Coated Cable

US Cargo Control offers 7×19 coated cable in stainless steel and galvanized finishes.  These coated cables are composed of 7 strands with 19 wires per strand, producing a cable that offers flexibility and superior resistance to corrosion.  As a coated cable, the protection intensifies, adding an extra layer to fend off dirt, grit, moisture and other abrasions.  Coated cable also seals in lubrication, reducing wear on accessories.  To shop coated cable and accessories, visit USCargoControl.com.

 

20 Tips for Stress-Free Moving

Thanks to Claire at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® for today’s guest post!

ClaireSNEWMoving is a very stressful time for everyone… your once organized home quickly becomes a disaster zone. In order to make your move and life easier, I’ve included a schedule containing tips many of us have learned over the years at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®. Follow these tips so you won’t forget something important or have to scramble to get everything done at the last second.

 

 

Two months before

  • Photos. Before you do anything, take pictures of your home. My husband and I do this every time we move and I am so grateful. I know some day when we have kids, I will enjoy showing them pictures of where we lived.
  • Go through your belongings. Go through every room of your house and decide what you want to keep and what needs to go. Don’t forget the basement, attic and garage. This may seem like a lot of work but trust me, come moving day, you’ll be glad you did.
  • Take inventory. Take inventory of every valuable item you plan to move.  Include photos along with written descriptions.
  • Organize records. If you have kids, make arrangements with their current schools to have their records transferred. Make sure you have copies of everyone’s medical records as well as recommendations of doctors in your new community.
  • Talk to your kids. Moving is a very scary time for kids, especially if they are leaving the only home they know. Early on, begin including your kids in moving discussions and give them an idea of what will happen on moving day. Make sure they know they can talk to you about any fears they have about the move.

Five to six weeks before

  • Research. Now is the time to decide if you are going to try moving on your own or if you are going to hire a moving company. You don’t need to book anything yet, but it’s good to plan accordingly. When interviewing moving companies, make sure to ask if they are insured and bonded, if they hire full and part-time movers rather than temp movers, and how they charge.
  • Finalize real estate or rental needs.  If you are renting, make sure to communicate with your landlord about the upcoming move. See if they have any guidelines or polices you need to follow while moving out.
  • Order supplies. Order boxes and other packing supplies. Don’t forget plenty of bubble wrap and tape! Look into wardrobe and other specialty boxes as they make packing much easier. Whatever you do, don’t use food or supermarket boxes!  You never know what little critter is hiding in them or if the box will be strong enough to support your possessions.

One month before

  • Begin packing. Start packing up items you don’t frequently use. Make sure to clearly label each box with the name of which room it is for.
  • Choose a moving company. Now that you’ve done your research and thought it over, decide how you want to move. If you decide to use a moving company, make your reservations plenty of time in advance to ensure you get your ideal day and time.
  • Notify utility companies. No one wants to pay for utilities they’re not using. Make sure each company knows what day you are moving and arrange for your new accounts to be started when you get to your new house.
  • Change your address. To change your address, you can either go to your local post office or visit usps.com to fill out a change of address form.
  • Notify important parties. Contact your bank, insurance provider employer, and magazines or newspapers you subscribe to.  You can also announce your move in a fun way by creating moving announcements that will be sent out to all of your friends and family with your new address.

One week before

  • Finish packing. Remember to pack important and sentimental items separately so they are easily accessible. Plan on keeping this box with you personally when you move.
  • Confirm move. Confirm the time the movers will arrive as well as other specifics and make sure you have prepared exact, written directions to your new home for the movers. Also include contact information, such as your cell phone number.
  • Clean. The last thing you want to do before you move is clean everything in your house. In order to save you time, begin cleaning rooms you don’t use as often. It’s also a good idea to make a “survival closet” containing things for the last cleanup before you move out. For example a broom, dust cloth, dust pan, mop, etc.

Day of the move

  • Pack your suitcase. I highly recommend packing a suitcase for everyone in the family containing essential items and clothes for the day/night. You will be exhausted after the move and when it’s time to get ready for bed, you don’t want to have to dig through multiple boxes.
  • Eat a healthy breakfast. It’s going to be a long day so make sure you eat a nice, healthy breakfast to help you get energized in the morning.
  • Initial walk-through. Take some time and do an initial walk-through with the movers. Make sure they do a thorough inventory of your items and know what is going to be moved.
  • Lock up. Walk through the entire house and make sure everything is out. Also check to make sure the windows are locked, the lights are off and the doors are closed and locked.

