The ability to differentiate between home repairs and improvements that you can make yourself and those that will require the help of a contractor is a very important skill to have. Not only will this skill prevent you from spending more money than you need to on professional services, but it will also help you to avoid costly mistakes by attempting DIY projects that are out of your league. It is my hope that this information contained in this blog will help you to obtain this skill. More importantly, it is my hope that once you have identified a project you wish to take on, this information in this blog will help you to get the job done.
As a contractor you need to invest in the best tools and equipment to ensure you get the job done right, and can work as efficiently as possible. This is true for general contractors and for those who oversee large job sites. Consider some pieces of material handling equipment that every contractor needs to purchase or should consider renting for their site:
1. Drywall lifts
Because of its size and weight, drywall is very easy to break especially when lifting it overhead. It's not unusual for drywall to split down the middle or to suffer cuts and tears during construction on any job site.
A drywall lift can be the best choice to protect sheets of drywall as they are loaded at an angle and held at two different points outside the middle of the sheet. This keeps them protected from both breakage and from being cut or scored while being moved. A drywall lift can extend to a second floor height or it can be used on a platform lift to move several sheets of drywall together.
2. Straight mast forklifts
A standard warehouse forklift is not meant to be used outside for anything other than standard loading and unloading or for driving between buildings. The tires and the weight of the vehicle keep it from being driven on anything other than standard concrete and flat, secure surfaces.
If you need a forklift for exterior work, invest in a straight mast forklift. This is a heavier forklift that is specifically designed for exterior work; it has heavier tires with thicker tread so it can be driven in dirt and mud, and the cab is fully enclosed. This adds to worker safety and comfort when on the job site. Very often you can rent a straight mast forklift for a job if you don't want to invest in ownership of this equipment.
3. A car stop
A car stop is a versatile type of material lifting equipment that can be used indoors and outdoors, and which gives you the lifting capacity of a forklift but which doesn't need to be driven or used by a special operator. A car stop has button controls so that anyone can operate it as a lift and may come with a variety of arms and fingers, so it can be used to lift pallets, barrels, and anything in between. It can be used in the warehouse for loading and unloading or on a job site for lifting tools to a roof or second story safely and securely.