Since this is National Truck Driver Appreciation Week we will take a closer look at Wheaton World Wide Moving trucks and the equipment that our truck drivers use on a daily basis when moving household goods.
- Used to haul shipments typically less than 500 miles.
- Holds about 14,000 lbs.
- Also used as a shuttle truck to provide service when a residence is not accessible to a tractor trailer.
- Larger straight truck drivers require a Class B license.
- Contains about 2,000 cubic feet of space.
- Some models have side doors for easier access to loads.
- Typically 26’ long.
- May include an attic (also known as the peak, nose, bonnet).
- The door must have a decal with the carrier’s name, location and US Dot number.
- A tractor-trailer combination is typically used for long distance and interstate moves.
- Also referred to as the power unit.
- The term bob-tail is commonly refers to a tractor without a trailer.
- The tractor is sometimes called a semi since it is not complete until joined with a trailer.
- The door must have a decal with the carrier’s name, location and US Dot number.
- A semi engine is 6x larger than a car engine and has an average of 400-600 horsepower.
- The semi engine is designed to go 1,000,000 miles before re haul or rebuild.
- Tractors can hold up to 15 gallons of oil (a car typically takes 4-6 quarts).
- Typically 53’ long.
- Sometimes has a side door for easy access to loads.
- Belly Box is a compartment under the floor to store equipment used for loading/unloading.
- Holds about 29,500 lbs.
- Contains about 4,200 cubic feet of space.
- There are numbers on the roof, so the driver and packers can see how much cubic feet they have used and what they have left over for space.
- The trailer has heavier panels to help avoid damage from tree limbs and shrubbery in residential areas.
- An 18-wheeler (combo of tractor and trailer) has five axels.
Moving equipment and supplies that are normally found on a trailer/straight truck
National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, September 14-20, is when America takes the time to honor all professional truck drivers for their hard work and commitment in tackling one of our economy’s most demanding and important jobs.
At Wheaton World Wide Moving, truck drivers are the back bone of our company. We would like to take the time to show our appreciation and to do so, we need your help! Simply follow the steps below and you could win $100 Visa gift card!
1) Print the attached signs on this email and choose one of the two, if choosing the second, write your driver’s name on the line.
2) Take a picture of you holding the sign at your new residence, either inside or out.
3) Post the picture on our Facebook, Twitter or Google+ pages using the hashtags “#driveWheatonloyalty” and “#NTDAW” – You may also email your photos to email@example.com.
4) You will be automatically entered to win a $100 Visa gift card upon posting or email of your photo.
Join us between now and Sept. 27 (when the contest ends) in thanking all our professional male and female drivers for making your move successful and keeping our highways safe.
For official contest rules, click here.
Due to the sensitivity of fish and the delicate nature of a fish tank, the logistics of moving an aquarium is a tedious task, but can be done with proper planning and preparation.
Before deciding whether to move your aquarium yourself, it is best to discuss with your local Wheaton agent the options and special procedures when moving fish and their tanks.
If you decide to move your fish and tank yourself, remember to provide an adequate long-term traveling environment for your fish. Be mindful of extremes in temperatures, leakage and how fragile your aquarium can be. Plan on packing the the tank last before you move.
Prepare a holding container that is clean and toxin free for your fish. Make sure the holding container is equipped to fit the size of your fish as well as the amount of time it will be in there. Consider placing a loose-fitting lid to prevent the fish from jumping out. A somewhat dark-tinted color container is also an option since fish are less active in the night time and this relieves some stress.
If you are planning on transferring the tank water, use clean buckets to do so. If you are using new water at the new location, make sure it is properly set in terms of chemistry and temperature. Have towels and newspaper on hand for spills and messes that the transfer may cause.
Before getting the fish from the tank, soak the net in water for at least 10 minutes. Soaking it will soften and minimize damage to the fish. Also, soak the necessary siphon hoses. Make sure they are clean and have not been used to clean out anything other than clean water.