About the author: Claire Schneider is the social media specialist at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®/INTERNATIONAL, Inc. the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States.

Stainless Steel Aircraft Cable

 

Stainless steel aircraft cable  from US Cargo Control comes in an aircraft cable type 304 or type 316 stainless steel finish.  Type 304 stainless steel aircraft cable is excellent at resisting corrosion.  The 7×19 construction of the cable provides flexibility and strength.  Type 316 cable provides the highest level of protection against corrosion.  Commonly referred to as marine grade stainless steel, it is ideal in high moisture environments.  For additional protection, vinyl coated stainless steel aircraft cable is also available.  To shop all of our wire rope and accessories, visit USCargoControl.com.

US Cargo Control Team Profile: Sewing and Assembly

With Tim’s recent post about the new sewing and assembly operations at US Cargo Control, we thought it would be great to highlight the team behind this incredible new development.

Scott Keeling (center) manages this group and it’s one of the fastest-growing teams here at US Cargo Control. Plans now include doubling the size of this team within the next six months, as our production continues to pick up.

Warehouse - Scott's Team

From left to right: Tanner Christensen,  Tony Conrad, Scott Keeling, Daniel Garloff, Matt Bolden

 If you’re in the NE Iowa area and interested in learning more about our career opportunities, check out the website of our parent company, Clickstop, and the manufacturing job posting.

You can read more about Clickstop’s expansion and plans to add jobs here:

Clickstop Growth Trend Continues with Plans to Add 25 New Employees in the Second Quarter

 

Stainless Cable

 

US Cargo Control offers a wide variety of stainless cable to fit your application.  Stainless cable can be found in the 6×19, 6×37 and 7×19 classes.  Stainless cable consists of wires, strands, and a core formed into a spiral pattern, which creates a strong, durable rope.  It’s excellent for outdoor use or harsh conditions due to its ability to not rust or corrode. For more information on stainless cable, or to shop our wire rope and accessories, visit USCargoControl.com.

IWRC Wire Rope

US Cargo Control carries a wide variety of wire rope for your application.  IWRC wire rope or independent wire rope core refers to the construction of the core of a wire rope.  When the outer strands of wire are wrapped around a steel core, it reduces stretch and increases the strength of the wire rope.  This also provides a higher resistance to crushing.  IWRC wire rope comes in bright wire, galvanized and stainless steel finishes.  For more information on IWRC wire rope, visit USCargoControl.com. 

US Cargo Control Begins Product Sewing and Assembly Operations

Tim Guenther, CEO
Tim Guenther, CEO

2013 is shaping up to be an exciting year at US Cargo Control, as we expand our business to include the sewing and assembly of tie-down related products here on site in Iowa.

A little background: we launched the USCargoControl.com website in 2005, selling a line of ratchet straps for the cargo control industry. Over the next eight years, we expanded  the website, adding more categories and products, but tie down straps have always remained a top seller for us.

Last year we saw an opportunity to build assemblies like ratchet straps and cam straps for the US Cargo Control brand rather than outsourcing those products from China. A new warehouse addition was completed in December, and we purchased sewing machines and additional equipment. The new department has been operating since February and we’re already preparing to take on additional volume.

The expansion has been slow so we can ensure our product and safety standards have been met each step of the way, but the process has been a rewarding one. Adding these capabilities allows us to better control quality in house, offer a wider selection to you, our customers, and get those products available to you more quickly. We’ve really enjoyed the challenge of creating this new department and processes, and we’re very happy to be able to bring jobs back to the USA.

As of today, we currently have seven employees on the manufacturing team and have plans to hire another eight part-time employees so we can continue to expand the department. It has been extremely rewarding to see this team grow and tackle challenges. The new capabilities are just a part of what is propelling growth for US Cargo Control; we’re excited to see what the future holds.

-Tim

 

How to Choose a Recovery Strap

Image of 4'x30" Recovery/Tow StrapApril showers may bring May flowers, and they can also bring lots of mud! It’s a good time to make sure you have a good working recovery strap if you’ll be traveling or working on wet, muddy fields or roads.

