a part time masseuse! Showerheads are another bathroom item that can often be found used and in good shape, so it is recommended that you check online...

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How To Properly Make Electrical Connections Using A Junction Box Mounted In Your Attic

Posted by on Sep 25, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Properly Make Electrical Connections Using A Junction Box Mounted In Your Attic

Adding a new outlet or light switch often requires making a connection with an existing outlet or switch. For most homeowners, this means running the wiring up through the walls and making an electrical connection in the attic. While this is not difficult to do, an improper connection can be a potential fire hazard and must be installed correctly. Below is how you can create wire connections the right way inside your attic: Tools and materials needed Wire strippers Utility knife Yellow-colored wire nuts Plastic electrical junction box Electrical tape Claw hammer Staple gun Junction box cover Phillips-head screwdriver Auxiliary lighting Face mask Step-by-step procedure 1. Make working safely your first priority – Before performing any electrical work, it is vital that you remember to keep safety at the foremost in your mind. That means you should always disconnect power at the main circuit breaker panel, and never rely on merely turning off switches to protect yourself. In addition, practice safe working habits while operating in the confined, dark spaces of your attics. Beware of stepping on unfinished floors to prevent falling through ceilings, and watch your head so you don’t sustain puncture injuries from exposed roofing nails. If you are sensitive to dust, be sure to wear a face mask to protect your respiratory tract. 2. Select a location for your junction box – Simply joining the ends of wiring together is not acceptable from a safety point of view nor will it satisfy code requirements. The connections must be protected inside a junction box, and your first task is to locate an appropriate spot to place it. The main requirements are that it be located on either a joist, stud or rafter, and it should be in a location where the wire is protected as it makes its “run” across the attic space. In addition, junction boxes should be kept accessible; do not wall it off or hide it in a location where it is difficult to access. 3. Mount the junction box – After locating a suitable spot to place the junction box, hold it firmly against the support structure so the lip of the box is flush with the edge of the wood surface. Drive the two nails already attached to the box into the wood, but be sure not to crack the plastic by forcing the nails too far into the wood. 4. Make the wire connections – Once the junction box is in place, punch out the wire hole tabs in the box; you will need one entry hole and one exit hole. Push the end of the wire coming from your existing connection through the box, being sure to allow about six inches of extra wire to work with for making the connection. Next, push the wire coming from the new fixture through the other hole and also leave a six-inch working section of wire. After both wire ends are inside the junction box, you need to strip insulation. For Romex-style wiring, cut the outer insulating sheath away from the wire to expose the inside strands. Next, use a pair of wire strippers to remove the insulation from the individual strands to expose ½-inch of bare metal on each wire. Match each strand of wire according to color: black-to-black, white-to-white and green-to-green....

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Is Your Garage Door Making a Racket? Here’s How to Calm it Down

Posted by on Sep 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Is Your Garage Door Making a Racket? Here’s How to Calm it Down

Imagine you come home late at night and open your garage door, only for it to make such a racket that it actually wakes up your loved ones as well as your neighbors. A noisy garage door could be a sign of underlying problems that should be taken care of as soon as possible. If you want to get a little peace and quiet out of your garage door, then here’s what you’ll need to do: Be On the Lookout for Loose Nuts and Bolts The constant opening and closing action of your garage door inevitably creates small amounts of vibration. Over time, the constant vibration can cause various bolts, nuts and other fasteners to slowly turn and back out of their sockets. This can cause the excess noise that is associated with a noisy garage door. You’ll want to check all of the bolts, nuts and screws holding various parts of your garage door in place, especially along the tracks and garage door frame. Make sure that each and every fastener is properly tightened. You can also opt to place rubber washers and inserts between the head of the fastener and the portion of the garage door surface. This essentially isolates the source of the vibration, allowing your garage door to operate more quietly. Lubrication Is Essential Keeping the various moving parts of your garage door lubricated is an essential job that can’t be ignored. Nevertheless, many homeowners forget to perform this relatively simple, yet important task. Lubrication not only helps reduce noise during operation, but it also prevents premature rust and corrosion from forming on the springs, hinges and other metal components subjected to constant movement. It’s a good idea to lubricate these parts at least once every 6 months. You can use white lithium grease or silicone spray to cover the rollers, chains, tracks, hinges and other moving parts. If you don’t have any white lithium grease or silicone spray on hand, you can also use motor oil as an effective substitute. The one thing you don’t want to do is use water-dispersing lubricants on your garage door components. These lubricants are not as durable as the previously mentioned lubricants. Listen for Popping and Creaking Springs As the torsion or extension springs that help hold up your garage door wear down, they can start popping, creaking and chattering. This is largely due to the spring coils weakening and making contact with one another. While proper lubrication can help bring some temporary peace and quiet, it’s only a matter of time before the noise starts again. You can determine if your garage door springs need replacement by raising your garage door by hand. As you raise and lower the door, listen for any creaking or chattering noises from the garage door springs. You can also test the strength of your garage door springs by raising the door partially, and then releasing the door. Aging garage door springs will allow the door to slowly sag downwards, whereas garage door springs that are in good working condition will hold the door with little to no sag. If you have to replace your garage door springs, it’s usually a good idea to have a professional take on the job. Contact local options through resources like http://www.allieddoor.com/. Old Rollers Can Cause...