Now that you have made the appropriate preparations, you are ready to move the tank. First, siphon the sufficient amount of water from your tank into the fish’s holding container. If you have plants in your tank, transfer a few stems to the holding container to help reduce the shock of the fish. You should also provide aeration in an aquarium heater to the holding container, making sure the fish will have enough oxygen while they are waiting for their new location.
Gently and carefully catch the fish with the soaked net and transfer them to the prepared holding container.
Unplug and remove all external attachments that may fall off or get in the way when you move the tank. Disassemble the tank, pack the pumps, heaters and other accessories, carefully. For shorter moves, cleaning your filter is not necessary and you can place it in a hard sealed container, free of chemicals. For longer moves, you can either clean it or toss your filter.
Siphon water from the tank to the buckets you have prepared for the new location. If you are moving a short distance, leave only enough water in the tank to cover the gravel bed and landscaping. If it is a long distance move, all water will need to be drained or preserved.
Aquariums are sensitive, especially the sealant that keeps the glass together, when relocating it needs to be done with much caution and ease. With necessary assistance, lift the tank and bring it carefully to the next location. Set it down as gently as possible and keep it level during the move.
Once at the new site, reinstall all of the attachments. Bring the water containers and refill the tank by siphoning it into the aquarium. Avoid dumping the water into the tank as it can cause a mess and disrupt the landscaping.
Before placing the fish back into the water, test its temperature, pH, salinity and chlorine content with a test kit. Make sure the water in the holding container and the new tank are the same temperature. When the tank’s conditions are back to normal, gently return the fish to the tank using a soaked fish net.
Moving fish and aquariums on long distance moves can be a difficult task. Talk to your local Wheaton agent about the best options for you and your fish.
Since its founding in 1945 by Earnest S. Wheaton, one thing has always come first at Wheaton World Wide Moving – the customer. The customer-first philosophy is the cornerstone of Wheaton’s success as its employees take great pride in ensuring that each customer moved has a positive relocation experience. As such, Wheaton employs individuals who support and share its customer-focused philosophy. One individual that has exemplified the “Wheaton” way and the is Kellee Johnson.
Wheaton World Wide Moving CEO Mark Kirschner announced Kellee Johnson as the Employee of the Year at a staff meeting this morning, Sept. 9.
“I was completely shocked when they said my name because there was some pretty stiff competition,” Johnson said.
Johnson joined Wheaton World Wide Moving in 2008 and is known as a dedicated, loyal worker throughout her department in accounting and revenue. Johnson consistently exceeds the production level established for her position as an audit analyst. Johnson earned the Employee of the Quarter for Q2 (October – December) because of her excellent work ethic.
Below are photos from the announcement earlier today. There are also videos from the meeting on the Wheaton World Wide YouTube Channel.
Congratulations to Kellee and thank you for your hard work through the years for a well-deserved honor of Employee of the Year!
Relocating is challenging for the whole family, but it can be particularly difficult for children who are forced to cope with a changing environment, especially at a new school. Rochester, N.Y. high school guidance counselor, Lindsay Tuschong gives her advice on how to ease the transition to a new school after relocating.
It is important to work through the new school year as a family effort and talk over the expectations and goals for the new year. Go over the class schedule and map of the school.
“Don’t be afraid to ask for a tour of school before the first day. If it is during the summer time, take advantage of school offered orientations,” Tuschong said. “It is always helpful for your child to have an understanding of the building layout before starting on his/her first day!”
Making friends in a new school can be an intimidating task. Many schools offer activities and sports that boost socialization as well as enhance interests.
“Parents should encourage the child to try new clubs, sports, and activities at school,” Tuschong said. “If they already enjoy something, be sure to help get them signed up to partake sooner than later.”
Tuschong continued, “Encourage your child as much as you can to use their resources at school. School counselors can help by suggesting different school based activities, and even with connecting students to community activities.”
Despite all the resources, the change may present some difficulties for the child to endure. It is important to monitor changes in the child’s attitude and keep in touch with teachers and counselors to ensure any adjustments that might need to be made.
“Change can be hard for the entire family when it comes to adjusting to a new school. Don’t be afraid to reach out to teachers and counselors at school if you fear your child is not adjusting,” stated Tuschong. “Because the school is only getting to know the child, they may need to recognize some of the struggles he or she is having. By advocating for your child early, actions can be taken at school, whether academic or personal intervention, to help them transition.”
