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Top Tie-Downs to Secure Your Cargo

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Scene on cargo loading stationUsing the right tools for securing cargo is vital for exporters and logistics companies. You could be transporting a motorcycle or a bike, lumber, or building materials for a project – whatever your trucks are carrying; these should be secured, or else they could shift and fall off, causing damage to property and injury to people.

According to Australia’s National Transport Commission, the weight of the load alone is not enough to restrain it during normal driving. This is why additional restraint is necessary. There are several types of cargo securing options available in the market such as metal strapping tools and ratchet straps that are suitable for different situations.

What’s the general rule?

When transporting small or lightweight items, you may be able to use either bungee cords or fabric straps. However, if you are transporting heavier items, you may need a more durable strap. Further research on each strap can save you a lot of time and money in the long run.

Top Cargo-securing Methods

  • Ropes – Nylon ropes are one of the commonly used ropes for securing materials in transit. Be sure to secure your cargo correctly and that the rope is strong enough to hold it in place. Nylon ropes are relatively inexpensive and easier to trim. You may want to opt for plastic ropes; however, these can be difficult to tie into secured knots.
  • Ratchet Straps – Ratchet strap tie-downs have one hook on one end and a lever mechanism on the other. The hooks should be secured to metal loops or truck bed rails. “Ratcheting” involves sliding the tarp through the slot and turning it back in the direction you started from. Pull the slack out and move the lever forward.
  • Tarps – Tarps can be a good way of securing your cargo; however, these may not be your best option. If you’re travelling long distances, tarps may be hard to deal with since you can’t avoid them from flapping and eventually tearing. On the other hand, tarps can keep your cargo dry. With tarps, you can prevent loose items from flying off. Indeed, there are specific pros and cons of using bed covers.
  • Bungee Cords – Compared to metal strapping tools, bungee cords, and rubber straps are excellent in preventing objects from shifting. These are usually used to hold covers and tarps. With the hooks on each end, you can easily stretch them out over an object.

These are some of the various tie-downs you can use for load restraint when transporting cargo. You have to know which of them can best secure your cargo during transit. With proper research, you can prevent incurring costs and avoid damages.

Practical Ways to Maintain Your Laser and Engraving Machine

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Engraving machineAs with different types of equipment, lack of proper maintenance on your laser and engraving machine can result in more expenses – and this is something that industry experts at AP Lazer will attest to. This is because poor maintenance will lead to poor results, which means you may have to redo the work. Lack of maintenance on your existing unit would likely also necessitate buying another machine sooner than anticipated. Here are some practical tips to help you get the most productivity from your machine, as well as to lengthen its lifespan.

Clean the Optics

Since out-of-spec optics affect beam quality, cutting performance, mode quality, and optics life, it is important to clean these parts as regularly as possible. Blowing off dust using compressed air usually provides satisfactory results. In case there is some sticky dirt on the optics, it is advisable to use lens wipes and methanol or alcohol, or a mild soap solution. Since the lens and mirrors are fragile, it is important to avoid touching them with cleaning tools or even with your fingers.

Clean the Exhaust System

Understand that residue from the material being lasered coats the inside of the machine’s exhaust system. Cleaning this buildup is vital because airflow into the system must not be restricted. When there is a restriction, smoke from the cabinet is not released to the atmosphere. This results in dirty rails and optics that affect the quality of engravings.

Check the Air

Most brands of laser and engraving machines need an assist gas to provide quality cuts. The assist gas could be oxygen, shop air, or nitrogen. Since the different types of gases require different types of flows, it is important to set your machine at the best flow with respect to the type of assist gas you would be using. In some cases, lack of quality air support can make materials catch fire. This can be dangerous to you, the machine, and your shop.

Maintaining such a machine should be effortless, and it is so long as you keep up with it. Modern equipment comes with built-in monitors that offer a plethora of maintenance options. Since manufacturers offer comprehensive maintenance, it pays to make regular maintenance appointments with the equipment manufacturer.

