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Colour Coded Webbing Slings

One of the products that we stock at Rope Services Direct, webbing slings, is universally colour coded so that everyone from manufacturers to end-users know exactly what their webbing slings are capable of. To help explain the colour coded webbing slings system in more detail, we have written the following article for you.

What is the colour coded webbing slings system?

Before we explain the colour coding system in more detail, first here are the colour codes used for webbing slings:


–          Purple webbing slings = maximum safe lifting weight of one tonne

–          Green webbing slings = maximum safe lifting weight of two tonnes

–          Yellow webbing slings = maximum safe lifting weight of three tonnes

–          Grey webbing slings = maximum safe lifting weight of four tonnes

–          Red webbing slings = maximum safe lifting weight of five tonnes

–          Brown webbing slings = maximum safe lifting weight of six tonnes

–          Blue webbing slings = maximum safe lifting weight of eight tonnes

–          Orange webbing slings = maximum safe lifting weight of ten tonnes

All lifting equipment, whether it is webbing slings, wire rope, or something else entirely, will have a working load limit and a safe working load. The working load limit is the tested limit of a piece of lifting equipment, and is the maximum amount that it can lift. Any more than this and it will break.

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Here you can see some of the various colours of webbing sling that we stock

The safe working load is the limit that has put in place by manufacturers, and is what you should stick to at all times to ensure the longevity of your lifting equipment. The colour coding system above represents the safe working load of the different types of webbing slings.

Why do webbing slings need a colour coding system?

There are strict rules and regulations in place in the lifting equipment and lifting operations industry that affect the way equipment is used and the equipment itself. The most commonly referred to regulation for this is the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER), which states that all lifting equipment must be appropriately marked.

While it doesn’t specifically state that webbing slings need a colour coding system, this colour coding system falls into the safe markings laid out in LOLER.

Things to consider with webbing slings

The webbing slings that you purchase and use are colour coded for a reason. Never try and lift more than the weight that your webbing sling has been designated as handling, otherwise  you could run the risk of causing harm to yourself or those around you.

Webbing slings are not the strongest pieces of lifting equipment either. They are generally purchased for their flexibility, adaptability and portability. If you are looking for lifting equipment that can handle heavier loads, then we recommend using something such as wire rope instead.

Want more information on webbing slings?

If you want to know more about webbing slings, the colour coded webbing slings system or how you can get the most out of your lifting equipment, then we would be happy to share our knowledge. You can get in contact with us here.

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An A-Z of Wire Ropes Infographic Guide

While we sell a great variety of lifting equipment here at Rope Services Direct and wire rope is by far our most popular item. It’s adaptable, strong, multi-functional, and used by dozens of industries around the world. With a huge range of qualities and benefits, it’s more than likely that rope plays a part in your life almost every single day, and you may not even know it! To help explain this piece of equipment better and to demonstrate just some of its wide-ranging qualities and uses, we’ve constructed the below infographic titled “An A-Z of Wire Ropes”.

The A-Z of Wire Ropes infographic

The equipment has such a long history, and such an extensive present-day usage, that it wasn’t hard to fill each letter of the alphabet with something relatable. Okay, maybe some of the letters required a little more brainpower, but, just like lifting medium in question, we’re adaptable! Take a look at our infographic below.

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A-Z of Wire Ropes Infographic Guide – click to view full infographic

What type of wire ropes do you sell at Rope Services Direct?

Now that you’ve learnt a little bit more, we thought we’d give a quick explanation of each of the types of that we sell here at Rope Services Direct.

Stainless steel

This is our most common type, and is constructed from stainless steel. It’s strong, it’s highly corrosion resistant, and it’s designed for multiple industries and applications.

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A close-up of the equipment

Plastic coated

The plastic coating gives a smooth finish, taking out the roughness you’d have previously felt from the metal. These are used for things such as security cables.

Gym ropes and cables

Designed for one use only; gym machines. You know the cables that help operate the machines you work out on, such as to lift the weights? That’s this handy piece of equipment at work.

Trailer ropes

As with the equipment above, the name is a bit of a giveaway! This equipment is used for trailers.

Security cables

Security cables have a range of applications, and are used for securing one object to another, for example a bike to a lamppost! Their strong and sturdy nature makes them great for security.

Catenary wire

This is perfect for applications such as Christmas lighting, decorations, or hanging heavy curtains.


Rope can have a slight tendency to spin, and while this isn’t usually a problem, you may need something that won’t – in which case this is the perfect solution for you!

Galvanised rope made from wire

The galvanised version has a protective zinc coating, giving it further protection against rusting.

