Home Security: Installing the Right System

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Home Security: Installing the Right System

When I bought my first home, the first thing that I did was install a new security system. That meant comparing quite a few residential alarm systems until I found the one with the features I really wanted. Five years later, I'm still happy with my choice. In my case, certain features were especially important. The ability to access the system remotely was a big plus. Since I live alone, a system that I could use to summon help if I became ill or sustained a nasty fall also mattered. If you are thinking of installing a new system, let me provide some food for thought. By deciding what features you really need, it will be easier to focus on systems that are worth your time and your money.

Install An Affordale And Reliable Steel-Deck Truck Scale For Your Scrapyard

Truck scales are some of the most important equipment at scrapyards. Without scales, there is no efficient way to tell how much metal customers bring into a yard. Scrapyards often do not have a lot of money to spend on a new scale, though. They must find an inexpensive solution that will withstand the rigors of a scrapyard. Steel-deck truck scales are both reliable and affordable. If you run a scrapyard and need new truck scales, here's why steel-deck ones might be the best option for your yard.

Concrete and Steel-Deck Scales

Truck scales are made of either reinforced concrete or a steel deck.

Concrete scales are also known as pit scales, as the concrete is poured into a hole in the ground. Their surface is flush with the ground, and all of the scales' components lie beneath it. A drainage system protects the scales' parts from water and debris.

Steel-deck scales, or pitless scales, lie completely above the ground. These scales don't need a drainage system since their parts are not underground. Water just washes away, as it does on roads. Steel-deck scales require ramps, however, so that vehicles can drive up onto and down off the scale safely. According to Rice Lake Weighing Systems, the ramps used with steel-deck scales are usually 25 ft. long.

The Durability of Truck Scales

Kelley Stoklosa, writing for Recycling Today, explains that concrete scales are more durable than steel ones. Concrete scales will typically outlast both slab and pier-foundation steel-deck scales, because reinforced concrete can withstand a heavier load than steel.

For scrapyards, this difference in durability is negligible. It might be significant if you were selecting a scale for an interstate weigh station, but scrapyards don't see the same traffic volume as weigh stations. When only a few trucks drive over the scale each day, and many of those are pickup trucks, concrete's strength is unimportant.

The Cost of Installing Truck Scales

Stoklosa also notes that the installation costs of steel-deck and concrete truck scales are comparable. Pit scales with I-beam guides on their sides can cost a little more than pitless scales, but even then the difference is not huge.

The Price of Maintaining Tuck Scales

There is a disparity in the maintenance cost of concrete and steel-deck scales, however. Concrete scales are more expensive to repair than steel-deck ones for two reasons.

First, concrete scales have more parts. Both types of scales have a weight sensor, weighbridge and suspension system. Concrete scales' drainage systems include sump pumps and passive drains. These pumps and drains can also break down, increasing the number of parts that might malfunction.

Second, repairing broken parts is more expensive with concrete scales. The repair process is more involved, and the parts are harder to access. Steel-deck scales parts can easily be accessed by crawling under the scale. Repairing a concrete scales' broken component often requires accessing the ground below the scale. Also, the repair person may have to deal with pools of excess water beneath the scale or gasses released from the ground; both factors can make a simple repair more complex.

The Best Truck Scale for Scrapyards

For scrapyards, steel-deck scales are preferable to concrete scales. They may not be quite as durable, but scrapyards don't have enough heavy-truck traffic to make a difference. Instead, the deciding factor is how much it costs to maintain the scales, and repairing steel deck scales is less expensive than fixing concrete ones.

The next time your scrapyard needs a new truck scale, look into the available steel-deck scales. They're affordable both to purchase and to maintain, and a well-made one will serve you well for years.