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Cranes In The Rain: Your Guide To Rental Options During Stormy Weather

Posted by on Sep 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Cranes In The Rain: Your Guide To Rental Options During Stormy Weather

Crane rentals offer an invaluable service on construction sites, allowing you to haul and move heavy objects with ease. The use of a crane is often an important part of a tight construction schedule, but there are often natural elements that you cannot help during the course of the project. When rain is on the horizon, you need to make a proper decision as to whether to use the crane rental or postpone it until another day. Use the following to guide to determine if you should move forward or consider the rental a temporary wash-out. Construction Site Conditions Along with factoring in the rain, it’s also important to consider the actual site that your crane rental will be on. For example, a dirt area can become muddy when a lot of rain is falling. If you’re using heavy crane rentals, they can easily sink down and get stuck in the mud. This can affect the stability of the crane as it is not on solid ground.  Not only will this impact the performance of a crane, but it can cause delays in the construction process as you try to move the crane from the wet and muddy situation. A construction site with a paved area will hold more stability and can likely be used during a light rain drizzle. It’s also a good idea to consider any possible flooding conditions. This includes construction sites near rivers, ponds, or places where drainage sewers have not been installed. You do not want rising water to cause possible damage to your crane rental. Survey the site during other rainstorms to see how this water can affect different areas. Thunder & Lightning Storms Even though a light rain may be fine for a crane to operate in, the storm clouds that come with it can create additional dangers. In most cases your construction site will shut down during a lightning storm, but if it doesn’t, the crane should not be operated on. A crane lifted high in the air can act as a conductor and attract lightning strikes. If the crane rental is already on your construction site, it should be lowered into the most closed-off position possible. This will help deter any problems until the storm has passed. Overnight Forecast Even if the day calls for sun, the weather on the night before could have an impact on the crane you decide to rent. Overnight downpours on your construction site could create messy situations where it’s hard to even get the crane into position. During these scenarios, you should avoid the crane rental during the morning hours and wait until the afternoon when things dry up and you can get more use from the equipment. Keep an eye on weather reports for the days leading up to the crane use. Online radar services can help you track moving cloud systems passing over your construction site. This will help you plan for the crane use. For example, you may have the ability to lay a large tarp down across the area where the crane is needed. This can help keep the area dry and give you more use with the crane. It will help prevent mud and large puddles around the crane area. Reserved Rentals The weather can often change or be...

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What You Need to Know About Properly Lubricating Wire Rope

Posted by on Jul 27, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What You Need to Know About Properly Lubricating Wire Rope

Every overhead crane depends upon the strength and durability of wire rope for its operation, and like any other machinery part, wire rope must be maintained. Neglected or poorly-maintained wire rope will experience a needlessly-short lifespan and add to the operational expense for users who must replace it. Worse, wire rope that hasn’t been maintained is prone to catastrophic failure and could be the cause of serious injuries or death for workers. Below is more information on maintaining wire rope, primarily through the effective use of lubrication. Why wire rope requires lubrication Most individuals recognize that wire rope, being crafted from strands of ferrous metals, is vulnerable to corrosion. Lubrication is an inexpensive, easily-applied solution for preventing wire rope from rusting. However, what is often not obvious to workers is that wire rope is a mechanical device. The typical wire rope used for overhead crane operations consists of dozens of strands of wires in various diameters, and they are arranged in a variety of complex patterns. Engineers design wire rope so strands bend, slide and mesh in predictable ways to accomplish particular jobs; these intricate relationships will only succeed in working if friction isn’t permitted to interfere. Lubrication plays an integral role in ensuring that wire rope can function as intended by removing the harmful effects of friction. Wire rope lubricant categories An all-encompassing program for lubricating wire ropes requires that the above needs be met when using lubricants. No single lubricant is ideal for providing the protection from corrosion needed for the surface of wire rope as well as also reducing internal friction. Therefore, lubricants are divided into these categories: Coatings—Coating lubricants are used to provide corrosion protection. Their ability to reduce internal friction is a secondary concern, and coating lubricants cannot substitute in this area. However, protection against external friction is of importance and should be factored into the decision-making process. The ideal coating lubricant is resilient to environmental forces, not easily washed from the surface of the wire rope and is inexpensive. Penetrants—This class of lubricants is designed to move past the external layer and reach the internal core of the wire rope. To do so, a readily-evaporated liquid vehicle such as a petroleum distillate, carries the lubricant itself through the spaces between the wire and dispenses it to where friction is apt to be present. Penetrants typically have little protective ability against corrosion and should not be used for this purpose. Considerations regarding wire rope lubrication To effectively handle the specific lubrication needs of your wire rope, the following considerations will help ensure you are on the right track: 1. Use lubricants specifically-approved for your wire rope—The first resource to consult when obtaining information about lubricating your wire rope is the manufacturer. They can provide specific recommendations about appropriate coating and penetrating lubricants that will best match the specific alloys that comprise your rope. 2. Create a lubrication schedule that is customized to meet your needs—Since not all wire ropes are the same in composition or diameter, and since overhead cranes are used in both outdoor and indoor settings, it is impossible for a one-size, fits-all approach to work when deciding when to lubricate wire rope. For example, if your operations involve working close to the seacoast, then obviously the corrosive effects of salt will...

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