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Heavy Construction Equipment Podcast
5 minutes | Apr 26, 2019
Why to buy heavy equipment when you can easily take them on rent
While you set up any form of business, you should not end up using all your capital in buying resources. Remember that you also need money to meet other operational expenses which if not taken care of at the right juncture can prove to be extremely disastrous for your business. Hence, you can’t afford to invest all your monetary resources in buying items which are however essential for your business but still can be possessed using an alternative means. It is essential to prioritize your business needs and understand if you can opt for any other means to possess a resource rather than have to buy it. In the construction sector, heavy equipment play a significant role towards the beginning and the conclusion of a project. However, these machines are extremely expensive and often not within the reach of small time contractors and construction companies. Now if you do not possess heavy equipment you have no other means to start your work. You need some equipment or the other to begin. The solution is to rent heavy equipment if you can’t buy it. If you rent then you are only obligated to pay the rental and as long as you see a need for the machine you can continue with the rental contract and when the work is over you can hand it over to its owner. Even a small startup construction company can easily afford to pay the rental of heavy equipment. It is also easy to get hold of people who are letting out their heavy equipment on lease. All you need to do is check out on people who rent heavy equipment and see if they have the machine that you are looking for. Other major advantage of skipping to buy heavy equipment and taking it on rent is that you do not have to worry about paying the creditor for the machine. It is obvious that if you can’t afford to buy it you will have to borrow it and then you got to pay your creditors at the beginning of each month. If in case you fail to pay them then it may have serious damage on your reputation, credit ratings and you may also end up losing your machine. This is definitely not that you would want to happen and hence carry on your work using heavy equipment that you procure on lease. While you use heavy equipment on lease, you must ensure that you take uttermost care of the machine because if it fails to work then you got to bear the expense of repairing it and getting it back to business. You just can’t hand it over to the owner saying that the machine is faulty. Also remember to inspect the machine well before you procure it. It is advisable to go along with a mechanic or an expert to inspect the machine. If you know to operate it, try your hands on it and check if it is worthy to be taken.
5 minutes | Mar 19, 2019
Renting heavy equipment has become so simple
Technology has made lives simpler in many ways. Right from the beginning of the day to the end of it, we are completely dependent on some or the other form of technology. It has also helped us a lot in managing our businesses. You pull out any business out of the blue and you will find the need of technology in it. It has helped us in a big way in becoming what we really are. Talking about the construction industry, the need of state of the art machines are hugely felt in this part of the sector. Moreover the heavy equipment are expensive and therefore it is presumably out of the reach of many. As long as one goes out to a lender to lend money to buy heavy equipment the person will be able to buy one or else he has to depend upon people who are willing to let out their machines to folks who need them for construction purpose. Technology has played a vital role in creating a platform where the people who possess heavy equipment but do not need them for the time being can get hooked with guys who have a construction project running and are in dire need of construction machines. One can make use of this platform to meet each other’s business requirements. The party who is renting his heavy equipment needs to register on an online portal that works in the line of connecting people who wants to buy/sell/ lease heavy equipment. Once he is registered with the site, he needs to prepare a listing where he should put up pictures of the machine and give an elaborative description. This needs to be done to inform visitors about the machine and why they should take this one on rent. The person who is listing the heavy equipment on an online portal should remember that before he registers with the portal he should also check how known it is amongst people who usually look out for renting heavy equipment. This research is important as it will give a clue to the person whether he will receive many visitors on his listing. The person will be paying some fees to the online site for listing the machine and he should ensure that he is able to rent it in the very first attempt. Spend some time on internet to know which site people prefer to go. Apart from that, what are their security policies and how effectively do they stand to protect the rights of the parties involved in the transaction. Some online portals also have their agents who help their clients with the agreement part. It is a must to prepare an agreement before you lease out your heavy equipment. The agreement should include all the points that protect the rights of the owner of the machine. After all, you want to receive the heavy equipment in the same state as you have given it to the party.
5 minutes | Jan 26, 2019
Useful tips to rent heavy equipment
We are all concerned about our business assets and in no way do we want that to be misused by anybody. It is therefore when we have to rent our office premise or any business related equipment for a temporary period we try to be as cautious as we can so that the person who will use it does not make a mess of it. We know that the items will come back to us and we definitely expect it to come back to us in the same state as we have given it to the user. When we are so cautious about our machines which are often meant for normal use, we can imagine how cautious we have to be when we are dealing with heavy construction equipment. These machines can’t be used in a smooth manner because it is just not meant to be used in that way. Heavy equipment are meant to work in rough conditions irrespective of how turbulent the weather is and we expect it to continue to perform in the same fashion for many more years. When we are thinking about renting heavy equipment we just can’t afford to be callous and need to give it to a person who knows how to use it well and then also maintain it. One should follow the below mentioned tips if they are in the process of renting heavy equipment. Try to rent it to people you know:- If at all you are able to rent heavy equipment to a person who you have known for the last many years you will be assured that the person will use the machine in the most optimal way and will not exploit it which may cause harm to the machine. So when you have decided to lease out the heavy equipment, spread out the word in your business circle so that people who are known to you will come down to you if they are interested to take it on rent. You may also invite people who can come down with reference. You can always cross verify with the person whose reference has been used. This is perhaps one of the healthiest ways to search for guys who are looking for heavy equipment on rent. Be clear with the terms:- You may have several terms that you want to put across to the person who will take your machine on rent. You should be quite vocal enough and speak all the terms clearly. The taker should not have any question or doubt in his mind. Also make sure that you prepare an agreement that will contain all the terms in it. Take help of an experienced attorney who has been dealing with preparing documents for renting heavy equipment for the last many years. He will be in a better position to mention all the clauses that will protect the rights of the owner of the heavy equipment as well as the user. Make sure you have that notarized and keep a copy with yourself.
