Working With Trailers On Construction Sites


Dump trailers can help a lot on various construction sites because they allow you to accumulate and get rid of a lot of heavy materials that you simply couldn't handle on your own. To keep it functional and protect your own construction company, use these tips.

Invest in Trickle Chargers

Arguably, the most important component in your dump trailer is the battery that powers the pump that enables you to lift the bed of the trailer and empty out its contents. Without that battery, the pump won't work and you'll have to determine alternate means of getting the waste out of the trailer. That could take more time than you have and it could also lead to unexpected replacement battery purchases.

To steer clear of those issues, always keep multiple trickle chargers nearby. You might think one trickle charger is suitable for your purchases, but it's smart to bring along at least two of them along on any given day. There might have been a charging problem with one charger, a component in one of the chargers could be damaged, or a job is taking longer than you expected and you need to have the power necessary to complete the day's work.

Observe the Rules of Your Dumping Ground

You might be able to secure permission to dump certain contents of your trailer on someone's salvage yard or other property. While you might have quickly glanced over any list of permitted and forbidden materials, it's essential that you observe any guidelines in place. Not only can this enable a good working relationship that makes things easier for you, but violating rules over and over could result in heavy fines that are easier to simply avoid. Even worse, the owner of the property could simply ban you from dumping if you continue to ignore rules. If that happens, you'll have to take time out of your work schedule to secure a different dumping location which will have its own guidelines in place.

These considerations should help you do what is necessary to keep things running smoothly with your dump trailer. Ask others in the construction industry, trailer rental companies and even your own employees for more suggestions.

Empty Slowly

Once you're confident that you're dumping appropriate materials, you might get that pump moving quickly so it can dump everything fast. This is not wise because the contents can come out so quickly that people in the area are injured. Not only that, but such speed can cause the entire trailer bed to flip once it's completely vertical. That can result in injuries or trailer damage. A better idea is to get someone to watch you as you empty the trailer slowly so that they can alert you to any trouble.

Heed the tips laid out here when working with any dump trailer. Consult rental companies, vendors and other professionals familiar with these machines to get more advice. There are many other types of trailers that can help out on your construction site as well, so make sure to check out and consider them as well. 

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I decided to start a blog to keep me busy during downtime. I've had experience with building and I feel it is my duty to pass on my knowledge to help new contractors out there struggling to make ends meet. I want to start with a very important lesson I learned: always go for good quality construction equipment over items with prices that seem too good to be true. I have made this mistake more than once. I have had budget equipment break down in the middle of a job that ended up costing me more time and money than I thought I had even saved on the equipment in the first place. Check back often to see new tips I post!

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