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Equipment and Expenditures That Craft Brewers May Not Have Considered

The recent explosive growth of the craft brewing industry is an excellent development for American industry (and the industry of every other marketplace in which it’s a phenomenon). That’s the case for a number of reasons: they’re a terrific boost to economies, both local and national; they’re a dependable job-producer; and, perhaps most importantly, they introduce a wealth of craft beers into distribution.

By the time someone is starting a craft brewery, chances are that they’re exceedingly familiar with the equipment necessary for brewing beer. As such, this isn’t an exhaustive list of the kettles, kegs, conveyors, cooling equipment, and canning and bottle lines required to brew. This is a brief overview of the sort of equipment and operational costs that brewers may not have considered that, if not necessary, will at the very least come in handy.

The Flooring

A number of amateur craft brewing enthusiasts are aware that carpeting or a fine hardwood floor isn’t going to do the trick for a brewery, and as such surmise that a plain concrete floor should be just fine. Unfortunately, that won’t do the trick. The floor of a brewery is going to see a lot of traffic. Foot traffic, heavy equipment being installed, hefty bags of ingredients being moved with a dolly or convertible hand truck, full kegs being transported back and forth, etc. After a while, that sort of traffic leads to damage. And that damage can lead to concrete dust being kicked up. And that leads to contaminants and possible damage to equipment.

Obviously, contaminants are to be avoided at all costs in an environment, like a brewery, in which sterility is so important. Concrete is also porous, considerably more porous than it seems. And if there’s one certainty in a brewery, it’s that fluids are going to be spilled. As such, the flooring needs to be easily cleanable, slip-resistant, and sloping to a drain. That means either choosing a material specifically to meet those requirements or investing in a special epoxy to cover a concrete floor. That can prove pricey.

Moving Equipment

Again, craft brewers are no doubt aware that they’ll need a material-moving infrastructure in place. That role is often filled by forklifts—but they’re not always the best tool for the job. Inevitably, even for the largest brewing operation, more modest moving is going to be necessary. And for moving a few sacks of grain or a single keg, a forklift can be overkill, even when the load is too much for someone to (safely) carry. Enter the hand truck.

For sacks of grain, rye, malt, and the like, the best resource is a collapsible hand truck (also known as a convertible hand truck). These are hand trucks that can be repositioned to carry loads horizontally, and often, at a diagonal angle. Conveniently, there are also hand trucks that are being specifically designed for transporting kegs. The ideal hand trucks for transporting beer are curved to accommodate the shape of a keg and to keep it from rolling off of the hand cart. Most are also equipped with a keg hook to keep the keg from shifting on the hand truck. Curved back hand trucks, platform hand trucks, and more can be used to ensure the safe and efficient transportation of beer. As is the case with anything else, the right tools will make any job a whole lot easier.

About Magline

The “Magliner” brand has become such a trusted and ubiquitous feature of the materials handling industry that often a hand truck, hand cart, dolly, etc. will simply be referred to as a “Magliner.” The reason for trust so comprehensive that the name has become a literal byword for trustworthy material handling solutions is simple. For over 70 years, Magline has been manufacturing the toughest, most dependable, most reliable loading and transportation equipment, including a stellar appliance hand truck line. If safe and durable material handling tools would contribute to or perpetuate the continued growth, success, and profit of your business, buy Magline.

Find out why Magline has become one of the most trusted names in the materials handling industry, at Magliner.com

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Occupations That Can Really Benefit From a Hand Truck

There are a lot of industries and occupations for which the use of a hand truck is a no-brainer: construction worker, warehouse worker, etc. However, there are other industries and occupations that take advantage of hand trucks far too infrequently. Hand trucks are often overlooked as a helpful addition to innumerable tool kits in which they would do some good.


It’s an unfortunate oversight as a hand truck is like a scaled-down, hand-operated, affordable forklift. As such, the following is a brief list of occupations that may not immediately come to mind as ones that would benefit from the use of a hand truck, but definitely would. For anyone considering purchasing a hand truck, their specific use should be kept in mind. For instance, an occupation requiring the moving of heavy loads up and down stairs would benefit from a stair climbing cart.

Landscaper

People generally tend to associate materials handling for landscaping, gardening, or other outdoor work with wheelbarrows. And there’s certainly no question that wheelbarrows have been a terrific labor-saving tool for centuries and remain one to this day. They’re particularly handy for the moving of loose material such as stones, sand, dirt, sod, etc. However, for moving bags of stones, sand, dirt, fertilizer, mulch, compost, cement; paving stones; lumber and wooden features, etc., a hand truck is the way to go. Plus, due to their slimmer profile, they are also typically considerably more maneuverable than wheelbarrows.

Office Manager

It’s not just labor and material handling occupations for which hand trucks can prove exceedingly helpful. In fact, office workers and office managers can often benefit more from labor-saving devices like hand trucks than those used to heavier lifting. And while obviously the health and welfare of employees always come first, avoiding injury to office workers can save any business quite a bit of money. Hand trucks can be used for moving boxes of files, office equipment, small appliances for the office kitchen, and anything else bulky, awkward, and heavy in an office that requires moving. However, if the office work requires the moving of heavier appliances or furniture, opt for an appliance hand truck. They provide better control of bigger loads.

Homeowner

Just as it’s not only labor-based businesses that can benefit from a hand truck, it’s not just businesses that could benefit either. A quality hand truck can be just as effective and helpful around the household. In fact, a sturdy hand truck is invaluable throughout the entirety of a house owning (or property renting) cycle. They’re great for moving in, terrific for errands around the house and property, and useful when moving out. They’re also helpful for household and property maintenance tasks regardless of the season. In the warmer months, they can be used for the landscaping tasks mentioned earlier, and the moving of boxes, furniture, and appliances regardless of the season. In the winter, they can be used to move firewood, bags of ice-melting salt, moving patio furniture into winter storage, etc. Basically, at home or at work, a hand truck is an exceedingly convenient and helpful tool.

About Magline

The “Magliner” brand has become such a trusted and ubiquitous feature of the materials handling industry that often a hand truck, hand cart, dolly, etc. will simply be referred to as a “Magliner.” The reason for trust so comprehensive that the name has become a literal byword for trustworthy material handling solutions is simple. For over 70 years, Magline has been manufacturing the toughest, most dependable, most reliable loading and transportation equipment, including a stellar hand lift truck line. If safe and durable material handling tools would contribute to or perpetuate the continued growth, success, and profit of your business, buy Magline.