Crane rope

This type is the perfect piece of equipment to be used with a range of cranes, whether it’s tower cranes, gantry cranes, deck cranes, or another crane entirely.

Winch rope

Winch ropes are lighter, but still have the strong and robust qualities that all wire rope possesses. These are perfect for usage with winches.

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Wire rope is commonly used with tower cranes

Rope slings

These are in-house assembled slings, ready for use from the get-go.

Theatre cable

Perfect for all functions theatre related.

Compacted wire rope

This is more compact than its counterparts, giving it a higher resistance to corrosion.

Garage door cables

Does exactly what it says on the tin – perfect for garage doors.

Find out more about our range

Our A-Z of wire ropes infographic only gave a brief snapshot of types of wire ropes available; there is plenty more information available! To find out more about how wire ropes are used in various industries around the world, please read our lengthy article and infographic here. Or, if you have some questions you want answered, you can get in contact with us here.


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Web Lifting Slings – Explained

One of the key products that we sell here at Rope Services Direct are web lifting slings. If you’re new to the lifting equipment industry, or perhaps are looking for a little more detail on exactly what it is that web lifting slings do, then below we’ve explained more on this useful piece of lifting gear.

What are web lifting slings?

Webbing slings are just one of the many alternatives to other pieces of lifting equipment on the market, such as wire rope. They are generally manufactured from polyester or polypropylene, making them a lightweight and flexible piece of equipment. There are various types of webbing slings, such as round slings or one way slings.

As with other pieces of lifting equipment, they can be manufactured in a range of sizes and lengths, as well as having various lifting strengths too. Webbing slings are universally colour coded no matter which manufacturer you purchase from, and each colour refers to the lifting strength of that particular piece.

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An example of a webbing sling

The colour coding system for web lifting slings

Below is the colour coding system used worldwide for webbing slings:


–          Purple = one tonne

–          Green = two tonnes

–          Yellow = three tonnes

–          Grey = four tonnes

–          Red = five tonnes

–          Brown = six tonnes

–          Blue = eight tonnes

–          Orange = ten tonnes


It’s important that you make note of this colour coding system, and only ever use the right webbing sling for the job that you have planned. This is part of the law, as in line with the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER).

What are the benefits of webbings slings?

The real question is why use webbing slings over other types of lifting equipment? Below are just some of the benefits of webbing slings:


Webbing slings are extremely lightweight, meaning they are one of the easiest pieces of lifting equipment to transport around a worksite.


This lightweight nature also means that they are highly flexible and adaptable, with a wide surface bearing load. This means they can be used to fit around odd shaped loads that other lifting equipment can not, and they can also be utilised in multiple different ways of lifting, for example to be used as a basket hitch.

Protecting the load that they are working with

Because of their lightweight nature and the softer material that they are constructed from, web lifting slings won’t damage, scratch or scuff the load that they are handling in the same way that other pieces of lifting equipment might.

Unsure which is the best type of lifting equipment for your business?

It must be noted that with this more flexible, lightweight nature comes a lower lifting strength than something like wire rope. If you are unsure which may be the best type of lifting equipment for you and your business, then we’d love to have a chat with you.


If you would like to speak directly to one of our expert team, then you can get in touch with us here.



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10 Amazing Flickr Images of Wire Ropes

We have explored the topic of wire ropes in great length on our website, particularly its use across dozens of different industries, including the construction, aerospace and mining industries.

In this article below, we have taken a slightly fresh angle, instead choosing to show you 10 amazing images of the lifting medium itself, taken from Flickr Creative Commons.

#1 Its strength

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The above image is great for displaying the lifting tool’s resilience and strength. The rope is being run through what looks like a rope pulley, and while the pulley has stood the test of time, we can clearly see the rust and corrosion it has suffered.

The rope, by comparison, still looks as ready to function as ever!

Image credit: tanakawho


#2 The Golden Gate Bridge

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This is one of the world’s most well-known landmarks; the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. It has a famous slight wobble, down to the fact that it doesn’t have a support structure in the middle of the bridge. (It was designed this way on purpose, don’t worry!)

Part of the reason the bridge has the strength that it does is thanks to the use of wire-based rope, which you can see from the thin red vertical lines in this image.


Image credit: Tom Hilton

#3 Golden Gate Bridge wire rope

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This is another image of the Golden Gate Bridge, but this time displaying a fantastic view directly up the ropes that we saw running vertically in the previous picture. This gives us a much better look at just how it is used in this structure.

Image credit: Nick Harris

#4 Animals love it too!

