Auto Accessories With a Purpose

What A Customized Tarp System Can Do: Alternatives To Single Flatbed Use

Posted by on February 23, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What A Customized Tarp System Can Do: Alternatives To Single Flatbed Use

Most truck and fleet owners who invest in rolling tarp systems do so as an alternative to entirely enclosed trailers. Typically, the tarp systems are designed for use with flatbed trailers. However, customized tarp systems can do much more than they were originally intended or designed to do. The following highlights some of the many alternative uses for customized rolling and sliding tarp systems. Drop Deck Tarp System You are probably wondering how a rolling/sliding tarp system could even work with a drop deck trailer. The way this customized option works is really quite seamless. The interior frame supports present with rolling casters that fit right into a set of tracks on the upper deck of a drop deck trailer. When you open the tarp and roll it toward the back of the trailer, these casters roll out of the upper deck’s tracks but remain suspended and in position because of the way the support system is designed. Likewise, when you roll the tarp along the lower deck’s tracks, the casters slip out and underneath the upper deck, suspended in air and held there by the frame, the upper deck’s tracks and the upper deck’s casters. It does not slip down, drop down or require two separate tarps. When the system is fully closed, you cannot tell that the trailer is a drop deck at all. Rolling Tarps as Carports Rolling tarp technology can also be used as vehicle protection. The custom carports using this system are somewhat boxy, but the protection against the elements is just as effective as if you had placed your passenger car or passenger truck onto a flatbed with a rolling tarp system. The tracks on which the system’s casters attach, roll and lock need to be installed on the ground surface or cement surface (preferably, so that dirt and debris does not block the track system). Then the tarps can open and close to cover and reveal your vehicle according to the weather and your personal preferences. Signature, Trademarked Colors on Your Tarps So, you want the tarp systems but you want to corner the market on a certain color or color scheme? You can have it both ways. The companies that produce these systems can create your custom tarp colors and/or patterns. You will have to trademark the tarps’ colors and/or designs yourself, but then if you provide the trademark paperwork to the tarp manufacturer, they can make sure no one else requests or receives tarps that look anything like yours. For more informaiton, contact companies like Glider Systems...

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Rust Inhibiting Spray For The Inside Of Your Washing Machine

Posted by on January 6, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Rust Inhibiting Spray For The Inside Of Your Washing Machine

Washing machines can rust on the inside. A washing machine may look great from the outside, but behind the paint, rust can form and quickly cause your washing machine to fall apart. This is especially true if your washing machine is located in your damp basement. To protect your washing machine from internal rust, a little work with rust inhibiting spray is necessary. Although the rust inhibiting spray is commonly used for vehicles, it can extend the life of your washing machine just like it does cars. Here, you will learn how to coat the inside of your washing machine with rust inhibiting spray to prevent the rust from occurring. To complete this project you will need: Masking tape and newspaper Sandpaper Screwdriver Paper mask, safety goggles and rubber gloves – to protect yourself from the overspray Rust inhibiting primer and paint Prepare for the Project Start by turning off the water and disconnecting the water lines and drain line. Unplug the washer and pull it away from the wall. Use the screwdriver to remove the screws on the back of the washing machine and remove the rear cover. This will give you a good view of the inside of your machine. Wrap the wash drum and mechanical components with newspaper and tape it in place. Lay newspaper on the floor around the area where you are working to prevent paint damage to the flooring. Open any windows or doors in the area to increase ventilation while you work. Prep and Paint the Machine Before you apply any rust inhibiting spray to the machine, you must first sand away any rust that has already formed. Once this is done, use a damp cloth to wipe down the surfaces to remove any dust, dirt and debris. Walk away for a while to let the machine dry completely before you proceed. Rushing the process and painting over a wet surface will cause the paint to bubble, flake, crack and eventually peel off of the metal. Now, spray a coat of rust inhibiting primer on the surface as evenly as possible. Let it dry for a few hours. Inspect the finish. If you see any areas that are rough from rust, sand it once more, wipe away dust and apply another coat of primer. After the primer has dried, apply a thin coat of paint. Wait for that to dry and then apply one more coat. Once the paint has dried, replace the back of the machine and carefully insert the screws. Slide it back into place, hook up the water and drain lines and plug it in. Run an empty cycle with white vinegar to help reduce the paint fumes that remain. This project may seem like a waste of time since you don’t see the inside of your machine, but that is the first area that will rust since most manufacturers don’t take the time to do it during the making of the...