4 minutes | Jan 5, 2019
Prepare yourself well before every meeting
Most of the business decisions are taken at the end of a meeting. However, it largely depends upon how prepared the person is who is seeking for work or is selling his product. You got to make an impact in the minds of the listener with your presentations and ensure that they find it to be impressive. Anything short of impressive can turn out to be a disappointment for you. Therefore, leave no stone unturned when you are preparing yourself for a meeting and make sure that you have all the content with you that you will share with others to get business. At times you have to go through a series of meeting before hearing a final yes and that could be quite agonizing as well as annoying but you have to give your best at each shot that you take. Remember that there are too much of competitors around and they are also vying to sell their product or get the business. You have to prove that you are the best and can offer what others can’t in terms of services. In order to get a construction project one needs to be very sharp with his presentation skills. He needs to mention all his achievements and parallel projects that are being managed by him to the people in the meeting. Your website would contain this information but during the meeting no one would want to visit your website to validate the facts and therefore you should take this opportunity to pose the facts in your way. Try not to state something that is not relevant or does not exist. The guys in the meeting will definitely verify the information given by you before they decide to give you the work. Hence, do not speak out a word that is not true. You can play around with things that your company has been involved in or engaged with but in no way overstate your role or else you may get caught. Carry a formal approach:- Your approach will be the first thing that will be witnessed by the project givers. Presentation comes later, what comes first is the way you are looking at that point in time and how you carry yourself throughout. Wear something formal which looks decent and professional. For men, try not keep a beard but if you have to sport one, trim it so that it looks good. For ladies, they just need to ensure that they do not overdo their make-up. Do not apply a lot of cosmetic on your face. That may ruin the way you look. Try to keep it normal all throughout the meeting. What you speak matters:- You may have a splendid power-point presentation but that will not help if you just read from the slides. You should rather remember which slide contains what information and should talk your mind. This will show how confident you are and how much you know about your own company. People will definitely go through the slides but they will be more interested in listening to you. This is where you should prepare yourself the most.
5 minutes | Nov 26, 2018
You can’t afford to lose efficient employees in the construction business
Human resources are perhaps the most important resource in every industry. You can have good machines, may be rich with financial resources but as long as you do not have humans to control them and work on them, it is futile to have so much of resources at your disposal. It just does not make any sense. There should be a blend of all the resources to run a business which also involves humans. So when we talk about human resource, it should be limited to men who have the capability to perform the work given to them. You can’t expect anybody to do anything. For instance, you can’t expect an engineer to operate a machine for you. He is just not meant to do that work. His expertise lies in some other trade and you have to give him that work. Precisely in the construction sector as well, you are expected to follow the same rule. You should hire labor according to the nature of work and as per their expertise level. Once you have hired the efficient workforce you should be cautious and treat them well so that they do not leave you for a better company. Just by paying them a high salary you can’t keep them content. They need a better treatment from you and if they get what they want then there is high chance that they will stay with you for long. Moreover, you also can’t afford to lose your men especially when they are skilled and hold an important position in your company. A good supervisor is very hard to be found. He is the one who has his grip on the labor. In order to get the work done, he will tighten the grip and when there is less work or no work, he will ask his boys to relax. He is also a person who has earned the respect of his boys and his boys will not say no to him when asked to work beyond working hours. This supervisor is an efficient employee for you and you can’t let him go for any trivial reason. Be a boss with a friendly nature:- When it is about people management, you can’t afford to be bossy with them. Professionalism is expected in every professional industry but at the same time one much also keep in mind that the guys with whom he will be dealing are men like him and they will delightfully do a work when asked in a friendly manner. If you maintain a friendly attitude towards all the employees of your company they will indeed work harder for you and will not want to leave you. Increase the pay on an annual basis:- It is needless to say that we all work for money and one expects a slight increase in his salary at the end of each year. At times, you have had a bad year with no much business and hence have not earned enough profit. In such a situation, you should take all of them into confidence and explain the reason why there will be no increase or a minimal increase in their package. There is high chance that they will understand your position and will stick to you.