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If you’ve been following our blog for a while, then you’ll know that it is used in hundreds of different scenarios. One of these is shown above, where the equipment is being used as an animal enclosure. Not only is it useful, but apparently it tastes good too!

Image credit: Rick Kimpel

#5 Using rope for fun

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The lifting tool can also be used for a great deal of fun too! Here we see it being used at an entertainment experience to provide the support experience for the user to make it safely from one side to the other. Just don’t look down!

Image credit: Loco Ropes

#6 Rope grips

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They are highly compatible pieces of lifting equipment, great for working with multiple other pieces of equipment. In the image above, we see it being utilised with one such fitting, known as a grip, which helps to securely tighten the rope in place.


Image credit: Sean T Evans

#7 Reels of rope

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In this image we can see one long reel that has been wrapped around a coil, how it is traditionally sold in bulk. It has a strangely mesmerising look in this image!

Image credit: tsaarni

#8 Rope for anchorage

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The image displayed above shows the sheer strength of lifting piece. It has been combined with various other tools and pieces of equipment in this picture to provide a strong and secure anchoring point.

The dense woodland that we can see around the rope suggests that there will be plenty of moisture in this area, furthering highlighting its resilience to the natural elements and its use as a piece of lifting equipment.


Image credit: John Holm

#9 Ropes being used for cranes

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This image here shows rope being used with cranes. Most of us will be familiar with these tall tower cranes, which are the most common instrument for helping to construct buildings around the world.

The equipment both acts as a support structure for the crane, as well as conducting the heavy lifting and lowering tasks that the crane must complete.

Image credit: Ben Sutherland

#10 Rope for elevators

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The lifting medium is the most common tool used in lifts and elevators around the world, helping us to move safely from floor to floor.

Image credit: Andrew

Looking for more information?

We hope that the above images have given you a good idea of just how varied the equipment can be, as well as showing you a little more on how this useful piece of lifting equipment functions. If you have more questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of our expert team.





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Webbing Sling Breaking Strain Guide

A Webbing Sling Breaking Strain Guide

Webbing slings are just one alternative to other forms of lifting gear and equipment such as wire rope. While they have their own unique set of qualities, they also have their own unique set of considerations too. One of the most important things to think about with any piece of lifting equipment is the breakage point of that piece, and so below you will find a webbing sling breaking strain guide.

Factors to consider with webbing slings

Webbing slings have been designed as an alternative to offer their users an entirely new set of advantages and benefits. They are more flexible and lightweight pieces of lifting equipment, meaning they are much easier to transport around worksites and can wrap around odd shaped loads much easier. However, this more lightweight nature comes from a lighter, less sturdy material being used. Webbing slings are traditionally woven from fabric or polyester, and while they are strong enough to carry out many lifting tasks, their breaking strain will be at a much lower point than other pieces of lifting gear.

It is also important to note that webbing slings are constructed in a different way to wire rope. Wire rope is made up of several wires and several strands so, should one break, it is technically possible to carry on using it until you complete the task.

Webbing slings aren’t the same, and don’t have this “fail safe” mechanism. If the webbing sling snaps, then it snaps completely. This is why it is even more crucially important that you follow the specifications and webbing sling breaking strain limits that are given to you.

Working load limit and safe working load

Two important terms within the lifting gear industry are “working load limit” and “safe working load”, and both of these terms apply to webbing slings too. The working load limit refers to the absolute maximum that your webbing sling will be able to handle before it breaks. Even the smallest weight over this will result in a pretty dramatic snapping!

The safe working load, on the other hand, is the limit that has been deemed to be safe by testers and manufacturers to operate at. It will be well below the maximum that your webbing sling is able to handle, but this has been done to ensure that you webbing sling has as long a service life as possible.

The colour codes of webbing slings

Unlike other pieces of lifting equipment, such as wire rope, webbing slings are actually designed and coloured in different ways to quickly indicate to the user its weight capabilities and breaking strain limits. These colour codes are universal, so no matter who you shop with (although we hope it’s us!), you’ll know the exact strengths of your webbing slings.

The colour codes are as follows:

·         Purple – 1 tonne

·         Green – 2 tonnes

·         Yellow – 3 tonnes

·         Grey – 4 tonnes

·         Red – 5 tonnes

·         Brown – 6 tonnes

·         Blue – 8 tonnes

·         Orange – 10 tonnes

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The above shows the webbing slings that we stock at Rope Services Direct, as well as the colour guide

Looking to buy webbing slings?

If you are looking to purchase reliably manufactured and long-lasting webbing slings, or perhaps you would like to know more about the lifting capabilities of webbing slings, then we would be more than happy to help. You can either call us on 01384 78004, or find our other contact details listed here.



