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Essential Self Storage Tips and Tricks

Self storage is so useful in our lives; when we are moving house, relocating to a new area or even a new country, for storing heirlooms that we want to keep but don’t necessarily want in our own home, even for small businesses who need to store stock or equipment. But to get the most out of our self-storage unit we need to know these essential self storage tips and tricks. That way we can avoid breakages, damage due to damp or condensation, or even an infestation of bugs or vermin. You can then be confident that your precious belongings, whatever they are, will be protected, safe and secure; and that you won’t be paying too much money for space you don’t need.

Keep Out Pests

We all know rodents can get into self storage units if not protected adequately but also spiders and moths can too and they can all cause serious damage to your belongings. Here’s the best way to keep pests out of your storage unit:

  • Set some traps
  • Put tumble dryer sheets inside the unit because the smell deters many pests.
  • Tape dust sheets to the walls and to the floor before placing your stuff into the unit – these are heavy duty and another deterrent to pests.

 

Reduce the Humidity

Fabrics, wooden furniture, paintings and rugs can all be destroyed by moisture so if you are storing any of these items then you need to keep the moisture out of your storage unit as follows:

  • Try not to place items directly on the floor of the unit – if you can, store all your precious items raised up off the floor using something like wooden pallets to help the air circulate all around.
  • To absorb moisture that is naturally present in the air, use an old-fashioned remedy by placing pans of  charcoal dotted around the unit.
  • Make sure everything is completely dry before storing it – especially check household appliances like the dishwasher and the washing machine. Wipe out the inside and the hoses before storing them.
  • Never use plastic sheeting to cover items – it might keep the dust off but condensation can form underneath if there are large variations in temperature inside the unit, and this is very likely for long-term storage throughout all the seasons of the year..

 

Avoid Breakages

Take extra care when packing your items, transporting them to the self storage facility and when loading the self storage unit if you want to avoid damage to your items (and why wouldn’t you?)

  • Wrap everything carefully and don’t skimp on the wrapping material – it’s obvious really.
  • Make sure all space within a packing box is filled – pad out with newspaper, bubble wrap, even cushions or towels to prevent items moving around inside the box during lifting, transportation and loading.
  • Remind yourself which boxes contain especially fragile items by labelling them clearly and always stacking them on top.
  • Place mattresses, sofas and armchairs flat for long term storage to avoid all the filling shifting to one end.

 

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How Small Businesses Can Benefit from Using Secure Self-Storage

Small businesses can struggle a lot, especially in the beginning, and so it’s important to take and use all the support they can get. Secure self-storage might not be the first thing that comes to mind for a home-based business, but it could actually end up saving you a lot of time and effort, as well as helping you to keep your business organised and functioning smoothly. In this article, we look at how small businesses are able to benefit from self-storage, and why you should consider using it. Take a look and see if self-storage could be the next big thing for your small business.

 

What is Self-Storage?

Before we go further, it’s important to explore what self-storage is. Essentially, it is where you rent a unit within a large building or warehouse (sometimes, these units are outside). These units vary in size, depending on what you need, and you are free to store items in there in exchange for a monthly rental fee.

Increasing in popularity during the 1990s, self-storage has become an incredibly easy and accessible way of storing good and possessions across the world. With a lot of companies to choose from, the competition is very active, which means that you are likely to find an amazing price that fits in perfectly with your budget. After all, companies only want the best for you and the items that you have chosen to store with them.

Often, secure self-storage is used for personal possessions and items that do not fit inside the home. However, it is also becoming very popular for use by small businesses, due to the convenience of the unit and the easy accessibility. Plus, it saves a lot of space within your home or office. Below, we discuss the benefits that you can expect when you use self-storage for small businesses.

 

Convenience and Cost Effectiveness

When you are running your small business, you are likely to have a good chunk of excess stock at various points. Often, this takes up a great deal of room in your office and/or home, which can be off-putting and result in a lack of motivation. Even service businesses such as a web design company, seo consultancy or marketing agency that don’t have physical stock can quickly run out of storage space for archive documents which may have to be retained for many years.

