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How to Safely Fill and Transport Gasoline in Michigan (Part II)

If you need gas, just head to the gas station with your gas can and follow these steps to fill it up.

Step 3: Fill the gas can 90% full of gasoline. Squeeze the trigger on the fuel pump nozzle to dispense the gasoline into the can, having some room for fuel expansion.

Step 4: Replace the cap on the gas can. Be sure the cap is on tightly.

Step 5: Put the can vertical in the truck bed or trunk of your vehicle. You might want to tie the can in place with rope or secure it with a bungee cord to stop it from tumbling over.

Step 6: Transport the full gas can to its anticipated destination quickly. Leaving a gasoline-filled can in the heat or sun is a fire risk, so reduce its exposure to the elements as much as possible.

Tip: If you do not plan to use all the gasoline in the gas can in a timely fashion, put in a fuel stabilizer to the fuel mix. This stops spontaneous combustion if you want to store the gas out of the sun and heat for future use, like in a lawnmower.

Tip: Fuel cans frequently are color-coded based on the type of gas they are made to hold. Blue is for kerosene, red is for gasoline while yellow is for diesel fuel.

Though gasoline can be hazardous because of its highly flammable nature, it is okay to safely fill a gas can and transport it. It just takes some extra care to keep it away from heat and sparks, so you can get the gasoline to gas-powered machinery or a vehicle in need.

Regardless of the reason and which type of fuel you need, the process to fill up and transport a jerry can is the same.

Transporting fuel can safely is imperative. Solid care must be taken whether your fuel container is full or only has fumes in it.

How to Safely Fill and Transport Gasoline in Michigan (Part I)

Out of gas? You can safely get and transport gas in a can like this one.

Because of the volatile nature of gas, specific procedures for handling and transporting gasoline must be used to guarantee the safety of nearby buildings and people. Combustion, fire, and illness due to inhalation are some of the possibly deadly consequences of gasoline. 

Anywhere there is gas, there is a capacity for danger, but you can lessen the risk of disaster by paying attention to possible hazards and taking precautions when filling gas cans.

The chances of a person running out of gas in a lifetime are high if not unavoidable, meaning that gasoline has to be transported to the vehicle that is out of fuel. Since gasoline is very flammable, extra care is needed to be sure of the safety of those around. With this sensible technique, you can safely fill and transport gasoline with a jerry can to get a vehicle out of fuel back in driving condition.

Basic gas can fill and transport safety

Make sure to use the correct gas that can be made for the purpose of transporting flammable liquid instead of just any container. Gas cans seal tightly to stop leakage and has a nozzle to put the gas into a vehicle’s fuel tank without spilling.

Step 1: Put an empty gas can on the ground. The can must be on the ground instead of a truck bed with a carpeted floorboard or plastic liner, so it is electrically grounded.

This is because the flow of gasoline into the can produces static electricity that can spark without that ground.

Step 2: Unscrew the cap of the gas can and put the fuel pump nozzle in the can. It is suggested to put the cap on an even surface, so it does not move when you are not looking.

How to Transport Harvest Game (Part III)


Safety Concerns with Transporting Harvested Game

Hunters must not move any cervid from a spot of containment, which is any private or public land, where there have been confirmed cases of CWD. The list below states the portions of a cervid that hunters can remove from a containment area:

  • Meat that is cut and wrapped
  • Meat that doesn’t have the head attached or part of the spinal cord
  • Deboned meat
  • Hides without the head
  • Antlers with any skull matter or meat removed
  • Completed taxidermy mounts


Transporting Harvested Game Through the Woods

To keep to safe while transporting your game through the woods, wear orange to ensure that others can see you. 

Transporting game through the woods can dangerous and difficult. Make sure to wear orange clothing while transporting your harvest. Also, consider putting orange on the animal as well. Keep the animal low to the ground even if it means pulling it through the underbrush. It’s crucial to make yourself easily seen as you transport your harvest through the woods.

Respectful Ways to Transport Harvested Game

Hun­ters value the luck of other hunters. All you need to do is drive by any game check-in station and you will see hunters gathered around, swapping stories of the hunt and standing proudly by their harvest.

Nonhunters, though they might get the thrill of the hunt, may not want to see scores of vehicles parading through town with bloody, dead animals strapped to their trunks.

Even so, hunters have to check in their harvest with the option of various locations. Some stations are even situated in the middle of mall complexes, surrounded by restaurants and department stores.

To be respectful, not only to the animal but also to the public, some states have put transportation language into their regulations. For instance, New Jersey requires hunters to be discreet when moving the game by rinsing away excess gore and blood.

One of the simplest ways to respectfully move harvested game is to just cover the game with a tarp. Not only does this keep the animal away from sensitive eyes, but it also shields the game from road grime, dirt, and the elements.

How to Transport Harvest Game (Part II)


Permits to Transport Harvested Game

If you can’t attach the tag at the site where you killed the deer, you have to attach it as soon as you reach a spot where you can do so such as your hunting camp, home or vehicle. The completed tag should be in your possession while you move the game.