For the final section of Wheaton World Wide’s organization series, “A Place for Everything and Everything in its Place,” with help from the book “Clutter Rescue” from the Good Housekeeping Research Institute we will be exploring the organization of laundry rooms.
The location of the laundry room is dictated by power and water lines and the venting necessary for a dryer to operate. This means that the laundry room could be anywhere in the house, basement, kitchen, its own separate room, etc. No matter where the room is, the area should provide enough room to maneuver around the washer and dryer, space for supplies and a place to fold and iron clothes.
To avoid access clutter, everything in the laundry room should have a place to go when not in use. Because of the specific function of the laundry room there shouldn’t be much of a question as to what should go in there.
Depending on the type and size of your supplies, this will dictate the type of storage that you might need, however, it does not need to be extensive. Cabinets and shelving are typically the best tools to hold the supplies. Be sure to keep the supplies separated by type and in order of use. In a home with small children, make sure the hazardous liquids are out of reach. You will also want an area to presort laundry, which may require a few laundry baskets or hampers.
Ironing can be made more pleasurable and easier with the right board and station area. Your choice of board be a mounted board or a freestanding unit.
The advantage of the mounted board is the under space as well as a stable ironing station. There are two types of mounted boards: Recessed boards, which are completely hidden and out of the when stored. Surface-mounted boards fold up against a mounting platform in plain view.
Free standing ironing boards are the least expensive and the simplest for use. They are easy to store because they usually fold up and can go in a closet or up against the wall.
Drying and Folding Area:
A drying and folding area is one way to diminish the possibility that clothes will become bedroom clutter. It is also wise to include drying facilities in this zone because the natural next step is to fold or hang them.
There are many types of structures to dry clothes. Drying racks come in all shapes and sizes and in metal or wood. There are expandable racks or flat drying shelves and trays. Shelves are best used for delicate blouses and sweaters. You could also add a drying line, or foldout hanging bars.
A laundry room benefits from a specific area for folding laundry. You don’t need a lot of space. Deep countertops are the best to fold laundry, but creating one out of plywood or hard plastic on top of your dryer is also a possibility.
Most laundry areas will come with a “slop sink” for soaking garments and hand-washing delicates, such as sweaters. Hang a rag or paper-towel dispenser within reach of the sink. Keep a wire or plastic mesh bin in the sink as a place to put garments to drain.
Inventory Analysis: Before you go shopping, check the supplies-storage area of your laundry room. Return supplies to the proper area and check for supplies that need to be replenished.
Orphan patrol: On a week when you are not doing laundry – visit the laundry room to check for leftover soaking, dried or dirty clothes. Return these orphans to the correct location.
The home office or workspace has many different uses – for work, paying bills, reviewing paperwork, etc., which makes this area very susceptible to constant clutter.
The organization challenge is twofold: keeping household clutter from invading the workspace and keeping work items from cluttering other areas in the house. The first rule of the home office is to organize papers – in a file cabinet or on some sort of display organizer. After everything is out of the way, look at how much space you have and think about what you might need.
Choosing the right desk is essential to help beat clutter. First and foremost, the desk must be the right size for your needs. The desk surface should provide enough room for basic office tools and have the space to write comfortably, open your mail and review files as necessary.
When setting up your desk, focus on the essentials. Pens and pencil holders, staplers and tape dispensers should be grouped together and can be bought with matching organizers. Trays (wood, plastic or wire) are must-have organization tools. A mail organizer is also essential to the home office because it is the natural location to deal with bills.
Drawers make it easy to put stuff in and then forget about it, which in turn results in a clutter basket. To make best use of your drawer and keep it as organized as possible, dedicate each drawer to one type of storage and partition drawers as necessary to keep things neat. Even if the desk does not have drawers, the under desk area can be used for storage and organization.
Technology and Equipment:
When deciding about your desk, figure out how much room your computer might take. Depending on your equipment, you may need to have room for a keyboard, monitor, computer tower, printers and mouse.