Medium and large businesses tend to have warehouses that hold their excess stock, and is ready to be shipped out when required. Small businesses often do not have the additional funds required to hire a warehouse, and they don’t usually need that much space.

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A storage unit is a much more cost-effective method. It’s a great deal cheaper than a warehouse, and you can select the exact amount of space that you need. Plus, you can upgrade or downgrade your plan, or the size of your unit, at practically any time. It’s massively cost effective.

When it comes to the convenience of storage units, a lot of it comes down to the location and the access provided. You are likely to be able to find a unit that is within close proximity to your home or office, so that you can get there quickly if you need to.

Plus, most self-storage companies have 24/7 access, so you are able to get to your stock any time you want or need, and without any hassle. Many of them even offer loading docks that can fit large vans or lorries inside so that you are able to load your stock up quickly and efficiently. In fact, there are even some that have van hire services attached to make things even easier for you.

All in all, the use of storage for small businesses makes things easier and more convenient, as well as cost effective; and there are very few things that cannot be store in a self storage unit. However, if you still need a little more convincing, keep reading.

 

Added Security for Your Business

A lot of the time, you will find that secure self-storage facilities offer a greater level of security than your home or office can provide. Every facility will have CCTV installed so that movement can be tracked, and also so that if anything happens, they can capture the people who did it on camera.

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In addition to this, you will also find a good chunk of units have an alarm system installed, as well as a code that is required for access past a certain time. This is a feature you will likely find in 24/7 units, so that they can keep track of who is coming and going after the staff have gone home.

The code helps to prevent thefts and tightens the level of security. Some companies may even go a step further and hire security personnel to patrol the area after hours, so that there is a lower risk of break-ins, and also to add a further sense of safety when it comes to leaving your stock behind.

Security is a very important aspect when it comes to choosing a storage company, so make sure you take the time to discuss the security that has been implemented before you commit to your unit. After all, there is nothing wrong with shopping around until you find a security level and price that works for you.

 

Document Storage

When you run a small business, you are required to keep a large number of documents stored away in case they are needed at a later date. This can include things like receipts, tax returns, and legal documentation. Of course, many businesses have completely digitised themselves, but there are some who feel safer knowing that they have a hard copy to hand if things go wrong.

document storage

Keeping these documents in your home or office can be a security concern, as they often contain sensitive information that you would not want the wrong people to see. In order to keep these files stored securely and in an organised manner, many businesses will take advantage of the services that storage units have to offer.

Using a storage unit for your documents is not only a great way to reduce clutter in your home or office, but it also means that they are all in a guarded place with high levels of security – so the risk of theft is very minimal. It can also prevent the discolouration of these files due to the fact that units are kept at an appropriate temperature and level of humidity, meaning that the files will last longer and be at much less risk of damage.

It should be noted that not all units will offer climate control, and so if this is a feature that you need for your documents, it should be discussed thoroughly with the storage company prior to you committing to the rental.

 

Storage and Office Space

The best storage companies for small businesses are the ones that also offer office space for an additional fee each month. There are a lot of reasons as to why this is a good thing, and we will go through them all in this section.

The first reason is that the inclusion of office space means that you are close to your stock at all times. It’s literally an elevator ride away, and everything will be easy for you to access at all times. So, when a customer places an order, you can run straight down to grab the item they need so that you can pack it.

Following on from this, it also means that you won’t need to store any stock at home. This means that everything is safer as it is being held in a secure unit, but it also allows you to take the time to separate work from home life.

office space at self storage facility

Generally speaking, if your office is located in a 24/7 unit, the office will have the same amount of access. Each one has a key, so only you and the people who own the storage facility will be able to enter at any given time. This means you have the freedom to work whenever you want, and you also know that your office will be kept secure at all times.

You may also be offered a street address for your business for an additional fee. This is very useful for businesses that would like to be registered on Google to increase their search ranking. PO Boxes are not accepted when registering a business on Google, so a street address is required instead.

In addition to being able to register on Google, it also means that customers have an address to send returns to, but suppliers also have somewhere secure to send your stock. Even if you are away from the office, the storage company will accept your package and store it for you until you go and collect it from the front desk. They can even help you transport it to your unit.