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Using Webbing Slings Across Industrial Sectors

Using Webbing slings has become an essential part of many industries around the world. At first glance they can be easy to dismiss, as they handle much lighter loads than some of their other lifting gear counterparts.

But their lightweight nature and flexibility have become a huge advantage, making them a useful tool for everything from day-to-day construction tasks to assisting in life-saving situations. While it’s true that you don’t choose webbing slings for their strength, the huge number of other advantages that they provide mean that they have become a staple part of dozens of industries and applications around the world.

Below we have covered just some of the various industrial sectors and applications that you will find webbing slings being used for.

Using Webbing slings in the cranes and lifting industry

The cranes and lifting industry is perhaps where webbing slings find their most common usage. They make for a fantastic alternative to other pieces of lifting equipment such as wire rope, thanks to their lighter and more flexible nature.

While this means that they will lift less than something like wire rope, they have the unique advantage of people able to adapt to the load that they are working with much more easily. This means they have a wide load bearing surface, and can be wrapped around large or odd-shaped loads with ease.

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Webbing slings are often used as a replacement for other forms of lifting gear in the cranes and lifting industry.


Wire rope, which is more rigid, struggles to do this. Webbing slings also, thanks to the softer material that they are made from, won’t scratch or wear on a load in the same way that other, tougher pieces of lifting equipment may do.

It’s easy to see why webbing slings have become so prevalent in the cranes and lifting industry.

Using Webbing slings in the construction industry

The construction industry is closely linked to the cranes and lifting industry, as much construction work is completed through cranes and the lifting and lowering of loads. While we are most commonly used to tall tower cranes dominating skyscrapers that complete construction projects, there are always much smaller lifting and lowering tasks going on as well.

Webbing slings are most often used in the construction industry for raising up tools and loads, or lowering these items back down. As with the above, their flexible nature, and the fact that they can be tied into a basket hitch, means they can wrap easily around odd-shaped loads often found on construction sites.

They are also used for height safety equipment on construction sites, which we have covered in its own section below.

Using Webbing slings in the height safety equipment industry

Height safety equipment is crucial when working at heights. While items such as hardhats and protective gloves are often used in many of the industries that we will cover in this post, height safety equipment is only used at heights.

However, many assume this is only extremely tall heights, but this isn’t the cause. Working at height simply refers to any height at which a person could fall and cause themselves harm, and this could easily be done from a very low height.

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Webbing slings are used for safety harnesses

Common pieces of height safety equipment include safety belts, safety harnesses and safety harness lanyards, and all of these utilise webbing slings in some way.

Using Webbing slings in the sporting industry

Following on nicely from the use of webbing slings in the height safety equipment industry is their widespread use within the sporting industry.

Webbing slings are the go-to piece of equipment when it comes to rock climbing and mountaineering. It’s used for anchoring points, helping to reduce rope drag, making auto-block knots and for safety harnesses as described in the height safety equipment section above

It’s often used for hiking and camping gear too for many of the same reasons, but also for load adjusters and tent adjusters too.

One other activity where you will find webbing slings being used are for slacklining, which involves tying both ends around anchoring points and walking on the sling from one end to the other.

Using Webbing slings in the mining industry

Webbing slings are often used as an alternative to wire rope in the mining industry. While it can’t be denied that wire rope will be able to handle and lift a heavier amount, webbing sling’s lightweight nature make them much easier to work with.

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Webbing slings allow us to reach great depths in the mining industry

They are also much easier to inspect quickly for any damages or faults, which is critical in an industry such as mining, helping to dramatically reduce the time spent on inspections. Webbing slings are designed to have a high-level of resistance to abrasion, meaning they are a perfect fit for this industry.

You can also find webbing slings being used in mining equipment recovery for towing and also for dump trucks, where it assists the truck in dumping its load.

Using Webbing slings in the repairs industry

Following on from the recovery equipment mentioned above, webbing slings are used for the towing and recovery of objects, most commonly automobiles thanks to the greater level of slack that they allow for.

The webbing slings will also be used in this industry for securely tying things down, such as automobiles on the back of recovery trucks.

Using Webbing slings in the manufacturing industry

As with the construction industry or the cranes and lifting industry, webbing slings make for a good alternative to wire rope. While wire rope finds a more widespread use in this industry as it is used inside the manufacturing conveyor belts themselves, webbing slings are used for conducting lifting and lowering tasks for the same reasons of flexibility and adaptability.

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Webbing slings are used in many manufacturing plants around the world

Webbing slings are also used for securely fastening and tying objects down within this industry.