Cords always seem to be the biggest cause of clutter when it comes to technology. There are two basic options for keeping the cords organized: keep all cords together or do without them completely. Cord organizers are used to conceal cords, which can be tubes, braces or clip-in’s to keep them positioned and together.
Supplies and Reference Storage:
Shelves are the best option for storing reference materials. Open storage lets you see what you have and what you need without searching high and low. You can choose from standalone shelves or wall-mounted shelves. Make your decision based on how much room you need.
Paper and stationary supplies are best kept neatly stacked on shelves. If you don’t want a bookend on the shelf, folders can be used to keep everything neat. Magazine are best kept on racks and books should be grouped by type, so you can easily and quickly find the reference you need. Keep office supplies in a box or bin on the shelf or in drawers by type of supply.
One of the biggest challenges in keeping your home office in order is organizing a filing system. Begin by reviewing all of your paper files. Throw out what is no longer needed. Plan out the order of your files and organize them within the filing cabinet. Depending on your use and how much, stationary or rolling files are viable options for cabinets.
The best way to organize your files are to answer these three questions:
1. Do your files have a system? You should be able to explain how your system works and finding the file should be easy. The easiest way is a simple alphabetic system organized by first letter of the topic. You also want to keep papers in order from newest in the front and oldest in the back.
2. Do you have enough space for your files? If you are cramming files into an overstuffed cabinet, before throwing out your files, do an assessment and add another cabinet if needed.
3. Can you digitize some of your paper files? Most paper can be stored on the computer or online. Make sure to keep hard copies of vital records and documents. Back up your computer hard drive on a regular basis to a zip drive.
Once a week, review the workspace. If you notice things are out of place and have no room for it, consider buying more organization aids. Put the items back where they are out of working space order and where you can find them.
Every two weeks, check your shelf inventory. Make sure you have adequate supplies as needed.
Every six months go through your files to determine if any are no longer in use and should be archived. Make sure files are not crammed into the file cabinet. It they are, buy another one.
Entryways/Foyers/Mudrooms are the transitional areas for family members and visitors, bringing in, coats, shoes and of course clutter. Keeping the room clutter free makes it easier for transitioning from outside to inside. Entryways should not be used for long term storage; they should only be used for the things that come on and off when you enter of exit the house.
Coats and jackets need to have a specific place to hang in the entryway to prevent clutter in other rooms in the house. When planning coat storage, be sure to take into account the room you’ll need for your family’s outerwear and for visitors’ coats.
If you have an entryway closet, it should be dedicated to outwear. If the closet includes a shelf, use it for outerwear garment such as mittens and hats. You can add additional hooks on the back of the door for additional storage.
If you do not have a closet in your entryway, a free standing piece of furniture such as a coat rack, hall tree or hooks and pegs can solve the issue of coat storage in that area.
The process of keeping shoes organized begins with providing enough space for all the footwear in your entryway. Keep shoes on a mat or rack that is easy to clean. You can use a shoe rack or stackable shoe shelves to organize. Try to group by who wears the shoes. If you do not have room, store out of season shoes in a bedroom closet.
Mail and Keys:
Give keys and mail specific places in the entryway. Keys should have a precise place that does not change, so you will know where to find them at all times. You can use hooks, various key hangers or a bowl on a nearby surface to hold keys. Wall files are a viable option for mail organization. Another option If you have a table, use a bin or tray to keep the mail tidy. Remember to go through the mail frequently to avoid back log.
Seasonal items are all those things used for different times of year. Multi-bin organizers are a great option for large families, allowing a bin per person to store items such as mittens, gloves, hats, etc. Add add a bin or basket to hold gardening items.
Umbrellas should be stored standing up to allow drying and prevent damage. An umbrella stand is an option as well as a wire-mesh trash basket.
With enough hooks and other storage, entryways should stay orderly on their own because nobody spends much time there. Check the area periodically.
Every week, make sure coats are hung in proper places. Rehang those that have fallen off of their hooks or hangers. When seasons change make sure that you move heavy jackets and boots to seasonal storage spaces.
