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Your Weekend Fill: High Five Etiquette

April 30, 2010 Leave a comment
Categories: Daily Fill, Humor

What Is The Right Size & Model STIHL Product For You?

April 30, 2010 1 comment

Looking to buy a STIHL chainsaw, trimmer, blower or other outdoor power product and have no idea how to decide on what the right size and model is right for you?

Don’t get all bent out of shape, we are here to help!  There are a few ways to go about tackling this issue and feeling good about the product you select.

Option #1)  If you are in the greater Houston area go to either of Aztec Rental’s locations and our experienced and knowledgeable staff will help put you on the correct equipment for your needs and application.  If you are not in Houston go to your local STIHL dealer and our guess is they will have someone who knows STIHL products as well. 

*NOTE – You will not find any STIHL products in any “box stores” (ie. Home Depot & Lowes)!  Why? Great question! Check out the answer here.

Option #2) On the STIHL website they provide a great product selector tool.  All you have to do is answer a few questions about what application you want to use the product for and BOOM, it spits out a few suggestions of models and sizes that will be right for you.  Then you call up Aztec Rental or your local dealer and tell us what product you want and we will have it serviced and ready for you to pick up at your convience!

Here is the link:  STIHL Interactive Product Selectors

Now take a deep breath, relax and feel confident now that you know Aztec Rental and Stihl will put you on the right outdoor power equipment for YOU!

Categories: Landscaping, STIHL

Daily Fill: Man vs. Flip Flop

April 27, 2010 Leave a comment

Has this ever happened to you?

If so, which would you prefer?
A) Bottle of aspirin
B) An intervention
C) Phone number to AA

Categories: Daily Fill, Humor

OSHA To Increase Penalties And Add Severe Violator Program

April 27, 2010 2 comments

Be prepared.  Be Safe.  Know OSHA’s policies.

Last year, OSHA assembled a work group to evaluate its penalty policies and found currently assessed penalties are too low to have an adequate deterrent effect. Based on the group’s findings and recommendations, several administrative changes to the penalty calculation system, outlined in the agency’s Field Operations Manual, are being made. These administrative enhancements will become effective in the next several months. The penalty changes will increase the overall dollar amount of all penalties while maintaining OSHA’s policy of reducing penalties for small employers and those acting in good faith.

The current maximum penalty for a serious violation, one capable of causing death or serious physical harm, is only $7,000 and the maximum penalty for a willful violation is $70,000. The average penalty for a serious violation will increase from about $1,000 to an average $3,000 to $4,000. Monetary penalties for violations of the OSH Act have been increased only once in 40 years despite inflation. The Protecting America’s Workers Act would raise these penalties, for the first time since 1990, to 12,000 and $250,000, respectively. Future penalty increases would also be tied to inflation. In the meantime, OSHA will focus on outreach in preparation of implementing this new penalty policy.

Severe Violator Program intended to protect workers 

The new Severe Violator Enforcement Program is intended to focus OSHA enforcement resources on recalcitrant employers who endanger workers by demonstrating indifference to their responsibilities under the law. This supplemental enforcement tool includes increased OSHA inspections in these worksites, including mandatory OSHA follow-up inspections, and inspections of other worksites of the same employer where similar hazards and deficiencies may be present. SVEP will become effective within the next 45 days.

For more information on Severe Violator Program: http://www.osha.gov/dep/svep-directive.pdf
For more information on increased penalties:  http://www.osha.gov/dep/penalty-change-memo.pdf
News Release from U.S. Department of Labor

Categories: Construction, News

Lawn Mower Maintainance Schedule

April 26, 2010 Leave a comment

When should i change the oil in my lawn mower? 
How often should i replace the fuel filter? 
Should i change the spark plug every 200 hrs?

All great questions!  Here is a little guide to help you keep your lawn mowers up and running. 

Some of this may vary per manufacture, but you can use this as a good guide line to keep your equipment serviced and help extend the life of your equipment.

  Maintainance Schedule          
   
Before Each Use
Every 25 hours
Every 50 hours
Every 100 hours
Spring and Fall
  Saftey Checks  
             
Check safety Interlock System
X
     
X
Check mower blade stopping time
X
   
X
X
Check rider brakes
X
   
X
X
             
             
Lawnmower Care            
             
Check mower for loose hardware
X
     
X
Check/ adjust PTO Clutch                                          ****  
X
 
X
X
Lubricate mower                                                   ***/****      
X
X
Check/ clean/ replace battery and cables      
X
X
Check tire pressure
X
X
   
X
Clean deck and check/ replace mower blades               ***      
X
X
Check hydraulic oil
X
     
X
Change hydraulic oil and filter                                      ***      
X
 
Check gearbox oil level                                              ****
X
     
X
Check tire wear                                           
X
     
X
Check belting
X
     
X
             
             
  Engine Care    *            
             
Check engine oil level
X
     
X
Check/ clean engine cooling fans                                 ***  
X
   
X
Check/ change engine air filter                                     ***  
X
   
X
Change engine oil and filter                                        */***
See your engine manufacturers owners manual (usually every 200-300 Hrs)
Inspect/ replace spark plugs                                           *
See your engine manufacturers owners manual (usually every 200-300 Hrs)
Check/ replace fuel filter and fuel lines                        */***
See your engine manufacturers owners manual (usually every 200-300 Hrs)
Check / clean spark arrester                                       */**
See your engine manufacturers owners manual (usually every 200-300 Hrs)
Check engine coolant level
X
     
X
Change engine coolant                                                  *
See your engine manufacturers owners manual (usually every 300 Hrs)
Check/ clean cooling fins and intake    
X
   
Check/ clean radiator screens
X
     
X
Check raditator hoses                                                  **        
X
             
  *    :  See your engine manufacturers owners manual
  **   :  If equipped.  Replaced if damaged
  ***  :  May require more frequent service depending on operating conditions
  **** :  Service after the 1st 25 hours of operation, then every 100 hours  of operation
             

Follow these guidelines and you will be happy with your equipments performance. 

