Russell Kirkpatrick's Blog
April 27, 2015
In our DIY age, there are lots of reasons why someone might want to hit the road towing a trailer behind them. They could be camping, and are literally bringing their home along for the ride. The trailer might be needed to transport equipment for a work project. Or someone might be moving and not have enough room within the vehicle itself to accommodate belongings. So as we can see, there are lots of reasons to tow a trailer behind a conventional private vehicle. But is it a good idea? As our title asks, will doing so cause damage to a vehicle? The answer is both yes and no.
Let’s start with what can go wrong when something does go wrong. Improper pulling of a vehicle can damage your car’s braking system, its transmission, and its drive shaft. It can affect your vehicle’s tire pressure as well, even causing a tire or tires to blow. Even a novice driver would agree that being on the open road hauling a heavy load behind a car that can’t steer, move,or brake properly is not a good place to be. The good news is that such a scenario doesn’t have to happen if a careful driver prepares before hauling.First, determine what weight the vehicle can be safely operated at fully loaded. This is the actual weight of a vehicle + weight of any passengers and/or cargo within the vehicle. This does not include a trailer. Then determine the vehicle’s towing capacity, which indicates how much weight it can pull behind it with an unloaded trailer. So if your vehicle has a gross weight capacity rating of 6,000 pounds, and your vehicle + passenger/cargo weight is already 3,000 pounds, than the additional weight of the actual trailer plus whatever’s inside of it cannot exceed 3,000 pounds.
Consider, too, whether the vehicle that you will be using has front or rear wheeled drives. FWD vehicles are generally not recommended for hauling as there are engine power problems. The type of trailer that is being pulled can cause problems for certain types of vehicles as well. A box trailer as opposed to a flatbed for example, can cause drag. This can put strain on and affect the performance of some vehicles. The safest vehicle for trailer hauling therefore, is either a mid-sized SUV or a truck.
Okay, you’ve decided to borrow a truck instead of using your Mini Cooper to haul your furniture. But you’re still not done. The trailer hitch’s most important component is its tongue, which also has a weight capacity, and must be locked carefully into place. If there are any issues with this mechanism, then a professional locksmith should be consulted.
Trailers can be hauled with private vehicles. But for safety’s sake, drivers need to do their homework, to protect themselves, their vehicles, and other travelers.
March 27, 2015
Trying to transport a trailer without the proper knowledge of how to do it is a recipe for disaster. At best a person might get fined, at worse they could get in a life ending accident. The good news is that the right way to tow a trailer isn’t hard to learn or difficult to master. In fact, it is very straightforward as long as one knows a few tips and safety precautions that they should take. Considering the consequences, it always pays to play it safe when dealing with trailers.
Dealing with Weight
Transporting a trailer involves a little math but it is fairly simple. The thing is a car or truck has a maximum weight capacity that the trailer will have to conform to. Too heavy and there could be some serious safety issues. However, the trick here is to not just go by what is listed as the vehicle’s maximum weight capacity for towing. Instead what a person should do is concentrate on the gross combined weight of the vehicle and the trailer together. This is especially important when the trailer is used to transport items of significant weight.
If a person is going to be hauling heavier loads using a trailer then breaking is a huge factor. The trailer isn’t going to stop on its own thanks to the momentum it builds up and this can cause a major accident if not prepared for. Fortunately there is such a thing as trail-break controllers. This device is basically an electronic system that allows the trailer to break when the truck does. Many new model trucks come with this system pre-installed but older models may have to purchase it separately. When purchasing a trail-break system never go for the cheap models, get one that will be reliable.
Knowing how to break is very important in regards to the right way to tow a trailer. The added weight of the trailer itself will give a person much more momentum that has to be dealt with when breaking. Breaking early and keeping a distance from the car in front is always advised. Further more, when transporting a trailer one should always turn wide and sharp to keep the trailer from clipping the curb or another vehicle. Lastly, slowing down slowly is essential if the trailer starts to sway. Slowing down too quickly can be dangerous in many cases.