Find out why Magline has become one of the most trusted names in the materials handling industry, at Magliner.com

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The Equipment You Should Have for Natural Disaster Preparedness

According to the evidence, natural disasters are not only becoming more frequent, but their severity and intensity are also increasing. There are steps being taken globally to mitigate both the causes and effects of these disasters, but for the near future, at least, this is the new normal. That can be an uncomfortable reality, particularly for people who live in fire risk zones, in floodplains, on the shore, on or near a fault line, etc. Even if you can’t personally prevent a natural disaster from happening, though, you can prepare yourself for them.


There are a number of excellent resources that provide more comprehensive lists of the things you’ll need or should have on hand in the event of a disaster (food, water, medication, maps, important documents, first aid kit, cash or traveler’s checks, etc.). This piece has a more tool-specific focus, an area that many of those lists seem to have a touch light on. That’s an unfortunate oversight since a high-quality axe and heavy duty hand truck can prove absolutely invaluable in the aftermath of a disaster. If possible, keep these things in either one place, or in places where they can be retrieved quickly and easily.

Light, Fire, and Communication

Anyone who’s been the victim of a major natural disaster can attest to the fact that it becomes very clear very quickly how many necessities and luxuries we take for granted. That includes basics like light, warmth for us and food preparation, and a means of communicating with and or hearing from the outside world. To ensure that you have the means to produce light, keep your preparedness gear stash stocked with several flashlights and a liberal collection of spare batteries. At least one of those light-producing apparatuses should be a solar-powered and/or hand-crank LED lantern.

A more archaic but nevertheless extremely important source of light, and life-giving heat, is fire. To be safe, have waterproof matches in a waterproof container; a magnesium and flint rod emergency fire-starter; and a baggie of cotton balls soaked in melted petroleum jelly for a long-burning kindling. (Having at least one fire extinguisher handy is helpful as well.)

For communication, keep your cell phone close and have several chargers and a backup battery with your preparedness gear. To stay updated, keep a battery-powered or hand-crank radio/NOAA Weather Radio with a tone alert on hand. Add in the ultimate standard for low-fi communication: a good whistle.

Heavy Duty Tools

As mentioned earlier, hand trucks can be an invaluable resource in the event of a natural disaster. They’re great for transporting boxes of belongings, gear, luggage, firewood, sandbags, large containers of water, and anything else you may have to move. Plus, a sturdy hand truck made with high-quality materials is an investment that will prove useful to carry out tasks like these in your day-to-day, on the job, or when there’s seasonal work to be done around the home.

One should also keep a healthy supply of face masks available, as the air quality may range from bad to dangerous in the case of a natural disaster. And, as mentioned earlier, have either a hatchet, axe, or both with your gear. They’re a necessity for both chopping up firewood and kindling, but conceivably for hacking through obstructions.

And it’s always a good idea to have a sturdy, high-quality knife available. Many preparation specialists suggest a diving knife—they’re virtually always sharp, sturdy, largely immune to the elements, utilitarian, and can be handily strapped to an arm or ankle. As for the classic preparedness tools, don’t get caught without a manual can opener, a folding shovel and pick, a wrench and pliers, a compass, and the godfather of in-a-pinch DIY: duct tape. Hopefully, you will never have to use any of it, but, as always, it’s better to have it and not need it than the other way around.

About Magline

The “Magliner” brand has become such a trusted and ubiquitous feature of the materials handling industry that often a hand truck, hand cart, dolly, etc. will simply be referred to as a “Magliner.” The reason for trust so comprehensive that the name has become a literal byword for trustworthy material handling solutions is simple. For over 70 years, Magline has been manufacturing the toughest, most dependable, most reliable loading and transportation equipment. If safe and durable material handling tools would contribute to or perpetuate the continued growth, success, and profit of your business, buy Magline.

Find out why Magline has become one of the most trusted names in the materials handling industry, at Magliner.com

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How to Manage the Safe Transportation of Kegs

It’s hard to think of a modern technological advance more important or beneficial to humanity than the keg. At least, a technological advance related to the storage and transportation of drinks. Unfortunately, their importance as a delicious beverage keeping and serving solution does not make kegs any easier to move.


So the following describes some best practices for the safe and successful moving of kegs. Those best practices include not only the safety of those involved, although that is obviously the priority, but also the safety of the keg and its contents. As is always the case, if you’re unfamiliar with the equipment mentioned here, be sure that you familiarize yourself with it before use.

Moving the Keg Safely

Whether you’re moving a keg from one part of a building to another, into and out of a delivery vehicle, or to and from buildings, the physical transportation of the keg is the trickiest and most dangerous part of the process. Having the right equipment is crucial. And the most important piece of equipment is the hand truck. Hand trucks are now manufactured for a variety of specific purposes. There’s the stair climbing cart, the appliance dolly, heavy duty hand trucks, and, luckily for beer distributors, hand trucks are being designed specifically for kegs.

The ideal hand trucks for transporting beer are identifiable by their slight concave curve, which keeps the keg from rolling off of the cart. Most are also equipped with a “keg hook,” which can be hooked to the lip of the keg to keep it secure on the hand truck. Curved back hand trucks, platform hand trucks, and more can be used in the production and transportation of beer.

Do not lift a full keg yourself. Always use a hand truck to move them. Some sources will suggest that if you’re going to move a keg without a hand truck, to get help from a friend. That is not a good idea either. If one of the keg movers loses their grip for whatever reason, the other person is then suddenly left with nearly 200 pounds of awkward keg weight. And that can lead to badly injured backs, shoulders, joints, and broken toes.

Keep It Settled

One of the priorities of keg moving is to jostle and agitate the precious fluid within as little as possible. It likely goes without saying, but don’t drop kegs and try to keep them from rolling off of the hand truck. If you don’t have access to a keg-specific hand truck, a good collapsible hand truck can usually be set up to transport loads horizontally or diagonally. If any of those configurations makes the moving of kegs easier, take advantage of them.

While it can seem like a much more convenient method of transportation from one room to another, or one part of a room to another, never roll a full keg. Dropping and rolling kegs can not only damage the keg itself, but it can also lead to any carbonated beverage within going flat more quickly. Likewise, when transporting a keg in a vehicle, attempt to make the journey as bump-free as possible. It’s also a good idea to keep the keg out of the heat, direct sunlight, and un-air conditioned vehicles as often as possible. That too can have an adverse effect on the drink within.

