Benefits of Renting a Ladder for Your Next Building Project and Tips for Staying Safe

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Whether you’re building a deck or installing new shingling, you can count on needing a ladder for your next home renovation, addition, or repair project. High-quality ladders can be expensive, but renting allows you to reduce the cost of your project by hundreds of dollars. Also, ladders are quite big and bulky, and storing them can sometimes be a pain. When you rent a ladder, you don’t need to worry about finding room for long term storage; just simply return it when you’re done.

But before you set up your ladder and get to work, be sure that you understand how to safely use it. Here are some helpful ladder safety tips:

  • Read and follow all labels and markings on the ladder (especially the ladder’s load capacity).
  • When climbing up or down the ladder, always maintain 3-points of contact on the ladder (either two hands and a foot or two feet and a hand).
  • Always use a ladder only on a stable and level surface. If you are using an extension ladder, be sure that all locks are properly engaged.
  • Never place a ladder on boxes, barrels, or other unstable bases to obtain additional height. If you require additional height, then contact the equipment rental company to rent a longer extension ladder.
  • Never use a ladder during or immediately following inclement weather. After a rainstorm, be sure to that the steps or rungs are completely dry before you attempt to climb.

If you need a ladder, then don’t hesitate to contact A-1 Equipment Rental Center. Our extra heavy duty ladders come in a wide variety of sizes and are perfect for your next personal or professional building project. For pricing information, visit our website or dial (650) 369-2992.

Are You Starting a New DIY Project?

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If you’re starting a new home improvement project and need equipment to do the job right, call A-1 Equipment Rental at (650) 369-2992 to discuss all your options with one of our qualified professionals.

  • There are a lot of good reasons to rent a concrete troweler. Read about the pros and cons at
  • USA Today has an excellent article on how to safely and efficiently pack your moving truck.
  • Read about the importance and benefits of donating before you move from
  • Mixing and pouring concrete is much easier than it seems. Visit to find out more.
  • Masonry for Life gives some excellent tips on building a concrete wall.

Do You Know How To Use a Concrete Mixer?

Mixing concrete by hand is an extremely labor-intensive process. Mixing maybe one bag of concrete by hand is doable, but if you’ve got a big job to do, then you need to rent a concrete mixer. As this video will show you, concrete mixers are really simple to use. You simply pour the specified amount of water into the mixer, and then dump the concrete in. Once you turn the concrete mixer on, you just wait until it’s come to the right consistency and pour into the wheelbarrow.

At A-1 Equipment Rental, we’ve got the right concrete mixer for your job. Our professional staff will be happy to answer any of your questions, so give us a call at (650) 369-2992.

Pouring a Foundation or Floor? Building a Concrete Wall? Equipment Rentals Can Make the Job Easier on You

Bricklayer and concrete mixer

If you’ve embarked upon a home improvement or renovation project that will involve laying a foundation or building a wall, renting equipment can greatly reduce the amount of time and effort you’ll spend on the job. Bagged cement can be a hassle to maneuver and to mix. By renting a concrete mixer, you’re enabling easier and safer mixing and handling.


Towable concrete mixers are the best choice for large jobs. Generally, they come in sizes capable of mixing 6 or 8 cubic feet of concrete. The cement in concrete can sometimes contain acidic material that will eat away at the mixer, so you should make sure that your rental mixer comes with a polyethylene drum. Polyethylene drums make cleanup much easier.


Troweling can be done by hand or with a machine. When you use a trowel to spread the concrete by hand, it can be very messy and inconsistent. A troweling machine is a much more efficient way to spread your concrete evenly after it’s been laid.

Hand Tools

A variety of hand tools are necessary in order to achieve a smooth, even surface. A bull float is basically a rake with no prongs. At the end of the pole, a flat surface made of wood, aluminum, magnesium, or sometimes resin is dragged across the surface of the concrete. It cuts the highs of the surface and fills in the lows. Occasionally a tamp will be necessary for a smooth finish. If your mix comes with a lot of coarse material (a harsh mix), then you’ll need the tamp to push the large material down.

At A-1 Equipment Rental, we’ve got the right equipment for your home improvement project. To discuss your options with one of our qualified professionals, give us a call at (650) 369-2992.  

Tips for Maximizing Space in Your Moving Van Rental

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Moving to a new place can exciting! Whether for a new job, school, or just a fresh start, moving brings about new experiences. But even with a fresh start, you don’t want to have to leave everything behind. No matter the size of your moving van rental, there are ways to fit more in that you might previously have expected. Take a look at these tips to make the most out of the space in your moving van rental.

  • Disassemble large items. Keeping furniture like your bed frame, your dresser, and your desk intact often leaves large spaces where other items would be able to fit. If you can get the pieces of these items to fit into boxes, then you should. They’ll be less likely to get damaged if they’re disassembled and stowed away safely.
  • Place the largest items closest to the cab. By doing so, you can fit smaller items into spaces left by larger items that can’t be disassembled. Saving the smaller items for last leaves many more placement options. Instead of trying to cram the largest items at the end, you’ll be able to slide smaller items into gaps.
  • Purge as much as you can. While you’re packing, make piles of things that you haven’t used in a long time and decide whether you want to donate them. Getting rid of all the non-necessities in your home will maximize the space within the moving van and make organizing your new home much easier.

If you need to rent a moving van, truck, or trailer, give A-1 Equipment Rental a call at (650) 369-2992. We can help you assess what type of vehicle you need and rent dollies, moving pads, and all of the necessary tools for the job.

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