Tips & Advice
What are the types of moving boxes?
Many different types of moving boxes are available. Small boxes offer about 1.5 cubic feet of capacity, and they're good for storing items such as books and shoes. Medium boxes offer 3 cubic feet of space, while large boxes provide about 4.5 cubic feet of capacity. There are also specialized boxes available that are designed to accommodate clothes, mirrors, mattresses, and dishes.
What is the best tape to use with moving boxes?
The best tape to use with moving boxes is shipping tape. This tape is sturdy and resistant to water, and it's strong enough to keep moving boxes securely sealed. Duct tape is another good choice. It's extremely sticky and resilient, and it's useful if you need to reinforce heavy boxes.
Packing paper is used to keep items secure in a moving box, and it can help prevent items from shifting and incurring damage while the box is in transit. It's especially useful for fragile items such as glassware and dishes. Bubble wrap and cushion foam offer similar benefits to traditional packing paper.
What is a reasonable price for moving boxes?
The price of a moving box will depend on its size. For a small box, expect to pay roughly $0.75. Large moving boxes cost $1.50-$2 and more. You can also get specialized moving boxes that are designed to accommodate items such as mirrors, flat-panel TVs, and clothing. These boxes are usually the most expensive, and can cost anywhere from $5-$20 or more.
Where can I get moving boxes?
Moving boxes are sold at moving supply stores and packaging supply stores, and they're also available at home improvement stores like Lowe's and Home Depot. There are places where you may able to obtain moving boxes at no cost. The “free” section of Craigslist includes listings for those seeking to give away moving boxes. Free boxes may also be available at your local recycling center or grocery store.
How can drivers find the cheapest gas prices?
Driver can find the cheapest gas prices by using an app to search for the lowest prices in their area. Some apps such as Gas Guru take note of your location, and provide a list of gas stations nearby, along with the cost of gas currently being sold at each station.
Is it possible to improve a vehicle's fuel efficiency?
There are things you can do to slightly improve the fuel efficiency of your vehicle. Make sure your car's tires are properly inflated, and treat your engine to regular tune-ups. Check your engine's air filter, since a dirty air filter will compromise fuel economy.
Why must drivers shut off their engine before pumping gas?
Drivers must shut their engine off before pumping gas because it's illegal to fuel with the engine running, even though this law isn't always aggressively enforced. Pumping gas with the engine running can compromise your safety. When your car's engine is running, it's possible for its catalytic converters to generate heat that could ignite gasoline, and start a fire.
Can cell phones ignite a gasoline vapor fire?
Even though many gas stations have warnings advising you not to use your cell phone while fueling, the chances of cell phones igniting a gasoline vapor fire are extremely remote. However, fires at the gas pump may be caused by static electricity discharge. For safe fueling, it's recommended that you turn off your car's engine and avoid smoking at the pump. Also, you should never re-enter your vehicle while refueling.
Why are gas prices not uniform, even across same-brand stations?
Many factors contribute to the lack of uniformity in gas prices. Retailers consider their tax responsibilities when setting gas prices. States place varying taxes on gasoline retailers, and a state with higher taxes will have higher gas prices than a state in which the taxes are lower. Also, if a gas station is located in an especially competitive area, a branded operator may receive wholesale discounts that allow the station to sell gas at a lower price. This is done by brands to keep their gas competitive in tight markets.