About Magline

The “Magliner” brand has become such a trusted and ubiquitous feature of the materials handling industry that often a hand truck, hand cart, dolly, etc. will simply be referred to as a “Magliner.” The reason for trust so comprehensive that the name has become a literal by word for trustworthy material handling solutions is simple. For over 70 years, Magline has been manufacturing the toughest, most dependable, most reliable loading and transportation equipment, including a stellar hand lift truck line. If safe and durable material handling tools would contribute to or perpetuate the continued growth, success, and profit of your business, buy Magline.

Find out why Magline has become one of the most trusted names in the materials handling industry, at Magliner.com

 

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The Best Tools and Tips for Mid-Winter Home and Property Maintenance

The last thing most people want to do during winter is leave the comfort of their cozy home and do maintenance errands. But, to ensure that a safe, warm, cozy home remains that way, some upkeep is necessary. That winter maintenance, however, can be rendered much more manageable when you’re armed with the appropriate tips and tools. From a broadly-helpful tool like a snow shovel (either as a backup for a non-functioning snow blower, or the front line of snow removal), to specific tools like a stair climbing cart that can make navigating icy staircases with heavy loads considerably safer, make like a scout and be prepared. 


Roof Maintenance and Gutter Cleaning

Falls are far and away the most common cause of nonfatal injuries for Americans both at home and at work. And falls are second only to car accidents as the leading cause of fatal injuries. In short, climbing up ladders and around on roofs is a dangerous undertaking. That’s doubly true in the winter when those things are that much more likely to be slick with water, snow, or ice. Still, responsible winter home and property maintenance require checking the roof and keeping the gutters clear.

While climbing a ladder to check the roof may be inevitable, limiting time on the ladder means mitigating the risk of injury. That’s what makes an investment in a collapsible, telescoping rod such a great idea. One of the handiest attachments for a telescoping rod is a gutter-cleaning tool. As handy for snowy regions is a snow-rake attachment. They’re great for pulling snow off the roof before it can do roof damage or contribute to the formation of ice dams—all without having to brave the ladder or icy roof itself. They can also be used to knock down dangerous icicles from a distance.

A Sturdy Hand Truck

There’s no overstating how helpful a good hand truck can be. Whether you’re using it to move firewood, to haul around bags of de-icing salt, or in the transport of furniture or other bulky loads for winter storage, a sturdy hand truck can save both time and your back.

They can also make winter property upkeep significantly safer. As mentioned, icy stairs are responsible for a number of injuries every year. The process of moving loads down icy or snow-slicked staircases is, like winter ladder use, more dangerous still. Employing a stair climbing hand truck can reduce that danger significantly.

Hand trucks are also handy for moving patio furniture or any other bulky, heavy, or awkward loads into winter storage. Sometimes it’s necessary to move loads far heavier, more awkward, and bulkier than the average piece of patio furniture. When that’s the case, leveraging specialty equipment like an appliance hand truck can do for the process what a stair climbing hand truck does for moving loads up and down stairs.

Otherwise, be sure that outdoor light bulbs are replaced, driveways and paths are maintained and kept ice-free, stairs are repaired as needed and handrails are securely fastened. Following these tips and using these tools will make the probability that you’ll enjoy a healthy, happy, and safe winter increase considerably.

About Magline

The “Magliner” brand has become such a trusted and ubiquitous feature of the materials handling industry that often a hand truck, hand cart, dolly, etc. will simply be referred to as a “Magliner.” The reason for trust so comprehensive that the name has become a literal byword for trustworthy material handling solutions is simple. For over 70 years, Magline has been manufacturing the toughest, most dependable, most reliable loading and transportation equipment, including a stellar hand lift truck line. If safe and durable material handling tools would contribute to or perpetuate the continued growth, success, and profit of your business, buy Magline.

Find out why Magline has become one of the most trusted names in the materials handling industry, at Magliner.com

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How to Move Fragile, Rare, and Precious Materials Without Damaging Them

There is a lot of information out there regarding how to safely pack, store, ship, and move fragile items. However, the huge majority of it applies to packing up small, fragile things—plates, glasses, picture frames, etc. It’s an unfortunate oversight as some of the most fragile, precious, and valuable items are not very small.

 


While safe transport of smaller, fragile items is obviously important, moving large, valuable items presents a unique set of challenges. Movers have to deal with all of the hassle of getting something big and heavy up or down stairs, through narrow halls and doorways, over uneven terrain, and in and out of vehicles. As well the moving of large, valuable items has to be accomplished with extra caution as to not damage the item being moved, those moving it, or the places its being moved from or to. Thankfully, there are ways to do so that greatly increase the chances of a successful valuable item moving experience.

Safely Packing and Moving Smaller Items

The key to successful and shatter-free moving of anything small and fragile relies on two key principles. The first is being sure that every fragile item is individually wrapped in something soft or insulating. The second is that empty space in a box is the enemy. Smaller fragile valuables should have no room to move around in their boxes. So when wrapping plates for a move, for instance, kill two birds with one stone by wrapping the dishes in T-shirts or hand towels and filling any space in the box with towels or other clothing.

The same applies to glasses, but fill the interior with crumpled packing paper, a sock, whatever works. If wrapping everything in clothes, towels, sheets, etc. isn’t an option, packing paper and bubble wrap will also work well. If you’re moving the boxes of fragile items on your own, get the right tools. Particularly if the boxes are heavy, invest in a convertible hand truck that allows you to roll the boxes where they need to go vertically, horizontally, or, in some models, inclined. If you’ve hired movers, clearly mark the boxes “fragile” and point them out to the movers.

Safely Protecting and Moving Bigger Items

This applies to moving small boxes of fragile items as well as large, valuable loads: Always have a plan. Walk the route before you move to identify and remove (or remember) any tripping hazards. Measure doorways to be sure the item will fit through, and consider removing molding if the clearance is really tight and you don’t want to risk it.

You’ll also want to procure the appropriate equipment. If it’s furniture or an appliance or something of comparable size, get an appliance hand truck with straps to be sure it doesn’t shift around during the move. Consider a support brace belt if back issues are a concern, or if you’re taking measure to be sure they don’t become one.

Before moving the item, wrap it entirely in blankets, plastic wrap, or both. Be sure the entirety of whatever you’re moving is covered by something that protects both it and the dwelling you’re moving it to and from. Rather than carrying it across a hard, even surface such as hardwood floors, get a blanket or utilize furniture sliders and slide it rather than drag or carry and risk dropping it. It comes down to the fact that planning, preparation, and the appropriate tools can save you a lot of time, hassle, money, and even injury.

About Magline

The brand “Magliner” is such a trusted name in the materials handling industry that for many it has become synonymous with hand trucks, hand carts, dollies, and other roduct-moving solutions. For over 70 years, Magline has been producing the sturdiest, toughest, most reliable loading and transport equipment, including their collapsible hand truck line. If a safe, durable suite of materials moving tools would contribute to the continued success and growth of your business, choose Magline.