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Truck Bed Liner Choices To Consider

Posted by on December 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Truck Bed Liner Choices To Consider

If you have just purchased a pickup truck, you will most likely enjoy being able to haul items with ease in the back portion. Protecting your truck’s bed becomes necessary if you intend to use it for this purpose. Here are some of the options available in pickup truck bed protection so it lasts without premature damage from scratches or dents when transporting items inside. Spray, Brush And Roll-On Bed Liners Adding a foam-based bed liner can be done on your own in the comfort of your driveway. This material adds a soft, cushioned surface to the truck’s metal. Foam bed lining material can be purchased at an automotive parts store. It is applied with a roller, paintbrush, or sprayer just as you would with paint. This is a permanent bed liner solution once it is applied, making it necessary to make sure the color is what you desire your end-product to keep after application. Unlike other options, this type of lining material will not alter the shape of your interior bed. Each curve will remain intact with a layer of rust-proof, and scratch-resistant protection. Professionally Installed Drop-In Liners A drop-in liner is an option people will use when they wish to forego the application on their own. This is a professionally installed plastic insert that fits into your truck bed perfectly. This type of liner will alter the original look of the metal as it is a thick piece that will cover some of the existing contoured portions of the bed style. It is bolted into place so there is no worry of it shifting while driving. The smooth surface of a drop in liner makes it easy to push items into and out of the truck bed, so it is a wise choice for those who intend on hauling heavy items often. Make sure the service installing a drop-in liner dries the interior of the bed before placing it, as any moisture will be trapped underneath, causing rusting as a result. Rubber Or Polypropylene Bed Mats A bed mat can be bought to put inside a truck bed when needed. This selection is great for those who do not wish to permanently alter the interior of the truck bed as the mat can be rolled up and removed whenever you wish. It will offer a surface that will not be penetrated by liquid or rough-edged materials. This type of covering however will not protect the interior sides of the bed, and will only offer protection for the floor of the bed. To make up for this, place cushioning around items you are hauling so there is less risk of scratching the interior walls. For more information, contact companies...

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Two Tips To Help You Determine If You’re Having Transmission Trouble

Posted by on December 28, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Two Tips To Help You Determine If You’re Having Transmission Trouble

When it comes to your car, the last thing you want to deal with is a faulty transmission.  Not only is it dangerous to ride around with a transmission that isn’t working correctly, it can also cause you to end up with a transmission replacement bill that is as high as $8,000 dollars.  However, unless you’ve had extensive experience working with automobiles, it may be difficult for you to determine the warning signs of impending transmission trouble.  Use this information to learn more about the symptoms which indicate that it’s time to have your transmission serviced. You Stall When You Stop One of the most telling signs that there may be trouble with your transmission is when you notice that you are unable to immediately speed off when you come to a stop.  This stalling, or halting will have you still sitting at a traffic light long after the other cars have taken off. If your vehicle stalls when you stop, it means that the transmission is not communicating the engine’s request to “go” to the wheels.  This delay in communication results in a significant time lapse that can leave you wondering if the car is going to move at all. When you notice this sign, take your vehicle into a repair facility like American Transmission Center or others right away for diagnosis.  Failing to have the car seen immediately could cause your transmission to go completely out at the most inconvenient time. You Notice Leaking Fluid Another warning sign that you don’t want to ignore involves the fluid which leaks from your car.  Although it is normal to have a bit of fluid leaking when you run your air conditioning system, you should pay attention to the color of the fluid that leaks, because this can help you identify transmission trouble. Transmission liquid ranges from bright red to dark brown in color.  Periodically checking your driveway or parking space after you’ve driven somewhere is a good way for you to see if any of this red liquid is being emitted from your car.  Also, you can open your hood and check the transmission fluid manually.  Since the transmission fluid is not burned up as you drive, the levels should always be even.  If you find that the fluid is not as high as it used to be, take it to a technician to find out why it’s leaking out of your car. Don’t wait until you’re stranded before taking action.  When you see these signs, have your car serviced right away so you can remain...

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