Using Webbing slings in the warehousing industry

The cranes and lifting industry and manufacturing industries also closely overlap with the warehousing industry. Items both large and small will need to be lifted and lowered to great heights, in this industry, and webbing slings provide the same benefits of being able to secure around odd-shaped loads.

And, as with the above industry, webbing slings are also used for tying loads down too.

Using Webbing slings in the military industry

Military grade webbing slings have a vast use within the military industry, performing a range of actions that require them to be heavily resistant to many intense situations. One of the most common uses for webbing slings within the military industry is for parachutes and ballooning, but they are also used to make other pieces of equipment too such as military belts, backpacks and harnesses.

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The military makes widespread use of webbing slings

Webbing slings are useful for this industry as they are lightweight in nature, but can also be constructed from materials such as Kevlar to make them much more suitable for combat too.

Using Webbing slings in the home maintenance industry

The home maintenance industry also sees a use for webbing slings too. In the same way that webbing slings are used in rock-climbing and height safety equipment for harnesses and creating anchor points, they find the same use for those professionals who need to scale the trees of someone’s home; generally, to trim down the branches.

And, in a much more relaxing way, webbing slings can be used to create a nice cosy hammock for homeowners. Not only are webbing slings vital for industrial applications, they’re also perfect for letting you put your feet up too!

Using Webbing slings in the marine and shipping industry

You will also find webbing slings being used in the marine and shipping industry, most often as a replacement, again, for other forms of lifting equipment. Webbing slings can be used to lift all manner of things in this industry, from containers onto huge freight ships, to lifting smaller yachts.

The webbing sling’s ability to wrap easily around the load, as we have covered extensively in this article, is what makes them such a huge benefit for this industry. However, it is also the fact that they create little to no abrasion on the load that they are lifting that makes them so desirable as well.

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You will also see webbing slings have great use in the marine and shipping industry


If you are lifting up your prized yacht, you don’t want a steel wire rope running across its gleaming white hull!

Webbing slings are also often used as a replacement, or in combination with, mooring ropes, thanks to their high level of chaffing protection.

Using Webbing slings in the transportation industry

The transportation industry is one of the greatest and most widespread users of webbing slings around the world. Many of the functions that webbing slings perform in this industry are the same that we have seen in some of the other industries above.

These uses include the tying down of loads, creating cargo straps, towing cables, and cargo nets. With millions of deliveries being made every day around the world, webbing slings provide an invaluable asset to this sector.

Using Webbing slings in the automotive industry

One use for webbing slings in the automotive industry is for the same as many of the industries above; as a replacement for other pieces of lifting equipment. Webbing slings are used to help with the manufacture and production of the automobiles themselves. However, given the heavy nature of these vehicles, you will find that wire rope is more commonly used.

Webbing material is what we find in all of our seatbelts around the world, and webbing slings themselves are used to create safety harnesses for those that race in cars.

Using Webbing slings in the rail industry

One final industry that webbing slings are used extensively in is within the rail industry. Webbing slings are used to lift the trains themselves, rail tankers, traction motors, and wheels. Again, webbing slings serve as an alternative to other pieces of lifting equipment here.

Other uses for webbing slings or webbing material

The webbing material that webbing slings are made from, typically fabric, polyester or polypropylene finds itself having dozens of other uses aside from being used for webbing slings. Below we have briefly covered some other smaller uses for webbing slings, as well as the actual webbing material itself.

Firemen webbing sling drag

Webbing slings are used by firefighters in what is known as a webbing sling drag. This is a life-saving manoeuvre that allows them to quickly and safely pull people out of harm’s way, without causing injury either.

Animal collars

The webbing material itself is what you will find being used for animal collars and leashes. Not only does webbing help us in dozens of industries, but it helps our feline friends too!


Webbing is one of the most common materials that you will find in furniture.


Webbing slings and webbing are often used for straps, such as for tool bags, guitars and guns used by the military.


Finally, you will find webbing in much of the apparel that we buy and use every single day, such as handbags or clothes.

Looking for more information on using webbing slings?

As you can see from the above, webbing slings have become one of the most important pieces of lifting equipment around the world. Although they are referred to as “lifting equipment”, it’s clear that webbing slings are so much more than this.

Although they weren’t first designed for such a huge variety of uses, their flexible and adaptable nature has meant that savvy-minded people have found new and intuitive ways of utilising this useful piece of equipment.

If it sounds like webbing slings might be the one for you, or you want to know more about the variety that we stock here at Rope Services Direct, we would be more than happy to share everything that we know! Please get in contact with us here.


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