Essential Safety Tips for Portable Generator Use

When used properly, generator rentals make it easy to have power in your party tent, beat electrical blackouts, and ensure that you have the power you need on a construction site, but without the proper safety precautions, your guests or employees could be at risk. If you plan to rent a portable generator, be sure to follow these safety rules to protect yourself and everyone else who will be exposed to the generator.

Don’t Run the Generator in an Enclosed Space

The biggest risk associated with generators is carbon monoxide poisoning. Generators should never be run in enclosed spaces, such as party tents, and they should never be run indoors. They should always be placed at least 15 feet from an enclosed structure. Carbone monoxide is clear and odorless, so it can build up in an area without anyone being aware of it. If you’re using a generator, consider using a battery-operated carbon monoxide monitor nearby, so you can get an alert if an unsafe level of the gas is detected in the air.

Allow the Generator to Cool Before Refueling

For gas-operated portable generators, the generator must be allowed to cool before being refueled. Both gasoline and gas vapors are flammable, and they can ignite when they come into contact with hot parts of the generator. The generator should cool for at least two minutes before you attempt to refuel, but longer is even better. If you are keeping the gas on hand for the generator, keep it in approved containers and store it away from all heat sources.

Avoid Operating Generators in the Rain

The voltage created by generators can be extremely dangerous to operate in the rain. If you think it could be raining when you need to operate the generator, talk to your equipment rental company about using tents or other covers to vent it.

Let A-1 Equipment Rental Center help you select the right generator in San Mateo for your needs. We’re also available to answer all of your questions about safe generator operations. Arrange a generator rental today by calling (650) 369-2992.


Avoid These Common Concrete Project Mistakes

Concrete is a durable and versatile material, which makes it ideal for a wide range of products. However, mistakes can easily happen during the installation process that compromise the final result. Ensuring that you have the right equipment rentals for the job you are doing is the first step to getting the results you want. Avoiding these common mistakes will also help you successfully complete the job.

Failing to Adequately Prepare the Site

Without proper site preparation, concrete projects inevitably fail, either immediately or in the future. Before concrete is prepared, the site has to be thoroughly prepared by carefully leveling the surface. Compacting equipment must be used to pack the base foundation to make it flat and sturdy. Failing to do so will allow the concrete to sink. The job might look uneven when it is finished, or the sinking may occur over time, causing cracks and other flaws.

Adding Too Much Water to the Mix

When you mix concrete, any mistake will interfere with the final result. Often, people add extra water to the concrete mix because it makes it easier to spread or because doing so makes the surface look smoother. However, adding too much water will make the concrete weaker than normal, shortening its lifespan. Be sure to use a volumetric concrete mixer so that you get the mix just right without adding excessive water.

Removing the Forms Too Early

Before the concrete is completely set, the forms hold everything in place exactly where you want it. When the concrete appears stable, you may be tempted to remove the forms so you can be done with the job, but you should always wait for the full set time—24 to 48 hours—before attempting to remove the forms. Doing so too early could cause you to have to restart the entire project.

A-1 Equipment Rental Center has everything you need to complete your concrete project the right way every time. Our range of equipment rentals is perfect for professional contractors and DIY homeowners alike. Call us today at (650) 369-2992 to learn more about our equipment rentals in San Jose.


How to Use a Plumbing Snake

If you’re dealing with clogged drains, a plumbing snake could be the answer. A plumbing snake—also called an auger—is more effective than a plunger and doesn’t involve the use of chemicals, unlike drain cleaners. Consider renting an auger to deal with your clogged drains to save yourself time and money.

Using a plumbing snake is relatively straightforward. Put down towels to protect the floor around the drain and put on gloves to protect your hands. Guide the auger into the drain and gently twist the snake as you move it through the drain. Once you start to feel some resistance from the blockage, continue turning the snake until you feel pressure against your movement. Slowly pull out the snake, which will simultaneously pull out the clog. Rinse the drain with water to clear any debris left behind.

Tackle your plumbing issues with equipment rental from A-1 Equipment Rental Center. We offer auger rental in Oakland along with a huge selection of tools and job site equipment. Set up your rental today by calling (650) 369-2992.


Answering Common Questions About Centrifugal Pumps

Centrifugal pumps play a central role in everything from municipal water supplies to agriculture. They can be used in many ways in job sites and are a key part of many different kinds of equipment. If you need to rent a centrifugal pump from our equipment rental company, here are the answers to some questions you may have about operating it.

How do centrifugal pumps work?

Centrifugal pumps are a form of kinetic pump. The pumps contain a rotating impeller that is housed in a casing. Liquid moves into the casing via a suction inlet and is then spun outside the casing and through a discharge port. The impeller creates velocity in the liquid that becomes pressure energy. Because of this energy, centrifugal pumps can handle high and highly changeable flow rates of liquid without requiring a pressure relief valve. This means that there is reduced wear and tear on pipes, seals, and bearing, making centrifugal pumps efficient and easy to use.

Do centrifugal pumps have minimum flow rates?

Although there are no standard guidelines for a minimum flow rate, centrifugal pumps usually shouldn’t be operated at less than 50% of their efficiency point. Low flows can lead to overheating, cavitation, excessive noise, and damage. A centrifugal pump should never be operated at zero flow for an extended period of time, as the water in the system will boil and melt the internal components.

What kind of centrifugal pump should I use?

The head and flow requirements of your project will determine what kind of centrifugal pump you need. Discuss your project needs with your equipment rental company before you rent your pump, both to ensure that you get the right one for the job and to determine if you have the appropriate hoses.

From large, contractor-led projects to small, DIY, home improvement jobs, A-1 Equipment Rental Center has the tools you need to get your projects done. For more information about equipment rental in San Francisco and to get the advice of our team about your rental needs, call us at (650) 369-2992.


Backhoe Loader Safety Tips from John Deere

Safe operation is essential when you’re operating any piece of equipment on the jobsite. If you rent one of our John Deere backhoes, following some basic safety protocols will allow you to make the most of the incorporated safety features of the equipment. Before you make use of our equipment rental services, watch this video for backhoe safety tips.

One of the easiest things you can do to ensure your safety on the John Deere backhoe loader is to use your seatbelt. The seatbelt will ensure that you aren’t thrown from the machine in the event of an accident. Be sure to read all of the safety guidelines before you operate the equipment.

A-1 Equipment Rental Center will provide you with all of the information you need to use our equipment rentals in San Francisco safely. Contact us at (650) 369-2992 to learn more.


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