How to Install L-Track Singles

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2″ Round Anchor Point Tie Down Kit (#APK2RBL)

l-track singles from US Cargo ControlLike L-track rails, L-track singles are incredibly versatile. They’re great for adding a tie down point just where you need it, but the small size offers up even more options than a full length track.

In this video, we installed our 2″ Track Anchor Point Tie Down System, which includes 4 sets of a round anchor, bolt plate, ring, and fasteners. This kit is also available with rectangular anchor points here: 2″ Track Anchor Point Tie Down System-Rectangular.

We set up this system with two points secured to the floor and two on the front wall of the truck bed.

Products used:

Tools required:

  • Cordless drill with 1/4 inch drill bit
  • Philips screwdriver
  • 7/16 wrench
  • Tape measure and Sharpie marker

To shop our entire line of motorcycle tie downs, click:

How to Thread an Over Center Buckle Strap

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2″ Over Center Buckle

An over center buckle is an excellent tool to use for jobs that required a quick cinch. While less common than ratchet straps and cam buckle straps, an over center buckle is easy to use, and the latch mechanism creates less wear on the strap itself. The design also allows the webbing to create a layer of padding between the buckle and the cargo.

Constructed of a one piece base and lever arm, webbing is wound through the assembly. With the fastener in an open position, the user can feed the excess webbing through the assembly. Once slack is removed, closing the fastener will add tension to the webbing and hold it in place.

Because over the center buckles are slightly more complex to thread than a typical cam buckle, we’ve created a how-to video demonstration:

If you’d like an over center buckle with webbing already threaded, check out these products:

21′ Over Center Tie Down Strap with Double Stud Fitting

21′ Over Center Buck Strap with Double Stud Fitting on Both Ends

21′ Over Center Strap with Flat Snap Hook on Both Ends

 

 

US Cargo Control Donates Supplies for Move For Hunger’s First Annual Truck Pull

General FlyerUS Cargo Control has been named a sponsor partner in Move For Hunger’s Truck Pull fundraising event.

The event, to be held September 13th in Neptune, New Jersey, will feature teams of ten individuals pulling two 18-foot trucks in a timed competition. Money raised from the event supports Move for Hunger’s mission of alleviating hunger in America.

Move For Hunger is a non-profit organization that works with over 600 moving companies across North America to pick up non-perishable items during the moving process, and delivers them to community food banks.

As a bronze level sponsor, US Cargo Control will be making an in-kind donation of rope for the first annual event.

Sarah Watson, US Cargo Control

Sarah Watson, Team Lead in US Cargo Control’s Moving Supplies Division, says the company is excited to be able to donate supplies for the first annual event.

“We’re thrilled to support Move for Hunger’s first Truck Pull event! The organization truly appreciates their partners in the moving industry and continues to lead in unique ways to fulfill their mission of alleviating hunger,” said Watson. “We wish the participating teams all the best during the upcoming event.”

According to Kristy Redford from Move For Hunger, the truck pull event was created to mark the organization’s fifth anniversary and its recent milestone of having delivered over 3.5 million pounds of food to those in need.

“September is Hunger Action Month. The Jersey Shore Truck Pull event was created to bring the community together and raise awareness for the hunger crisis in America. We are grateful to US Cargo Control for their generous donation and sponsorship of this event, which will allow us to keep 100% of the proceeds for hunger relief efforts. It is in thanks to the collaboration and generosity of our supporters that Move For Hunger continues to grow and make an impact on hunger in America.”

To learn more about the Move For Hunger event, visit: http://moveforhunger.org/truckpull/

Employee Recommendation: Nylon Lifting Slings

slingNylon lifting slings are extremely versatile products and some of our best-sellers. Sales Specialist Jon tells why in this video.

Click over to shop these specific categories of slings, and keep in mind that all of our slings are completely customizable. You can call Jon or reach any of our sales team members at 800-660-3585 to discuss options.

 

Why use a wire rope thimble?

Wire_rope_with_thimble_and_ferruleAnytime a wire rope is bent so it can be attached to a hanging point, there is a risk that the eye could be crushed. The addition of a wire rope thimble to the eye protects the rope by guiding it into a natural curve and creating an extra layer of support.

Adding this protection not only provides a measure of safety, it also lengthens the working life of the wire rope. Wire rope thimbles are available in a range of strengths and materials:

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Standard/light duty zinc plated thimble

Standard/Light Duty. Our line of standard to light duty thimbles are zinc plated and available in multi-packs.

Heavy Duty. Heavy duty wire rope thimbles are also zinc plated like standard or light duty thimbles, but are hot dip galvanized, which creates a thicker coating than on standard/light duty models.

Type 304. A type 304 indication mean the thimble is manufactured in stainless steel which offers resistance to corrosion on the surface.

Regular/Light Duty 316. Standard/light duty thimbles are sold in multi-packs, but offer a 316 stainless steel material to make them resistant to high moisture or corrosive environments, particularly in marine applications.

Heavy Duty 316. A corrosion-resistant 316 stainless steel combines with heavy duty design, great for tough applications in marine environments.

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Heavy duty Type 304 stainless steel thimble

Heavy Duty 304. Stainless steel offers corrosion resistance, ideal for general heavy duty uses where the thimble will be exposed to outdoor elements.

Extra Heavy Duty 304. While not as corrosion-resistant as type 316 stainless steel, these extra heavy duty stainless steel wire rope thimbles offer the highest strength.