5 minutes | Oct 26, 2018
Take over a sick construction company
We have often come across companies that perform well, make a brand and then sell it to another big company. This is indeed a good way to earn handsome money in a short period of time. However, there are also instances where a big company has taken over a not so famous, sick and dilapidated company. It does that just to acquire its resources and give the owner of the company its share for selling the unit to him. There involves a lot of risk when you buy a sick unit. Firstly, you have to put in a lot of effort to get the company back on its toes and in order to do that you have to have a strong foolproof strategy in place. Therefore, experts in the respective industries often term this kind of takeover to be a dangerous one. But people have their own reasons to buy a non-performing asset. The reason is the non-performing asset is still an asset and before it turns into a liability it should be utilized for good. The risk is perhaps a little less when it comes to construction segment. It is because the company who buys the unit gets all its resources too and do not have to spend a fortune if it directly buys the same resources from the market. Moreover the transaction that happens is quite cheap. The company that is taking over the sick unit buys all its resources at a very cheaper price. It also gets experienced employees at the same rate. If it had to hire from out, the company definitely had to spend good amount of money in employing human resources which is saved in this case. Legal work should be accurate:- When you decide to buy a non-performing construction company and enjoy its assets you also have to make sure that you take care of the legal part very minutely. There are a lot of legal papers that needs to be cleared before you can actually buy the company. You also need some sanctions from the government of the state or county before you end up buying the unit. In order to make sure that the acquisition is done in the most proper way you should hire a attorney who knows about the laws of the land and can guide you accordingly. When you buy a construction company of some other state you are absolutely not sure about how things work there. This is where the attorney comes into play and will guide you through the entire acquisition process. Construction company of different genre can be a problem:- If you buy a company that deal with construction in forest lands and you have no intention to get into that it will make no sense to buy a unit related to that genre. If you construct houses then you should also buy a non-performing company that was into building houses. The men employed with the other company will know the kind of work and need not be re-trained completely.
5 minutes | Oct 19, 2018
Construction water pumps: These are important in any construction site
Water pumps have multiple uses in a construction site. It is mainly used for clearing rainwater from a construction site or dewatering a reservoir where some construction work will be processed. There is no ideal construction water pump available that can suit in every occasion, contractors or engineers use one or more water pumps depending on the situation. These water pumps are evaluated on the basis of their performance, buying price, maintenance cost, and durability. Types of construction water pumps Scores of water pumps are available. They possess different capacities and other features. However, the water pumps used in construction works can be broadly classified under two heads: Centrifugal water pumps Positive displacement water pumps Centrifugal water pumps are mainly used in construction sites while positive displacement water pumps have a wide-ranging utility in different industries. Centrifugal water pumps These are the most-used water pumps can be used for displacing any kinds of thin liquids including water. Centrifugal pumps are very helpful in removing low-density liquids too. In this water pump, one or more rotating impellers are used for driving water into the pump and discharge it under high pressure. Centrifugal water pumps are available in the different specification in the market; however, the following are the most common types of water pumps in this genre: Axial Flow Pumps – In this pump water enters and passes out without changing the direction and the direction remains parallel to the rotating impeller. These pumps do not create very high pressure inside to discharge the water. Peripheral Pumps – These are also called turbines. In the pump’s casing, a rim like channel is fixed around which the impeller rotates. The impeller has blades on both sides of the rim, as the water or liquid inside rotates repetitively, the discharge pressure increases remarkably. Radial Flow Pumps – These are the most used pumps in the construction industry. Water enters the pump along the axial plane, it’s speed is enhanced by the rotating impeller and exits at a higher pressure at the right angle to the shaft. Radial Flow pumps function at higher pressures but lower rates of discharge than axial Flow Pumps. Mixed Flow Pumps – It is a combination of an axial flow pump and radial flow pump. It exits the pump at an angle that may be anything in between 0 to 90 degrees. Jet Pumps – These pumps are normally used to extract water from very deep reservoirs or wells. A jet pump possesses two parts, one that is fixed under the ground for pumping water and another above the ground for generating flow. Benefits of construction water pumps These pumps can be used in building and bridge construction works where water is needed constantly. A radial flow pump or mixed flow pump is generally used if any usable reservoir is available nearby. Otherwise, a peripheral or jet water pump may be used to bring water from a distant place or collect it from the underground natural water. The axial water pump is generally used to drain water that is stored due to rain or flood on a construction site.
4 minutes | Oct 19, 2018
Rent heavy equipment and make good money
Construction equipment always yield returns to you even when it is not in use. It is just that you need to ensure that the machine is given to someone who can use it on his site and pay you for using it. Many heavy equipment owners are usually concerned with the state of their machines that they will get back after a year or so. They feel that the user will not take care of the machine the way they did and therefore it makes no point to let it out to a person whom they do not know and repent later. Well, as a matter of fact, the users of heavy equipment also understand the importance of it being in good shape and hence are bound to take good care of it. If they do not then they will be at loss as they are obligated to give it back to you in the same state as they took it from you. They will not want to ruin the machine beyond repair. Also if they fail to take care of the machine then it will just not work and their business will suffer. For a construction company which has abundant heavy equipment and do not use them regularly, they can rent it out to small construction companies who can’t afford to buy construction machines. In this way, they not only help small companies to grow but at the same time they also make some money by doing this noble task. The point is how you would identify small companies who are in need of construction machines. The easy option is by spreading the word that you want to rent your heavy equipment in your business circle. Let everybody know about it so that they will spread it out further and you will be reached by someone who actually needs the stuff. In this way you will rent the machine to a person who has come to you via reference. You can also check on that person through his reference and then only when you are assured that you are giving the machine in good hands that you should go ahead with the deal. The other option available to you is to catch hold of agents or dealers who deal in renting heavy machines. In case if you are unable to find someone who is ready to pay you the rental amount you have quoted you better get in touch with these guys. They will help you for sure in hooking someone to your machine. They will also charge you some fees which need to be discussed in advance before the deal gets finalized. Before you let it out have a hearty talk with the user and tell him quite openly that you will not tolerate any major issue on the heavy equipment and if there happens to be a major problem then that needs to be fixed by the user and you are not liable to pay for its repairs.
