Repurposing Your Used Tires Into Handy Backyard Items

Posted by on Apr 6, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Repurposing Your Used Tires Into Handy Backyard Items

If you are in need of new tires for your vehicle, you will most likely visit your local tire shop to have a fresh new set placed on the rims. After your new tires are in place, your tire shop may offer you the option in taking away your old tires for recycling. There is sometimes a small fee for this convenience. Instead of paying this fee, consider taking the used tires back home to reuse in your yard. Here are a few creative ways you can use to recycle your old, worn tires into works of art in your own backyard. Create A Rubber Planter Many people enjoy the look of flowers in their yard. Consider using your tires to make eye-catching flower planters along your patio or near your front porch area. First, paint your tire with a brightly colored paint. Look for a paint that will not wear from rubber surfaces. Give the tire two coats so there are no sections of the gray or black rubber peeking through the coloring. Add a coat of polyurethane to seal the color into place. Place the tire where you wish to view the flowers and fill the middle portion with potting soil. Plant your favorite blooms and enjoy! Make An Activity Center If you have children, they undoubtedly enjoy scampering around outdoors for exercise and enjoyment. Consider creating a fun obstacle course area for them to hold competitions among each other and with friends. Tires can be mounted upright into the ground using stakes. Cover the ends of the stakes with a pliable rubberized sealant to protect the children as they crawl through the middle portion of the tires. Add a few ropes, water activities, and cones among the tires and watch your children enjoy themselves for hours! Create A Tire Swing Many people have seen an old-fashioned tire swing in movies or books. Think about adding one to your own back yard to release your inner child or to simply watch the younger set enjoy on a hot summer day. All it takes to make a swing is a tire, a long piece of thick rope and a hardy, sturdy tree branch. Attach the rope to a tire using a bowline or hitch knot. Make sure the tire hangs about a foot and a half from the ground so there is plenty of clearance for the legs when swinging on the tire. A swing should be hung several feet lower than the branch for the best results. Visit for more...

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4 Reasons To Get New Tires When Buying A Used Car

Posted by on Aug 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Reasons To Get New Tires When Buying A Used Car

When automobiles were first introduced, prospective buyers would often literally kick the tires as a means of inspecting the thickness of the rubber. Today, people seem to pay far less attention to tires on used cars, which is unfortunate, because putting tires on your car is one of the quickest ways to improve performance for years to come. So take a look below at four reasons why you should budget for new tires when buying a used car. Safety Mention car safety to someone and they’re likely to think of seat belts and airbags before anything else. While these components of a car are certainly vital to overall safety, tires can be just as important in making sure that an accident never happens in the first place. If you’re looking to buy a car, but notice that the tread on the tires is balding or unevenly worn, you should be wary. Tires that have lost their grip means it will take the car far longer to suddenly stop in an emergency.  Gas Mileage New tires aren’t cheap, but did you know that purchasing a set can actually save you money in the long run? New low-resistance tires have been shown to improve the gas mileage your vehicle gets by a full gallon or two per mile. In a time where gas prices fluctuate dramatically, these savings can be especially valuable if you drive a large truck or SUV.  Bad Weather New tires are perhaps most useful when you’re forced to drive through inclement weather. An old set of tires with little traction left means that you increase the risk of hydroplaning during a thunderstorm or spinning out after a heavy snowfall because of black ice patches. To decrease the chances of accidents after purchasing a car, install a set of tires that are manufactured for a specific season. “All season” tires usually lack the grip necessary to perform well in the harshest winter conditions, so you may be best served by switching out “three season” tires in favor of more heavy-duty ones when the weather starts to turn for the worse. Performance What’s the use of buying a convertible or sports car if it can’t live up to its potential? A new set of performance tires will help you accelerate faster, take turns more sharply (and at higher speeds), and contribute to a more solid, enjoyable ride than you would otherwise...