To shop from our full selection of wire rope thimbles,  shackles, turnbuckles, and more, check out our Rigging Supplies & Rigging Hardware category.

 

Employee Recommendation: BlackLine Heavy Duty Ratchet Straps

Sales Specialist Britni gives her take on BlackLine, our own line of premium, heavy duty ratchet straps. Also available in winch straps; features include:

  • Thicker edging for durability. Created with a concentration of fabric, not wire or other enhancement.
  • 2″ straps with 13,000 lb. webbing.  Higher than typical 12,000 lbs. webbing.
  • 4″ straps with 24,000 lb. webbing.  The strongest available in the industry.

Shop the full line here: Heavy Duty BlackLine Straps

Moving Tips: 12 Uses for Stretch Wrap

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3-Roll Pack with Dispenser Handle. #3SW-PK

If you’ll be moving soon, don’t forget the stretch wrap when purchasing packing supplies. Once used primarily by only professional movers, this handy plastic wrap for moving is now available in various sizes and gauges and perfect for any DIY move. With no sticky residue like tape, it’s easy to apply and even easier to remove. It’s also recyclable so it’s environmentally-friendly too.

When choosing stretch wrap, there are a few choices to keep in mind:

65 Gauge vs 80 Gauge

The higher the number, the better the protection, so pick up 80 gauge wrap for securing and protecting larger items. For smaller, lighter jobs, keep 65 gauge stretch wrap on hand.

Blown or Pre-Stretched?

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4-Pack Pre-Stretched Wrap. #SW181500-PS-4PACK

Pre-stretched wrap is a newer product and is lighter weight than regular stretch wrap. Because it’s pre-stretched, it doesn’t require quite as much pull as traditional blown stretch wrap when wrapping larger items like furniture. If you’ll be moving multiple large items, pre-stretched may be the way to go. If you have few large items, regular blown wrap will work just fine.

Handle or No Handle?

While handles make it easier to apply the wrap, the design does limit the width of wrap available. Our handled stretch wrap is 3″ wide  so it’s good for smaller items, but pick up a larger non-handled roll which, at 17″  and 18″ will offer more than five times the width for wrapping large pieces of furniture, appliances, etc.

Click over to see all of our stretch wrap options:

 

1. Wrap jewelry displays. Have one of those pretty wall displays for your jewelry? No need to pack your necklaces and bracelets away, simply wrap the entire piece with wrap to keep jewelry safe inside and ready to hang once you’re in your new home.

2. Cover drawers. No need to unload dresser drawers. Simply pull the drawer out and wrap with an 80 gauge wrap to create an instant “box” that keeps contents inside.

3. Wrap cabinet doors closed. Have a wardrobe, media center, or other piece of furniture with doors? Place a piece of wrap around the entire cabinet to keep doors from opening during transit.

4. Bundle long awkward items together. Curtain rods, brooms, and more can be placed and secured together to make them easier and faster to carry.

5. Keep it rolled. Once rugs, mats, etc. are rolled, wrap with stretch wrap to keep them that way.

6. Bubble wrap buddy. Bubble wrap is great for small fragile items, but not when the bubble wrap comes off during unpacking. Add a length of stretch wrap to keep bubble wrap in place until you’re ready to remove it.

7. No spills allowed. In the kitchen and bathroom, remove the caps or tops on bottles or jars, place a large piece of stretch wrap over the opening and put the cap or top back on.

8. Keep ‘em stacked. Bundle forks, spoons, etc. and other items that can be stacked and secured; it will take up less space in the moving box.

9. Handle the large but light. Toss pillows, stuffed animals, etc. are easier to tote when bundled together into one easy piece.

10. Lid insurance. Stretch wrap around plastic storage tubs ensures the lids stay on, even during the jumble of a move.

11. Cord keeper. Wrangle all those electric cords, electronics accessories, phone chargers, etc. easily with a quick wrap.

12. Furniture saver. Wrap pillow-back sofas to keep all of the pieces in place. Secure moving pads with stretch wrap to keep the layer of protection in place (the ultimate protection for leather furniture!).

 

Reflective Tape for Tractor Trailers

 

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Avery Dennison Conspicuity Tape

conspicuity-tapeConspicuity tape is a highly reflective tape that greatly increases nighttime visibility of tractor trailers and other large vehicles. It’s also sometimes called DOT tape because of federal laws that require it for use on semi-trucks.

A general overview of the requirements from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) for tractor trailers states:

• Tractors must have alternating white and red tape placed on the mud flap brackets, as well as reflective white tape on the upper corners of the rear of the cab.

Reflexite® White Curved Conspicuity Tape for Tankers
Reflexite® White Curved Conspicuity Tape for Tankers

• Trailers must have alternating white and red tape placed on the bottom of the doors, on each side, and on the rear impact guard (ICC bar). Two pieces of white tape must also be on the rear upper corners (rounded strips of white tape is available for tankers).

For full guidelines, visit the FMCSA website.

A visual guide to placement of tape is also available in this PDF Conspicuity Requirements for Commercial Motor Vehicles:

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While conspicuity tape is not required on smaller trailers such as horse trailers, or other livestock, recreational, etc. trailers and vehicles, it’s always a good idea to be as visible as possible, especially in the event of lighting failure while on the road. And because it’s available in individual strips, it’s an easy and economical way to increase safety for yourself and other drivers on the road.

You can see our full line of conspicuity reflective tape here: Reflective Conspicuity Tape.

And check out this post for even more ideas for conspicuity tape uses: 6 Handy Uses for Reflective Tape.