5 minutes | Oct 18, 2018
Excavator safety training
Safety should be the prime motto of any construction company and also the employees in the company should give equal importance to it. Eventually, if the company is asking them to follow the safety parameters it is for the benefit of the employees. They will remain safe at work. Construction industry is considered as an industry that consist lot of perils for its employees. Day in and day out there are news of people getting injured or even getting killed in accidents happening on the site? As a matter of fact, most of the accidents that happen on a jobsite are due to negligence on the part of the employees and also once the accident has occurred they do not know what to do next. They leave it all for the paramedics to come and take care of the situation. It seems that they do not have the proper training to manage situations on their own which is one of the reasons why this sector sees so many fatalities. Now one also needs to follow certain safety measures while they are on the heavy equipment. For instance the operator working on an excavator has to pretty sure that while he is working there is nobody present in the vicinity of the machine. The excavator has to move to and fro and also has to swing its arm every now and then. It is not possible for the operator to keep a tab on who has come near to the machine and therefore people should avoid coming near to it while it is at work. The operator also has to be responsible for his own safety. For instance, he should be wearing proper gloves so that if he inadvertently touches anything that is extremely hot he will not damage his fingers. Also wearing boots all the time he is there inside the cabin is a must. These safety points should be a part of his training program. A list should be made on what the operator of an excavator should do and what he should not and he should be following those safety rules religiously. For instance, before he starts working with the excavator, he should check if the brakes are working fine. Also check if the levers in the machine are in order. An engine check should also be done. The operator should report any shortfalls right away to the supervisor or to the team who handles issues pertaining to heavy equipment. So while the machine is getting repaired, if there is a spare excavator that can be used, the operator can jump on that one or else wait till the time the first one is not fixed. The construction company should also encourage its operator to take safety trainings at regular intervals. You get to learn a lot in such training programs. The trainer will bring those facts that you were unknown to and also very important to you as far as your safety is concerned. Working on an excavator is fun provided you are following all the necessary safety measures. Related articles across the web Trailered backhoe overturns during haul, kills driver in California
5 minutes | Oct 10, 2018
Why it is important to paint heavy equipment
Heavy equipment is one of the most important element s in the present era, because of its contribution in the constantly growing construction industry. With new constructions being made every day, without the heavy equipment, it would be quite difficult to do these extensive jobs in such a fast pace. Even the workload would be multiple times higher and would require more workers. Hence, to minimize time as well as to minimize expenditure, the heavy construction equipment plays a huge role. However, they do not come for a pocket-friendly price. Therefore, it requires a great deal of maintenance for the heavy construction equipment. Along with maintenance, what is equally important for the heavy construction equipment is to paint it occasionally. Importance of Painting Heavy Equipment: Just as cleaning the heavy equipment off dirt and dust is important, it is equally important that you paint the heavy equipment occasionally. There are many reasons behind it. Increases longevity: Just as high quality paint increases the life of a property, home or other concrete elements; it also increases the life of the heavy equipment as well. These commercial vehicle paints are made of chemicals and materials that can protect the metal structure of the machine from dust, dirt as well as moisture. Increases resale value: When you wish to sell your old heavy equipment and buy a new one instead, always make sure that the equipment is painted well. This will give it an almost new look, which will certainly increase the price of your equipment. It is worth spending on the painting expenditure, if you want to increase the price of the machine or if you want to sell it fast. Give it a Branded Look: The branded heavy equipment comes with high quality paint and finishing. If you want to enjoy ownership of your heavy equipment that has a branded look and appeal to it, painting is the first step. Painting the Heavy Equipment Yellow: Now that you have understood the importance of painting your heavy equipment, it is also important that you know which colour is the best for you. If you go through the branded heavy equipment, you will see that they all come in a bright yellow colour. The reason behind this is that the yellow colour is a highly visible colour. Hence, be it early in the morning or in the bright sun or even at dusk, when there is very minimal light, the yellow colour is highly visible whenever light reflects on it. Therefore, painting it yellow is the best choice, so that potential accidents can be avoided. Conclusion: If you are thinking of painting your heavy equipment afresh, make sure that you choose the best quality paints and also have the painting done by the professionals. There are professional heavy equipment painters, who will clean your equipment at first and then paint the new colour professionally, so that your equipment gets a completely new look. It is not every day that you will be painting your heavy equipment. So, choose only the best, without compromising on your budget.