Learn more about everything Magline has to offer at Magliner.com

 

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Moving and Deliveries: How to Navigate Stairs with Heavy Loads More Safely and Easily

Transporting heavy loads up or down stairs, whether for deliveries or when moving, is not only a hassle, it can prove painful and dangerous. Even when a load is successfully wrestled up or down stairs without any slips, falls, or a heavy object tumbling down a flight, the jarring bounce can do a number on anyone’s back. An injury for the average person moving furniture or appliances, jarred back or otherwise, means pain and missed work. For a delivery company, while injured delivery staff should obviously be avoided in general, it also means a loss of profit.

 

 

Fortunately, there are tools, like a stair climbing cart, for instance, that can decrease or even alleviate much of that risk and a good bit of future pain. The key is determining which equipment is going to work best for the job. Acquiring the right tools can save time, save work, save misery, and increase the efficiency of the job. It’s one of those situations in which investing in the right equipment will almost certainly pay for itself many times over.

Nailing the Logistics and Planning It Out

Planning a stair-strategy may seem like common sense, but it’s surprising how often a lack of planning results in injury. When attempting to tackle stairs with a heavy object, eyeballing it briefly before just going for it, or foregoing planning altogether, is not a great way to go.Do some actual reconnaissance: walk the route, do the necessary measuring, be sure you have the tools and everything else needed, and get the appropriate help before attempting to move anything heavy on stairs.

If there’s a cable in the route, a hitch in the carpet, or anything else in the way that could be a tripping hazard, that’s something you want to know about beforehand. Just like you don’t want to find out that the 280-pound dresser is too wide to fit through the doorway at the top of the stairs before it’s precariously balanced on top of the staircase with your friend or significant other standing behind it.

The Right Tools for the Job

Virtually any hand truck with the additional hardware engineered to make traversing stairs more easily is going to expedite the work. However, when the work being done is specialized enough, there’s equipment specially designed for that specific purpose. For instance, if you’re the owner of a furniture and appliance store that does deliveries, picking up an appliance hand truck (or a few) makes quite a bit of sense. Those are exactly what they sound like: Hand trucks engineered specifically for the transport of appliances and furniture.

Consider the secondary equipment that can improve the efficiency of moving weight up or down stairs as well. Be sure that there are straps accompanying the hand truck or hand cart being used to move the load. It doesn’t do much good to load a refrigerator on a hand truck if it can’t be secured to it. Wrapping furniture or other heavy loads in blankets before strapping them down can help protect the load and the walls, doorways, molding, and anything else that the load could bump into. If you’re moving a bed, a mattress sling does wonders for moving mattresses and box springs. And, if your back is prone to injury, or you prefer prevention to a cure, consider investing in a support belt.

About Magline

The brand “Magliner” is such a trusted name in the materials handling industry that for many it has become synonymous with hand trucks, hand carts, dollies, and other product-moving solutions. For over 70 years, Magline has been producing the sturdiest, toughest, most reliable loading and transport equipment, including their hand lift truck line. If a safe, durable suite of materials moving tools would contribute to the continued success and growth of your business, choose Magline.

Learn more about everything Magline has to offer at Magliner.com

 

 

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How to Haul Game Out of the Bush by Hand as Painlessly as Possible

There’s nothing quite like hunting. While hunters are obviously hoping not to leave without game, for many, likely most, hunters, just being out is a joy. When hunting from a tree or staying still in one spot, it’s like a quiet, meditative communion with nature. When moving, it’s like hiking with a purpose. Either way, it’s a great way to spend a day in the wild. Even more exhilarating is actually bagging big game.

 


However, it’s at that point that the process becomes entirely less philosophical and exhilarating and more utilitarian and challenging. Since hunting is often being done on either public land or private land that may not allow vehicle travel, hunters now find themselves with a hundred or more pounds of deer (several times that if it’s a bear, bull elk, or moose) that they’re going to have to haul out of the bush by hand. There are a number of strategies and tools for lugging game to a vehicle. Some of them, like employing a hand cart, work better than others, like dragging the carcass.

Carrying the Game on a Hand Cart or Hand Truck

Hand trucks and hand carts can sometimes be overlooked groups of tools by hunters. But they’re incredibly handy for both hauling gear in and game out of the bush. The reason for this oversight is usually attributable to the association so many make between hand trucks or hand carts and urban or suburban hauling, rather than wilderness work. However, they can be useful in hauling game, and field dressing the carcass and securing it with straps ensures a cleaner, more efficient hauling experience.

Packing Them Out on Your Back

There are packs, harnesses, and slings produced for those inclined to pack meat out on their backs. It’s a method that’s just as old as dragging a carcass and one that is likewise beset by issues that aren’t issues when using a hand cart or truck. The benefit of packing out a kill on your back is that it’s generally a less expensive option than investing in the equipment to do so.

However, there are disadvantages that might outweigh that. For instance, field-dressing the carcass before packing it out is a necessity. This is as there are not many that could (at least not efficiently) or would want to carry a couple hundred pound-plus carcass over miles out of the woods. Dressing it means that you are carrying something that’s almost certainly still going to be bleeding on your back. There’s also the strain to the back to consider, and carrying game in this fashion increases the likelihood that another hunter will mistake you for game.

Dragging the Game

Likely the oldest of the game-meat retrieval methods, this one is what it sounds like: dragging out a kill. While there are attachments to ATVs and other vehicles to drag out game, the focus here is doing so by hand. It generally involves field-dressing the big game before dragging it. Field-dressing makes sense, since it usually reduces the weight of the carcass nearly by half.

Unfortunately, it also means that the dragged game is now accumulating dirt, mud, and other organic debris; leaves and pine needles; dirty snow; pebbles, and anything else you can imagine. It also involves lugging dozens of pounds, at least, of carcass across often miles of wild, uneven terrain. Not a particularly comfortable way to pass the time. A heavy duty hand truck can save quite a bit of time, energy, meat, and a good bit of back pain.

About Magline

The brand “Magliner” is such a trusted name in the materials handling industry that for many it has become synonymous with hand trucks, hand carts, dollies, and other product-moving solutions. For over 70 years, Magline has been producing the sturdiest, toughest, most reliable loading and transport equipment. If a safe, durable suite of materials moving tools would contribute to the continued success and growth of your business, choose Magline.