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Tire Balancing: Why It’s Important And Signs Your Car Needs It

Posted by on Jul 14, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tire Balancing: Why It’s Important And Signs Your Car Needs It

When your car is manufactured, its tires are precisely balanced to ensure the smoothest ride, safest handling, and best fuel economy. However, once you buy your car and drive it off the lot, every single bump and pothole gradually knocks your tires out of balance. Eventually, they could become imbalanced to the point that they’re unsafe. Fortunately, you can have your tires professionally balanced at any tire shop, dealership service center, and most general auto repair shops. Why Are Balanced Tires Important? If your tires haven’t been balanced in a year or so, there’s a good chance they need it. But wait–why does it matter? Well, when your car’s tires aren’t in balance, your handling suffers, which could mean danger when you’re behind the wheel. Furthermore, because unbalanced tires tend to wear more quickly and unevenly, driving around with unbalanced tires could mean putting yourself at increased risk of a dangerous tire blowout. Not to mention, unbalanced tires can cause premature wear and tear on your brake pads and rotors. Now that you understand the importance of balanced tires, what signs should you be on the lookout for in your own vehicle? Vibration Upon Acceleration There are many reasons as to why you may feel a vibration in the front end of your car while you’re driving, but if you’re noticing that vibration in your steering wheel and at higher speeds, then there’s a good chance that your tires need balancing. Often times, the vibration isn’t noticeable at lower speeds (such as when driving on side streets) because your tires aren’t rotating quickly enough to cause the vibration. Uneven Wear and Tear on Tires Another sign that your tires could be unbalanced is uneven wear and tear on the tires themselves. Take a look at your tires; unless they’re brand new, you should notice a pattern of wear that’s pretty consistent along the treads of the tires themselves. However, if you notice that the wear occurs in an inconsistent pattern or path, this means that your tires aren’t hitting the road in the same spots–which also means your tires are probably out of balance. If you think your tires are out of balance, you’re probably right. Bring your car into a local tire shop and have them balanced; you’ll probably see an immediate improvement in your car’s handling and overall performance. While you’re at it, consider having your tires rotated to even out the wear and tear as well. To learn more, contact a company like Henry’s...

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The Least You Need To Know About Tire Inflation

Posted by on Jul 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Least You Need To Know About Tire Inflation

Whether you’re a new driver or are someone who has made a commitment to be more diligent about properly maintaining your vehicle, preventative care starts from the ground up. Learning how to take care of your vehicle’s tires might seem small compared to changing the oil or understanding the radiator, but something as simple as ensuring your tires are properly inflated can have a multitude of benefits. Don’t let your apprehension cost you — drop to one knee, unscrew one tire’s valve cap and get to work. Here’s what you need to know about keeping your tires properly inflated. The Benefits Tires that aren’t properly inflated — even if only one of your tires has this issue — can create unnecessary risks and expenses for you. When your tires aren’t inflated to the manufacturer’s specifications, they don’t perform as they should. You can expect your vehicle to take longer to brake and experience less stability when you’re making a turn. These issues can compromise your safety on the road. Additionally, tires that aren’t inflated properly will wear quicker and hurt your vehicle’s fuel economy; both these issues can hit you right in the wallet. Knowing The Proper Pressure You don’t need to be a car enthusiast to get an understanding of exactly how much your tires should be inflated. Open your driver-side door and look for a sticker — often yellow and black — on the frame. This sticker provides the proper inflation in pounds per square inch (PSI) for your tires. The number is typically between 30 and 35 PSI. Checking Your Pressure You don’t need complicated machinery or technical know-how to check the pressure of your tires. Buy a tire pressure gauge at any automotive store and keep it in your glove box. These accessories come in a variety of styles, but many are similar in size and shape to a thick pen. Unscrew the tire’s valve cap and press the gauge against the valve. The pressure will cause the gauge to display a reading — commonly, the air pushes out a numbered cylinder from the center of the gauge. If the number that is displayed is equal to the information displayed on your door frame, you don’t need to do anything further to the tire. Adding Air Don’t be daunted by the prospect of adding air to one or more of your car’s tires. Visit a gas station, pull your vehicle up to the air pump and insert the necessary small change. Unscrew the valve cap, push the nozzle of the air hose to the valve and press the lever to fill the tire with air. Stop the filling process and check the tire pressure with your gauge; add more air if necessary. If you add too much air, use the designated notch on the tire pressure gauge to press against the center of the valve to release the air. The job is done when each of your tires has the proper pressure. For more information about tires, visit Dial-A-Tire...