4 minutes | Oct 5, 2018
Motor Grader Tricks
Grading has always been considered as one of the most important functions in the construction industry and particularly in road building work. Therefore it becomes quite crucial for the construction company to buy the best grading machines available in the market and also hire the best men who know how to work on those machines. The operators need to be really experienced as far as their job is concerned. They need to know the tricks of the trade more than anything else. Operating the machine is one thing but knowing the tricks to complete the work is what many construction companies expect from the operators. So if you are the one who knows motor grader tricks you might find your place as an operator or also as an instructor in major construction companies that are involved in grading works. Since construction companies gives more stress on the tricks of using a motor grader, it makes more sense to know what tricks in particular are they looking for in an operator to know so that the operator can work in those areas that is required for him to get into the best of the company. Knowing your machine well:- This is perhaps the most important trick that one should learn first. Just by the noise of the machine when you start the engine that you should know if it will work fine the whole day or will there be some sort of problem that may crop up as the day progresses. You can expect quick work only when the machine is in good shape or else there is a possibility that it will run slow during the major part of the day. Other than that, knowing the various functions in a grader is way too crucial for any operator. You just do not have run the machine but you have to run it effectively and in order to do so you need to ensure that you know the various functions attached to machine. Heavy equipment companies provide 2 functions for the same job. One will be a quicker one and the other will be the normal one. So if you are the genre of conventional operator who shies away from trying new things then it is a problem. You got to learn the new part of the story to become highly productive. Soil composition and blades:- Different types of blades are required to work on different types of soil. You can’t use the same type of blade on all kinds of soil. The trick again begins with knowing which blade should be used for what type of soil. One particular type of blade can be used for a soil that is not meant for it but it will be very time consuming and will lead to many days to grade a small plot of land. You should use the right kind of blades for grading work and it is the responsibility of the operator to know which blade to be used on what type of soil.
5 minutes | Oct 2, 2018
Keep your conduct good to grow in the construction industry
Right from our childhood we are taught to work hard and were made to understand that hard work pays you off in time. There is absolutely no second thought on the fact that there is no substitute for hard work but there is something more than one need to do to climb up the ladder and it is to keep his conduct good. You will be loved by your co-workers if you are good to them. It is as simple as this. You be good to others and expect the same from them. Other than having a good rapport with your team mates and colleagues you should also ensure that you give your best in terms of performance so that your supervisors should think about you whenever they have to assign a challenging task to someone. You should make such an image in front of your superiors. It is also important that all the higher level management must know you for your work. Growing in an industry is a tough task but it can be achieved if you are a person who knows to respect others and also respect your work. Good conduct is one of the most essential criterions in the construction industry that will decide how quickly you will be able to climb up the ladder. Knowing your work is equally important but it will not help you for long if you are not good in conduct. You should work on your mannerisms if you are not so good in it. Wishing everybody in the morning with a smiling face can work wonders for you. Your colleagues will appreciate your wishes and will know you as a well-mannered person. This will go really well with your bosses who play a key role in promoting you. Interact with people and try to remember people by their names:- Interaction is an essential part of the construction business. Every now and then you are required to speak to somebody from a different department. So if you have a good rapport with guys from other departments you can get your work done quickly and this is possible only if you interact with them on a regular basis. To have a little chat with the guy working in the next department you need not go to him with some work. You can simply say a “Hi’ to him and spend a couple of minutes talking to him about his well-being. He will certainly appreciate it. Also try to remember names of people. It is certainly not an easy task to remember names of every person whom you meet but if you can manage to do so it will yield rich dividends. Be helpful to people:- In the construction business, a person can be of immense help even though he does not know how to get things right. It is all about connections that will let him help the guy who comes to him seeking help. If you know a lot of people in the organization and if someone comes to you seeking help, you can direct the person to the right guy. If you are helpful to others you get noticed and this eventually helps you to get promoted.