 

Businesses That Can Benefit from Secure Self-Storage

Of course, practically any business can benefit from secure self-storage in one way or another. However, there are some that may get more out of it than others, and the purpose of this section is to explore those industries and how self-storage may benefit them.

 

#1 Restaurants

This isn’t for the storage of food or other such items. Instead, a storage unit for a restaurant owner is for the storage of seasonal equipment and furniture. It can also include the storage of wine in climate controlled facilities. There isn’t always enough room on site to store these items, and sometimes keeping them on site can infringe on the overall standards of the restaurant in terms of hygiene.

A storage unit is a practical and convenient way to combat this. It creates a more spacious and comfortable environment for customers and staff, as well as keeps things clearer and more organised for you. Here are some examples of the things restaurant owners can store in units:

  • Excess stock (cutlery, dishes, etc.)
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Patio furniture
  • Kitchen supplies
  • Seasonal decorations
  • Non-perishables

 

#2 Independent Publishing

Despite increasing digitisation, publishers still keep an incredible amount of physical manuscripts and books on hand. These tend to take up a lot of space quite quickly, and this is where a storage unit can come in particularly handy.

Instead of trying to find space in the office to store them, the better option may be to rent out a storage unit. It’s economical and convenient, especially for items that aren’t being used at the time. Saving a lot of space in your office or home, it might be the ideal way to go.

 

#3 Landscapers and Contractors

Landscapers and contractors need a lot of space, and this goes without saying. After all, a great deal of the machinery and tools used are quite bulky and will not fit in a garden shed. On top of this, they tend to be quite valuable and an easy target for thefts – hence storing it in your work van is not a good option.

Storing tools and equipment in a unit is a great choice if you want a secure location to keep your work items between jobs and overnight. Most units, as previously mentioned, will also have a loading bay – so packing the van up each morning won’t be a difficult task.

Additionally, it helps you to keep paperwork and physical work separate, allowing you to take care of the administrative work separate so that you can get things does in a more organised and efficient manner. It also prevents clutter, creating a workspace that will help to increase productivity.

 

#4 Theatres and Galleries

When it comes to theatres and galleries, a lot of this has to do with the high turnover of pieces of display or used on sets. Once a performance or exhibition is over, the old paintings/pieces need to go away, and the new ones need to come out and be prepared for use or display. Of course, this turnover can cause a lot of clutter to build up at an increased rate.

What self-storage can do for you is remove the vast majority of this clutter by providing you with a safe and secure place to keep it when it is not in use. Warehousing the items in a unit means that things are safe and well looked after while the new pieces are on display – especially if the artists are unable to collect their pieces for a prolonged period of time.

 

#5 Online Shops

Online stores receive most of the benefits when it comes to renting a storage unit. After all, they are the ones who are most likely to take up the offer of having a storage unit and an office in the same building. After all, it offers them a level of convenience and cost effectiveness that they might not have in a home office.

Online shops (including on platforms like Etsy and eBay) are able to take advantage of the storage units available, selecting a size that works well for them, and finding a monthly cost that suits their budget. They can then store their stock in the unit, maximising space, and keeping their office free from clutter. This promotes a better work environment, which then creates improved levels of productivity.

If they choose to hire an office space in addition to the unit, they can benefit even more. The unit itself will be incredibly close, as the offices are in the same building as the unit. So, business owners will only need to take an elevator ride to reach their stock and pack orders.

Having an office also adds a more professional feel to a business. They can have an address for it that can be registered to Google for better rankings, and they can also use that address to receive stock as well as customer returns. They can benefit from a new phone line with a business number, and the office environment continues to promote productivity as the distractions of home are not around.

Of course, this can be an expensive option for some, and if this is the case, then it is possible to purchase shared office space. This is good for admin work and other such details, and it is also a lot cheaper to rent every month. Just make sure you shop around and compare prices before you make any commitments to a particular company.

