Tips for First-Time Drill Users

Power drills offer tons of convenience for any project where screws are needed, but they do require some safety precautions as well as a little practice to use correctly. If you’ve never used a power drill before, the prospect may be somewhat intimidating. By following the simple tips below, you can relieve your anxiety and stay safe as you get to know this handy power tool.

Protect your hands and eyes.

Safety should always be a priority in the presence of power tools, and your hands and eyes will require the most protection. Your hands will be holding the drill, which can get quite hot and create lots of vibration, so use thick but well-fitted work gloves for protection. Wear goggles to protect your eyes in the event of any projectile wood or metal shavings, which can fly off of your work surface when the drill is moving at higher speeds.

Change bits as needed for the project.

If you rent a drill, it will come with a variety of drill bits, and you should change them as needed for a given project. If you need a larger hole drilled, you may have to work your way up with larger and larger bits. Using the wrong drill bit for a task can require you to apply more force than usual, and that can make your hand much less steady as you drill.

Never change the bit with the power on.

When you’re using a corded drill, always unplug it before changing the drill bit. With cordless drills, take out the battery pack or hit the off switch. This will reduce your chances of accidental injuries as you swap out the drill bit.

Practice drilling on scrap wood or metal.

You might need a little practice to get used to the adjustable speed of your power drill and to learn to drill with a steady, precise hand. Use a piece of scrap wood or metal—whichever is more appropriate for your project—and get a feel for the tool with a few practice holes.

When you need to rent a drill or any other power tools to help you make home repairs or finish DIY projects in the San Francisco Bay Area, call A-1 Rental Center for the tools and expertise you need. Renting tools can save you money and ensure that you’re using the right gear for every job, so give us a call at (650) 369-2992 or visit our website today.

Learn How to Cut Ceramic Tile with a Jigsaw

When you install ceramic tile as flooring or a backsplash, chances are you will need to cut some tiles to make everything fit correctly around corners and edges. If you need to make specialty cuts that aren’t just straight lines across the tile, you should use a jigsaw to carve out the cuts you need. This video demonstrates how to make jigsaw cuts in ceramic tile, emphasizing the importance of choosing the right blade and keeping it wet and cool as you cut.

For jigsaw rentals and any other tools you need in the San Francisco area, call A-1 Rental Center at (650) 369-2992. You can also browse our website to see our inventory of rental equipment serving San Mateo, Oakland, and Redwood City.

FAQs about Installing Linoleum

Linoleum is a popular flooring material that has the versatility and durability of vinyl with an all-natural, eco-friendly appeal. This flooring choice can be installed as sheets, tiles, or click-and-lock tiles, but the most common and budget-friendly option is sheet linoleum. If you are looking to install linoleum flooring, you do have some work ahead of you for the installation process, but it’s much more manageable when you know some key facts. Keep reading for an overview of linoleum installation.

Can I install linoleum myself?

Linoleum installation can be a successful DIY project when you rent the proper tools, such as a linoleum roller, and adequately prepare the subfloor. The subfloor should be as smooth as possible because even the smallest imperfections like cracks and bumps can show underneath the finished flooring.

Where can linoleum be installed?

One of the best things about linoleum is that you can install it anywhere in the home, though it will require some added maintenance in the bathroom and kitchen due to the moisture in these areas. Linoleum may be installed over concrete, hardwood, or plywood, but it should not be installed over existing carpet flooring or particle board.

What tools do I need for the installation?

The most specialized tools you’ll need for linoleum installation are a linoleum roller and a seam sealer. Because these are costly pieces of equipment, you’re best off renting them for your project. Other tools you might want to pick up include a tape measure, a half-moon knife and guide plate, chalk, a staple gun, a notched trowel, and scissors.

When you rely on A-1 Rental Center to help you complete your next renovation project, you will be well on your way to a job done right. We have the tools you need in Oakland, so contact us today on our website or at (650) 369-2992 to learn more.

Spotlight on the Importance of Safety Goggles

When you’re making your list of equipment rentals for upcoming home renovations or a craft project, you should not forget to put safety equipment on your list. One of the most essential pieces of safety equipment is a sturdy pair of goggles, which can shield your eyes from projectiles like stray nails and dust as well as potentially dangerous chemicals and fumes.

The type of project you’re doing will determine which type of eyewear is appropriate. If you’re doing carpentry work, spectacles or wraparound goggles will be enough. Overspecs are encased goggles that are useful when you need to protect your eyes from liquids and gasses, and face screens will cover the whole face when added protection is required.

When you rent tools and other home repair equipment from A-1 Rental Center in Redwood City, remember to pick up the appropriate safety gear as well. You can find out more by visiting our website, or give us a call at (650) 369-2992.

A Guide to Stripping Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood floors offer incredible beauty and value to any home because these floors can last a lifetime. However, the finishes that protect this type of flooring don’t have such a long lifespan, so your hardwood floors may need refinishing if they look scuffed, bleached, or otherwise damaged. Stripping your flooring is the first step in restoring its natural beauty, and you can easily take on this project yourself with some equipment rentals in San Jose, as well as the advice below.


Because stripping your floors will kick up a lot of dust, you will want to seal off any rooms adjacent to the one you’re working in. That means placing plastic drop cloths over the doors and protecting the flooring outside the room with a tarp or another drop cloth. If possible, you might also place a box fan in one of the room’s windows facing outwards. You should prepare yourself by wearing clothing that covers your arms and legs, work gloves, goggles, and a face mask to protect your skin, eyes, and lungs from stray dust. The tools and accessories you’ll need for your project include:

  • A floor sander.
  • A detail sander.
  • 36-grit, 60-grit, and 80-grit sandpaper.
  • Plastic drop cloths.
  • A hammer.
  • A vacuum.
  • Wood filler and a drywall knife.


Once you have prepared the room by moving everything out and taking the steps above, you can begin sanding to strip the floors. Start with 36-grit sandpaper on your floor sander, and work your way slowly across the whole floor, moving from side to side as you go across the room. Repeat this step beginning at a diagonal angle from where you started, and then vacuum the floor clean. Nail down any stray screws and fill in cracks using wood filler and the drywall knife. Let the wood filler dry and then use a detail sander to reach any areas you could not strip on the first pass with the floor sander. Sand the floor once more with the 60-grit and then the 80-grit sandpaper, and vacuum following each step. Now, your floors are ready to be resealed for years of protection and lasting beauty.

For sanders, polishers, and other flooring tools you just won’t use enough to justify buying, check out A-1 Rental Center in San Jose. We have a large selection of floor sanders, polishers, and wet-dry vacuums so you can get your project done right. Find us online or call (650) 369-2992 to schedule pickup for your flooring tools.

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