Every two or three days, check shoes and boots in the closet. Rearrange if necessary.
Every Saturday, perform a mail check to see that nothing important was left in the area and that mail is being move to where it needs to go.
In part eight of a “Place for Everything and Everything in its Place” from the book “Clutter Rescue,” we will explore the organization of garages and sheds.
Due to the variations of temperature and the unfinished spaces, garages and sheds are best suited for storing equipment and supplies that are normally used outside. Organizing a garage or a shed is a matter of “sectionalizing.” Each type of equipment or product will get a specific section of wall or floor space, clearly separate from other sections.
To start, pull everything out of the garage/shed. Get rid of the items you don’t need and determine what actually should stay in the garage. Separate the garage or shed into zones and determine what should be placed in each section.
Putting the recycling center by the door is the most convenient location. Next, choose containers to best sort the type of recyclables (if this is required by your municipality). If you need to sort out the recyclables by type, it would be best to color code the containers so there is no confusion.
Organizing hand tools is essential to making your life easier, especially when it comes to the small articles and pieces that get lost very easily. Before organizing, ask yourself these questions about your inventory of hand tools:
Do you centralize your home repair tools at a bench in the garage?
The best system that still works is putting up a sheet of peg-board and peg-board hooks and hanging the tools up from there.
Do you own a great number and/or diverse tool inventory?
If so, a large chest can provide separate compartments for tools different shapes and sizes. Combine with a smaller toolbox for frequently used tools like common sizes of screwdrivers, hammers and pliers.
Are your tools extremely valuable?
Store these tools in locked cabinets or boxes.
Power tools usually come with storage cases. You can also buy containers to store these if it was not included when the power tools were purchased. Store power tools adjacent to the hand-tool zone and near the work bench area because power tools are often used in conjunction with hand tools.
For safety and because they are expensive, storing in a closed or locked cabinet is a viable option.
Dedicate different shelves in the cabinet to different types of tools, such as cutting, drilling, shaping and so on. You can opt to hang power tools from their handles on a heavy-duty rack made specifically for this purpose. If your power tool has a cord, use heavy-duty twist ties to keep it contained in a tiny loop. Make sure tools are equipped with guards and safety blocks to prevent injury.
Yard and Garden Equipment and Supplies:
Gas or electric tools need to be stored properly to remain in good working order, away from traffic flow and out of the reach of children. Lightweight tools, such as weed trimmers, edgers and hedge trimmers should be hung up as well. To prevent accidents, keep the fuel for gas-powered tools in metal cabinet.
Seasonal equipment should be stored in a corner. Always empty the fluids for off-season storage and relocation. Long handed tools should be laid up against the wall because they present safety hazards. If you have floor space or wall space available, the best options are to use a standing tool rack or hanging racks.
Devote a portion of garage or shed to sports gear, so everyone in the family will know where to find it. The best way to store these items are to use custom racks meant for storing the equipment that you have. There are ski/snowboard racks, bike storage systems (wall hooks and frame that supports the bikes), fishing gear racks and multi-sport organizers to keep these items contained and easy to find.
A sturdy set of shelves is best to be used for basic car cleaning and maintenance equipment. Keep things simple by separating and segregating supplies by function.
Clean your shed or garage twice a year – once in the spring and fall to prepare for upcoming seasons.
Bin review: Do a weekly visual tour of the garage, making sure recycling bins are not overflowing.
Maintenance Moment: Keep tools in working order by cleaning, sharpening tools, lubricate mechanical pieces. Make sure when you put your tools back that they are in a place that they are exposed to unusual wear.
Both the basement and the attic share a central purpose of providing long- and short-term storage for other areas of the house. Keeping these rooms organized will save time packing before relocating.
The first step when organizing these two rooms is removing everything and cleaning thoroughly. Cleaning is necessary as both rooms are prone to insect and rodent infestation. Donate or discard the items that you no longer want. Work on one zone at a time and take as much time is needed to ensure the best organization for each room.