Learn more about everything Magline has to offer at Magliner.com

 

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Navigating Urban Delivery: The Right Tools and Strategies for the Job

Urban delivery is an entirely different animal than rural and suburban delivery. Rural and suburban delivery is about optimizing routes for the most efficient paths between individual houses, businesses, or apartment buildings. The map of a delivery itinerary can cover several dozen miles in a day.

 



Urban delivery, meanwhile, can involve an entire day of deliveries within a couple of square miles while proving considerably more logistically difficult. Rural or suburban delivery can involve tight spaces; heavy traffic; steep, narrow staircases; finding the service entrances of huge buildings; and winding through cramped hallways and corridors with bulky packages. Urban delivery, on the other hand, is defined by days like that. Thankfully, there are tools that can help the process be smoothed out a bit.

Dealing with Stairs

There’s nothing like backing a delivery truck into box- and dumpster-crammed alley before attempting to ease a full keg down a constricted staircase on a wobbly hand truck. There’s not much that can be done about the truck, but the delivery tools can be sorted out.

For starters, if your deliveries have you going up and down stairs quite a bit—a virtual certainty in the city—investing in a stair climbing cart can make all the difference. All the difference both to the efficiency of the delivery operation and to the painless operation of the deliverer’s back.

While the health of the delivery personnel is always going to be the top priority, there’s significant financial motivation to keep those lower backs pain-free as well. Injuries suffered from the cumulative stress of the earlier-mentioned nearly 200-pound keg, and every other delivery item of any substance, jolting down stairs repeatedly is responsible every year for delivery companies losing considerable income to time off or workers’ comp. Investing in a hand truck or hand cart designed to navigate stairs can save those same delivery companies quite a bit in the long-term.

Logistics of Urban Areas

For rural and suburban delivery, as mentioned, for the most part, the logistical considerations are entirely concerned with finding addresses on an east/west and north/south set of axes. Addressing those coordinates are certainly a necessity for urban delivery as well, but with the added complication of maneuvering around in a skyscraper. Often, finding the building address, where the process generally ends for rural and suburban delivery, is where the challenge begins for urban delivery.

What floor and which suite, and routes to them, have to be figured out, but so does access to them. Knowing where the (right) delivery door is, for instance, can prove a challenge. And once that’s been established, there are the freight elevators to be located. In this climate of fast delivery expectations, details like these can be time- and business-killers. So the best bet when delivering to an unfamiliar address is being up-front about it being unfamiliar. If possible, have instructions included with the delivery order identifying the location of the appropriate door, elevators, etc. for delivery personnel to use.

For threading through office hallways or narrow doorways, etc., consider a collapsible hand truck. They’re not “collapsible” as in they break down for storage. In this case, collapsible means that they can be used in more than one position. Depending on the model, that means they can be used vertically, horizontally, and sometimes tipped at an incline. And, depending on the terrain, width of passage, type of package, and ease of access, having those additional options can make all the difference.

About Magline

The brand “Magliner” is such a trusted name in the materials handling industry that for many it has become synonymous with hand trucks, hand carts, dollies, and other product-moving solutions. For over 70 years, Magline has been producing the sturdiest, toughest, most reliable loading and transport equipment, including their hand lift truck line. If a safe, durable suite of materials moving tools would contribute to the continued success and growth of your business, choose Magline.

Learn more about everything Magline has to offer at Magliner.com

 

 

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Is It Time to Switch Over to a Powered Hand Truck?

Hand trucks are a lifesaver in the world of material handling, from moving boxes or paving stones around the home and garden to commercial transport of stock around a warehouse. However, a time comes when the work that needs to be done is sufficient to justify replacing the standard hand truck with something a little more powerful (or simply adding to your arsenal of hand truck appliances).

 


There also comes a time when failing to upgrade your hand truck means a net loss of time, effort, efficiency, and energy. Sometimes it can even mean risking injury. The upgrade being referred to is powered hand trucks. Those that serve the same purpose as the traditional models, but include motorized components to increase the efficacy of a specific function. Knowing whether or not it’s time to upgrade depends on the type of work you’re doing and how much you do it.

Stair-Based Moving and Delivery

Stairs are arguably the most troublesome, tricky, time-consuming, and even dangerous obstacle that delivery people and movers encounter. The hassle and risk is particularly pronounced when moving heavy items up and down staircases. One of the most effective tools for belaying that risk is investing in a powered stair climbing cart.

Powered stair climbing carts and hand trucks aren’t just more convenient—although they’re certainly that—they also reduce the risk of a load getting away from the mover or delivery personnel. Runaway heavy loads on stairs can and do result in serious injury for the person using the hand truck and anyone in the path of the object barreling down the stairs. And even if everyone around is lucky enough to escape injury, it’s unlikely that the load is coming away unscathed.

However, even when nothing goes wrong, the aggregation of heavy objects jarring and bouncing their way up or down stairs produces a cumulative strain on the bodies, backs in particular, of the movers. Workplace injuries are bad enough on their own for the injured, but also account for over a billion dollars a week lost to businesses in the U.S. Investing in a powered stair climbing cart or hand truck can reduce the risk of injury, both immediate and cumulative, considerably.

Moving Furniture, Appliances, or Valuables

Whether or not stairs are a regular hurdle of the moving, material handling, or delivery you or your employees are engaged in, having the appropriate equipment for the job is always crucial. For instance, if any of the moving being done involves the transport of furniture, appliances, or large, valuable stock, an appliance hand truck is necessary. There are situations, however, when a motorized hand truck can reduce the workload considerably.

When the weight, rarity, or valuableness of the stock makes the smooth, safe transportation and lifting of that stock is necessary, motorized hand trucks can oblige in a number of ways. (Or when there are fewer-than-optimal personnel available.) For one, the power of motorized hand trucks assists the movement of the stock by “driving” the hand truck, requiring steering more than pushing by the operator. They are also usually capable of variable height settings, which can make the lifting or items on or off of the hand truck far easier to manage.

About Magline

The brand “Magliner” is such a trusted name in the materials handling industry that for many it has become synonymous with hand trucks, hand carts, dollies, and other product-moving solutions. For over 70 years, Magline has been producing the sturdiest, toughest, most reliable loading and transport equipment, including their hand lift truck line. If a safe, durable suite of materials moving tools would contribute to the continued success and growth of your business, choose Magline.

Learn more about everything Magline has to offer at Magliner.com

 

 

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Outdoor Cleanup and Preparation Before Winter

An ounce of preparation is better than a pound of repair. In other words, a little work now to get your property ready for the winter can save you a lot of time, effort, and money in the long run.

What follows is a collection of some of the areas on which winter temperatures can wreak the most havoc and steps that can be taken to prevent avoidable damage.