March 1, 2015
Bathroom water damage signs are easy to spot. Knowing what to look for makes it more likely that the problem will be spotted early and improves the likelihood that the problem will be completely corrected. Water leaks are common from the bathtub, shower, sink and toilet. All these leaks are generally easy to identify except in cases where the leak is inside the walls or floor.
Even in the case of leaks inside the walls or floors, there are signs that will reveal themselves either in a lower level or in the affected wall or floor. The types of leaks to look for are leaks around the shower and tub that can usually be fixed with caulking to seal off open areas around the tub or shower stall and the wall or floor.
The same problem can exist around the sink. Sinks, tubs and shower stalls can also develop leaking pipes. Leaking pipes require repair or replacement of the piping. If additional water damage occurred while the pipe was leaking, you may also need to repair or replace sink cabinets or the flooring beneath the sink.
In the case of shower stalls, sometimes the tile flooring is not grouted properly and water escapes between the tiles. This water can get under the existing tiles and loosen them and really cause a lot of damage to the supporting floor. Floor damage can also result if the toilet begins to leak. The toilet can leak from a number of areas. The tank can leak, which is the easiest leak to spot, because the water will be flowing and dripping from the tank. If the bowl leaks, it might be more difficult to notice and it gets especially difficult if the waste pipe leaks.
With bowl leaks however, the floor will be wet and if the waste pipe leaks, there will be that characteristic odor of urine and feces to alert you to the problem. It may take a while before you can smell the problem, but when you do, you will not doubt where the problem is originating.The bathroom water damage signs will be relative to the placement of the leak.
Generally when pipes leak, they damage either the wall or the floor based on how they are oriented. Caulking and grout leaks are more stealthy, but you’ll see uncharacteristic dampness long after your bath or shower.
This dampness should alert you to a potential problem. Wherever you suspect a bathroom leak, have it looked at fast by a plumber to stop any additional damage.
January 30, 2015
There are many reasons that a wood floor can become water damaged, from catastrophic floods to pet urine that goes unnoticed wood floors, while beautiful, are also fragile components of a home. Whatever the initial problem is acting quickly to repair wood flooring can keep damage to a minimum.
It is relatively easy to avoid many smaller repairs by practicing good preventative care. Always make sure absorbent mats are used at every entry door and make it a habit to dry pet’s feet when they come in from the outside. In fact, removing shoes and boots upon entry is one way to avoid finding a pool of water on the hardwoods from snowy boots left unattended. Be sure to avoid mopping hardwood floors. Clean up spills immediately with a dry cloth and then wipe the floor with a damp cloth to remove any remaining material. Everyday cleaning should be done with a broom or a vacuum only. No matter how much preventative care is employed it is still important to know how to repair a water damaged wood floor.There are several types of water damage that are usually encountered in homes with hardwood flooring.
A white, hazy substance on the floor is usually indicative of a surface stain. Homeowners can use automobile polish or even toothpaste on a soft cloth to gently buff out the stain.
A black stain usually means water has penetrated into the wood grain. If the floor has ever been mopped often times the moisture will seep into the tongue and groove and cause this type of discoloration. The floor must be completely dry before any type of repair is made. First remove the floor’s wax and finish by scrubbing the area first with steel wool and then with sandpaper. Then make a mixture of oxalic crystals and hot water to brush onto the stain, then allow it to dry and finally clean up any residue. This acid mixture will bleach the stain so it will be progressively lighter with each application. Once the black mark is gone add a stain to match the existing floor and finish with a sealant.
Damage that is more extensive than this is best left to a professional. If water is present between the hardwood and plywood subfloor, it is likely that professional equipment will need to be used to sufficiently dry the flooring before repairs can be attempted.
January 4, 2015
There are a few things people can do when they are stuck without gas. The first step, however, is to take a step back. Just about every person over thirteen have a cell phone. It is important to make sure the cell phone is fully charged before getting in the car. In the event of not having gas, people can call a towing company or a relative to come and get them.
Empty Gas Container
The next thing people should do is get an empty gas container; it is wise to keep one of these containers in the car at all times. If people are lucky, they can find one of these containers on the side of the road. Once an individual has this container in his/her possession, he/she can walks to the nearest gas station. Gas stations will allow people to fill-up the empty container as if filling up a gas tank. The individual can then walk back to the car and pour the gas into the tank.