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Keep Your Bathtub Drain Clear With These Three Tips

Posted by on Aug 20, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Keep Your Bathtub Drain Clear With These Three Tips

It almost seems like bathtub drains were made to clog. Without a constant stream of drain cleaner, bathtub drains can quickly become full of soap scum and hair, turning your shower into a wading pool. Fortunately, there are some simple ways to keep this drain free of clogs without resorting to harsh chemicals. Remove a Clog Without Chemicals The first step in your new clog-free life is to get rid of as much build up as you possibly can. Rather than reaching for the drain cleaner first, there are several steps you can take before you get there. The simplest method is baking soda and vinegar. For a couple dollars, you can get a box of baking soda and a nice sized jug of white vinegar at any grocery store. Empty the baking soda into the drain and the start pouring the vinegar on top of it. Finally, run the hot water for 5-10 minutes to flush all the loosened up gunk out of the system. The resulting reaction will have the same scrubbing effect that most drain cleaners have– without the caustic chemicals.  You can also stop at the home improvement store for a pipe snake. These handy devices are similar to the ones that plumbers use, although they are often shorter. However, most clogs for near the opening of the drain, so a small pipe snake is usually all you need to pull out the mass that is blocking the pipe. Create a Maintenance Routine One big advantage you have by going without drain cleaners is that you don’t have to worry about the chemicals harming your plumbing (which they will do if you use them too often). This means that you can start taking preventative measures from now on. While baking soda and vinegar is one of the most powerful tools in your arsenal, it is not your only choice for a maintenance cleaner. If you dislike the smell of vinegar in your bathroom, test a few other drain cleaner recipes until you find one that works for you. Once you have a favorite, use it weekly to keep your drains at their best. As soon as you notice the drain starting to slow, hit it with the baking soda/vinegar combo to make sure it never gets to the point where you need something more serious to break up the clog. Keep the Drain Clear of Things That Cause Clogs Wouldn’t it be nice if your drain stopped getting clogged up in the first place? The two main ingredients in bathtub clogs are usually hair and soap. While it’s probably not a good idea to give up soap, it is possible to prevent a lot of the hair from getting down the drain in the first place. While they might be a bit icky to clean, those drain covers are a great way to minimize the amount of hair that gets into your drain.  Now that you’ve removed a major contributor from the picture, preventing clogs will mostly be a matter of not dropping things down the drain, and making sure soapy water is always followed by plenty of nice, hot rinse water. That, plus your maintenance routine, should go a long ways towards keeping the drain clear. While not every clog is preventable, most are....

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Are You A New Warehouse Manager? What You Need To Know About Pallet Jacks

Posted by on Aug 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Are You A New Warehouse Manager? What You Need To Know About Pallet Jacks

If you are new to managing a warehouse or factory, you need to know what pallet jacks are. In the warehousing industry, pallet jacks are used to move product for storage, and shipping and receiving purposes. They are often used for material handling in a factory setting to supply machines and workers with whatever is needed en masse for production. There are several types of pallet jacks available depending on your exact needs and, of course, your budget. Pallet jacks are, essentially, small forklifts. Here’s what you need to know about manual and battery-operated pallet jacks. Manual pallet jacks Of these, the most inexpensive is a manual pallet jack. This type of pallet jack is pushed and pulled by hand. The forks of the jack are pushed into the pallet and the pallet is raised by manually pumping the handle of the jack, which raises the pallet and allows it to be rolled around. The capacity of these jacks varies by design according to the general weight that you need to move. The pallet is lifted several inches and the weight bearing wheels are fashioned in a triangular design. This allows for easy, manual mobility of a pallet, even when it is full of product. By design, tremendous weight is easily moved with little effort of the operator. The turning capability is precise, which allows the operator to maneuver the pallet into tight spaces for storage and otherwise. Once in position, a lever on the handle of the manual pallet jack is squeezed, which allows the pallet jack to be lowered and the jack to be removed from underneath the pallet. The lifting and lowering of the pallet jack is accomplished by a hydraulic pump, which is easily operated by pumping the handle, and released by squeezing a lever that is located on the handle. Manual pallet jacks are practical for short-distance moving of pallets and/or product. There are product bins that are specifically designed to be accessible by manual pallet jacks. Battery-operated pallet jacks Another type of pallet jack is the battery-operated type. These types of jacks also have variances, particularly in weight capacity and battery size. Some of the battery-operated pallet jacks are designed for the operator to stand and ride on while driving the pallet jack, which is practical in large areas with significant distances to travel to relocate pallets of product. Of course, battery-operated pallet jacks are pricier than manual jacks. However, there are a few other things to take into consideration as well. One main thing is the concern for battery care and recharging. An area with a power supply will have to be available for the battery charging stations. Depending on the model and amount of continual usage, some require battery charging stations where a dead battery is hoisted from the pallet jack and a freshly charged battery is placed in. Other models and usage requirements may allow for the batteries to be plugged in and charged while the pallet jack is not in use. Caution: Operators need to wear protective equipment when batteries are charging due to the fumes they may emit. Choosing one or the other, or both The main deciding factor of which type of pallet jack to choose for your facility will likely be the size of your facility,...

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