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Do You Really Need Studded Tires?

Posted by on Jul 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Do You Really Need Studded Tires?

If you live in a region with freezing temperatures that can lead to icy roads, you want to determine whether or not you should purchase a set of studded tires for your car. Studded tires have metal studs coming out of the tread. These studs will provide your car with a better grip on those icy roads to help prevent the car from sliding. However, you may not always need studded tires, depending on the type of car you have or the type of winter tires you currently have on the car. Winter tires are designed to do well in cold conditions. They perform well in slush, snow and on icy roads. Winter tires are also designed to help prevent you from over braking due to the design of their tread and increased traction. Use the information below to decide whether or not you should get winter or studded tires. You have four-wheel drive If you have a four-wheel drive and you live in an area where the snow and ice is minimal, then you may not have a need for studded tires. You can purchase a set of winter tires and get by just fine. However, if you live in an area with a lot of icy roads, then studded tires will help keep even a four-wheel drive vehicle on the road. You always drive in the afternoon The roads are icy early in the morning and at night. Once the day warms up a bit, the ice will melt off the roads anyway. However, if you need to drive in the morning or at night and you live in an area where the roads aren’t properly maintained, you should invest in a good set of studded tires. Icy days are few and far between If your region only has a small number of days when the roads are icy, consider whether or not you can avoid those roads or find another way to work around the road conditions. Studded tires will be on your car for the whole season, just for the possibility of a few days of ice. They put more wear and tear on the roadways and your driveway. They also increase your gas usage, increase the space needed for safe stopping and make the inside of your car sound louder. Therefore, if you can stay home on those icy days, it may be the better option. If you still aren’t sure which tires are best for your situation, a professional tire shop, like F & H Tire Co, can look at your car and help you...

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About Worn Car Tires From Misaligned Wheels

Posted by on Jul 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on About Worn Car Tires From Misaligned Wheels

Do your tires squeal each time that you turn a curve? You may need to get your car tires examined to find out if the problem is the result of normal wear and tear, or if it stems from your wheels needing an alignment. Find out below what you should know about tires being worn from wheel misalignment, as well as what getting them aligned will cost.  What are Signs that Tires are Worn from Wheel Misalignment? One of the signs that are tires are worn from wheel misalignment is when there are bald spots on them. The bald spots are where the tread has worn out, which can be due to the axles not being positioned right. Bald spots on tires can make them unable to keep a steady connection with the ground and cause your vehicle to slightly slide. The sliding can lead to squealing sounds when you are going around curves or coming to a stop. One of the most dangerous signs of worn tires from misalignment is the automatic pulling of your vehicle to the left or right. If your car is automatically moving into other traffic lanes, you must get your wheels aligned before you end up in a collision. It can be hard controlling a vehicle that is in such a condition, as the axles must be repaired so your steering wheel can remain straight without you forcing it to do so. What Happens During the Process of Wheel Alignment? The mechanic will have to put your vehicle on a platform that allows him or her to see all the wheels at once. Each tire will be rotated to make sure it is spinning at an appropriate speed. The suspension axles will also be observed to verify that they are aligned the right way. You can also expect the mechanic to inspect the steering wheel during the wheel alignment process. The steering wheel place a major role in misalignment problems because it can become off-centered when the axles are incorrectly positioned. Based on what is observed when your vehicle is on the platform, the mechanic will determine if you need two or all of the wheels aligned. You are looking to spend at least $20 or more for a two or four-wheel alignment. However, high-end vehicles with rare parts may cost as much as $75 or more for a wheel alignment. Get your vehicle to a mechanic (such as one from Riverside Tire Inc) so your wheels can be aligned before they cause more...

