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Frequently Asked Questions

General

Can I get a physical preview of the products?
Yes. Our sales office is open 8am to 5pm eastern every Monday through Friday or you can contact us at 305-594-9955 to schedule an appointment.

Can I get service for units that I have leased?
Yes. Our most experienced service crews and top mechanics are always ready to meet you with your service needs.

Modular

Should I install a perimeter or an outrigger frame? Which one is best?
If you want to make sure that your building is durable, solid and real, you want to build on a rigid perimeter frame. Perimeter frames can be easily transported and carry your building to the job site with fewer repairs when they get to the site. They can also be constructed over a basement and has a third of the amount of piers than an outrigger building. The outrigger frame, on the other hand, is not as good quality and more flexible.

What are the advantages of "pre-planning" my project?
Pre-planning allows you to determine if a site already exists and if not, when it will be available. You can also decide if its better for you to lease or purchase a unit and how long in advance you need to place your order.

What do I need to know about budgeting and financing a modular building?
    What kind of questions should I ask?
You should ask if all of the financing options (from set up costs, to inspections and insurance costs) have been explored fully.

How early can I start designing my project?
Determining things like the type of foundation, root system, interiors and exteriors can never be done too early. Before the building process starts your should be thinking about how to winterize your structure, if you will want to expand it after it is finished, if you want to install special mechanical, security or communication systems. You also need to determine the best place to put all of the water lines and how to protect your building from water and heat.

Office Trailers

If I want to install an office trailer, do I need to plan for tie-downs? If so, how many?
For the following size trailers you need the following number of tie-downs:
8' wide - 4
10x36 - 6
10x44 - 8
10x50 - 8
12x60 - 10
Double wide - 12

Who do I need to contact if tie downs are requested?
If you call 1-800-DIG-SAFE, a representative will be able to help you with the number of tie-downs you need.

Do office trailers come with bathrooms?
Yes. Depending on availability, the trailers can be ordered with or without a bathroom.

Will the tax be on a monthly charge?
Yes. Transportation and one time charges, however, will not be taxed.

When it comes to getting permits, who is responsible?
When it's time to get a permit, the customer must contact the local building inspector to obtain a permit.

What other features can I get with the office trailer?
Security screens, tie downs, skirting, and door bars are a few of the optional features. You may also order stairs for an extra fee.

What are the requirements for setting up an electrical and/or plumbing system.
    Electrical and plumbing requirements?
8' wide trailers and 10'x12' trailers require a 60 amp service and 110 volts and a 100 amp service and 220 volts respectively. Multi sectional trailer's amperage varies, however. That can range from 100-150 amp service per piece.

Who do I contact for electrical and plumbing hookups?
The customer is responsible for making electrical and plumbing connections. Each connection is stubbed out at the bottom of the trailer for easy access for the contractors

How do I most effectively take care of my A/C and heating unit?
By identifying the model number of the unit you have installed will help you determine the filter size and quantity you will need.

FILTERS:

Located behind the "filter access door" (the middle panel on the front of the unit) in a bard unit, there will be a one inch disposable filter which should be checked/replaced annually or more often depending on the environment that the system is operating in. Please note: a one inch filter can be replaced with 2 two inch filters. With the two inch filters, however, airflow will be restricted and should be checked monthly rather than annually. If a dirty filter is left unchecked, the performance of your system will go down and your bills will increase. Filters can be easily found in any hardware store or equipment supplier.

OUTSIDE AIR:

With a Bard unit, you can order a standard (manual outside air intake) damper or a "commercial room ventilator." Both of these devices can be adjusted for maximum efficiency (by adjusting the damper to the minimum opening required) and bring fresh air into the room. The commercial room device automatically opens when the unit is operating and closes when it shuts off, whereas the standard system does not. Cost increases when the air intake increases. There is, however, a certain amount of outside air that should be taken in to maintain optimal air quality; completely closing the damper is not recommended.

SUPPLY AIR DIFFUSERS/DAMPERS:

A ceiling duct, with diffusers attached, supplies conditioned air to each occupied room. Dampers are fixed on the diffusers to allow you to adjust the air volume so that the occupants are comfortable.