 



Filling Cracks and Sealing Holes

Winter weather conditions are notorious for turning property’s cracks, holes, and gaps into big problems. They let cold air into homes, raising heating bills, they allow water in to freeze and crack surrounding material, and more.

So before winter falls, walk around the property looking for cracks and holes. Pay particular attention to walkways, driveways, and sidewalks, plus any feature that includes pavers and paving sand. Get enough paving sand to accommodate your property and fill in any gaps and compensate for the settling and packing that inevitably happens.

Gaps, cracks, and holes in mortar (used to bond bricks or stones), are fairly easy to patch with fresh mortar and a trowel. For smaller cracks, find the tubes of quick-drying mortar-patch that can be mounted in a caulk gun. Quick-drying mortar-patch or actual caulk, depending on the building material used, can be used to fill gaps around doors and windows through which cold air flows in. (Just be sure you don’t seal any doors or windows shut!)

Bags of paving sand and mortar are heavy, so if you don’t have one, consider investing in a dependable collapsible hand truck to haul these materials around. Your back will thank you and you’ll have an easier (and safer!) time getting the job done.

Organizing Snow Removal Equipment

The last thing you’ll want to do after that first big snowfall, particularly if you’re in a hurry, is fumble through the clutter in your freezing garage at 6a.m., trying to uncover the snow shovels or a snow blower. Well before the first snowfall, or the first rain that freezes into ice on your driveway and walkway, organize your winter gear.

If you have a snow blower, be sure it’s accessible, gassed up, has oil, and runs. Ensure that the snow shovels aren’t buried in a jumble of old sleeping bags and the badminton net no one’s used for years. And stock up on ice melt before there’s ice. That ice melt, like paving sand, is heavy and is something else for which that convertible hand truck will come in handy. A dependable hand truck can also help you move heavy boxes or items around that your winter essentials might be buried behind.

Winterize the Fluids

The most important fluid to concern yourself with is the fuel in the gas tanks of your lawnmower and anything else that requires gasoline. Left alone, that fuel will begin to decompose in the engine and begin “varnishing” the carburetor. That’s going to cause a lot of trouble come spring. The ethanol in most gasoline will also dissolve plastic and rubber, and attracts moisture, which corrodes the metal. To avoid this, drain the gas tank, run the engine dry of gas, or add a stabilizer.

Check the garage and any sheds or outbuildings for any liquids that could freeze over the winter. Even if it’s a fluid you don’t mind freezing and being ruined, the expansion will crack its container and leave you with a huge mess. Take those fluids, including any latex paints, which freezing will ruin, into the basement or somewhere heated.

And don’t forget to empty birdbaths and anything else with standing water. Unscrew your hoses and store them in a structure indoors or out. If you have sprinklers, call a sprinkler company to blow them out. You should also clean the gutters.

Finally, purchase(or cut) and stack any firewood you’ll need and call a chimney sweep to get your fireplace ready for it. Then, with your home prepped for cold weather, gather the ingredients for warm drinks, and enjoy the winter.

About Magline

Magline’s suite of tools and equipment is so trustworthy the name “Magliner” has become an industry byword for sturdy, dependable, and tough materials handling solutions. If your company relies on the safe and reliable loading, unloading, and transport of stock, Magline will keep your business moving and growing. For over 70 years, Magline has been providing high-quality products, like the appliance hand truck, to help you handle whatever you’re moving with ease and safety in mind.

Find out more about Magline’s safe and dependable equipment at Magliner.com

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Essential Equipment Every Moving Truck Needs

Having the right equipment in a moving truck (and using it) is a necessity for both professional movers and amateurs who’ve rented a truck or are equipping the one they own. The appropriate use of the following tools, having protective equipment for the movers and their goods, and the rest of the mover’s gear should make the process of moving a bit more painless.

 



General Lifting

The equipment needed for lifting heavy things are obviously essential for a moving truck. One of the most basic, but most helpful, is the hand truck. A single person can use one to move smaller appliances and furniture or a stack of heavy boxes. They cut down moving time and lessen the chances of strained backs or drop-damaged microwaves.

Basic moving straps are surprisingly effective at allowing two people who aren’t bodybuilders to lift things bigger and heavier than they would have guessed. However, knowing limits is extremely important. That includes both the limits of the people doing the moving as well as the limits of the equipment and moving straps.

Specialized Moving Equipment

There are certainly situations in which the moving straps, the hand truck, and even the hand lift truck aren’t the right tools for the job. For instance: What do you do when you’re faced with stairs? Stairs are notoriously difficult to navigate and a leading risk of injury to both movers and whatever they’re moving. Enter the stair climbing cart. These are, as the name suggests, carts that have been specifically designed to carry loads safely and effectively up and down stairs.

Another exceedingly helpful piece of specialty equipment is the appliance hand truck. For large appliances, those outside the safe load capacity of a traditional hand truck or straps, and loads too bulky for a hand lift truck, you can depend on an appliance hand truck to get the job done.

Securing Straps and Furniture Sliders

Both of these are moving essentials that aren’t always considered when someone’s picking up the boxes, hand truck, packing tape, and the like. Securing straps are far superior to bungees or rope for keeping your stuff in the bed of a truck, keeping it from crushing your other things, or otherwise keeping it still. For the heaviest furniture and appliances, particularly valuable ones, consider investing in some ratchet straps to guarantee immobility.

Furniture sliders also protect your property and make the moving process easier. These are attached to the feet of heavy furniture, making it way easier to move them across surfaces (like that beautiful hardwood floor), without damaging the surfaces or item. Furniture sliders are one of those moving accessories that, once you’ve used them, you wonder how you ever moved without them.

Personal Protective Equipment

Unless it’s literally just a few light boxes, whenever you’re moving, wear leather gloves. During a move there area number of ways fingers can get pinched, cut, crushed, jammed, skinned—you name it—while carrying heavy things and using moving equipment. A face mask or respirator should be worn if your move is going to be stirring up dust. Steel-toed boots are also worth considering.

About Magline

Magline’s suite of tools and equipment is so trustworthy the name “Magliner” has become an industry byword for sturdy, dependable, and tough materials handling solutions. If your company relies on the safe and reliable loading, unloading, and transport of stock, Magline will keep your business moving and growing. For over 70 years, Magline has been providing high-quality products, like the hand lift truck, to help you handle whatever you’re moving with ease and safety in mind.