Basement Emergency Area:
Homeowners need to be prepared for natural and manmade disasters. The first step is to create a home emergency kit and store it in the basement where you and your family would gather in the event of an emergency. Recommended items to keep near this area include three gallons of water, a three-day supply of food, change of clothes, flashlight, battery powered radio, extra batteries, first-aid kit, toiletry articles, backup medications, a can opener, duct tape and garbage bags. Also, include a list of emergency contacts in the kit.
The key to getting the most out of your home workshop are a physical setup that lets you work smoothly without creating clutter and safety elements that ensure your projects present no danger to you or your family. A good work table has adequate space and is sturdy. Adding shelves or cabinets to the work area will help with organization. To store tools, use a toolbox, magnetic tool holders or bench top organizers. Be sure that the basement work area has proper ventilation, fire safety and waste disposal for hobbies that may require these features.
Basement Hazardous Material Storage:
Hazardous materials, such as cleaning supplies and flammable materials, could be dangerous to children and pets. These items should be locked in a cabinet and should be positioned out of the general flow of the basement traffic. Metal cabinets are best used to contain these items.
Basement Food and Basement Storage:
Position this far from the hazardous material area. The food zones in the basement are a backup for your pantry. It is an area to put non-perishable foods that are bought in bulk. Make sure stored food and beverage are kept up off of the floor, position foods by type, put new purchases in the back and make sure dry-goods are non-absorbent. The basement is also the perfect place to store wine, which is best kept in darkness with a lower temperature.
Basement General Shelving and Cabinets:
The basement is a great place to put overflow from the household, garage or outdoors. Shelves are a great way for storing season items.
Attic Clothing Storage:
Due to the basement being damp and susceptible to mold and mildew, it is best to keep excess clothing in the attic. Before storing clothing, make sure it is completely clean as a little dirt can create bad odor and stains that attracts insects over time.
Rules for storing clothes:
1. Remove Accessories - Remove the jewelry and decorative ornamentation on clothing as it can tear other garments.
2. Empty Pockets – Items left in pockets can leave permanent distortion.
3. Button Up – Close all fasteners on clothing to maintain its proper shape.
4. Clean First – Dry clean or wash clothes one last time. The smallest amount of dirt can damage and cause odors on the clothing. Never starch the clothes because it can cause yellowing and attract insects.
5. Bag Free – Do not store clothing on plastic bags, including the plastic that your dry cleaner uses to protect your garment. Plastic traps moisture and can cause mold and mildew.
For clothes that can be folded, use waterproof, vented boxes for storing other than wool items. Store wool pieces in a cedar chest. Make sure the boxes are sealed well to prevent insects from entering. Group the clothing in the boxes by type and label, so it is easy to find when needed. If you move, these will already be pack and ready for the trip.
Some clothes, such as dresses and coats, should be hung to maintain their shape. Vented fabric garment bags with zippers and opaque, insect-resistant linings are ideal for precious clothes that you want to protect as thoroughly as possible.
The goal is to protect memorabilia against breakage and deterioration. Lined and padded memory chests are ideal containers for precious objects. If you decide to put items in plastic or cardboard boxes, make sure all breakables are thoroughly protected by padding.
Attic Holiday Decorations
Dedicate a corner of the attic for holiday decorations to ensure they stay in good shape. Don’t store decorations loose. For ornaments, you can store them in something such as wood chests, but you can also use cardboard or plastic boxes. A spool for holiday lights is the best way to organize holiday lights or buy a special plastic boxes with slots.
Attic General Storage
Extra room in the attic can serve as long-term storage for papers and legal documents. Use file-holder boxes with built in supports that keep file upright and organized. Label the boxes and stack them, neatly, in the most out of the way corner in the attic. You may want to consider a fireproof or fire-resistant box or a safe for these papers.
Because the attic and basement tends to become the dumping ground for household goods that have no where to go, it is essential to check the area every six months or so to make sure the area is still in order.
Check the emergency kit supplies every three months to confirm that batteries are still good, equipment is functioning and food and water supplies are not leaking or damaged.
With the change of the seasons, check on clothing and long-term storage to ensure that it is neatly organized and no insects have gotten to them.
On Tuesday, August 19 we will continue with Garage and Shed organization.