Maximize Space in Your Custom Built Home

Building a custom home is a great experience. But sticking within your budget can be difficult. When figuring out how much your new home is going to cost, you usually have to think in terms of square footage. But there are ways to increase your square footage and still save. For example, building up by adding a second story on the house is less expensive than building out, because that’s less area that will need a foundation and roof coverage. I started this blog to help you find ways to get the space that you need in your custom home, without having to spend more than you can afford. Building my custom home was the best money I ever spent, and I’m happy to help you learn how to get the custom home you want.

What To Consider When Renting A Crane For Your Job

Construction & Contractors Blog

There are some jobs that are nearly impossible without bringing in special equipment. Lifting heavy objects like air conditioning units or roof trusses is near the top of the list. When you have a job of this nature to do, a crane is the best solution, but what kind of crane do you need and how do you get one on your job site?

Selecting the right crane for the job

To begin with, most crane rentals are not going to be like renting a truck. You can not simply rent the equipment and go perform the lift on your own. Crane operators are skilled at what they do and most have many years of experience to hone those skills. Talk to a crane rental company about the job and they will help you decide how large of a machine is required.

Know the Safety Requirements

When you bring a crane onto your work site, there are going to be requirements for the equipment; clearance is one of those requirements. The crane will need a specific amount of clearance between it and the buildings, trees, wires, and other objects around it. Anything too close to the machine can pose a safety concern and the operator may not be able to complete the lift. Likewise, soft or unstable ground can cause a problem when setting the machine up so be sure to discuss anything that you think might be of concern with the operator. They will know what they can work with or around.

Access to the Site

When you rent a crane, be sure to understand the space requirements for moving and positioning the crane. If you can't get the equipment onto the site, there will be a lot of time and money wasted. If you are renting a very large crane, you may need to move objects, raise low-hanging wires, or even cut trees along the route. If this is going to be the case, plan ahead so you can get required permits or permission from landowners or the municipality you are working in.

Reducing the Cost

It is likely going to be expensive to rent a crane for your job. While it may save you a lot of effort and man hours, you are still going to want to get the crane in and out with the shortest amount of time possible. Crane rentals are typically billed by the hour, so if there are delays on site, the cost out of pocket for you is going to increase quickly. The best thing to do is simply be ready when the crane gets there so you can get the job done. 

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22 November 2016