Renovating a three story house proved to be more work than I originally thought it would be. Adding two bathrooms to the upper levels with beautiful garden tubs seemed like a great idea on paper, but when it came down to getting the tubs up to where they needed to go, we ran into several problems. The contractor suggested that we consider renting a crane to get some of the heavy stuff lifted to the upper levels - that was a brilliant idea. If you are considering a project such as this, read through my blog to find out how heavy construction equipment can make the impossible possible.
Before you undertake a major construction project, it is critical to have the right tools for the job. In particular, it is fairly common to require a crane for these projects, but if you have never rented a crane, you might not understand what should be expected from these services. Luckily, the following crane rental tips can help you to avoid making some common mistakes when renting this equipment.
Be Prepared To Provide Proof Of Having A Licensed Operator
If you or one of your workers is a licensed crane operator, then you may be able to opt for a bare crane rental. This is a type of rental where the provider does not supply you with an operator for the machine. While a bare rental is often more affordable, many services will require you to provide documentation showing the license of your operator is current.
This step is required due to requirements from insurance providers. A crane can be extremely expensive, and it can cause major damage. Not surprisingly, most insurance companies will only provide coverage as long as the crane is being operated by a trained and licensed professional.
Consider Choosing A Mobile Crane Over A Tower Option
Depending on the type of project that you are doing and the terrain, you should consider opting for a mobile crane. These cranes can be ideal for areas with very limited space, uneven ground or trees because they are extremely maneuverable. Additionally, mobile cranes often have lower transportation costs because they do not require a special vehicle to haul them.
In addition to requiring a more complicated transportation arrangement, tower cranes will also need to be set up and maintained by trained technicians. The massive machines need constant care to ensure they function as designed, and as a result, you will need to adjust your work schedule to account for maintenance visits from the crane provider.
Renting a crane for your construction project can be an economical way of ensuring that you have the right tools to get your job done. Yet, you may have a poor understanding about this rental option, which can make it hard for you to know what to expect. Making sure that you understand the value of being prepared to provide documentation for your operator, as well as the advantages of opting for a mobile crane, can give you more of the insight you need to make informed choices when renting these tools.Share
22 January 2016