Install Baseboard Trim In Four Easy Steps

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wooden baseboardA series of baseboard trim can create a visual connection between your home’s walls and its adjacent flooring to complement its overall architectural design.

In fact, several houses in Brampton has beautifully crafted baseboard molding in their homes. Here is how you can install Miskas Wood Products baseboards and complete your home’s look.

Locate the longest wall and cut a scarf joint on your baseboard

You may start the process by determining your house’s longest wall. If you have a piece of molding that’s longer than your wall, you may use one baseboard to cover all of it. Ensure to cut each end of your baseboard at least 90 degrees so that it’ll run directly to each side of the wall’s right angle.

Make a coped joint

A coped joint is used where the baseboard trims fit an inner corner joint. To create one, you should put one piece of your baseboard flush against the house’s interior wall and place it at a 90-degree angle. Next, you should lay the other baseboard trim on the floor facing down. Hold a spare piece of molding at a right angle facing down the board and trace the baseboard’s profile with a pencil as a reference. Now, cut along the reference point to create a back bevel cut. You may finish the remaining back slope using your three-square and half- round file.

Cut miter pieces for exterior corners

Continue the previous process around the room. Once you get to an outer corner, mark the place where it’ll meet the other piece of the baseboard molding’s outside corner. You can do so by setting aside a square against the wall’s surface where it meets. Then, cut the baseboard molding at a 45-degree angle by using a power miter saw. Ensure that the second piece is on the same way before nailing it in place.

Fill in any gaps

You may use wood filler to fill in any holes and gaps found in your baseboards. Ensure that it’s dried out entirely before you sand off any excess. You may also use calk to fill the crack between the wall and the baseboard.

These are just the basic steps on how to install baseboard trims on your home. If you’re not comfortable doing it yourself, hiring a professional is always a great option.

What Are The Most Dangerous Jobs In The US?

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Farm tractors on the fieldFamers and truckers joined thetop 10 list of the most dangerous occupations in the U.S. for 2016, according to an analysis of the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries.

The analysis based the rankings on the number of fatal injury rates, which were determined per 100,000 full-time employees in each industry.

Risky Occupations

Farmers landed on the seventh spot after recording a fatal injury rate of 23.1 per 100,000 workers in 2016. There were 260 fatal injuries during the year. On the other hand, truck drivers ranked as the seventh least safe job with a fatal injury rate of 24.7 per 100,000 workers. Fatal injuries in 2016 comprised a total of 918 incidents, while non-fatal cases reached more than 80,000.

Motor vehicle accidents account for 80% and 44.6 of fatal injuries among truck drivers and farmers, respectively, which is why employers should consider investing more in products such as a wireless trailer light system and other safety equipment from Tow Mart. A majority of workplace fatalities result from accidents, particularly in 36 states that recorded an increase in worker-related deaths.

Other Industries

While farming and trucking jobs are risky, the most dangerous job in the U.S. in the last two years involved work in the logging sector. The fatal injury rate among loggers reached 135.9 per 100,000 workers.

The analysis also noted that the industry is around 38 times riskier than the typical job in the country. Commercial fishing, aviation, roofing professionals, refuse and recyclable material collectors, and structural iron and steel workers completed the top 10 most dangerous occupations.


The analysis does not intend to scare away Americans that aspire to join these industries. Instead, it should serve as a reminder to employers that safety at the workplace should be a top priority. How do you keep your employees safe?

3 Things to Look for in a Quality Boat Cover

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Covered boats in dock

Covered boats in dockEvery day, your boat faces many different conditions that can be potentially harmful and damaging. This can add up to very expensive spending on maintenance and repair if you’re not careful.

One of the simplest ways to go about protecting your boat is to invest in quality bass boat covers. With so many options out there, it’s important that you be careful about your choice. Here are three different things to look for when you’re shopping for a boat cover.


The first and most critical consideration when shopping for a boat cover is the level of protection that it can offer. The most basic options offer superficial protection from wind or scratches. The very best options offer protection from all weather conditions. This adds value to your purchase because you can trust that your boat is going to stay in top shape for longer.


