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10 PRO TIPS: USING SNOW STAKES/DRIVEWAY MARKERS FOR RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL SNOWPLOWING
Snow Removal Tips and Tricks
September 10, 2021

We’ve learned a thing or two during our 34+ years of plowing snow. Having grown from a single truck and plow to an entire fleet, we know that efficiency and precision are essential to staying profitable. When plowing, you don’t just want to be quick at clearing the lot so you can move on to the next. You also need to get it done without destroying the property or your equipment. One product that will help you do both is driveway markers, also called snow stakes. Check out a few of our tips from The ROP Shop's Rugged U...

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The ROP Shop now carries a tool that makes installing driveway markers a snap. Even though it’s ideal to have your markers in place by early October, our new tool can help you to place your snow stakes even later in the season if you happen to get behind (or if you procrastinated too long). It’s also great for when you need to replace a broken stake halfway through the season. The ROP Shop now carries a tool that makes installing driveway markers a snap. Even though it’s ideal to have your markers in place by early October, our new tool can help you to place your snow stakes even later in the season if you happen to get behind (or if you procrastinated too long). It’s also great for when you need to replace a broken stake halfway through the season.
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September 7, 2021
HOW TO USE THE ROP SHOP'S DRIVEWAY SNOW STAKE TOOL

The ROP Shop now carries a tool that makes installing driveway markers a snap. Even though it’s ideal to have your markers in place by early October, our new tool can help you to place your snow stakes even later in the season if you happen to get behind (or if you procrastinated too long). It’s also great for when you need to replace a broken stake halfway through the season. Here is a quick install guide from The ROP Shop's Rugged U on using the install tool...

Two oil filters. One OEM and the other aftermarket. Two oil filters. One OEM and the other aftermarket.
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August 23, 2021
OEM vs AFTERMARKET PARTS

What’s the difference between OEM and aftermarket parts, you ask? Sometimes everything, and yet, sometimes nothing at all. Before we begin, let’s define what it means when a part is called “OEM” or “aftermarket”. OEM stands for “Original Equipment Manufacturer”. OEM products come straight from the original manufacturer who created your equipment. For example, if you purchased a Toro mower, the OEM components would originate from Toro. Aftermarket components are often produced by a number of manufacturers, but could all be sold by the same supplier. Check out this showdown between OEM and aftermarket from The ROP Shop's Rugged U.

If you are sure you do not need to replace your entire pump, but can simply replace the Outlet Valve Manifold on your Himore pressure washer pump, then this tutorial is for you. Follow these easy step-by-step instructions and The ROP Shop's Rugged U will show you how to complete the install. Let's get started! If you are sure you do not need to replace your entire pump, but can simply replace the Outlet Valve Manifold on your Himore pressure washer pump, then this tutorial is for you. Follow these easy step-by-step instructions and The ROP Shop's Rugged U will show you how to complete the install. Let's get started!
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August 3, 2021
HOW TO REPLACE AN OUTLET VALVE MANIFOLD KIT ON YOUR HIMORE PRESSURE WASHER PUMP BRAND

If you are sure you do not need to replace your entire pump, but can simply replace the Outlet Valve Manifold on your Himore pressure washer pump, then this tutorial is for you. Follow these easy step-by-step instructions and The ROP Shop's Rugged U will show you how to complete the install. Let's get started!

A man surfing the web for a replacement Power Pressure Washer Pump. A man surfing the web for a replacement Power Pressure Washer Pump.
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How-To Installation Product & Troubleshooting Problems Pressure Power Washer and Pump Maintenance
July 23, 2021
PRESSURE POWER WASHER PUMPS - ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW TO FIND YOUR CORRECT REPLACEMENT

So you’re looking for a replacement pressure washer pump? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Match our extensive knowledge with our affordable prices and great selection, and you won’t find a better place to shop for a new pump. Here’s everything you’ll need to know to pick out the correct replacement for your washer.

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Watercraft, Jet Ski, Outboard Boats
July 19, 2021
HOW TO MAINTAIN YOUR BOAT FROM RUGGED U

If you’ve ever maintained a vehicle, boat maintenance is generally comparable. There are several basic points that require continual maintenance that you, as the owner, can typically handle. But there are other items you may choose to leave to the experts. Let The ROP Shop's Rugged U help get you going...