5 minutes | Sep 5, 2018
How to use a bulldozer
Operators at times have a hard time while operating heavy equipment. They feel that while they are used to one particular type of machine when they are given to work on an equipment that has new configuration it takes time for them to understand those configurations and get their hands used to the system. They also have to understand the various features and their importance that is installed in a machine making the process more complicated. However once they are used to the system and they understand the features well they do not see much problem in using it. Using a bulldozer in particular has been found to be tougher amongst operators as compared to any other form of heavy equipment. The most common issue encountered by many operators is with steering the machine in the right direction. They sort of tend to lose their control while maneuvering the machine which leads to casualties and losses. There has to be a systematic way to use a bulldozer and that is discussed as follows:- Enter the cabin with a calm mind:- We have enough problems to deal with in our day to day lives but we can’t carry the load of those problems with us wherever we go and especially when it is about going to work you simply can’t carry it there. You have to leave all your worries and hassles right before you enter the workplace and this stands right for the operator as well. You should not enter the cabin if you are tensed or worried about anything. You had a quarrel at home or an argument with your boss. It is better that you take some time doing nothing and clam your mind. You should not work on a bulldozer while you are angry or running through emotions. It can turn out into a bigger mess. Have a chat with your friend, check out a funny video on YouTube and once you feel that you are fresh and ready to work, get inside the cabin. Have good control on the paddle and the brakes:- Keep your legs strong while you are using a bulldozer. You use your legs to increase or decrease the speed of the machine as well as when you apply brakes on it. Your legs should not be shaky while you are using the bulldozer. Ideally, the paddle of the bulldozer is located just behind the brake. This means that you should be well trained and have practiced enough before using the mechanisms. Use joystick to steer the machine as well as to use the blades:- Joysticks are quite a helpful device as long as you know how to use them. It can be used to steer the machine and also used to move the blades in the right direction. The blades of the bulldozer are used to shove the mud to give a plain surface. An operator who has loads of experience in using joysticks to move the blades can do the work the right way at the first time. Rest may take some time to master the work.
5 minutes | Sep 2, 2018
Look for promotions in the construction business
We never want to work in the same position as it gets a little monotonous doing the same work every day and over and over again. We do not work only to get money at the end of the week but we also work to get a sense of satisfaction from what we do and this is what drives us ahead in life. Moreover one should never make a comfort zone and live in it. That can be dangerous especially when it comes to forming a great career. Great careers are never achieved by living in the comfort zone. One needs to get out of it and strive hard to achieve something in life. Promotions are given to only those who want to do things differently and have the ability to work in an environment which is not so friendly. This is what most entrepreneurs look for in an employee. They want people who can take up challenges in life and can convert every calamity into an opportunity. Promotion can bring a rise in your salary:- There are 2 ways to bring a rise in your salary. The first is not an advisable one but still worthy in few scenarios and it is to leave your current company and move to the next one in search of better package. The second one sounds to be more logical which is to work hard and take a raise in your levels. Whenever you get a promotion, your package is increased. Other than the annual appraisal that happens in most of the construction companies, any hike due to a rise in the position is phenomenal. This is what your aim should be when you join a company. Try to know the different levels of promotion and how hard you have to work to get to the place you want to see yourself. You are known and respected because of your work:- If you perform and deliver high end results, you will be known amongst the various levels of management. Once that is done they can pitch in for you when asked about your performance and will give positive feedback. Many companies follow the tradition of checking with various departments about the performance of an individual before promoting him to the next level. Only if they get positive responses from basically all the levels of management, they go ahead with the promotion. Once you are known and you continue to carry the good work, you will be also respected for it. As and when you attain seniority in the company, the respect that you have amongst the masses will only grow. Generating a good rapport with almost everybody in the company:- Promotions are also given to a person who is a team’s man. If you are a person who can gel up well with your team members and with members of other teams, you are gaining popularity. Good rapport always comes handy during good and bad phases on life. So always maintain a good rapport with almost everybody and ensure that people know you for good reasons. This will help you to climb the ladder quickly than ever.
5 minutes | Sep 2, 2018
How to evaluate the performance of your employees
It has been always difficult to evaluate the performance of an individual who is working in your company or organization. You may have certain expectation from him and if at all you find the person to be anywhere short in fulfilling those expectations then you presumably mark him down in that parameter. However, he may have been exceptional in all other activities and therefore perhaps do not deserve the score. Therefore while you evaluate a person you should take into consideration his overall performance and not single out instances where he was not able to fare well. it actually does not go well with anybody who have been working from the core of his heart and then in the end gets to know that he is marked down on one such instance which was in no way crucial or have caused any harm to the prospects of the organization. In the construction business where you have a lot of men working for you, it becomes tougher to evaluate the performance of every individual. It is just impossible to keep a track of the performance of all the employees and then rate them. This is why you got to create a system where you can easily track the performance of your employees and can justify the scores that you give to them. Supervisors should stringently monitor the performance of the employees in their respective teams and present the report to their managers. The managers in turn will approve the ratings and will decide the rise in pay of the employee. Punctuality should be a crucial check:- All the employees in the company should adhere to their respective shift timings and late comers should be tolerated. The message should go loud and clear to all the employees in the company. Construction workers who arrive late at the site can eventually become the reason for delaying the work. Any delay will then have to compensate by overtime which means the company then needs to pay its employees more for allowing them to work for extra hours for the fault of few guys who had arrived late at the site. The company should take this very seriously and must mark down the latecomers during their evaluation. Their overall behavior and willingness to work:- Employees who have worked hard for the success of the company should be rewarded and it is the onus of the supervisors to pluck out people who have made commendable contribution. The supervisors should keep a close watch on the employees and check who is willing to work harder. Guys who have the quest to learn more about the business are the ones who should be given more opportunities and also should be given good ratings during evaluation. The behavior of the employee also plays a crucial role while assessing his performance. One should check how good the person is in bonding with his team and the kind of rapport he shares with other teammates. Employees possessing these qualities should be rated more than others.
