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How-To Properly Deck Your Home in Christmas Lights

Deck Your Home for the Holidays

The holidays are right around the corner, which means if you don’t already have your Christmas lights and outdoor decorations put up, now is the time. It’s always so fun getting in a festive Christmas spirit, and decking out your house with lights creates the perfect ambiance. However, in order to hang lights properly it’s important to understand which ladder is right for the job.

Lifts Versus Ladders
  • Boom lifts are ideal for really involved light displays, especially for tall buildings, churches, homes and trees, a boom lift may be your best bet. They can reach much higher than a ladder and they’re sturdy and easily mobile. The Cities of Westfield and Carmel and many churches use a 56′ towable lift for instance. This is useful if you are hanging lights on a large spruce tree for the top.
  • Extension or step ladders are more suited for doing lights around your roof. When choosing an extension ladder, consider one that is about 6″ taller than your highest point so it lays securely on the roof.  Another thing to consider is the pitch so the ladder will extend over bushes and other landscaping, so as not to damage anything.
Other Helpful Christmas Lighting Accessories
  • Gloves are super helpful when hanging lights on bushes and trees. Truly, I learned the hard way and ended up with multiple small cuts on both hands.
  • You will also need extension cords. When purchasing cord/s, you want to look for outdoor cords, specifically made for outside lights (able to withstand low temperatures). Also, 10/3 can hold more amps than 12/3. Be mindful not to overload the outlet so as not to trip your breaker.
  • Staple guns are also ideal for securing lights and garlands to the roof or other areas of your home. There are even staplers specifically made for roofs and siding.
Tempe Tips

Inside your home, be leery of how you position window candles. I burned my wooden shutters in the window with one of those fake window candles. Little candelabra light bulbs do get very hot, so make sure they are on only when window curtains, shutters, blinds, etc. are open.

For more tips on how to choose a ladder and safety tips when putting up your Christmas lights and decorations, check out this past blog post. For general holiday safety tips, read this post. Also, feel free to reach out with any questions about which equipment to use, additional tips and pricing.

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Safely Operate Scissor & Boom Lifts in 5 Simple Steps

How-To Safely Operate A LiftNeed to climb to high heights and get a chore done on your property, or perhaps shoot a movie (it’s been known to happen)? Well, there’s a lift for that! Lifts are specialized machines that help you safely access work areas that are located high above ground level, and are hard to reach with a ladder. In the case of a movie shoot, a lift can put you and the camera up high for panoramic views of a set or outdoor vista.

A scissor lift uses a single crisscrossed metal arm mechanism that moves straight up by electricity or hydraulics, delivering a smooth ride to the elevated work area. A boom lift has articulated joints and extendable metal arms usually fixed to a 360-degree rotation turntable that swings them full circle for quick and flexible positioning, above obstacles or other areas that are not safe for a standard scissor lift.

Whether you rent a scissor lift or a boom lift, it’s important to follow standard safety procedures when operating either one.

Step 1. Inspect the equipment before operation. Check the platform floor, guardrails, toe boards, tires, wheels, basket, hydraulic hoses and fittings for fluid leaks. Test the ground controls, manual lowering controls, platform controls and emergency stops, making sure that every function of the lift works correctly, including steering and drive functions.

Step 2. Check the work site at ground level for uneven surfaces, drop-offs or holes, bumps, floor obstructions or debris and overhead hazards, making sure the lift is not parked on a slope that exceeds operator manual specifications. Make sure you’re not going to exceed the maximum lift capacity of the machine.

Step 3. Wear appropriate personal protective equipment, such as a safety harness and any protective equipment specific to the lift you’re using, such as a fall arrest lanyard with a boom lift. Load your equipment into the basket.

Step 4. Turn on the engine and run through all of the lift operations, including raising, lowering, extending, retracting and/or basket tilting. Move the lift forward and reverse, then move it into place. Make sure it is stable. Set any safety outriggers, if equipped.

Step 5. Lift the work basket or adjust the height and angle of each boom arm to reach your work area. After work is completed, take care to shut down the lift, leaving all arms in locked positions.

Expert Advice

JLG and Genie Scissor Lifts and Boom Lifts are available for rental. Most are appropriate for both indoor and outdoor applications and are reliable and energy-efficient, offering the maximum job productivity. Some run quieter and cleaner, while others fit through most standard doorways and tight aisles, perfect for areas with limited access and maneuvering in tight workspaces. If you have any questions about what to choose, pricing or how-tos, don’t hesitate to contact us. Our expert staff is always on hand to help you with surface preparation projects. Stop by our store — we’re open seven days a week.

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What Everyone Ought to Know About Boom Lifts

Boom LiftsBoom lifts, also known as cherry pickers, help you reach heights easily. It’s articulating boom arms and extendable baskets allow a person to access normally out of reach work areas and also work in safety and comfort with their entire range of tools on hand.

Boom lifts are common equipment that serve multiple purposes. Below are some examples of how our customers use them:

  • Lifting workers to pick fruits from tall trees
  • Building maintenance workers use boom lifts for painting, cleaning windows and carrying out façade work in higher floors
  • Utility workers use boom lifts to service and repair telephones and electrical cables
  • Miners and workers in underground locations use boom lifts to descend to the ground and work in potentially unsafe locations
  • Boom lifts are in many places the only way to access high-standing billboards
  • Boom lifts are the best option to transport materials to elevated places from a distance

Most boom lifts are battery powered by hydraulic mechanism. The operator has the controls to move and adjust the height of the telescoping arm, as required. The operator in the bucket can control to adjust the position of the bucket. Automatic safety controls prevent tipping over.

Boom lifts makes for a more versatile alternative to scissor lifts for many jobs. Unlike the latter, it is possible to maneuver it both horizontally and vertically, in a wide range. Using the boom lift, workers operating from a restricted base can reach out to elevated positions a distance away from the base as well. Boom lifts also have strong stabilizer legs, making them more stable. When you expect to have to scale heights or drop down several feet, make sure you have a boom lift ready for use, so you can accomplish your task easily and efficiently.

Renting a boom lift offers significant cost-savings. You pay only for what you use. You do not have to use a significant amount of your capital on machinery. You are spared the hassle of storing and maintaining and also get to select the latest and the most relevant machine, rather than having to make do with a single machine that may not suit your purpose.

About the Author

Jack Runyon is the president of Runyon Equipment Rental. He has 21 years of rental experience, as the 3rd generation son to carry on the family tradition and his grandfather’s vision. He prides the company for its devotion to ethics, quality products and customer service. Jack is known for his passion and vast expertise.

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