Some people, however, do not have any type of empty container. In this situation, it would be best to flag people down until someone stops. Hopefully, the person that has stopped will have an empty container. In this situation, on an average, five people will stop every hour. Someone will have an empty container sooner or later.
Push! Push! Push!
Without having a phone or an empty gas container, the final result will have to be to push the car to the gas station. Some strong people can do this by themselves. Others, hopefully, will have someone else in the car with them. If no one else is in the car, it’s back to flagging people down until someone will help push the car. This is also contagious; once one person helps, another and another will come and help, too.
The overall strategy is to do everything not to get stuck without gas. This is very hard to do in this fast society, especially when people have to be at places by a certain time. People should also develop a plan in case they are stuck in this situation. Individuals that have a plan end up coming out of the situation sooner than people without a plan. Individuals with a plan will also be more relaxed in this situation.
December 5, 2014
Every home has a kitchen, but the kitchen can be the most dangerous part of anyone’s home. Because the kitchen contains several dangers, including the danger of fire, there can be extensive damage done to the kitchen that can be extremely costly. It’s always best to have homeowners insurance or renters insurance in order to protect against kitchen fires, or to do kitchen fire damage repair, but this is not always the case. Some who have a kitchen, will not take precautions beforehand and get insurance, and when a fire happens in the kitchen, the damage must come out of the pocket of the homeowner or the renter.
It’s an unfortunate incident when this occurs, but there are ways to proceed forward, to do the kitchen fire damage repair. If there is fire damage in the kitchen, most likely the stove will be in disrepair, if the fire originated from the stove; so it may not even work properly anymore. The smoke that billows from a kitchen fire can also damage the walls, ceiling, and other appliances in the kitchen. It’s even possible for the smoke or fire from the kitchen to also damage the upper level of the building, even if it’s just a roof overhead. Even with devastating damage, there is still hope for repair.
If the insurance is covering the damage to the kitchen, then one still must make decisions as to what appliance replacements and repairs they would like. More than likely the stove will need to be replaced, as well as cleaning of the walls or repainting them, and other appliance repairs or replacements. Even though insurance may be covering everything, it’s best to go with only the necessities, as the claim will go onto the record of the insurance claimant, and may work negatively against the claimant in the future. The lower the amount, the better for both claimant and the insurance company.
If paying for kitchen fire damage repair out-of-pocket, there are ways to cut costs. It’s best to clean as much as possible, paint where necessary, and replace as little as possible. If the stove can be saved, have it thoroughly cleaned, and ready for use. If the fire has extensively damaged something, and it cannot be cleaned, then replace it, but buy used items to save on cost. A kitchen fire can be devastating when it happens, but being prepared in the future with insurance, will help to avoid having to pay for costs out-of-pocket.
November 2, 2014
If you are thinking of buying a used truck from one of the used truck dealerships in the area, then there are a few factors you need to take into consideration. These tips can make the truck buying process a lot easier and possibly even quicker as well.
The Truck You Need
The first thing you need to do is figure out exactly what kind of used truck will best suit your specific needs. Start by thinking about how you plan to use the truck. For example, if you will be hauling heavy loads or towing heavy loads, then you will need to look for a used truck with a powerful engine. If you will be driving in snow or mud, then you may need a truck with four wheel drive. If you will be transporting several passengers, then you will need to look for a used truck with an extended cab. Since there are often many trucks for sale at used truck dealerships, knowing what you need can help you conduct a targeted search because you rule out the trucks that won’t work for your needs.
The Inspection and Test Drive
Start by inspecting the exterior of the truck to see if there are problems such as rust, dents or even missing paint. Then, check out the interior of the truck to see what condition it is in. You should also look under the hood to check out the engine, or you can have your own mechanic look at the engine to make sure there are no issues. Take the truck on a test drive both on neighborhood streets and the highway to see how well it performs in different driving conditions. If you do find any problems, you may be able to negotiate to get the price down a bit lower. It never hurts to ask.
Some used trucks do come with a warranty. It is always a good idea to try to get some type of warranty on the used vehicle just in case something breaks after you buy it. You don’t want to be on the hook for any expensive repairs as soon as you buy a used truck.