 

#6 Electronic Repair Shops

This is another industry that is likely to benefit from hiring a storage facility for their goods. Electronic repair shops are likely to have a lot of parts and goods that need to be stored away safely. Of course, this shops also tend to be small, with little to no storage in the back. As a result, having a unit to keep the excess in ensures that it is all secure, while also remaining easy to access.

With the backlog out of your way (and sight), you are able to complete your work in peace and quiet – with no unnecessary mess to distract you. Alternatively, you can also use the unit as an additional place to work if you need to pull some extra hours, or just need somewhere quieter to get your work done with higher levels of concentration.

 

#7 Construction and Decorating

If you work in construction or are a home decorator, you are going to have a lot of tools and materials that need to be stored away. Most workers don’t keep tools in their vans overnight because it increases the risk of robbery, which would mean massive losses when purchasing whole new sets of tools.

A storage unit means that you have a safe place to keep everything stored away safely so that you don’t have to worry as much about things getting stolen – especially as the unit offers heightened levels of security. Plus, it means everything can remain organised and accessible, and you don’t need to worry about excess materials taking up too much room in your van or garage. It’s an excellent solution.

 

To Conclude

Hopefully, this article has taught you a little more about how amazing and beneficial secure self-storage can be for you as a small business owner. No matter the type of business you run, self-storage can have some amazing benefits for you. After all, what better place to store excess stock and equipment than somewhere that offers increased security levels and a safe place for all of your items? The choice of using self-storage is entirely up to you, but it’s a good decision for those that need the extra space, as well as those who might need an office.

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How To Pack Wine Glasses For Storage

Packing wine glasses can be tricky, but it’s so important to get it right when you’re moving the glasses to another home or placing them in storage. Here are some tips to help you.

When you have invested in self storage, you want to make sure your items are as safe as possible while they aren’t in your care. By investing in a storage unit you will have already looked into the security at the facility, so the storage company’s part in your items safety is done. The part of it that falls to you is packing the items properly so they are protected from breakages, environmental factors and dirt.

Any type of glass is of packing concern, but the delicate shape of a wine glass makes them particularly tricky to protect.

Here are some tips to help you pack your wine glasses for storage properly:

Buy The Proper Boxes

Lots of places stock proper wine glass boxes, you can even find them in the supermarket. They usually have holes for each wine glass and a handle in the middle of the container. The boxes will not protect your glasses against all the elements, but they do keep them separate and protect them from bashing against each other in transit. Remember to invest in the strongest boxes you can if your wine glasses are really precious and consider asking if your cheap storage company sells these boxes (if you’re short on time).

Focus On Protecting The Weakest Part Of The Glass

The stem of the glass is the weakest part of it, which means it needs additional protection. If the stem is subjected to a lot of pressure, it will break. Thick packaging like bubble wrap should be used to protect the stem. Simply cut a long strip of bubble wrap that measures the same length as the stem. Then wrap it around a couple of times and sellotape it securely.

Fill The Glasses

Unfortunately on this occasion your wine glasses don’t need to be filled with wine. Instead you’re going to need to fill them with paper. This supports the glass and also makes them weigh more which will prevent them from moving around.

Wrap Them Up

When you have added the extra protection to the glass, you will need to wrap it as a whole. You must not wrap the wine glasses together as they will clink against each other. Instead wrap them individually using newspaper, bubble wrap or thick tissue paper. If the glasses are going in a standard box, stuff the gaps between the wrapped glasses with tissue paper or newspaper to stop the objects moving around.

Label, Label, Label!

Always label fragile items as fragile. If they are in a standard box use packing tape to secure the entire box so it won’t fall through when you pick it up. Place labels on all sides of the box if possible so the ‘fragile’ wording can be seen whatever position the box is in. This will also stop anyone putting the box underneath heavier boxes in the self storage facility, or wherever you choose to store your precious glasses,  or in the moving van.

 

These are just a few tips to help you pack your wine glasses properly – remember the more time and effort you put into packing your wine glasses, the more likely you are to get them back unscathed when you remove them from storage or unpack them at your new home.

