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Remember that moment when you realized you just ruined a part of your customer’s yard by using heavy equipment that left ruts in their lawn?
Lawn and landscape damage, unfortunately, isn’t uncommon during roof replacements and construction projects. However, it’s something that a professional contractor will want to learn to avoid for several reasons.
For one, using large equipment associated with construction and roofing that leaves ruts might mean frustrated homeowners who end up giving your company bad reviews. It also costs you time and money to make the repairs necessary to fix the relationship between you and your customer.
Nevertheless, ruts happen. In this article, we’ll cover how to fix ruts in a yard and how you can avoid leaving ruts in the future.
Ruts are basically soil that’s been compacted and needs to be loosened. They need to be fixed differently depending on their size–ruts 1-2 inches deep should be handled differently than ruts of 3-4 inches or deeper.
Following are two easy steps for best fixing shallow ruts:
To loosen the soil of a shallow rut, find the edge of the rut and push a spade fork into the soil at a 45-degree angle. Since it’s 1-2 inches deep, you shouldn’t need to dig far.
From there, put pressure on the fork handle to lift the soil until it is an inch or two above the turf around it. Eventually, the soil will settle until it’s even with the rest of the grass. This should fix a shallow rut most of the time.
If this does not fix the problem or if the grass in the rut is damaged, you may need to treat it as a deep rut and follow the next set of instructions.
Because there’s more damage than a shallow rut, deep ruts (3-4 inches deep or more) are harder to deal with and take more time to fix.
Here are the basics for how to fix deep ruts in your customer’s yard:
If some grass is still intact on the surface of the rut, use a shovel to cut around the edges of the rut and remove the grass. Make sure to include the roots when you remove the grass, so you can easily return the patch of grass after fixing the rut.
Take a shovel fork and loosen the soil that’s been compacted under the spot the grass was. This can be done in the same way as it’s done for a shallow rut (see instructions above). Loosening the soil allows the grass to take root well after being replaced or sown.
Since the rut is deep, filling it in with soil will most likely be necessary. For this, you’ll want to mix soil with equal amounts of sand or compost. This mixture makes it easier for grass to take root and thrive.
After filling in the rut with the soil mixture, replant the grass you dug out if it is still intact. If the grass has been damaged, you’ll need to sow new grass seeds. Make sure to use the same seed as what’s already been sown in the lawn to ensure there’s not a patch of strange-looking grass in your customer’s lawn.
What if you didn't have to worry about how to fix ruts in your customer's yard on every other job site? Here are some clean-cut tips for avoiding ruts and a damaged reputation.
Over time and use, a roll-off dumpster may sink into a yard. Removing a full roll-off dumpster from a customer’s lawn will most likely create deep ruts, not just from the dumpster but from the equipment pulling it out as well. This can damage your relationship with a customer, potentially leading to a negative online review for your business and extending the amount of time you’re stuck on the job.
The solution? Don’t place a dumpster on the lawn. Instead, encourage your customer to reserve a space on the driveway or the curbside. Always communicate with your customer before the job begins to determine what works best.
Using lightweight equipment ensures that you won’t need to spend time worrying about whether or not you’ll need to stay after a job to fix ruts in the yard. It’ll also improve customer satisfaction, reduce out-of-pocket expenses, and get the job done faster.
The Equipter RB4000 does exactly that. This self-propelled dump trailer is lightweight with extra-wide tires that help better distribute the weight in the container, preventing tire ruts in your customers’ lawns.
The RB4000 streamlines debris management and lifts supplies to where you need them. This saves your workers from the physical stress of double- and triple-handling debris and carrying heavy materials up a ladder.
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Always be sure to do your research when investing in or renting equipment. Check out this comparison chart of roofing and construction equipment to choose which type is best for your everyday jobs.
Still have questions? Give us a call at 717-661-3591 to connect with an Equipter representative today.
We just bought a new house and backed in a moving truck onto our front lawn. Now our lawn has tire marks on it. This isn’t how we pictured our new house looking! What can we do?
Matt Terzi · Answered on Feb 02, 2022
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Congrats on your new home! And we’re sorry to hear the moving truck left your yard in disarray. The good news though is that this is a pretty straightforward fix.
First, let’s get some cheap supplies. As a homeowner, these tools are must-haves and useful beyond just fixing tire marks in your lawn. They’ll come in handy! Be sure to gather:
There are two types of tire marks you’ll find on grass, the first of which is shallow ruts. These are caused by lawnmowers when you always mow the grass in the same direction or mow when the grass is wet. The second type of tire mark is deeper ruts from car or truck tires.
