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Essential tools for your automobile

January 13, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Written by Toolsmith Direct

It is almost impossible to maintaining your vehicle without having the right tools at hand. The time gains the right tools provide often outweigh their price. It’s no wonder, then, that most DIYers have a complete set of tools for their vehicles. If you’re just starting out, the sheer amount of options out there might confuse you. But if you start with the basics, you’ll get to that full tool chest in no time.

Metric Socket Set

A good socket set will get you places. If you often do maintenance work on your car, this set might prove to be crucial. A complete metric socket set will allow you to bolt / unbolt any mechanical part under the hood of your car effortlessly. The right tool is crucial when working on something as sensitive as a vehicle. The right tool will make sure that you do not exert excessive pressure on nuts and bolts. This will prevent them from twisting and, thus, weakening the links.

Grease Gun

It’s no hazard that car engines are covered in grease. Grease prevents metal parts from rusting by shielding them against water and excessive air. So, it only makes sense to have a grease gun handy when working on your car. Any DIYer would know that it’s only a matter of time before you encounter one stuck, rusty nut / bolt. A grease gun will not only lubricate those joints, but will also allow you to effortlessly access those hard to reach areas.

Toolsmith Direct is a retailer of quality powerbuilt tools that are suitable for several uses including vehicle maintenance.

How to Deal with Construction Claims Efficiently

January 5, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

construction-expertsConstruction delay claims can mean costs to both parties involved. These claims are often unavoidable side-effects of construction and may even be out of either party’s control. There are also reputations and relationships at stake, so it’s best to handle the matter with delicate hands if possible. The process to file a claim, and to see it through to completion, is not short. There are ways to handle the claim efficiently that cut down on the costs to you and your organization.


Before a claim is filed, it’s best to gather all documentation related to claim. You should keep detailed records of every transaction, from the estimate given by the project manager all the way up to invoices for materials shipped. If something isn’t in the proper quantity, or at a certain quality, you could have a lawsuit on your hands.

In addition, documentation will be required to prove your case in front of a third party.

Private Mediation

One method utilized by construction professionals is mediation. This process is faster than a trial, and far less costly. Construction professionals may mediate for each other in some cases, especially if they are federally or state certified.

In mediation, both parties get to voice their case and have their side heard. A dispute is resolved in a manner that is mutually beneficial. Mediation usually ends with both parties feeling satisfied at the outcome. It’s easier to repair a bruised ego than a burned bridge, so consider mediation if you plan to work with the other party into the future.


Lyle Charles is a construction consultant and mediator. For assistance with private mediation, or to utilize an expert witness for testimony, contact Lyle Charles Consulting.