What’s the Difference Between Moving Blankets?

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We offer nine different moving blankets as well as a thinner “moving skin” so choosing can be confusing. The fabric and the binding of a moving blanket is what determines whether it’s the very best quality or a limited usage blanket.

Choosing a blanket should be based on your intended usage, and we’ve put our blankets into three categories for easy selection:

  • Choose one of our “Best” blankets if you need the best protection possible and intend to use the blanket repeatedly. The cotton and polyester blend fabric and woven polyester binding ensure it will last.
  • Our “Better” blankets can also be used more than once, but the all-polyester fabric and non-woven binding provides less protection than those blankets with a mix of cotton.
  • If you intend to use the blanket for just one or two moves, choose from our “Good” blankets. These have fabric and binding that are non-woven polyester so while not designed for multiple uses, they are more cost-efficient.

Check out this video for more information on how to choose a moving blanket:

 

What’s the difference between L-track and E-track?

Both e-track and l-track are track systems that accommodate fittings for tie-down straps. The main difference is the size and shape of the track. E-track has a wider, more flat profile than L-track and secures on the outside edge of the track. L-track (also called airline track or logistic track) has a more compact appearance and attachment points are inside the track.

image of aluminum l-track
L-track

L-track’s narrow width makes it great for installing in smaller spaces, like the bed of a pick-up truck. E-track is a good choice for use in an enclosed trailer or on the floor of an open trailer because of it’s lower profile.

E-track in a galvanized finish
E-track

E-track has been around longer than L-track so there are more options in straps and fittings, as well as color and metal choices, but L-track is gaining in popularity so look for more products to become available on our website in the coming months.

See this post for videos on installing both: L-track and E-track installation videos.

 

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What’s the Difference Between Seat Belt Webbing and Polyester Webbing?

3321-polyester-seat-belt-webbing-2-x-600-roll-mixed-gray_1_640A: Seat belt webbing is actually a polyester webbing but it’s slightly thinner and typically has a lower tensile strength than regular polyester webbing that’s usually used for ratchet straps, cam straps and winch straps. It obviously gets its name from its main use as webbing used for seat belts and other automotive restraints, but it can also be used for a variety of other applications: tents, tarps, bag straps, camping gear, boating accessories, garden and lawn equipment uses.

Both regular polyester webbing and seatbelt webbing have excellent qualities for rugged use: it will not shrink, rot, mildew, or mold, because it absorbs very little water. It also stands up well to UV rays and many acids.

You can see all of our cargo webbing here: Webbing.

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Don’t Get Duped: How to Avoid Moving Scams

shutterstock_109668389Moving can be a very exciting time, but it is also stressful.  Even the normal stresses can add up from buying the right moving supplies, getting delicate or breakable things packed up, planning every detail from one place to another, and coordinating all the timing so it happens on top moving from point A to point B.

One of the last things you want to think about during such a busy and stressful time is worrying about moving scams.  It’s a story we’re hearing more and more: the moving “company” you hire loads up all of your personal belongings, and then essentially holds it all hostage until you pay more money to get everything back.

The good news is there are simple steps you can take to protect yourself.

1. Don’t just pick a random moving company. Ideally you will know people who have hired a moving company personally and can attest to some good ones, and steer you away from ones that were disasters.  Asking your Realtor for advice is generally a great starting point in your research.

2. Research, research, research. Thanks to the internet, this should be relatively easy. Sites like MovingScam.com features a “Super List” which has listings of reputable movers by state, as well as a list of endorsed movers who they’ve vetted and know to be good, reliable movers.

3. Shop around. Get at least three estimates. This should show similarities in prices and one that seems like a low-ball could be a red flag. Even reputable movers may require a small deposit upfront to reserve the time frame, but never pay the full amount up front before the move.

4. Request a visit. Make sure the moving company representative comes to your home to do a quick inventory before creating an estimate.

5. Demand the estimate in writing. Legitimate movers will do this without asking. Be wary of the companies that balk on this suggestion. Remember that in many states verbal contracts are not legally binding, and even where they are it’s hard to enforce since any disagreement becomes a case of “he said, she said.”

6. Be prepared. Be sure that written contract outlines any supplies you may be responsible for, or may be required to pack yourself. Some companies may offer different packages based on how much you want to do yourself, such as packing. Obviously it’s best to clarify this as far in advance as possible so you can purchase any moving supplies such as moving boxes, piano moving equipment, moving blankets, etc. up front. Some companies may also require you pack and move flammable, hazardous, explosive, or corrosive items yourself, so knowing this up front can you plan ahead.

7.  Check estimates. Be sure to check the estimates to ensure you are charged by cubic footage instead of weight.  First of all – this is even illegal as of 2005, so all quotes should be in weight.  Second, anyone quoting cubic footage will almost certainly try to jack up the price ever.

8. Ask about damage claims processes. It’s nearly inevitable that something may be dinged, scratched, or broken during the moving process. However, a legitimate company will have a plan in place- and in writing- outlining the proper channels that will protect you.

 

 

Flatbed Truck Tarps: Types, Sizes, and Accessories

487577_10152845804082619_26801796_nChoosing the best flatbed truck tarp for your particular needs might not be as clear cut as you think. Flatbed tarps not only come in a wide variety of sizes, but they are made of different materials and designed very differently depending on their intended use.  The best tarp for a dump truck won’t necessarily be the best for covering lumber or steel.