You can get great vehicles from used truck dealerships by using these simple tips. Once you have made your selection, be prepared to haggle over the price to get the best deal you possibly can.
October 2, 2014
How to Find the Best Central America Travel Services
Central America is one of the most traveled to destinations in the world. Each year, more and more people from all walks of life are electing to visit Central America for both pleasure and business. With the boom in travel to this location, it is important that all consumers take their time in finding and making use of the very best Central America travel services available to them.
95% of all consumers that make use of professional Central America travel services, end up saving themselves a great deal of money, compared to those consumers that elect to make travel plans on their own. Savings is in fact one of the main reasons why so many people choose to make use of travel services. The second reason is stress. Planning a trip of any type can be quite stressful. However, by putting the responsibility of planning a vacation or business trip in the hands of a professional travel service, anyone can prevent this type of stress in their life.The best way to go about finding the very best Central America travel services, is to make use of the internet. By relying on the power of the internet, one can easily begin to determine what types of travel services are available to them, and which ones offer their services at the lowest possible rates. With that in mind, it is crucial for anyone making use of these types of services to truly take their time in determining which company to conduct business with. This may require a person to spend a great deal of time researching those travel services to determine which ones offer the best services and that also specialize in travel services related to Central America in-particular.Consumer reviews are one of the best resources that one can make use of when it comes to determining which travel services are the very best. By reading reviews from other people, one can easily begin to determine which travel companies have the best reputations, have the best deals, and that are rated the highest amongst general consumers. By making use of consumer reviews one can quickly come to a conclusion as to which travel agency will best be able to meet or exceed their expectations.
If the above elements are kept in mind, one will easily be able to find and take advantage of the very best Central America travel services available in their area.
September 6, 2014
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August 10, 2014
While you may be knowledgeable about the use of any flatbed tow truck for transporting damaged vehicles, you might not realize that fortunately they are utilized for hauling equipment and enormous loads. Numerous towing companies provide flatbed towing services regarding small storage area, industrial gear, tractors and village equipment, walk-in wine bottle coolers, and other tons too large for effortless transport.
Generally available for cross-town excursions as well as very long distances, flatbed hauling can be a excellent solution for the hard-to-transport products. And, for added peace of mind, don’t forget that the pull truck driver has the skills and equipment to safely and simply load and transportation your freight for hassle-free vehicles.
While many people automatically connect towing companies with broken vehicles, these lenders also offer other convenient and helpful services. The next time you imagine of towing companies, remember that additionally they offer roadside help and flatbed car towing. Now you realize who to call if you want either of such solutions.
Any towing company must definitely present you with quick services needed in towing and also with additional help required like crisis services when you have a flat tire, electric battery run out, car lock out etc. These services supplied are good but the most important concern during towing is safety. Safety for the car and also you. Towing is the process of pulling or attracting behind a chain, or something other kind of coupling this provides the most obviously performed by road cars.
Every person has required the tow truck at some time or another. Whether it was a flat tire and a lost spare or a fender splurge, tow trucks have got helped us all out of a jamb by safely transporting our vehicle to a repair center. Most people don’t understand that towing companies offer more than just a raise when your car is actually disabled. From roadside support to flat-bed car towing, your local towing provider offers a number of helpful services. By maintaining an eye out for these towing difficulties, you should be capable of avoid damage to your car.
In addition to tow truck services, most car towing companies provide complete highway assistance. When towing your vehicle it really is compulsory to use safety chains to ensure that your automobile ruins coupled towards the towing articulated vehicle. It ensures the actual protection of the vehicle and is also helps to keep you allowable.
For all those using safety chains make sure to be sure the chains are crossed underneath the tongue of the trailers, this makes sure set up trailer were to get disconnected from the glitch expense be segregated from the tow truck. Several offer you 24-hour help, therefore in the middle of the actual night-when roadside assistance is most important-they’ll be there to assist.
There are numerous basic safety considerations to appropriately towing a car, trailers or travel trailer you start with vehicle towing capability and ranging throughout eel hitches to suitably as well as officially connecting the safety chains also.