A second thing that you need to check is if it’s a perfect fit for your boat. Sure, it might be easy enough to choose to get a universal cover. But universal covers are usually loose in fit, which makes it very vulnerable to being blown away. With a boat cover that perfectly fits your boat, you can be sure that it’s going to stay on and protect your boat for longer.


Finally, make sure that the cover you’re purchasing comes with robust and comprehensive warranties. Warranties are your protection and peace of mind that anytime the product doesn’t meet your standards, you can have it replaced immediately. This ensures that your boat remains protected constantly no matter what happens. 

Look for these three qualities and you can be sure that you get the best boat cover that your boat needs.

Sheds and Shelters for Summer

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outdoor shelterThe long hot summer is here. One thing that you should begin planning about is how to store the things cluttering up your room. You need storage for toys, sports gear, boxes, bicycles, and any other item that needs to be kept away.

You should consider consulting with storage or shelter designers. When doing so, you need to know the following.

Do you have a Construction Space?

These designers are experienced and their expertise includes being creative. Hence, your seemingly small space should not be a problem to them.

The Design Stage

The designers will visit the place, assess the site, and consider your specifications. For instance, the design may depend on the purpose of the shelter and your preferences.

How long does it take to build a shed or shelter?

One thing that you must know is the length of time needed to complete the construction of your shed. The time it takes depends on the size of the shed or shelter. It also depends on the complexity of the design, the waiting time, and the weather. However, real experts will be committed to meet your deadline.

For this reason, you need to set expectations prior to the start of the project. This will allow the designers more time to make all the necessary arrangements.


The moment you think about setting up an outdoor shelter, the other thing that comes to mind is the cost. Consult with your designer to know the total cost required. This helps you in budgeting for the entire design and construction period.

A storage shelter is an important setting for all seasons. You must consider the mentioned tips before you think of moving excess items from the house. These are very important points to consider before settling to construct a shelter. It makes the construction project easier.

Energy Saving Hacks for Compressed Air Systems

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air compressorSome individuals refer to compressed air as their fourth utility after gas, water and electricity, mainly due to its usage of hefty energy. For the majority of compressed air systems, more than 70 per cent of the electricity running the system winds up as wasted heat.

Regardless of their inefficiency, compressed air piping systems are crucial in several environments, including healthcare and manufacturing. This is because it brings force, along with steam systems, without the chances of kindling fire. Below are three hacks to enhance the efficiency of compressed air systems that are pressurised to 100-psi or more.

Reduce leaks

Industry experts recommend primarily fixing compressed air leaks, which needs quite an affordable investment with a fast payback. Aside from making the system more efficient, implementing leak repairs also helps you save on your energy bill.

Reduce the pressure

Keep in mind that more pressure requires more energy, and preventing unreasonable high pressure could save energy. The sad fact is most factories produce 100 psi air when they only require 40 psi at the application.

Unquestionably, some more pressure on the compressor is needed to direct the air to the destination. Generally, though, the exit pressure of the compressor must only be 10 per cent greater compared to the primary distribution line close to the last destination. The rule of thumb here is for each two psi that you lower, you save one per cent of the energy that your compressor is using whenever it is running in the 100-psi range.

Moreover, as long as you can get back the wasted heat off the air compressor, then you will be able to save nearly 2,500 BTU for every horsepower. This is still the case if you only recover 1,500 BTU for every horsepower at 100 HP, you still have 150,000 BTU for every hour.

Types of Longspan Shelving and Their Applications

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Storehouse rackLongspan shelving comes in a wide array of variations for different uses including for garage and warehouse. It is a durable, versatile, and cost-effective solution for various storage needs. Longspan shelving is ideal for storing products of any size and volume. The system is easy to assemble and doesn’t usually require any special equipment or specific expertise. Common types also do not require a wide space and can provide optimum storage within minutes.

