Want to Learn More about Home Improvement? Check out These Great Resources!

Whether you are a construction worker, an avid do-it-yourselfer, or an engaged homeowner, you’ll need the right tools before you tackle a project. To learn more, have a look at these helpful resources from around the web:

Whatever the project you’re undertaking, A-1 Equipment Rental has the tools you need to complete the job. To learn more about our tool and equipment rental services, visit our website or dial (650) 369-2992.

Prepare for a Winter in California with These Home-Insulation Projects

California winters may not bring blizzards, black outs, and snow days, but the heavy rain and sharp winds coming from the Pacific Ocean can wreak their own havoc on your home. Winterizing your California home may involve different steps then a home in, say, Minnesota, but taking precaution is equally as important if you want to stay warm and keep heating costs low this winter:

Repair Your Windows

Between 15 to 35 percent of heat loss during the wintertime can be attributed to poorly insulated windows. If you have old, cracked windows, then replace them and install insulating panels on the interior side of your window frames. This will prevent air from escaping your home.

Seal Your Foundation

Winters in California bring heavy rainfall, so be sure to seal your foundation to prevent flooding. If you own a boat, then be sure to seal cracks in the deck and the window frames. If your home has a basement, then be sure to keep it dry throughout the winter to thwart mold growth.

Cover Your Pool

If you’re like many California homeowners, then your home probably has a pool, and all the rain that is headed your way is sure to throw off the PH balance of the chlorine. However, covering your pool will keep it healthy and balanced until you can enjoy it again in the spring.

Trim Your Landscape

While California winters can be mild, the winds can be unforgiving, especially if you have tall trees next to your home. To prevent damage to your home this winter, purchase saws, wood chippers, and rakes from your local equipment rental store.

You don’t need a professional to winterize your home, but you will need the right equipment and tools. For this, visit A-1 Equipment Rental. We have all of the power tools, trucks, and hardware equipment you need to prepare for a California winter. Stop by and ask about our tool rental services or call (650) 369-2992.


Want to Save Money? Choose the Right Insulation for your Home.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, between 50 and 70 percent of the energy used in homes is for heating and cooling. This means that properly insulating your home will create a more comfortable and consistent indoor climate while significantly lowering your monthly energy costs. But before you go out and purchase home insulation, it’s a good idea to know the different types to choose from.

You can learn about the different types of home insulation in this free video. You’ll learn about loose blow-in insulation, flat insulation, and even “blue” insulation, an environmentally friendly product that is made from recycled materials.

Once you figure out what type of insulation you want, contact A-1 Equipment Rental for the tools and equipment you need to complete the job. To inquire about a specific tool or piece of equipment, contact us online or dial (650) 369-2992.

Three Jobs That Require Concrete Tools

The construction industry is a major source of employment here in the United States. As one of the most profitable and diverse industries in the world, the construction trade encompasses a wide range of disciplines, from steamfitters and painters to tapers and glaziers—and each one of these jobs require a particular set of tools. Without specialized tools to assist in the mixing, laying, finishing, and cutting of concrete, these professionals would be unable to work with concrete.

 Concrete Masons

Concrete masons are in charge of organizing and distributing cement throughout various places in a project. Concrete masons use towable mixers, knockdown mixers, and wheelbarrows—basically anything that makes it easier to transport and mix concrete.

 Concrete Finishers

Concrete finishers are responsible for creating the smooth, unbroken appearance that we associate with concrete structures like sidewalks and pillars. The most common tool found in a concrete finisher’s toolbox is the bull float, a finishing tool that smoothes fresh concrete surfaces. Depending on the nature of a construction project, concrete finishers may either choose to purchase a bull float or rent one from a tool rental company.

 Segmental Pavers

When necessary, finished concrete slabs may need to be cut and arranged in order to create paths, patios, driveways, and steps. One of the most important tools for segmental pavers is a concrete vibrator, a device which re-liquefies existing concrete surrounding an area that needs to be patched.

Whether you are a construction professional or a do-it-yourselfer, A-1 Equipment Rental has the construction tools you need to get the job done quickly. We rent towable mixers, concrete troweling machines, bull floats, Jitterbug Tamps, pencil vibrators, and much more! To learn more about our equipment rental services, contact us online or dial (650) 369-2992.

Concrete Mason

Looking For More Information About Our Recent Blog Topics? Visit These Helpful Resources!

Using the right tools for your DIY home improvement project can help you stay safe and produce professional results. To learn more about using specialized tools for different home improvement projects, take a look at these helpful online resources.

  • Pole saws are essential tools for pruning large trees. Take a look at this guide from About.com to learn how to use a pole saw safely and effectively.
  • For information on how to properly prune your trees to keep them safe and healthy, read this guide from the US Forest Service.
  • New to using pneumatic tools? Visit this page from OSHA to learn about how to use an air-powered nail gun safely.
  • Thinking about finishing your basement? Take a look at this DIY guide to make sure you have all the tools you need to finish the job right.
  • For tips on properly framing and insulating your basement walls, take a look at this step-by-step guide from Family Handyman.

To learn about renting tools and trucks for your next home improvement project, contact A-1 Equipment Rental Center at (650) 369-2992.

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