If you are having issues that are beyond you scope, bring your equipment to Aztec Rental.  With our experience and veteran mechanics we will have your equipment up and running in no time.

Related Articles:
Don’t Shoot The Messenger; Equipment Repair and Warranty Work
Biggest Factor In Engine Problems Are Fuel Related Issues

March Shows Another Price Increase In Construction Materials

April 26, 2010 Leave a comment

Associated Builders and Contractors Reports the rise in construction materials cost for the 5th straight month. [learn more]

Prices for construction materials and supplies shot up for the fifth straight month, increasing 1.3 percent in March, according to April 22 producer price index (PPI) report by the U.S. Labor Department. Over the first quarter of 2010, construction materials prices increased by 2.6 percent. On a year-over-year basis, construction materials prices are up 4.8 percent.

Leading the increase, iron and steel prices rose 5.1 percent for the month, are up 14.1 percent for the quarter and 23 percent higher from last March. Steel mill products prices are up 3.4 percent for the month, 10.3 percent higher for the quarter and increased 11.3 percent year-over-year. Prices for nonferrous wire and cable also grew substantially, up 4.2 percent for the month, up 1.7 percent for the quarter and 29 percent higher from the same time last year. Softwood lumber prices increased 2.4 percent in March, are up 10.7 percent in the first quarter, and up 24.2 percent from March 2009. Prices for prepared asphalt, tar roofing and siding rose 0.8 percent for the month, but are down 1.6 percent for the quarter and 4.4 percent lower since last March. Prices for concrete products inched up 0.1 percent for the month, but are down 1.1 percent for the quarter, and down 2.0 percent from the same time last year.

Categories: Construction, News

Construction Hiring On The Rise

April 20, 2010 Leave a comment

26 States add construction jobs in March.

Construction hiring rose in more than half of the country in March, according to the latest state employment figures from the Bureau of Labor statistics.  Nationally, 15,000 new construction jobs were added last month, the first net gain in the industry since June 2007. [CNBC Reports]

“It’s too early to tell whether these numbers reflect the start of a positive trend, or the impact of a warm March following a snowy February,” said Ken Simonson, chief economist for the Associated General Contractors of America.

Let’s hope for the positive trend thing!

Categories: Construction, News

Aztec Rental On Tom Tynan Home Show

April 19, 2010 Leave a comment

Aztec Rental got the opportunity to team up with Moger Media, The Tom Tynan Home Show and The Early Edition with Charlie Moger and Pamela O’Brien for a helpful video on basic spring service for your lawn mower.

Video was shot at our Sugar Land location with our tech Clay.

Video: How To Do A Spring Tune-Up On Your Lawn Mower

Also, Brian Aztec Rental’s own, did a radio interview with Charlie and Pamela. [Listen To Interview]

These are great shows and worth the listen.

SportsRadio 610 KILT-AM, Houston
Saturday and Sunday 8am-11am

Thank you Charlie, Pamela and Moger Media we had fun!

Related Articles:
Biggest Factor In Engine Problems Are Fuel Related Issues
Don’t Shoot The Messenger; Equipment Repair and Warranty Work

[HomeShowOnline.Net]
[Tom Tynan Homes]

Texas Top Contractors 2010 By Texas Construction

April 19, 2010 18 comments

Texas Construction presents its 15th annual Top Contractors ranking, based on instate revenue earned in the previous calendar or fi scal year for general contractors and construction management firms working in Texas. (full list)

See World Wide Rankings

Top Contractors

Rank

Company Name

Company Location

Regional Revenue
($ Mil.)

2010

2009

1

2

Austin Industries

Dallas, TX

1,441.03

2

4

Kiewit Corp. Fort Worth, TX 1,307.36

3

37

Balfour Beatty US

Dallas, TX

1,016.15

4

1

Zachry Holdings

San Antonio, TX

873.68

5

7

Gilbane Building Co.

Houston, TX

755.2

6

3

David E. Harvey Builders Inc.

Houston, TX

725

7

9

Manhattan Construction Co. *

Houston, TX

617.92

8

 

W. W. Webber LLC

Houston, TX

522.14

9

10

Hensel Phelps Construction Co.

Austin, TX

520.72

10

34

Turner Industries Group LLC

Pasadena, LA

468.93

Categories: Construction, News

Your Weekend Fill: Front Flip Full Court Shot

April 16, 2010 Leave a comment

WOW!

Guys over at Dude Perfect have been doing these videos for awhile. 

Ranch Edition

Camp Edition

Check them out: DUDE PERFECT – Not to mention they give back to the kids!

Oh, and the dudes attend Texas A&M University…BONUS POINTS!

Categories: Daily Fill, Sports
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