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Moving Blankets vs. Sound Blankets: What’s the Difference?

Moving blankets have gained a reputation as cheap acoustic treatment for recording studios, do-it-yourself vocal booths and other audio/video production areas. However, if you’re looking to effectively block out or dampen noise for your home, basement, garage or music studio, it’s important to choose the right tools for the job. Not all blankets are constructed the […]

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Moving Quick Tips

Moving is never easy, but having the right products and knowing some quick tips can make it go as smooth as possible. Have a tip to share? Let us know in the comments below or post to our Facebook page: US Cargo Control Facebook. 1.) Maximize how you use moving blankets Moving blankets, or pads, […]

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8 Uses for Burlap Moving Blankets

As one of the newer types of moving pads on the market,  burlap moving blankets are becoming more and more popular thanks to the wide-ranging versatility that comes from combining two different fabrics in one blanket. While moving blankets come in a wide range of quality levels – from a simple moving skin to the thick, high […]

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Temperature Ratings for Chain Slings

Although extremely strong, chain can still be negatively affected when exposed to temperature extremes. The acceptable temperature range will vary depending on the grade of the chain and will also vary in reduction of Working Load Limit (WLL). See the chart below from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) regarding standard B30.9-2014  and reduction in […]

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2015 Tax Deductions for Truck Drivers

Tax time is upon us again, so we’ve put together a quick guide of tax deductions for truck drivers in 2015.  Please keep in mind this is not a full, comprehensive list, but a great starting point and a reminder to look into items you may not think are deductible. Most tax deductions for truck drivers […]

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What is a Snatch Block?

A common question we hear is what is the difference between a snatch block and other types of blocks and pulleys? All of the items we sell in the Snatch Blocks & Wire Rope Pulleys category can be called blocks or wire rope pulleys, but snatch block refers to a particular type of block. A […]

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Hours of Service Exemption: Adverse Driving Conditions

We all know winter weather can make driving hazardous, but for truck drivers it can also affect Hours of Service regulations (HOS) set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Extreme weather and adverse road conditions can require extra road time, make parking difficult, etc., all of which can result in a driver exceeding […]

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Cargo Webbing: What’s the Difference Between Nylon and Polyester?

Cargo webbing is used for a variety of tie downs, cargo nets, seat belts, etc., but there’s a difference in the fabrication of the webbing. Polyester webbing and nylon webbing are the two major categories, along with another polyester fabric webbing that’s known in the industry as seatbelt webbing. While all three may seem similar, […]

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15 Winter Driving Kit Essentials

Winter driving has been upon a few areas of the country already this year, but it’s never too late to stock your vehicle with essentials that could be potential lifesavers should you become stuck, stranded, or lost in snowy, sub-zero conditions. A quick, informal survey of our customers turned up these 15 must-haves for a […]

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Winches for Flatbed Trailers

While a winch is a common term in the trucking industry, truck winches are still most often thought of as equipment designed for hoisting or hauling 4×4 trucks and sport utility vehicles while off-roading. Winches for flatbed trailers are different as they are designed for securing cargo straps to a flat bed trailer. We’ve outlined […]

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Sales Team Q&A: Guy Wire

Our latest Q&A responds to common questions the US Cargo Control sales team answers about rigging, specifically guy wire and its components.  Why is it called guy wire?  Guy is defined as a rope, cord or cable used to steady, guide or secure something.  Guy wire is used to stabilize and secure antenna and utility […]

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Why is it Called Guy Wire?

Guy wire is used to stabilize and secure free-standing structures. It is commonly used by professional tower erecting companies to install towers in the antenna, communications and utility industries.  The Guy Wire Name Guy wire has many names. It is also known as guyed wire, guy cable, guy strand and guy anchors. People also (mistakenly) call […]

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