Find out more about Magline’s safe and dependable equipment at Magliner.com

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Avoiding Material Handling Risks in the Warehouse

Safe material handling and general warehouse safety are features of warehouse work that benefit everyone. For management, it means lower insurance liability and vulnerability, not paying out workers’ comp, and not losing labor time or productivity to injury. Most importantly, it means that their employees are not being injured in avoidable accidents. And for employees, obviously, not being injured is a pretty compelling benefit.



Many of the following potential hazards (and the strategies for avoiding them) may seem like common sense. However, it’s the day-to-day, rather than the exotic risks, responsible for injuries to warehouse workers who may take the risks for granted.

Forklift Safety

This one’s likely no surprise. When there are vehicles cruising around a warehouse, driven by someone whose vision is often obscured by the load, there are bound to be some accidents. Accidents can be the result of either driver or pedestrian error. Both parties get used to forklifts, they couldn’t not. And eventually, the often semi-perpetual honking of even the most attentive drivers can fade into the background for warehouse workers.

There’s no magic bullet for forklift safety. Drivers and those on foot simply need to remain alert. Forklift maintenance also needs to be prioritized and regularly carried out. Loads need to be both properly secured and a reasonable weight for the forks. One surefire way to reduce forklift accidents is to use them only when necessary. In tight spaces or other situations that call for it, use a heavy duty hand truck or a hand lift truck.

Know Your Limits and Use the Tools Available

Most warehouses are equipped with the tools necessary for the job. And much of the time, injuries occurring from the failure to use a tool or the use of the wrong tool isn’t a result of the proper tool not being there.

Instead, it can seem easier just to lift those empty pallets or move that stack of stock by hand rather than spending the time to get the pallet-jack or roll over those hand trucks. However, it becomes considerably less easy to do the job, or anything else, when a back is thrown out by carrying too much, stumbling while carrying something, or even just by twisting the wrong way with arms full. When in doubt, or when the job calls for it, opt for the equipment that makes the task safer.

Slipping and Tripping

It’s not all about whether to use the hand cart or the dolly; sometimes injuries can be the result of just walking from one place to another. When warehouse workers are complying with workplace safety standards, tripping is almost always the result of someone leaving something in the wrong place with high foot traffic. Avoiding the misplacement of stock or anything else is always important. At least as important is the checking, maintenance, and safe use of ladders. Especially considering that ladders are responsible for nearly half of all fatal falls in the U.S.

Meanwhile, the list of things that people can slip on is too long for this space, but can include wet or greasy floors, electrical cords or cables in the wrong place, sawdust, gravel, and weather hazards like ice and snow, as well as freshly polished or waxed floors, etc.

Basically, warehouse employees should always be aware of their surroundings. They should also always wear the appropriate personal protective equipment for the job, like close-toed shoes with good traction, gloves, and hard hats and eye protection when necessary. And they should obey the appropriate safety regulations. Doing so and using the appropriate equipment for the job makes a warehouse workplace safer for everyone.

About Magline

Magline’s suite of tools and equipment is so trustworthy the name “Magliner” has become an industry byword for sturdy, dependable, and tough materials handling solutions. If your company relies on the safe and reliable loading, unloading, and transport of stock, Magline will keep your business moving and growing. For over 70 years, Magline has been providing high-quality products, like their hand trucks, to help you handle whatever you’re moving with ease and safety in mind.

Find out more about Magline’s safe and dependable equipment at Magliner.com

 

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Avoiding Material Handling Risks in the Warehouse

Safe material handling and general warehouse safety are features of warehouse work that benefit everyone. For management, it means lower insurance liability and vulnerability, not paying out workers’ comp, and not losing labor time or productivity to injury. Most importantly, it means that their employees are not being injured in avoidable accidents. And for employees, obviously, not being injured is a pretty compelling benefit.



Many of the following potential hazards (and the strategies for avoiding them) may seem like common sense. However, it’s the day-to-day, rather than the exotic risks, responsible for injuries to warehouse workers who may take the risks for granted.

Forklift Safety

This one’s likely no surprise. When there are vehicles cruising around a warehouse, driven by someone whose vision is often obscured by the load, there are bound to be some accidents. Accidents can be the result of either driver or pedestrian error. Both parties get used to forklifts, they couldn’t not. And eventually, the often semi-perpetual honking of even the most attentive drivers can fade into the background for warehouse workers.

There’s no magic bullet for forklift safety. Drivers and those on foot simply need to remain alert. Forklift maintenance also needs to be prioritized and regularly carried out. Loads need to be both properly secured and a reasonable weight for the forks. One surefire way to reduce forklift accidents is to use them only when necessary. In tight spaces or other situations that call for it, use a heavy duty hand truck or a hand lift truck.

Know Your Limits and Use the Tools Available

Most warehouses are equipped with the tools necessary for the job. And much of the time, injuries occurring from the failure to use a tool or the use of the wrong tool isn’t a result of the proper tool not being there.

Instead, it can seem easier just to lift those empty pallets or move that stack of stock by hand rather than spending the time to get the pallet-jack or roll over those hand trucks. However, it becomes considerably less easy to do the job, or anything else, when a back is thrown out by carrying too much, stumbling while carrying something, or even just by twisting the wrong way with arms full. When in doubt, or when the job calls for it, opt for the equipment that makes the task safer.

Slipping and Tripping

It’s not all about whether to use the hand cart or the dolly; sometimes injuries can be the result of just walking from one place to another. When warehouse workers are complying with workplace safety standards, tripping is almost always the result of someone leaving something in the wrong place with high foot traffic. Avoiding the misplacement of stock or anything else is always important. At least as important is the checking, maintenance, and safe use of ladders. Especially considering that ladders are responsible for nearly half of all fatal falls in the U.S.

Meanwhile, the list of things that people can slip on is too long for this space, but can include wet or greasy floors, electrical cords or cables in the wrong place, sawdust, gravel, and weather hazards like ice and snow, as well as freshly polished or waxed floors, etc.

Basically, warehouse employees should always be aware of their surroundings. They should also always wear the appropriate personal protective equipment for the job, like close-toed shoes with good traction, gloves, and hard hats and eye protection when necessary. And they should obey the appropriate safety regulations. Doing so and using the appropriate equipment for the job makes a warehouse workplace safer for everyone.

About Magline

Magline’s suite of tools and equipment is so trustworthy the name “Magliner” has become an industry byword for sturdy, dependable, and tough materials handling solutions. If your company relies on the safe and reliable loading, unloading, and transport of stock, Magline will keep your business moving and growing. For over 70 years, Magline has been providing high-quality products, like their hand trucks, to help you handle whatever you’re moving with ease and safety in mind.