Man spraying water on the camera after sliding up on his jet ski. Man spraying water on the camera after sliding up on his jet ski.
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Watercraft, Jet Ski, Outboard Boats
July 12, 2021
JET SKI MAINTENANCE GUIDE

Is jetting across the surface of the water, breaking waves on your Jet Ski, WaveRunner, or Sea-Doo the best part of your summer? There’s a lot to love about owning a personal watercraft (PWC), from visiting your favorite ports to sharing your love for the water (salt or fresh) with friends and relatives. However, owning a Jet Ski, WaveRunner, Sea-Doo, or other personal watercraft isn’t all fun and games. These small crafts require a lot of love and care to continue performing to the best of their abilities, and you’ll definitely notice the difference if you neglect them. Are you a first-time owner? Perhaps you’ve had a personal watercraft for a long time, but you want to make sure you’re doing everything right. Either way, The ROP Shop's Rugged U can help get you going...

When a pressure washer pump fails, it tends to be the small parts that go bad. Even though the check valve is small, they serve a much larger function within the pressure washer. Follow these easy installation instructions from The ROP Shop's Rugged U on how to change out your Annovi Reverberi pressure washer pump check valves. When a pressure washer pump fails, it tends to be the small parts that go bad. Even though the check valve is small, they serve a much larger function within the pressure washer. Follow these easy installation instructions from The ROP Shop's Rugged U on how to change out your Annovi Reverberi pressure washer pump check valves.
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How-To Installation Product & Troubleshooting Problems Pressure Power Washer and Pump Maintenance
July 2, 2021
HOW TO REPLACE THE CHECK VALVES ON YOUR PRESSURE WASHER PUMP FOR ANNOVI REVERBERI PRESSURE WASHER PUMP BRAND

When a pressure washer pump fails, it tends to be the small parts that go bad. Even though the check valve is small, they serve a much larger function within the pressure washer. Follow these easy installation instructions from The ROP Shop's Rugged U on how to change out your Annovi Reverberi pressure washer pump check valves...

Man repairing a garage door Man repairing a garage door
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June 10, 2021
10 DIY TIPS FOR GARAGE DOOR MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR

A garage door is one of the most vital parts of a home, but it's frequently overlooked when it comes to upkeep. Taking the time to properly care for your door will yield extremely beneficial results, such as saving time and money on repairs and energy bills. Since managing an overhead door isn’t a difficult task, it isn’t always necessary to call a garage door specialist for such repairs. There are numerous maintenance and troubleshooting steps to invest in a long and issue-free life for the biggest door in your house. Here are a few simple do-it-yourself solutions from The ROP Shop's Rugged U...

5 TIPS ON HOW TO USE A STRING TRIMMER LIKE A PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPER 5 TIPS ON HOW TO USE A STRING TRIMMER LIKE A PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPER
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Home, Lawn and Outdoor Power Equipment Tips and Tricks
May 27, 2021
5 TIPS ON HOW TO USE A STRING TRIMMER LIKE A PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPER

Over a decade ago, The ROP Shop was founded on the knowledge and principles of a professional landscaping company that had been in business for over two decades. Since then, our knowledge and expertise has only grown. If you want to learn a few tricks to maximize your string trimmer use, you’re in luck! Our pros will help you avoid scalping, scarring, and shredding so you too can use a string trimmer like a pro.

Guy riding a drift trike on snow Guy riding a drift trike on snow
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Power Sport, ATV, UTV, Snowmobiles, Dirt Bikes, and Off-Roading
May 19, 2021
WHICH DRIFT TRIKE IS BEST FOR YOU?

If you’re looking to get into drift triking but don’t know where to start, we’re here to help. Before you purchase or construct your first trike, think about where you’ll be riding and how you want your drift trike to operate. Will you be riding uphill, downhill, or on flat stretches? Keep reading to find out which type of trike you might need. The ROP Shop's Rugged U is here to help you stay rugged...

A small dog lays in the grass with a ball in it's mouth. A small dog lays in the grass with a ball in it's mouth.
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April 28, 2021
PROBLEMS THAT CAN LEAD TO LAWN DAMAGE

A beautiful lawn is a goal for many homeowners. Some homeowners may find those lovely lawns may last momentarily, only to disappear when damage (be it pest-, weather- or child-related) sets in. While well-established grass can be resilient, even the most well-maintained lawns can be vulnerable. Preventing damage first involves getting to the root of the problem when it comes to lawn care. The ROP Shop's Rugged U blog can help you out.

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