 

 

 

How Should I Store Electronics

How to Store: Electronics

Have you ever found yourself digging through an old cupboard, tossing aside colourful pieces of ‘80s lycra, vinyl records and unused running gear?

 

I sure have! And almost every time I’ve discovered some hidden gem at the bottom like a mint condition original Gameboy with the Tetris cartridge still inserted. It never works, though. Old electronics stored haphazardly in a cupboard never do.

 

You see, electronic devices are not built for long-term storage.

 

If you stuff a laptop, a television or a mixing desk into a storage unit without proper care, it probably won’t come out in the same condition that it went in.

 

Rust, mold and cracking can all quickly convert a valuable piece of kit into a worthless pile of circuit boards and wire.

 

For this blog, I’ve interviewed all our storage experts to collect some essential tips on storing electronics.

 

If you follow our tips, your laptops should emerge from your storage unit looking great and working just as well as they did when they went in. Let’s get started.

 

Backup Everything

If you prep your electronic devices properly and store them in the right way, they should survive in storage for years.

 

However, climate control systems can malfunction, facilities can flood and electronics can spontaneously pack up. Do not think that your devices are completely safe in storage.

 

It always pays to be prepared and be prepared for the worst case. So, if you want to ensure your data is safe and secure, back it up and store copies across a number of different sites.

 

Clean Off Dirt and Dust

If a couple of crumbs fall off your lunchtime sandwich get lodged in your keyboard, it’s not going to destroy your laptop overnight. (Although it’s still super unhygienic!)

 

However, if left there for months or years, dirt, dust and grime will cause problems.

 

Before you pack away all your devices, dust off any stray contaminants then wipe down all accessible surfaces.

 

This should remove the vast majority of the dirt and grime that could cause problems later on.

 

Remove Batteries

Batteries are little ticking time bombs, just waiting to leak nasty battery acid all over your circuit board.

 

Chances are, you’ve already had to deal with this. I’ve certainly had to spend a few hours nervously cleaning out the battery slot with a paper towel, constantly worrying that I’ve got some of the acid on my hands.

 

Well, the bad news is that batteries and storage really don’t mix. Let me repeat that, batteries and storage do not mix.

 

Seriously, leaving batteries connected to an electronic device and tossing it into storage is a recipe for disaster.

 

While you might get away with high-quality integrated batteries — laptop batteries, camera batteries, etc. — cheap disposable batteries will burst if left connected for any extended period of time.

 

So, before you put any electronics into storage, remember to remove the batteries from them. If they’re disposables, remember to recycle them too!

 

Dig Out the Original Packaging

When it comes to long-term storage, the original packaging is almost always better. I mean, the original box was designed to hold and protect its device during transportation, storage and display.

 

Any makeshift packaging will do what the original did but worse.

 

If you still have it, I strongly recommend you dig out the original boxes and inserts then re-pack your devices the way you got them.

 

Static-Free for Extra Protection

Yes, yes, I know. Static-free packaging materials aren’t exactly easy to get your hands on. Nor are they, strictly speaking, necessary for storing electronics.

 

Like I said, static-free packaging isn’t really necessary when storing everyday electronic devices. Laptops, games consoles and phones are all designed to cope with everyday static shocks and should survive in storage unscathed.

 

Delicate electronics like computer parts, however, are much more susceptible to damage as their inner workings are directly exposed.

 

For delicate devices, static-free packaging is a good idea. Plus it’s not actually that much more expensive.

 

Don’t Use Plastics

Wrapping your devices in waterproof plastic might seem like a great idea but it can easily backfire on you. Yes, plastic will keep water out but it will also trap moisture in.

 

Excess moisture is one of the biggest threats to electronic devices whether they’re in storage or in use. A stray glass of water can turn a television to scrap just as easily as a super humid room.

 

If you have any silica gel packets handy, tossing in a couple of sachets will help soak up excess water in the air, keeping your devices nice and dry.

 

Cables

If you leave cables plugged in, they have an annoying habit of seizing and getting stuck. If it’s just one USB cable stuck in one USB port, that’s okay. You can live with that, right?

 

Well, what about if it’s your only video output or your power cable port? That’s going to be more annoying.