5 minutes | Aug 26, 2018
Rejections should not demoralize the owner of Construction Company
We do not always get what we have wanted. There are many times when we have to hear No from people. Guys especially from sales have to deal with this word quite often. But they deal with it and do not get dejected. The moment you get dejected after rejections you tend to move out of the league and that is probably the end of your journey in that industry. Rejections are part of life. You will come across numerous instances where your idea or your effort will be rejected just because the other person did not find it worthy. However, this certainly does not mean that it was not a good idea or you have not done a good work. It is just that the idea or the work you have done did not go well with the situation at that point in time and has every chance that it will go well if you try it again. It should not let you down and force you to think negatively. That may go completely against you and you should avoid such thoughts coming to your mind. The construction industry has its share of good and bad phases. When the industry is doing well you will not see people rejecting you but the moment the bad patch makes its way in the industry is when you will come across a lot of rejections down your way. You will not get enough work and people for whom you have worked with delay your payments or will pay you less. Moreover, big construction companies also fail to enroll you on a big project. They may simply not have much work in their hands which is why they can’t give a share to you. These factors are certainly annoying for a small construction company who depends on these big guys for work and also when you do not have small projects coming your way it can be really frustrating. You should not let rejections become a factor to demoralize you. When things are not going well in the industry it will affect all and not particularly to you. You are bounds to hear rejections as well as say No to others as well. However, that is the time when you do some research on the industry. Spend more time in developing your website. Check the company’s performance in the last few months or years. Take into consideration all the factors that led to high profits in the business and also what went wrong when the profits were down. You need to dig in deep to get the real reasons out. This will help you in a big way to avoid repeating any mistakes that you have committed in the past. When you are busy with work you do not realize mistakes made in business. You just move over it committing it again. When the business is slow you get the time to ponder on these things and ensure that you avoid doing them and continue your endeavor to get more work.
5 minutes | Aug 19, 2018
Looking for advice on starting a rental equipment business
Working as a subsidiary of any successful business will always fetch you good returns. In the construction sector, heavy equipment play quite a crucial role in the completion of the project and if you relate your business in and around this sector you will never run out of business. You will always have clients who will come to you for something or the other. Either they will want heavy equipment from you or their accessories or some vital part which may have gone faulty and want that to be replaced. This will always keep your business ticking and also the flow of customers. People who have spent few years in buying, selling or renting heavy equipment have made enormous wealth. They see this to be a good business and believe that the only thing you require to make this business a success is some knowledge on construction machines. If you possess that knowledge it is only a matter of sometime and you see success coming by. Starting a rental equipment business may sound to be too simple but aspirants should also keep in mind the complexities that they may encounter while they get into this. They should take some advices from people who have been in this industry for years and who can guide them in taking the right decision. Moreover, they should not consider this business as an easy earning method as there is nothing called as easy earning. Life becomes easy once you have taken enough hardships to learn a particular thing. So you may have to go through lot of hardships while you are in the process of starting a heavy equipment rental business and once you learn to run the business, it may then become simple for you. How much you know about heavy equipment:- Before you begin a rental equipment business, it is crucial that you understand which machine is used for what purpose. People will come to you for different types of machines and will ask various sorts of questions which you have to address. So as long as you do not understand what they are talking about you will not be able to give the correct reply. Also knowing a bit about the construction business will be highly beneficial. Just by knowing the type of work you should be able to suggest people the heavy equipment they should take on rent. Rental price vary from machine to machine:- After knowing which machine does what, the second most crucial thing that you need to know is the rental price of the different types of heavy equipment. Not all the heavy equipment have the same rental price. Their prices vary a lot depending upon its utility. You can’t rent a high rental price machine at a cheaper rate and vice-versa. No customer will take a low rental priced machine at a higher price and not knowing the correct price can have severe impact on the rental business. Other than that, you also need to know your profit margin or your commission that you will charge from your clients. These are quite important and rest just follows.
5 minutes | Jul 27, 2018
Do not jeopardize the project by not paying your laborers
A businessman always wants to save money and at times he gets so much under the skin of saving money that he ends up not paying his employees their rightful dues. We call this as exploitation and exploiting your workers will lead you to no good. They will not say anything for a month or so but will definitely not take it forever. They will display their displeasure by not working up to their mark and gradually will leave for better. In this process you also end up losing some fine men and in today’s time it is very hard to earn loyalty of others. We work in a professional environment and we expect the workmen to be professional with their approach towards work. Similarly, they also set the same expectation when it comes to their package. Not paying them what they truly deserve will ultimately hit your work hard when you see their moving to some other company that pays them more than you do. In the construction business, you just can’t afford to exploit the laborers because if you try and do that it will backfire like anything. They leaving your project in the mid can have a drastic impact on your work and can completely leave it jeopardized. Do not play with your project by trying to save few dollars. It will cost you more than what you will be able to save. Payment should be on time:- The construction laborers have a family to run like you do. They also need to take care of their secured and unsecured loans and if you do not pay them on time then they will be unable to pay others on time. This will have a larger impact on their credit report and many other things that will be difficult for us to contemplate. In a nutshell, they should get their pay on time to meet their weekly expenses. Ideally, the construction laborers are paid on a weekly basis and therefore the company should have strong HR mechanism to ensure that the payments of all the laborers are accurate and done on time. Try not to delay their pay and in case if you foresee any delay in paying them, inform them well in advance so that they can make necessary arrangements. You also need to make sure that you pay all the other employees like the operators, site engineers, administrative guys and everyone who works for you. Losing men with skill and talent will be a big loss:- Paying your employees on time in just one side of the coin. The other side is to pay them as per the industry standards. You may be a small company but you can still afford to pay your employees what other small companies are paying. Your workers will understand your inability to pay them what a mammoth company can but will not be willing to take it if you pay them less than a small size construction company pays to its employees. They will not take long to leave you and move to the next best available option and construction sector will accept any person who is skilled and know his part of job well.