There is no one size fits all type of tarp, which is part of the reason it’s so important to understand exactly what your hauling needs will be.

 

What are the main types of flatbed truck tarps?

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  • Lumber tarps. A lumber tarp is designed with flaps at the end to cover the ends of a load, protecting the lumber or other cargo from the elements.
  • Steel tarp. A heavy duty steel truck tarp is four-sided without flaps. This design is most efficient for protecting steel rods, sheets, cables, etc.
  • Dump truck tarps. Roll tarps for dump trucks are waterproof and designed not only for traditional dump trucks, but also many similar style trucks like grain trucks, grain carts, fertilizer tenders, trailers, and more.
  • Smoke Tarps. A smoke tarp serves one very specific purpose: covering the front of a load to protect it from soot, dirt, and especially exhaust smoke.  As an added benefit, it can help stop wind from creating an annoying and distracting whistling sound if you are hauling PVC pipes or steel pipes.

Tarp sizes

While heavy duty lumber and steel flatbed truck tarps often come in 16×27, 20×27, or 24×27 configurations, you’ll find that heavy duty smoke tarps are only 10×12 in many cases.  A dump truck tarp looks much different from both of these configurations coming in at 9’10×41 or 10’6×42.

Tarp tie downs

Just as with tarps, there is also a huge variety of tie downs and other accessories for use with truck tarps. Equipment for securing a tarp can be broken down into a few overall categories:

image of rubber tarp straps from USCargoControl.comRubber tarp straps. These heavy duty tarp tie downs are available in both natural rubber and ethylene propylene diene monomer – M-class (EPDM) rubber. A natural rubber tarp strap is best for cold, Notherrn areas because the rubber won’t crack, tear, or become brittle even in freezing temps. An EPDM rubber tarp strap is best for hot climates as they stand up well to extended sun exposure.

 

image of shock cord from USCargoControl.comShock cord. Also called bungee cord or elastic straps, shock cord is a stretchy rope with a heavy duty polyester fabric covering a rubber core. Shock cord is an excellent choice if you need to make a custom length strap for flatbed truck tarps, simply by adding a coated bungee hook.

 

rubber rope from US Cargo ControlRubber rope. Like a shock cord tie down, rubber rope can also be cut to length to make custom tie down straps. It’s available in a hollow style for lightweight applications or a solid core for more heavy-duty jobs.

 

 

Corner protectorsimage of corner protector for tarps from USCargoControl.com

Corner protectors have a variety of names in the industry: strap protectors, corner guards, etc. A plastic corner protector for tarps has a rounded edge, allowing the tarp to curve around the edge rather than pulled tightly over the sharp corner.

 

What’s the Best Way to Protect Furniture and Appliances when Moving?

Today’s answer comes from our resident Moving Supplies Expert, Sarah Watson. 

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Sarah Watson - USCC PhotoI truly think of myself as a Moving Supplies Superhero – saving the world, one moving blanket at a time.  My colleagues even call me SWatson which I believe sounds very special agent, superhero-like. Questions?  Call me at (800) 867-1210! Need a photo of an item, a specific measurement or a special quantity?  Ask me!

 

 

One of the most common questions we hear is “What is the best way to protect large pieces, such as soft sided furniture, hardwood furniture and stainless steel appliances during a move?”

Our advice is to pad-wrap them, which involves covering the furniture with several moving pads and blankets, securing the blankets with tape or Mover Bands, then wrapping with stretch wrap for a cinched, protected setup.

Our Stretch Wrap comes in two different styles.

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Blown stretch wrap

The first is our Blown Stretch Wrap which comes in an 80 gauge strength.  This is a more traditional style, often used by professional movers to secure Moving Pads around couches and hardwood furniture.

Torque® HandFilm Pre-Stretched Wrap
Torque® HandFilm pre-stretched wrap

The second style is our new Torque ® Pre-Stretched Stretch Wrap.  It is becoming the top-choice for our customers in the moving industry.  The roll itself is about 1/3 lighter than the weight of the blown stretch wrap. Plus, it’s already stretched and the amount of pressure required to wrap items is reduced which makes it much easier to apply.  One of the best features of the pre-stretched style is the double hemmed edge on the rim of the roll.  This makes it stronger and more damage resistant.  Drop a roll of this stretch wrap off a truck by accident and the roll will not dent like traditional stretch wrap!

Our moving pads (which we also call moving blankets), also come in different styles. Generally, we suggest a particular style based on the number of times you intend to use the blanket.

Supreme moving blankets
Supreme moving pads

If you’re a professional mover searching for the highest quality pad for repetitive use and extra protection, use our Supreme Moving Pads.

For the do-it-yourself movers who plan limited usage for the Pads, we suggest a lighter weight option such as our Econo Deluxe Pads.

Econo Deluxe moving blankets
Econo Deluxe moving pads

 

Ready to order? Visit the Moving Supplies section on our website and check out our full product line.

We know that shopping online is exciting, but can also be challenging – no worries, our Product Experts are available to answer your questions.  If you see a product on the website and you’re unsure if it will work for you – please don’t hesitate to call us at (800) 867-1210  We love talking to our customers and helping them find the exact item they need.

For now, I’m off to save the world – flying high in my Stretch Wrap uniform and Moving Blanket cape.