THERMOSTAT:

A Manual Changeover type thermostat is installed on each bard system. To avoid increasing the operating costs, do not operate the thermostat like an on/off switch. This will only increase costs, rather than heat or cool the system more quickly. When the building is not occupied, the best way to save money is to manually set the temperature to 85 during the cold season and 55 during the warm season. There are two different settings on the thermostat. In the Auto setting (the setting for an indoor fan operation), the thermostat will automatically turn on the fan when needed. The fan will also run constantly, continuously bringing in fresh air, however, when it is set to the "on" position. The best time to run the system at the "on" position is when there is temperate weather.

ELECTRIC HEATING:

Electrical heating systems are the most common systems installed in modular buildings and are designed to give the average temperature of the coldest and warmest periods. Various mechanical, building and energy codes determine this temperature. These systems, however, can be a little excessive for what is necessary, which makes it essential to establish the incoming service voltage to your building; the heat output drops as the service voltage drops, even though the cooling is not affected. Generally speaking, under-voltage will not be noticed. In cold weather, however, the system may not be able to maintain a constant temperature, making it necessary to adjust the damper for fresh air depending on the weather. Do not be alarmed when there is a "hot" smell in your building for several months after installation. When the heating system first starts up, it is normal for it to take a few months to adjust.

HEAT PUMPS:

When an air conditioning system runs in reverse is it considered a "heat pump;" these pumps are most effective for moderately cold temperatures. If the temperature goes down below 25-30 degrees F, this type of system may not be the most effective. Because of the inefficiencies here, electrical heating systems are often attached to the heat pump so that when the temperature goes below 30 degrees, the electrical heat automatically kicks in. Because of this, your unit is also equipped with electric heat. It is also normal for a heat pump to produce air that feels cold; it generally only produces air that is between the 80-90 degree F range. Defrost cycles (pumping clouds of steam) are also normal for this system.

GAS HEAT:

Conversion kits are also offered which will change the system from natural gas to propane. You must make sure, however, that the proper orifice is in place for this system. We also recommend hiring a professional for servicing this system. Simple filter replacements and damper adjustments, however, are done in the same manner that is outlined in the previous paragraphs.

When my office/modular unit is not in use, can I winterize it?
Yes. You must simply drain all the waterlines and water heater, turn off the breaker and pour anti-freeze into the waste traps. Shipping walls, constructed with 24" sheathing strips should be placed on the open ends of the module as well as over the axle with sheathing at full height. Covering the inside with 6 mill plastic helps preserve the interior as well as under the roofing and over the bottom board; this helps keep your module waterproof. Support the hitch and rear end of the unit well to keep the siding from warping or cracking and keep the door and window openings plumb. Clean out all drains and gutters and make sure that the roof drain is stubbed to the exterior. Make any repairs to the building that might allow water to leak into the building.

What should I do to my Office Trailer when spring comes around?

Make sure the siding is not loose and there are no bubbles in the roofing. That might suggest water damage or mold growth.caulk around windows and doors and replace if necessary.

Check the caulk in the windows and replace if necessary. Check for broken glass and make sure the doors open easily (check doorstops, hinges, locks, latches, etc). Test all door closures, including the cabinets.

Look for animal/vermin damage, especially in the undercarriage.

Checking the wheels to make sure they haven't settled into the mud lets you know if you have the proper support or not. Also check the air pressure in the wheels.

Clear out all the drains, downspouts and elbows of nests and other obstructions. Running water through the drain is a good way to make sure that it is functioning properly.

Check for water or animal damage in the plastic wrap.

Replace air filters and run the heating and cooling systems to test them out.

Check the electrical system and replace fixtures if necessary.

Make sure the water lines are secure and not frozen, and the faucets, toilets, drains, etc are in working condition.

Do a general cleaning, including pain touch-up.

Check the floor for bumps and water stains.

Make sure all the battens still have good adhesion and the drywall seams are still intact.


What kind of office equipment do the trailers come with?
Each office comes with 2- drawer filing cabinets, plan table and built in desks.

What color options come with the trailer?
If you purchase a trailer, you are offered the option of any custom color.

Storage Container

Can the ground level units be stacked?
Yes. The containers can be delivered and double stacked for maximum space storage.

Approximately how heavy are the Storage Containers?
An empty 20 ft. container weighs around 5,000 lbs. An empty 40ft container weighs a little more than 8,000 lbs.

What are the size options for the ground level containers?
The generic containers come in a 20 ft. and a 40 ft. option. Custom sizes, however, are also available.

Can I order a container with doors at both ends and other custom features?
If you desire to purchase a container, it can be customized to any of your specifications.


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