Your state may require the carcass to be kept in the county where it was killed until it has been taken to a game check station. It should be checked within 24 hours of the kill, though some states have a 72-hour requirement. It is typically required that the person who made the kill also takes the game to the check station.

Don’t freeze more than two birds per package. 

When transporting game birds, keep in mind that the head or a fully feathered wing should stay intact and attached to the bird. One thing to consider when moving game birds is to not freeze more than two birds together in one package. Freezing many birds makes it hard for inspectors to identify the species and gender of every individual bird

Every state has laws describing how the harvest can be moved and how to do it while lessening the risk of spreading disease.

After Checking In

After you bring your game to a game inspection station, the official will band your harvest with a metal band, which must stay intact on the animal the whole time it’s in your possession. This includes when you keep horns or antlers and on game mounts.

Safety Concerns with Transporting Harvested Game

A huge safety concern with transporti­ng harvested game is the spreading of disease into healthy environments. Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) can bring harm to the big game, while the avian flu is a horrible disease for migratory birds. Numerous states are adding language to their state regulations about the transportation of wild game to help in the containment of these and other diseases.


How to Transport Harvest Game (Part I)  311 words

Make sure to follow your states requirements for transporting game.

One of the best parts of hunting is taking your harvest home, either as a new mount for the living room wall or your dinner table. But the trip from the woods to the wall can be hard and long. There are some things you should know before you start.

First, not only should you have a license to hunt, but a transportation permit too. You must tag each animal you bag with a transportation permit before you bring it to the check-in-station. Once you’ve checked it in, you can go back into the woods.

Second, there are real safety concerns with transporting harvested game. There are personal safety issues with transporting the game from the woods to your vehicle. Also, there are real serious concerns about the spread of disease when moving to, from and through containment areas.

Once your harvest is packed in your vehicle, how you bring it to the check-in station and to your residence or the processors is a sensitive issue that has the attention of lawmakers and the public. You must always remember to use respectful techniques while hunting.

When you have a true understanding of the issues regarding transporting harvested game, make sure to follow up with your state’s specific guidelines.

Permits to Transport Harvested Game

Each state necessitates a permit to transport harvested game. With these permits com­e certain tagging and transportation requirements.

Before transporting a carcass, you have to tag it with a completed field tag that includes your name, address, hunting license number, date and time of the kill. This tag should be written in ink and stay on the carcass until it has been brought to an official game check station. If you don’t have an official field tag, you can create one, as long as it has all the pertinent information.


How to Move a Grandfather Clock (Part I)

These antique clocks must be handled with care and here’s how to do it.

Not confident on how to transport a Grandfather Clock? Sometimes these decorative pendulum clocks are precious family heirlooms passed down from generation to generation. Their sentimental value and vintage charm make grandfather clocks a real value in the eyes of their owners.

While we usually suggest using a specialty moving company to move this fragile and valuable antique, we know that not everyone has the money to do so. Luckily, transporting a grandfather clock on your own is possible with the help of a friend and the right tools.

In order to ship these heirlooms, a grandfather clock should be properly disassembled and packed with care. Moving these antiques is not a task that has to be rushed, so make sure to allow yourself at least 45 – 60 minutes.

While grandfather clocks differ depending on when and where they were constructed, every free-standing clock must have a pendulum, clock face, and several weights, not to mention a set of chains or cables to hang the weights inside of the tall clock. Below, we’ve included our guide for correctly disassembling and transporting a standard grandfather clock.

How to Move a Grandfather Clock 

Round up your tools and supplies

Start by collecting all needed moving tools and supplies. To be sure that your grandfather clock is moved with extreme care and attention, we suggest having a pair of gloves or a clean cloth for taking apart the parts. Also, you’ll need padding, moving blankets and bubble wrap to safeguard every part inside and outside of the grandfather clock.

Other must-have moving supplies include a dolly (which you can rent from your local hardware store), moving boxes to hold and transport the parts, and a huge crate or moving box to hold the outside of the grandfather clock.

Tips for Transporting a Cactus in Your Garden (Part II)


How to Transplant a Cactus

Once you have loosened the roots, use the shovel to lift out the plant. Wrap a big garden hose around the plant and move it out of the hole. If the plant is huge, you might need a couple of helpers or even a vehicle for pulling.

Successfully moving a cactus necessitates new site preparation. The cactus roots must air dry for a couple of days before putting the plant in its new location. During this time, inspect the soil and amend it as needed. In sandy locations, put in 25% compost. In spots with rich or clay soil, add pumice to aid with drainage.

Dig a wide, shallow hole that is the same size as the original planting site. Put the cactus at the same exposure it had in the old planting location. This is one of the more vital details because it will reduce or stop sunburn. Cautiously lift the plant and put it in the right orientation in the prepared hole. Backfill around the roots and pat down.

After the Transplant

Make sure to thoroughly water your cactus plant to ensure it gets settled into it’s new home.

Water the plant deeply to settle the soil. Some special care is necessary for a number of months after transplanting a cactus. Water the plant two times per week for a month unless nighttime temps drop under 60 degrees F. In these instances, don’t water unless up to 16 weeks have gone by with no rain.