Let’s start with the lighter ruts, less than four inches deep. Use your fork to gently loosen up the soil not only in the rut but alongside it as well. You’ll want to push in the fork at a 45-degree angle, and then lift the soil about an inch or two higher than you want it to be. Then, just leave it alone. Let it settle on its own, and you’re all set.
Deeper ruts (anything more than four inches deep) take a bit more work:
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Shoes with snow-white soles are not going to leave the top fashion trends. These can be practical sneakers, casual sneakers, sandals on a tractor platform. But even with careful wearing, they quickly lose their appearance. Yellowness, grayness, black stripes appear. Cleanipedia experts show you how easy it is to whiten a white sole.
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Shoes with light soles are produced using synthetic compounds that are particularly resistant. But on contact with the environment, yellow spots may appear. It is simply impossible to wipe them off with a damp cloth. Of course, dry cleaning can handle this task, but you can clean the white soles of sneakers from yellowness at home. To restore the light shade of the darkened sole will help Domestos Cleaner for the toilet "Expert strength 7. Ultra white", 1 l. Prepare the solution: 1 capful of the product per 2.5 liters of water. With a moistened sponge, gently rub the sole. Dirty laces can also be lightened in liquid. If the upper of the shoe is made of colored materials, try not to touch it, otherwise these areas will also bleach. It is recommended to leave the applied solution for 5-7 minutes, and then rinse.
Is it possible to wash sneakers in the washing machine to avoid manual labor? Unfortunately, after washing, shoes can lose their former shape or even tear and stick out. If you still choose this method, remove all removable elements: insoles, laces, decor. Small stones and sand should be removed from the soleplate: they damage the drum and filter. Some washing machines have a "Shoes" program. If it is not available, a program for delicate fabrics is suitable. Sneakers place in a special bag. It is better to cancel the spin phase to avoid deformation. It is necessary to dry at room temperature, stuffing shoes with crumpled paper: it will absorb excess moisture. Do not speed up drying with a hair dryer or heating appliances.
A radical way to make the sole white is to paint it. For this, non-water-based acrylic materials are used. Painting is done on clean shoes, drying with a hair dryer to fix.
Black streaks are marks left by dark rubber. For example, the soles of shoes, the wheels of a stroller. They can be removed by folk methods:
Almost always it is possible to wash off the pollution with acids. Table vinegar will help you. It is diluted with warm water 1: 3. For cleaning, it is better to use a white cloth so that it does not give off its color. It is convenient to treat hard-to-reach places with cotton swabs. The black stripes disappear right before our eyes. If you want to use citric acid, then making a solution is optional. Just sprinkle it on a wet brush and go over the sole. Both vinegar and citric acid are easily washed off with water after cleaning. To fix the result, a white or transparent cream is applied to dry shoes.
It is always better to clean the soles of sneakers from black marks, rather than leave this matter for later. Outside the home, it is convenient to wash shoes with Cif universal cleaning wipes. They are made from a durable non-woven base that does not leave lint or streaks. Just rub the mark on the shoe and the sole will turn white again.
In order for shoes with white soles to please you with an ideal appearance for as long as possible, follow these simple rules:0003
Use water-repellent products and colorless creams not only on the upper but also on the bottom;
If there are scratches on the surface, carefully cover them with white varnish. Then dirt and dust will not clog there;
Do not dry sneakers in direct sunlight;
Clean stains immediately before they have set into the material;
Machine wash only as a last resort to avoid warping and wear.
This cleaning is a painstaking process, but an effective one. It is better to take a regular light stationery eraser. Of course, it must be clean so as not to smear dirt on the surface.
Dilute half a glass of powder in a liter of water (preferably for whites). Take a container so that when the sneakers are immersed, only the sole is in the water. After 20 minutes, rub the dirt with a brush.
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0 Vote(s) Clear 9002 from a white sole and remove black stripes is quite real. For this, it is not necessary to go to a dry cleaner. Professionals recommend paying attention to regular shoe care: wash it and use caring creams and varnishes. This will help extend the life of your sneakers and save you money.
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In the summer, residents of buildings and management organizations actively improve the yards. The use of car tires for organizing flower beds and playgrounds is a very common phenomenon. We tell you whether it is possible to place such objects in the local area and how old tires should be disposed of.
Exhausted car tires from Soviet times are actively used for arranging flowerbeds, parking lots, children's and even sports grounds. Flowers are planted in them, they separate lawns from the roadway, they are dug into the ground for children to play.
It is easy to find tires for creating such objects: in spring, after the snow melts, motorists pile them in dozens at container sites or even in yards, not to mention spontaneous dumps in a forest belt or outside the city.