 

To avoid dealing with any seized sockets, unplug all the cables and wires from your devices. For easier storage and easier unpacking, curl each cable into a loop, tie on a label and then store them normally.

 

This is a guest post by Fraser Sutherland, marketing manager at Storage Vault

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Short Term Solutions For Concealing Clutter

When you don’t have time to have a clearout you may have a lot of clutter you don’t know what to do with. Here we look at short term solutions for concealing clutter.

 

The answer to most clutter problems is to get rid of it, but sometimes we can’t. Or perhaps we have a lot of items that aren’t clutter, but they don’t have a ‘home’ within the home. In both instances, there are lots of ways to conceal pesky items that make the room look untidy. This may seem counterproductive, but sometimes clutter isn’t clutter, it is just something we don’t know how to display or make look pretty yet. Sometimes, we just need to make do until we can have a clear out.

Here are some top tips to help you conceal clutter:

 

Always Fully Cover

One of the worst things you can do, is partially conceal something you are trying to hide. Perhaps you have a TV on top of a TV stand that has lots of clutter piled under it. A cool throw will conceal the underneath for now, but only if it fits in full. If it partially exposes the underneath, it will look really messy.

 

Buy Clever Furniture

A foot stool with a concealed storage box inside, a soft with compartment drawers underneath, a bed with storage boxes underneath – you get our drift. Buy clever furniture even if you don’t think you need the storage because the chances are, you will need it at some point.

 

Replace Furniture That Is In Fact Clutter

You may find some of your clutter displaced, when in fact it could easily go in a set of drawers, except you don’t have the set of drawers because you have an old poof in the space instead that serves absolutely no purpose. If you got rid of the poof however, you could fit a set of drawers in. Look at all your furniture and get rid of it if it does not serve a purpose.

 

Look For Storage Where You Hadn’t Thought Of Putting It Before

Maybe there is room next to your sofa for a cool fruit crate that could store magazines, maybe you have room for some shelves that could house some ornaments and books, maybe there is space on the ceiling for storing sports equipment (which looks very cool at the same time). Look for storage space in places you had previously discounted.

 

Tidy It Up

Sometimes it is all about how we display the clutter. A group of vases you don’t know what to do with, might look wonderful with some bamboo and greenery sticking out of them, they might look cool lined up on top of kitchen cupboards, or maybe filled with marbles (if they are glass). A pile of magazines could look like a pile of rubbish, but if you fan them out on the table, or put them in a wicker basket nicely, they suddenly look very inviting.

 

In The Long Run

Clearly, in the long run you will have to think about what to do with having too many items, as there’s only so much a bit of jazzing up can do.

 

Declutter

Decluttering is a really good experience for your home and for your soul. Chuck some clutter, give some away, sell some – just get it out of your home. You will feel better for it.

 

Self storage

Perhaps you are saving for a bigger home where you can spread out all your beloved bits and pieces, in which case, why not get some self storage. You get to enjoy the space in your current home, all whilst paying a minimal amount to look after the items for your new home in secure, safe cheap self storage.

 

 

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Designing the right metal arch buildings for your specific needs

Okay so you have done your research and have discovered that steel arch building kits are more cost effective and sturdier than traditional structures as well as being maintenance free. Now it is time to decide what type and size and what type of the quonset hut style building and the customizations  you will need. The quonset hut, or steel arch building, can be easily erected without skilled workers and stand up to any severe weather event your region will encounter such as earthquakes, hurricanes and heavy snow loads. Because the entire building is made of 80,000ksi tensile yield carbon steel coated with aluminum-zinc alloy it is also corrosion resistant and should last decades without any maintenance.

 

MODEL TYPES USE AND PURPOSE

The Q model: This model has the shape of a semi-circle – a complete arch from roof to the ground. This model is popular with agriculture storage such as hay and grain and was designed by the British in World War II when it was called the Nissan Hut and later adapted by the United States Military. It is probably the strongest model due to the engineering design without straight side walls. The space becomes more limited as you move closer to the walls however.