While traditional recovery straps and tow straps are not designed to be used interchangeably, US Cargo Control straps can be used for both, due to a unique mix of design features.

Recovery strap features

-Constructed of a rugged nylon webbing with a slight stretch so it can recover a stuck vehicle or tow a free-wheeling vehicle.

-Sewn-in loops offer much more flexibility than traditional tow straps that have hooks attached.

-Loops (also called eyes) are reinforced with CORDURA® fabric patches for an extra layer of protection at the points of wear.

-Available in a range in widths from 2″ to 12″, with break strengths from 20,000 lbs. to 400,000+ lbs.

-Our recovery straps are made in the USA, ensuring a guarantee of quality. 3218-recovery-straps-w-cordura-eyes-4-x30_3_640

How to connect a recovery strap

Screw pin anchor shackles are an easy way to connect and disconnect the strap to a vehicle for recovery applications. When choosing a shackle, be sure and take into consideration the working load limit (WLL)  of the shackle and the strap- whichever is the lesser value will be the work load limit for the entire assembly.

You can see our full selection of recovery tow straps here: Recovery Straps & Tow Straps

Choosing a strap can be confusing when trying to determine the strength that you need. Check out this video for a simple formula for determining the best strap for you needs. You can also always call our sales team for help: 866-444-9990.

7×19 Wire Rope

7×19 wire rope from US Cargo Control is an excellent general purpose steel cable.  Also referred to as aircraft cable, the construction includes 7 strands with 19 wires per strand in galvanized steel, creating a smaller diameter cable that is flexible and resistant to corrosion.  With many sizes and styles available, US Cargo Control is ready to help you with your 7×19 wire rope needs. 

Hoist Cable

US Cargo Control offers hoist cable in a wide variety of classes and finishes for nearly any application.  Using wire rope for a hoist cable is ideal in most situations since it is best in outdoor environments, remaining consistent in wet and dry climates.  Our category of  hoist cable includes 304 stainless steel, galvanized and bright wire cable.  Common classes of wire rope include 6×19, 6×37, and 7×19.  Visit US Cargo Control.com to shop our wide selection of hoist cable and other wire rope. 

What’s the Difference Between Wheel Nets and What’s the Best Wheel Net for Large Tires?

image of adjustable wheel net
Adjustable wheel net

Choosing a wheel net can be confusing and it’s by far one of the most common questions we get at USCC since there are so many variations of vehicles, tires, and towing applications. A few things to note: side mount wheel nets should not be used on dollies because the dolly ratchet assembly is on the front. These are used on just trailers. Also, the side mounts aren’t secure enough for a dolly in most cases; instead, all four tires should be tied down with these straps.

For securing truck tires and large tires, choose an adjustable wheel net or double adjustable wheel net. The design lets you adjust the strap around the tire to accommodate the size.

You can see this page: Wheel Nets, Auto & Car Tie Downs and Tow Dolly Straps for all of car carrier straps and supplies. We’re working on a series of wheel net videos to show the difference between the many options- keep checking back!

 

Customer Review: Cable Railing

image 2 of stainless steel cable railingWe just recently added a blog post about cable railing, but plus a short video about installing cable railing, so it was great to hear from a customer this week who installed some of our products in his new home and was kind enough to send us some pictures. The great thing about our cable railing products is that kits are available to ensure all the parts and hardware are included, but pieces can also be ordered separately as needed. Dustin and Brennan on our sales team worked with this customer to make sure he had everything he needed.

image stainless steel cable railing photo 3All of our assemblies are available in 1/8”, 3/16”, and ¼” diameters of stainless steel type 316 wire cable, in either a 1×19 configuration or a 7×7 construction. The 1×19 has a minimal stretch for a semi-rigid feel. It can be bent up to 45° if needed. The 7×7 wire is generally used for more decorative applications since it can be safely bent to angles greater than 45°. All of our cable railing can be maching swaged or hand swaged. This customer used a 1×19 construction and purchased the hand swage tool and swaged them all himself.

stainless steel cable railing photo4For more information, check out our cable railing products page or call our sales team at 888-794-0584.

You can also see these PDFs for reference:

Guide for cable railing systems

Architectural cable railing catalog