Tires stacked on container yards can lie there for weeks or even months: they do not belong to municipal solid waste, and therefore the regoperator does not take them out under the agreement on MSW management.
According to GOST 12.1.007-76 “Harmful substances. Classification and general safety requirements” and FKKO, approved by the order of Rosprirodnadzor No. 242 dated May 22, 2017, automobile tires are classified as waste of III-IV hazard class, which damage the ecosystem and cannot be placed in adjacent territories.
Car tires are assigned to waste hazard group III-IV due to their toxic chemical composition. When the tire is heated, these harmful substances are released into the air and soil, penetrate into groundwater, poisoning the environment.
Particles of rubber and resin, which are part of the tire, penetrate into the lungs of a person with inhaled air, can cause allergies, asthma, conjunctivitis and even cancer.
Overview of the answers of the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Russian Federation to questions about the "garbage reform"
You can't just burn them either: when burned, dangerous chemicals are released that pollute the atmosphere. Tires decompose completely for over a century.
Therefore, for the disposal of used tires in the regions, special landfills and plants should be organized that process them into crumb rubber. The recycled tire becomes a secondary raw material that is used in chemical plants and in the manufacture of road surfaces.
The question remains of who should deliver the tires for recycling, that is, bear the financial costs of transporting the waste to the recycling site. The car owner should be puzzled by this: he should find out where to take old tires. Usually, companies specializing in tire fitting or working with recycled materials are engaged in the acceptance of used tires.
But sometimes car owners solve this problem simply: tires are stored in a garbage yard or in the yard until a spontaneous dump of tires appears in the local area.
There are situations when the owners have no other choice but to leave the tires at the waste collection point: for example, car owners of Petrozavodsk found themselves in this situation in 2018. None of the tire collection points took tires from individuals. The municipality had to enter into an agreement with a specialized company to eliminate spontaneous dumps of hazardous waste.
Who is responsible for the removal of bulky and construction waste
After all, it is they who are responsible for the proper maintenance of the local area, which is part of the common property of an apartment building. They also monitor the condition of container yards and yards.
Tires placed on the land - violation of environmental and sanitary and epidemiological requirements for the safe living of citizens in an apartment building. And the responsibility for these violations during the inspection by the supervisory authority will be assigned to the MA / HOA.
A logical question arises: what should the organization managing the house or the HOA do if used tires are stored in the local area. Of course, you can try to identify the car owners who left the tires on the territory of the house, if, for example, the yard is equipped with video surveillance cameras.
In this case, the MA/HOA can file a complaint with the police in order to hold violators liable under Art. 8.2 of the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation. In order not to receive instructions from the Goszhilnadzor body for dumping wheels at a container site, the MA should conclude an agreement with a specialized company for the removal of hazardous waste. The MA then has the right to recover damages from the former owner of the tires through the courts.
If the land belongs to the owners, then the question arises of financing such work. If the MA from year to year faces the problem of storing tires in the local area, then when compiling the list of works and services under the management contract, it should include services for the removal of this type of waste.
Otherwise, the MA will have to independently look for funds to pay for the services of the company that will export the tires. Or pay a fine issued by the supervisory authority for violating the rules for maintaining the common property of an apartment building.
Who should take out the waste after the community work day: opinions and experience
Now the supervisory authorities rarely pay attention to tires in the courtyards of houses and fine for it: there are too many other problems in the housing stock. However, in some cities of Russia, municipalities have already begun to fight not only with the storage of tires on garbage sites, but also with "art objects" in the yards of apartment buildings.
So, in Vladivostok, in clause 2.4 of the Rules for Improvement of August 15, 2018 No. 45-MPA, it is prescribed that the use of automobile tires as a decorative fence or small architectural forms is prohibited in the city district. City Hall considered that tires are environmentally unsafe. There are similar restrictions in Vladimir.
The administration of Perm and the profile committee in the executive authorities of the Volgograd region speak about the ban on placing tires in the yards:
Letter from the committee of natural resources, forestry and ecology of the Volgograd region is controversial: for example, in 2015, a court in Kostroma banned the use of tires for landscaping the local area and decided to dismantle 63 tires dug in the yard and send them for recycling.
In 2018, in Khabarovsk, the judge considered the harm from tires unproven and refused to hold the MA liable due to the lack of a violation. The judge noted that tires in the form of flower beds, figures, fences around the perimeter of the yard, as a result of painting, carving, filling with earth, partial digging, began to function as active elements of landscaping the local area and do not belong to the category of production and consumption waste.
How is the recycling of tires in your city? Should art objects from this waste be removed from the adjacent territories? Share your opinion in the comments.
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