The P model: The “P” stands for peaked roof. It also has vertical side walls and a pitched roof and a favorite when adjoined to or beside a home as a workshop, retail store, storage space for equipment, boats or recreational vehicles or a warehouse.

The S model: This model has a rounded roof similar to the Q model but has vertical side walls although they are shorter than the P Model’s side walls. This model is often used for horse barns, warehouses, truck storage, fire departments, construction, equipment storage, airplane hangers, businesses and workshops.

The A model: This model has slightly slanted walls and roof pitch is engineered to withstand the most severe weather conditions including hurricanes, snow storms an earthquakes. Its 4:12 pitched roof is specifically designed for major ice and snow areas in the Northern hemisphere . The “A” model arch building has a minimum yield of 55Ksi and is manufactured to ASTM international standards and ASCE building codes.

Generally, the Q-Model is the cheapest option, with the P-Model being the most expensive of the arch buildings. Buildings made of steel significantly decreases overall construction costs. As steel is prefabricated, there is no wasted materials and requires only the building kit made of arches, walls and end walls along with simple hardware. Erecting steel buildings also requires fewer workers and no skilled professionals decreasing the labor costs. There are no hidden costs or constructional delays. Both the construction process and maintenance are simple and the materials are far less expensive.

 

CUSTOMIZATIONS

End wall entrances: Will you be requiring regular walk in doors, large overhead doors, or both? If overhead doors are needed, then the height of he entrance needs to be determined.

What will the doors be used for? Is heavy machinery using the doors? Will they be loaded higher than the trucks hauling the load? This is a major factor in deciding the size of the building by ensuring there is ample space for all needed entrances.

Decide whether you need to customize it depending on whether these entryways will be in the end walls or side walls. Consider electronic roll up doors if frequent opening and closing will occur from the drivers.

Height and length: Now you need to consider the height of your structure. The best way to calculate this is to consider how much room is required in the interior height of the building. Will you be adding overhead lighting or climate control?

Think of eventual expansion too.  Be careful to consider the width of your building and what equipment will be inside, how much storage is needed, and throughways for vehicles and forklifts. As a rule of thumb it is wise to add 10% to 20% more width than you think you will need. Once the width of arches and structure is constructed it cannot be changed. The length can always be expanded by removing the end walls and adding more arches so if you need to expand at a later date plan on expanding the length not the width.

Ventilation: Determine what type of ventilation if any you will need. Turbine vents are easily installed in the roof line to allow for maximum airflow. Stagnant heat and moisture will be siphoned from your building, airflow is created as outdoor air is pulled into the building, thereby maintaining a constant circulation of air passing through your building.

Louver vents eliminate condensation and maximize air circulation and reduce the heat from within your building at a very low cost to you. They are easily installed into end walls of your building allowing air to flow through from one end to the other.

Lighting: Consider the type of lighting you will need in your building. You can erect interior suspension framing to install overhead lighting and climate control along the roof of the building. You can also add skylights into the upper walls or roof.  Install windows to the end walls or sides of the building.

Insulation: Many customers are surprised to find that they don’t really need insulation for their Metal arch buildings. In extreme climates, however, you may want to consider adding insulation to your building. There are a few very good choices that are appropriate according to your particular climate. Roll insulation, spray foam and insulated panels from the factory all perform well and can achieve a high “R” rating.

Steel Gauges: Depending on your building codes in the location you are in you may need to use a minimum required gauge of steel in your arch building. 26 – 28 gauge steel is the lightest you will need but it is recommended that you choose a heavier gauge steel so you building kit will last longer and have more stability and building integrity.

There are many things to consider so do your homework and make sure you build the best building for your needs, climate and practical purposes.

 

This article was written by the engineers and consultants at Metal Building Kings (https://www.metalgaragekits.com) to help people who are deciding on what type of metal garage kit to buy and how to design it.