Steel Shelves

Longspan shelving with steel shelves are extremely durable. It is perfect for storing bulky and heavy items, which normal shelves can’t fully support. It also has a longs service, making it an ideal long-term storage solution. Also, you can adjust the height of the shelves to maximize its storage capacity.

Timber Shelves

Units with timber shelves are some of the most popular choices for retail businesses and small warehouses. It is used in a broad range of applications including automotive workshops, schools, home use, and manufacturing plants. This option is one of the most economical in the market yet they don’t disappoint in terms of quality.

Longspan shelving with timber shelves are also adjustable to accommodate different sizes. Assembly doesn’t require specific techniques and tools, allowing the use to clip the beams into the frames without hassle.

Mesh Shelves

The design of long-span shelving with mesh shelves is quite simple. It features nothing more than beams and shelves. Its mesh provides many benefits especially for special concerns like safety regulations and fire hazards. It also reduces the accumulation of dust in the shelves and helps with better air circulation. Use it to store small items without losing volume capacity.

These systems are effective storage solutions for businesses that don’t want to spend on an entire pallet racking system. They provide enough space and capacity without compromising on quality.

ABARES Report Shows Increase in Farming Receipts, Costs

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Garden with young fresh vegetablesThe average cash income for vegetable growers in Australia will amount to $266,000 for the 2016-2017 financial year, according to the Australian Bureau of Agriculture and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES).

ABARES senior economist Dale Ashton said that the income for the past decade reached $200,000. The projected figure for the financial year represents the highest income since 2007 when ABARES began a survey of farm financial performance.

Farming report

The anticipated increase in farming income bodes well for businesses, although rising costs from labour and energy may have countered the estimated growth in income. AusVeg CEO James Whiteside said that Australian vegetable farmers worry over losing “global competitiveness” without cost-control measures.

Other trade groups such as the Australian Table Grape Association believe that the prices for fresh produce will increase, due to higher production and labour costs. Another challenge for the agriculture industry involves jobs, which could be delegated to robots and artificial intelligence due to the occurrence of a digital revolution.

Automated jobs

By 2025, robots would account for one-third of all jobs. As early as now, many farmers have become savvy with the use of modern equipment and machinery, including a V-hay rake for sale. Automation and artificial intelligence (AI) may represent progress for the sector, but it does not bode well for unemployment.

The jobless rate in Australia currently stays at an estimated 5.6 per cent, which is expected to continue until 2020. Still, this rate could increase if robots and AI successfully take over work from humans. In the farming industry, an increasing number of retiring baby boomers could further complicate the situation. However, not everyone may be affected as those who are familiar with modern farming technology could establish a career in this segment.

The cost of labour and production for vegetable farming has been on an upward trend. Do you think a broader use of automated technology will contribute to a further increase?

Top Ways to Create a Secure Bike Storage

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Bike shopThere really is no point in investing your extra cash on a bike and then keeping it in a place where it is defenceless at night. If you do not have enough space to store your bike inside your home, then consider keeping it in sheds and garages.

But you still have to remember that cycle shelters are still prone to break-ins. These handy tips will help guarantee that your bike will still be waiting for you every morning to take you to school or work:

Stay Realistic

Remember that a shed will not be able to survive a serious burglary attack. Some intruders have tried getting inside the roof or removing a whole side panel just to get inside. The secret is to hide it in a place that would be hard for thieves to reach. It must not draw attention and you have to set up a lot of security measures to protect it.

Choose the Type of Shed Carefully

Sheds come in three primary types, including plastic, wood and metal. Determine the pros and cons of each before deciding which one would be ideal to protect your belongings. Normally, you have to pay more to have thicker and more secure walls for your shed.

Consider the Structure’s Design

If you will use the shed mostly for storage and not as a work studio, consider getting a window-less space as these windows are noticeable weak points. The location of the door should be visible from either your neighbour’s homes or your own house. Double doors will allow you to easily get your bike in and out.

It does not really matter if you chose a wooden shed to keep your bike or other more secure means of storage. Just keep the above tips in mind to make your storage shed more burglar-proof.