If the transplant takes place in summer or spring, cover the plant with shade cloth to stop burning. Keep the cloth in place for a month as the plant re-establishes and gets used to its new conditions.

Big plants over five feet in height will benefit from staking. After 30 days, reduce watering to every couple of weeks in the summer and a couple of times during winter. Look for signs of stress and handle every symptom individually. Within a couple of months, your plant should be well established and on its way to getting better from the moving process.

Tips for Transporting a Cactus in Your Garden (Part I)

If you’re planning to transport a cactus, doing so in colder weather is best.

Sometimes, mature cactus plants have to be transported. Transporting cacti in the landscape, particularly big specimens, can be difficult. This process poses more harm to you than the plant due to the thorns, spines, and other hazardous armor most of these plants have. Moving a cactus can be done at any time of the year. However, the best time is in cool weather. Below are a few tips on how to transplant a cactus without danger to you or the plant.

Before Moving Cacti in the Landscape

Older cactus plants can get very big and need professional assistance to reduce plant damage. If you are determined to take on the process yourself, consider site preparation, have several extra hands available and prepare the plant carefully to avoid harming pads, limbs and causing yourself and your helpers any pain.

Only move healthy specimens that will have the best chance of re-establishing. A word to the wise: wild cactus cannot be harvested legally in most areas, so this information applies to cultivated cacti in the landscape only. Preparation is crucial when moving a cactus plant.

Mark the plant so you can put it in the same way in which it is growing. Plants with huge pads must be swaddled in an old blanket or something that will protect the limbs while giving you safety from the spines.

Don’t water

Watering before moving is a big no-no. First, it makes the pots heavier. Second, succulents don’t receive as much airflow in a vehicle and the soil won’t dry out as rapidly. This can swiftly cause your succulents to rot.

How to Transplant a Cactus

Start by digging a trench around the plant a couple of feet away and around 17 inches deep. Then begin prying around the plant cautiously. Cactus roots are typically near the surface but are delicate, so be gentle during this process.

Transporting a Tall/Tiered Cake (Part II)

There are several transport options for your cake.

Transport Options

In Pan

Take tiers apart if constructed by center column or push-in leg method. Put the plates on crumpled foil or in shallow pans if they don’t sit flat. Remove pillars from tier plates. Plates remain in position.

In Box

Put the cakes in covered, clean, sturdy boxes that are sized to the baseboard of each cake. This will stop the cake from moving within the box and possibly mashing the sides of the cake. If the box is too large, roll pieces of masking tape sticky side out and link the inside bottom of the box. Put the cake base on top of the tape. The tape will keep the base in place within the box. For boxes which have to hold taller decorations, prop up top and sides and secure with masking tape.

On Foam

If tiers can’t be boxed, they may be transported on big pieces of non-skid foam. Put the foam on the floor of the vehicle, then gently put the tiers centered on each piece of foam.

At Your Destination

Before you move in the cake from your vehicle, walk the path you have to travel to the set-up location. Be alert for any holes along the way and note any small spaces you will have to maneuver around.

Be sure the cake table is level. It´s a great idea to bring a level to check this on setup day.

Ask for a cart on wheels to transport the cake into the reception area. This is safer and simpler than carrying by hand.

Take the cakes out of the boxes on the reception table by slicing the sides of the boxes and easing the cakes out.

Take along a repair kit, including extra icing, prepared decorating bags and tips, flowers and spatulas, just in case it is necessary to make any repairs.

Once the cake is put together, take a picture to show that the cake was in good condition when you left it.


Transporting a Tall/Tiered Cake (Part I) 

These transportation tips will help keep your cake as beautiful as ever.

Transporting a tiered cake from one place to another doesn’t have to be complex. Following some simple rules to be sure that your cake will arrive safely, regardless if you are traveling a few or hundreds of miles.

Before Moving Cakes

Be sure the cake is constructed on a sturdy base made with thick, corrugated cardboard. Base tiers of very heavy cakes must be put on a fiberboard or plywood base.

Cakes on pillars have to be moved unassembled. Candles, toppers, and ornaments must be removed from cakes when they are being transported.

For stacked cakes, transport the entire assembled cake. Or, for a bigger quantity of tiers, move unassembled and assemble at the new location.

Make sure you have the equipment and icings you need to complete any decorating needed after assembly at the final location.

For a cake that is stacked and 2-plate construction, take tiers apart, keeping stacked tiers as units.

Boxing the cake makes moving simpler. Not only does it shield the tiers from damage, but it keeps the tiers clean from dust, dirt, and bugs. Put the boxes on a non-skid mat or carpet foam on a level surface in the vehicle to stop shifting. Keep the boxes flat. Don’t put on a slanted car seat.

Before You Go

It’s also important to find out about the reception location before the affair. Knowing what to expect when you arrive can make your delivery and setup so much simpler. Contact the event location a few days before the event to get a notion of the conditions. Inquire whether the room is located upstairs or downstairs. Find out what is the best location for bringing the cake into the building.

That way you can park in the right place the first time and reduce the distance your cake has to transport from your vehicle.