4 Safe Moving Tips – Moving During the Pandemic

Moving heavy, bulky furniture and appliances can be difficult, time-consuming, and even risky for your back and neck muscles. Not only that, but you have to take into consideration on how to protect yourself and others from the coronavirus pandemic. Whether you’re an experienced mover or organizing your first big move, using the right equipment and operating in safe practices will make a huge difference. Read 4 Safe Moving Tips on how to move during the COVID-19 pandemic.

To relieve some stress of moving, read our checklist of 15 easy steps for moving.

1. Plan Ahead

moving blanket, a black quilt cover furniture cover

Whether you want to use a moving company, rent a moving van, or move using your own equipment, make sure you decide in advance. If you decide to hire professional movers or rent a van, it would be safe to schedule a couple months before your moving day. Moving companies may be booked, and you don’t want to scramble at the last minute!

2. Research The Moving Company

movers during coronavirus

If you are looking into hiring a moving company for your big moving day, do some research. Ask professional moving companies what measures they are taking to ensure a safe move experience during the pandemic. There are many moving companies, but it’s important to find what safety practices companies are creating so you and others are safe during this situation.

Most reputable movers understand the safety of you and your belongings. However, when it comes to your safety and health, it’s critical the moving company you choose demonstrates considerable caution at this time.

3. Be Equipped with the Right Tools

ratchet straps in use for moving

Get equipped with the best heavy-duty, highest quality moving supplies for a smooth moving trip. To avoid damage to your personal items or to your house, use items like moving blankets, moving dollies, E-Track ratchet straps, mover bands, and more high-quality moving equipment.

If you’re wondering which equipment to use for your move, read 5 Essential Must-Have Items for Every Move that you should have.

4. Clean and Disinfect

cleaning and disinfecting the house after moving

To be on the safe side, be sure to clean and disinfect your new place and your items. You can use disinfecting wipes and sprays for quick cleaning and areas that can’t be wiped clean. Along with that, throw away any moving material that you will not be using anymore.

For tips on how to clean and sanitize your home, read CDC’s recommendations for household cleaning and sanitizing.

When you’re ready to secure your items with our moving equipment, go to US Cargo Control or give our sales team a call at 800-969-6543.

Plastic End Caps for E-Track

Once you’ve installed your e-track, be sure to add plastic end caps to the horizontal tracks. The smooth black plastic creates a clean, finished look and not only prevents cargo, clothes, hands, and feet from catching on the metal ends, it also protects the metal e-track from abrasions.

image of e-track end cap

Plastic end caps for etrack can be used on the walls or floors, but they are designed to fit horizontal E-track only.

To install, be sure to loosen the track slightly to ensure a good fit, add the end cap and then re-tighten the fasteners to secure .

 

 

 

Our E-track endcaps are designed to fit the following horizontal E-track:

2′ Painted E-Track
2′ Galvanized E-Track

5′ Painted E-Track
5′ Galvanized E-Track

8′ Painted E-Track
8′ Galvanized E-Track

10′  Painted E-Track
10′ Galvanized E-Track

Check out this installation video for more information:

L-track and E-track: Which tie down system is right for you?

Trying to decide whether L-track or E-track is the best choice for your tie-down needs? It depends on where you’ll be installing it.

 

image of aluminum L-track
L-track (also sometimes called “airline track”) in aluminum

 

Generally, the narrow width of L-track works great for installing on the walls or floor of a pickup truck bed. L-track is available in an
aluminum or a black painted finish. Lengths include 6″, 12″, 24″, and 48″.

 

 

 

 

image of galvanized e-track
E-track in a galvanized finish

 

The wider width of E-track makes it a good choice for  installation inside an enclosed trailer or on the floor of an open trailer. It’s available in horizontal and vertical styles and in a galvanized or a green painted finish. Lengths include 2′, 5′, 8′, and 10′.

Both L track and E track are incredibly strong and versatile, but traditionally there are more straps and fittings available on the market for E-track. L-track (also sometimes known as airline track) is gaining in popularity, so more and more accessories are becoming available.

Charlie explains in more detail in the video below.
We’ve also added videos about how to install Etrack and how to install L track.

How to install E-track:

How to install L-track:

How to Install E-Track

Once you’ve decided on vertical or horizontal e-track, and a galvanized or painted finish, it’s time to choose fasteners to attach to the track. Choose fasteners based on the surface to which you are mounting. Check out the video for more tips, and links to fasteners below.

For installing E-track on wood:

Hex head wood screw pack:

#14×3/4” Hex Wood Screw Pack
Item number: ETHEXWSPACK34

#14X11/2” HEX Wood Screw Pack
Item number: ETHEXWSPACK15

 

For installing E-track on metal:

Self-taping metal screws:

11/2” hex screws with self drilling tip
ETHEXSDPACK15

2” hex screws with self drilling tip
ETHEXSDPACK2

 

For through-bolting:

Hex bolt with nut and washer:

11/2” hex bolt nut & washer  
ETBOLTPACK15

2” hex bolt nut & washer
ETBOLTPACK2

 

How To Insert an E-track Fitting into an E-track Rail Section

For more information or to buy the items shown in this video, click on the links below:

E-track fittings are easy to insert and remove from etrack sections:

1.) Hold the fitting at a downward angle while pulling up on the locking pin using your index finger.

2.) Insert the lowered end of the fitting into the E-track and then lower the opposite end. Once the fitting is in place, release the pin and the E-track fitting is securely fastened.

3.) To remove the fitting, pull the release lever and lift the fitting out at an angle.

US Cargo Control has a variety of E-track fittings and E-track straps for sale. If you have questions about any of our E track products, our customer service specialists are ready to help- call us at 866-444-9990 from 7-5 CT, Monday – Friday.