6 minutes | Jul 27, 2018
Things one should avoid in the construction business
Every business has certain norms and the guys who are conducting the business need to follow those norms religiously. People have to follow those norms as it is and things that are not allowed just can’t be practiced in reality. Apart from that, there are certain things that are advised to do and few things that one should just avoid doing. In the construction industry there are many things that one should simply avoid because if they try to do that it can lead to serious complications. Breaching the law of the land:- In the construction business, you will come along people who in order to simply things from themselves do not abide by the law. They take their chance but in the end they also pay a price for it. To go against the law of the land is something that you should always avoid doing. If there are certain rules laid to conduct business, it becomes the moral duty of others to follow those rules. Right from taking sanction to building houses as per the limit laid by the law, one should follow every minute thing. Remember you are always being watched and if you play foul you will get caught someday or the other and once you get caught you may have to end up losing your business license. It is recommended that you do not enter that zone. Securing your jobsite:- One should have enough security measures to secure the jobsite from mischievous elements. Your heavy equipment are rested at night and there are chances that someone can break-in to your jobsite in the death of night and can steal the machines. Heavy equipment are expensive stuffs and they have good value in the grey market. You should avoid taking such chances. Hire good security personnel who can guard the jobsite once everybody has left the site. Install cameras in key locations. It is not feasible for the security personnel to keep a watch at every corner of the site. With the help of the cameras, the guys can do a marvelous job and can keep a watch on all the items. Moreover, you can number all the equipment present at the site. That will help the guys to take a count at the beginning of the day and also at the end of the shift. So security is something that you should never think to avoid. Take important decision without consulting others:- Important business decisions should be taken keeping the management in loop. Moreover, their feedback also matters a lot. Taking important decisions without letting the management know about it can have severe communication issues within the organization and can become really nasty. You should avoid making this mistake. Financial irregularities:- Any kind of financial irregularities should be avoided at any cost. To avoid this, one should keep a track of the accounts on a monthly basis and question if he finds something suspicious or questionable. Financial irregularities have the ability to eat up a might business enterprise in no days. So better take care of it at the bottom level.
5 minutes | Jul 20, 2018
Construction of tunnels
Construction work at many times can be quite challenging and it can be not everybody’s cup of tea. This means that the construction companies that are into building high rises may not find themselves comfortable with building dams or tunnels. They may have their expertise in one genre of the business and it definitely does not mean that they can’t try something else in the same industry but for projects that require experts to work, it is recommended that companies should stick to their genre of business and not move into the other genre. However, if they still want to try then they need to first gather enough details about the kind of work and also possess the required equipment to execute the project. Construction of tunnels is one such job that requires an expert to deal with. Companies dealing with construction work other than building tunnels may not understand how to begin and where to end the work. Therefore it makes sense for construction companies that have been dealing with construction of tunnels to dig their heads into it and execute the work with finesse. Investigating the land is important:- Investigating the ground condition is quite crucial to start with a major tunnel project. The company should first collect samples from boreholes by adopting geophysical techniques. Once that is done and everything seems to be ok, you can start with the excavation work. Now the investigation part is crucial because it will help the experts to foresee any possible dangers that might erupt once the construction work begins. Availability of heavy equipment:- Heavy equipment play a significant role during the entire process of construction of a tunnel. The company needs to have the best machine in place and also the best operator to control the machines. Now when we talk about heavy equipment, the most crucial is excavator. When you go about to construct a tunnel, you need to excavate the ground and rock to pave way. This work can be really dangerous if not done correctly and the operator needs to be very cautious when he is working on such a complex project. An experienced operator should be given the task to excavate the rock. Try not to involve a newbie in it. Once a way is paved the latter part of the excavation can be given to less experienced operators. Heavy equipment that are used in the project should meet international standards. Anything less than that can pose a risk to the lives of many involved in the project. Groundwater control should be maintained:- It is very crucial to maintain groundwater control. Any sort of water leaking or vertical shaft can largely reduce the stand-up time. This can lead to a risk of collapse if not checked in time. One can avoid the risk by installing dewatering pipes and pump the water out. Another technology that can be used is ground freezing. Ground freezing is an expensive option but quite effective. It freezes the ground and the soil surrounding the excavation until a permanent structure is built.
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