Find out more about Magline’s safe and dependable equipment at Magliner.com

 

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Avoiding the Most Common Moving Injuries

For a lot of us, moving is one of the few times we’re lifting and transporting heavy, bulky, or awkward loads any distance. That’s also a reason why moving can actually be dangerous and result in injuries if one is not careful.


Thankfully, most of the injuries that result from moving can be avoided with some planning, restraint, and the use of appropriate tools. Below are some of the most common injuries that can result from moving and some the best ways to avoid them.

Strained Back

Among the most common and debilitating of all moving injuries, a back injury on moving day is generally the result of mishandling a heavy load. Whether one is lifting without equipment, with the wrong equipment, or using an improper technique, a back injury can put your move on hold. As is the case with the other injuries listed here, however, hurting your back during a move is also almost entirely avoidable.

The most effective strategies for keeping the back out of harm’s way aren’t very original, but they work. Before lifting anything sizable, be sure to stretch your back, arms, legs, shoulders, and hips. And, as cliché as it is, lift with your legs—it absolutely makes a difference. You should bend at your knees (Not at your back!) and hold the weight close to your body to help prevent injury.

The other half of an effective back-safety strategy is using the right tools. A dependable collapsible hand truck can prove a godsend for moving items. Collapsible hand trucks are great because they can be used as a standard two-wheel, vertical, small-platform hand truck, or they can become a (typically) four-wheeled, horizontal, long-platform pushcart-style dolly.

Inguinal Hernia

Hernias are a common ailment that can because, during moving, by straining when picking something up. The result of a small section of intestine pushing through the abdominal wall, direct inguinal hernias are painful and can be dangerous, sometimes requiring surgery.

Appropriately, the trick to avoiding herniation is not lifting anything that’s going to require excessive straining. Once again, that means having the right tools. For instance, if the move necessitates carrying heavy boxes, furniture, or appliances up or down stairs, that can involve not only straining with every step but risking other injuries as well.

The right tool in the case of moving big loads on stairs is a stair climbing cart. A stair climbing cart is a hand truck that is specially engineered to carry loads up and down stairs. They significantly reduce the risk of runaway, dropped, or tipped loads crashing down staircases. This is not only dangerous for the person carrying the load, but also for anyone else on the stairs as well.

Finger and Toe Injuries

Injuries to fingers and toes can sound less painful or debilitating than the earlier injuries. That perspective, however, might very well change once you’ve experienced one of them. Common trauma to digits during a move include: dropping things on them, stubbing them on items, and getting them mashed between two hard objects.

First off, always wear work gloves when moving more than a few light boxes. Even when you think they’re unnecessary, it can’t hurt to have them. Additionally, ensuring that there are no obstacles on the path being used for a move is always important. You don’t want to stub your toes on something you can’t see while carrying something bulky. Falls like that have been responsible for many bad sprains and wrist fractures.

And again, use the right equipment: You don’t want to drop a too-heavy load on your toes. Employing the use of the appropriate hand truck for the job can save your back and help prevent other injuries to make for a much more pleasant moving day.

About Magline

Magline’s suite of tools and equipment is so trustworthy the name “Magliner” has become an industry byword for sturdy, dependable, and tough materials handling solutions. If your company relies on the safe and reliable loading, unloading, and transport of stock, Magline will keep your business moving and growing. For over 70 years, Magline has been providing high-quality products, like the hand lift truck, to help you handle whatever you’re moving with ease and safety in mind.

Find out more about Magline’s safe and dependable equipment at Magliner.com

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Tips for Moving Out of an Apartment

An argument could be made that whatever sort of abode you’re moving from, moving is moving. You pack your stuff up, use a traditional hand truck to load up the trailer or truck, unpack it in the new place, and you’re done. Always a time-consuming hassle, but basically the same thing whether you’re moving out of a house or apartment, right?


Not exactly. There are some definite differences between moving out of an apartment and a house. Recognizing those differences and taking them into account can mean the difference between a successful move and a miserable, and even injury-risking, disaster.

Finishing Up the Apartment Move-Out Necessities

One of the primary differences between moving out of a house and an apartment is that it’s a near-certainty that the apartment is arental. So, in addition to giving your notice (of course), be sure to tie off all the details necessary when moving out of a rental, such as:

· Turn in all keys, including your mail key

· Make sure you’re paid up completely

· Give everything a deep clean, including the bathtub and kitchen appliances

· Patch any holes in the walls

· Fix or replace any little broken items like toilet seats, change light bulbs, etc.

In addition to these steps, consider requesting a pre-move inspection with the property manager that includes a record of anything damaged or missing to help avoid any surprise fees or a depleted security deposit. It’s wise to take pictures of the state of anything that you might think could be disputed.

Use the Right Tools and Know Your Limits

Most moving injuries are avoidable. They’re often the result of people not following the basic safety procedures and not knowing (or ignoring) their limits. The “lazy man’s load,” carrying too much or something too heavy, can cost a lot more time in the long run. Moving injuries are particularly unfortunate because there are so many tools available to avoid them.

Something as simple as lifting straps can save a lot of time, strain, and back pain. Hand trucks and dollies are likewise great for lifting heavy furniture or appliances and stacks of boxes. Be sure to use the appropriate tools. Many apartment moves require going up and down stairs. That can prove inconvenient and even dangerous during a move. For moving heavy appliances, boxes, or furniture up and down stairs, utilize a dependable stair climbing cart. Injuries resulting from the loss of control of something heavy on stairs can be very serious.

Time Your Move

Another feature of apartment moves that doesn’t apply to house moves is the other people in an apartment building. Chances are that you are aware of what times of day are busiest in your apartment building, the kind of pedestrian rush hour of people coming and going. Usually, those high-traffic, apartment building rush hours correspond roughly with the actual traffic rush hours, before and after work.

As such, it’s best to plan moves for the periods between the mornings and evenings of weekdays, or on the weekend. That’s not only the most convenient approach to moving out of an apartment, for both you and everyone else in the building, it’s also a matter of safety. Trying to squeeze past other people down staircases or even through narrow hallways can result in injuries to the movers and other residents.

About Magline

Magline’s suite of tools and equipment is so trustworthy the name “Magliner” has become an industry byword for sturdy, dependable, and tough materials handling solutions, such as their hand lift truck. If your company relies on the safe and reliable loading, unloading, and transport of stock, Magline will keep your business moving and growing. For over 70 years, Magline has been providing high-quality products, like the appliance hand truck, to help you handle whatever you’re moving with ease and safety in mind.

Find out more about Magline’s safe and dependable equipment at Magliner.com

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