Loading tips for storage containers
Posted by Wesley Teague on October 26, 2015
If you have ever tried moving to a new home or workplace — especially, if you are bringing along an entire family or business — without the help of a moving service, you would know how difficult it is. In fact, you would most likely think that the moving service fees you saved are not worth the additional time and effort that you had to put in. Truly, when you move, you are not only starting a new beginning — you are also starting a journey that puts your time, possessions, and even safety on the line. And the moment you must have thought of this the most is when you tried to walk the plank juggling an obscenely heavy couch, just to get it to that waiting moving van you rented.
Despite this realization, there will always be the urge to save, especially in this economy. Since this is the case, it is time to turn to another, more cost-effective tool that has done wonders in moving and storage — portable storage containers. These containers are the simplest and yet most versatile solution to the problem that has been there ever since man decided he needed to be somewhere else.
These storage containers are large steel (also plastic or wood) boxes that are specially made to keep your valuables secure. They are made to be at ground-level, making the loading and unloading of heavy appliances easier. These are also sturdy and watertight, with an additional layer of protection making it truly weather-proof. And of course, you hold the key throughout each step of the way, making sure no one can tamper with your life’s investments.
Since you will be doing the packing yourself, it is important to make sure you know how to optimize the space. Depending on the container size you are renting, storage containers can generally carry from 1,000 to 3,000 cubic feet of items. This means a single box can give you a few room’s worth of space.
When arranging, start with the heaviest appliances — your refrigerators, wardrobes, washing machines, dishwashers, gas ranges, etc. These will be the “base” of your packing. Try to keep them together as much as possible, and use the loading straps to secure the sections. Remember that storage containers are highly customizable, so you can have these attached if none are originally provided.
Next, load the boxes in between the unfilled spaces. This will be your second section, ensuring that the items do not shift around along the way. Make sure that these boxes are completely filled. You may use paper or bubble wrap to pad the items when needed.
Lastly, load the lighter items at the top. Make sure to always stack from the floor of the container all the way up to the ceiling. Load the mattresses last as a means to provide the overall load some added stability.
Following this technique, using your storage container should be a breeze. Of course, make sure to ask the company you are hiring what amenities their boxes offer — you may opt for add-ons such as translucent roofs, modified doors, and the like.
The storage container industry has been a very competitive market for quite some time, despite it being carved by essentially a single company. In the end, it will be up to you to look for a service provider you can trust for those moments of the journey when the container is not in sight (you wouldn’t want to worry, would you?). Also, experience and customer service can weigh far more than any technical aspect attached to the boxes themselves.
The Tradition of Military Challenge Coins
Posted by Frank Smith on October 10, 2015
Challenge coins are coins or medallions that carry a specific organization’s emblem. These coins are carried by an organization’s members to prove their membership and also boost their morale. In practice, these medallions are collected and kept by the organization’s members. Some keep it as personal souvenirs and display them at their home or office. These medallions are usually presented to the organization’s members to acknowledge a special accomplishment of a member or the whole group, in some instances. There are also situations wherein these medallions are given to visiting dignitaries or some other celebrities.
These coins come in various designs and finishes. These can range from the simple tin and lead-alloy to a magnificent 24 carat gold medallion. Although there are limited choices when it comes to base metals, the finish can have a wide range of selection such as copper, silver, brass, nickel and gold. One can also have the coins look antiquated or trendy depending on the choice of insignia and blend of colors. The challenge coins are usually a masterpiece of art that bring pride to the bearer.
These challenge coins or military medallions used to be exclusive just for the military servicemen during World War I and II, if the stories of their origins are to be believed. Several stories have been told and retold about the coin having been the instrument for saving its bearer’s life or for helping soldiers verify who are their allies and enemies. In recent times however, other non-military organizations such as public servants, bureau of fire protection and even business groups have started to adopt the military challenge coin practice.
Producing and designing these coins is relatively cheap. It depends on the design and type of casting. If you want a top-quality product, die struck bronze should be your choice. Although much expensive than zinc alloy casting, using bronze yields a far more excellent quality. Complex designs and a gold finish would definitely command a higher cost but depending on the craftsmanship of your chosen manufacturer, it will all be worth the cost and effort.
Considering that military challenge coins have an illustrious history which dates back to the Roman Empire, recipients and holders of these medallions put great value to it. Members of all the branches of the armed services of the United States definitely take great pride in owning up to each of their unit or group’s particular coin. It is not only a symbol of their achievement but it is one thing that signifies their link to their colleagues.
Civilian and other public servants’ groups who are adopting this coin-emblem practice also place great importance to it as keepsake and physical symbol of their membership to a particular organization. Instead of body tattoos that connote a negative image, these coins provide some fun ways of interacting with colleagues or members of other organizations. If your organization did not yet obtain its own coin and you do not know how to produce one, you can turn to trusted makers who have already proven their mete in the field for several years now. You can suggest your own preference and let these people enhance it or you can leave everything to them and just wait for the outcome.
They already have pre-designed emblems and colors from which you can choose or modify in accordance to your needs and preference. Better still, you can ask them to create something unique for you that would suit the particular organization you belong or the specific occasion your group is commemorating. Come up with the design that would make you, its bearer, proud. They are easy to talk to and you can have your own set of challenge coins in no time.