 

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Clever Ideas To Make Decluttering Easy

Is your home stuffed with trinkets, treasures and things you no longer need? Are your shelves and storage cupboards overflowing with who knows what? Are your clothes squashed into your wardrobes and drawers? If this sounds like your home then it could be time to do a spot of decluttering – many of us may hate the idea but we know it makes sense. Most people are natural hoarders and even the neatest home probably has a cupboard, a loft, a garage or garden shed that is their junk room. But if you have less junk in your home your life really will be better. Less stuff means less to clean and keep tidy; it means it is easy to find things in the early morning rush to get to school or work but getting into the decluttering habit is not easy.

So here are some clever ideas to make decluttering easy:

Pick Your Battles Carefully

Start by making a list of each room that is unnecessarily cluttered and the particular parts of that room that need tackling. It could be shelves stacked high or chests of drawers with junk piled on top because all the drawers are full (hang on, that is beginning to sound like my daughter’s room).

Now pick just one room – or just one part of the room if it is particularly bad – this is the clever bit. Work on that area until it is done and then stop. By taking a bite sized chunk of this problem each day or week you can achieve great things after a few days or weeks and not feel as if decluttering has taken over your life.

Bag It Up

Grab a large black bin bag and set yourself a time challenge to see how quickly you can fill it. Decide before you start whether  the content will really go in the bin or whether they are good enough to go to a local charity shop or other good cause. If you do decide to fill a charity bag just make sure you take it to the charity shop the same day – otherwise it will just be clutter in a bag.

 

Box It Up

Find 3 large boxes and label them: Rubbish, Charity, Keep. As you declutter your chosen area pop items in the relevant box. The contents of the Rubbish box can immediately be thrown out or, even better, recycled. The Charity box can be put in the back of the car ready to drop off as soon as you can at the charity shop – in fact, my local recycling centre now has a “pop up” charity shop there so I only have to make one trip with both of my boxes. And the contents of the final Keep box can then  be placed back in/on your clear drawers/shelves/cupboards. Ahh so easy…

 

Colour Coded Hangers

Start by making sure you have a bunch of hangers that are 2 different colours. Put all of one colour in the bottom of the wardrobe and hang all your clothes on hangers the same colour. Each time you wear something then wash and iron it place it back in the wardrobe on a hanger from the wardrobe floor. After a few months you will start to get a pretty good idea of the clothes you never wear as they will be on the original colour hangers. Obviouly there may be some special occasion outfits that you will want to keep even if you haven’t worn them for 6 months but on the whole this is a foolproof way of reminding yourself what you really don’t wear when it comes to everyday clothes. You know really you just need that reminder to get them out of the wardrobe and down to the charity shop or clothes recycling bank. Think of the extra space it will give you – more space for the clothes you do like and do wear and maybe even some more space for new clothes.

Make Use of 5 Minutes

We can all find 5 extra minutes in the day if we really try – in fact, you probably won’t have to try that hard to find a spare 5 minutes. Open up a single drawer or cupboard and just get started – don’t think too hard about it. I probably shouldn’t say this but for my 5 minute declutters I just  dump everything I don’t want straight in the bin – there is simply no time to sort thing sout on one of these ultra fast decluttering sessions and I console myself that when I have more time I do recycle almost everything either via the local recycling centre or via various charity shops.

Tackling small spaces in five minute blasts means decluttering won’t feel like it is taking  over your life and you’ll maintain your motivation for longer. If you really want to think about setting a timer on your watch or phone – there’s nothing like the seconds and minutes ticking away to spur you on to actually achieve something.

The 10-10-10 Challenge

This is one of my personal favourites when it comes to decluttering and great if you have kids – it is just as good and just as much fun for all ages from toddlers to teens. Making decluttering into a game that everyone can play is a great habit to get into. So what is the 10-10-10 challenge? It’s simple everyone in the house has to find amongst their own possessions 10 things to throw away, 10 things to give to charity and 10 things to put back in their correct place.  Just make sure you do actually bin the rubbish straight away before anyone changes their mind.

Decluttering a whole house in a single day or week-end is almost impossible – it is demoralising and often difficult to know where to start. So instead try one of these clever and fun ideas over a few days, weeks or months and then keep them up to prevent the clutter from returning. Tackling only small areas is much more manageable and will help maintain your motivation and see the task through until you eventually have a clutter-free home.