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How To Rotate Your Tires

Posted by on Jul 2, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Rotate Your Tires

The front and back of your car will experience different driving conditions and turn in different ways, which means that different parts of your tires will wear at different rates. Therefore, by switching your front and back tires, you can extend the lifespan of your tires. Additionally, the process of rotating your car’s tires is fairly simple, and can be done by yourself at home if you have the right tools at hand. Before You Begin You’ll need a car jack and a tire iron, both of which are available at most automotive stores if you do not already own them. Jack stands are also extremely helpful, but are not necessary. Having a helper on hand can make the job go much faster. Additionally, make sure that the car is parked, with the parking brake on, on a flat surface with the engine off before you start working on it. This greatly the reduces the risk of injury. How to Rotate Your Tires Use the tire iron to loosen the lug nuts on all four tires on your car, but do not remove them yet. Place the jack underneath the car, ensuring that it is securely in contact with the chassis of the vehicle, and raise it off the ground. If you have jack stands, lower the vehicle onto them and remove the jack. Use the tire iron to remove the lug nuts from both the front and rear tires, keeping them in a safe place for later use. Remove the front tires, and move them to the rear of the vehicle, and move the rear tires to the front. Have your helper hold the tires in place, and tighten the lug nuts with your fingers. Then, use the tire iron to further tighten the lug nuts, doing so in a star pattern to ensure that the tire is evenly attached to the vehicle. Repeat the above step for the three remaining tires, remembering to tighten the lug nuts first by hand and then with the tire iron in a star pattern. Once all tires are securely in place, use the jack to lower the car back to the ground, removing the jack stands first if necessary. That’s it! You’ve successfully rotated your car tires, and ensured that all four tires will now wear evenly, extending their lifespan. Your vehicle’s owner’s manual will tell you how many miles you can travel before you should rotate your tires, so keep track for future reference. This can reduce the need for auto repair in the...

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Creating An Efficient Workflow In Your Warehouse When Your Volume Increases

Posted by on Jun 29, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Creating An Efficient Workflow In Your Warehouse When Your Volume Increases

Every day businesses see success. When this success comes, they often look to purchase or create new inventory. While this can be a great thing to experience, it also creates more problems around the warehouse. You have more picking and transporting going on, which can cost you time and money. In the end, the more volume you add to your warehouse, the more money you could be putting out. You want your increase in sales to help add to your bottom line, not take away from it. In order to do this, you need to create an efficient workflow in your warehouse. Here are some tips to do just that: Think About Upgrading When you first started, your equipment was probably very basic. You likely chose what you needed for your current volume and did not invest in a surplus for the future. What may have worked at the beginning of your business is not always going to work for you as your business continues to grow. This means you will have to think about upgrading your equipment. This means either adding more dollies to carry equipment and/or finding material handling equipment that serves multiple purposes. This will help keep the workflow more efficient as you continue to grow.  Eliminate Extra Touches Another way to create a more efficient workflow is by eliminating the amount of people who touch each product. Experts believe that the more people who handle a product, the more the process will cost you. In order to avoid this, you need to store your products in a place where they are convenient for the people who will need to handle them. This could mean adding storage racks to a particular area in the warehouse so that it does not need to be transported from one location to the next. By using bulk storage, you are able to store more products in an area so that it can be accessed easier.  Choosing the Right Equipment The type of equipment you use in your warehouse for picking and transporting products is essential to an effective workflow. Not all forklifts are the same, so you are going to need to evaluate the process of picking and transporting a product with the forklift to determine what type of forklift you will need. The height of the product and what you are picking up are just two of the things that should be considered when choosing a forklift.  To find material handling carts, pallet jacks, wheels, and other equipment, contact a company such as House Of Wheels...

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