Replacing a Rotted Fence Post

If you’re repairing a wooden fence, you may encounter rotted fence posts. Rotted wood is not salvageable for fencing, so it should be removed and replaced as part of your project.

This video demonstrates where to make your cuts and how to remove a rotted post. You’ll learn how you can easily replace the damaged fence post with a new one that is fitted to be the appropriate size.

When you’ve got repair projects to do at home, A-1 Rental Center can make the job go more smoothly with the tools and specialized equipment you need. To learn about our equipment or our rental policies serving San Francisco, Oakland, and San Mateo, visit us online or call (650) 369-2992.

Tips for Using a Rebar Bender

When you’re working with reinforced steel bars, bending them to meet the needs of your project is labor-intensive and time-consuming. A rebar bending can make things go much more smoothly, saving you time, money, and energy. Most rebar benders are portable, so they are ideal for renting and transporting to job sites as needed. Once you’ve set up your equipment rental, here is what you need to know about using your rebar bender.

Get Used to the Machine

Rebar benders are generally easy to use, but they can be dangerous if operated incorrectly, so take the time to familiarize yourself with the machine before you get started. Test out the foot pedals, and get a feel for where you will be feeding the rebar into the machine. Check out the different rollers and determine which size you need to use based on the thickness of your material and the bending angle. Set the adjustment knobs to fit your project.

Feed Your Rebar into the Machine

While wearing gloves to protect your hand, put the rebar into the feeding point on the machine. If you haven’t used a rebar bender before, start with one piece of rebar, even if the machine has multiple slots. This will make it easier to keep the rebar in alignment. Move your hands away from the rebar, and activate the machine using the foot pedals.

Allow the Machine to Do the Work

Resist the urge to guide or handle the rebar while the machine is bending it. The bender will efficiently do the work on its own, and moving your hands close to the machine while it is in action is dangerous. Once the rebar is bent, position yourself far enough away from the foot pedals that you can’t inadvertently activate the machine, and remove the rebar. Repeat the process as needed.

At A-1 Rental Center, you will find all of the equipment you need for small home projects and large construction jobs, from rebar benders to air tools and lawn mower rentals in Redwood City. For more information about our rental policies and selection, call (650) 369-2992.

How to Prep a Room for Painting

When you’re painting a room, preparation is key to getting a good result. Making sure you have the right equipment rentals before you attempt to start painting will make the process easier.

This video shows the process of preparing a room for painting. You will need to use tape to protect the baseboards and trim, as well as drop cloths to protect the floor. Be sure to get the tape on the wood and not the walls, so you have a clean line when you’re done painting.

A-1 Rental Center offers an extensive collection of equipment rentals, including dollies, ladders, and much more. Explore our equipment rentals in Redwood City online or call (650) 369-2992 to find out more.

When to Use a Right Angle Drill

When you’re renting drills for a project, knowing what kind of drill you need to get the job done is not always straightforward. Right-angle drills are often extremely handy to have, but many people overlook them as part of their equipment rentals. Could this kind of drill work for your project?

Right-angle drills have long handles with short drill heads—the reverse design of a standard drill. The design makes drilling in tight spots easier, even allowing you to drill in places where a traditional drill could not be used. If your project involves flooring or cabinet building or installation, then a right-angle drill could make your work easier. Any time you anticipate having to drill in tight corners, a right-angle drill could be the best tool you rent.

A-1 Rental Center offers a wide range of drills for rent alongside our comprehensive collection of gear for projects of all sizes. To rent a right-hand drill in Redwood City or reserve other equipment rentals, call (650) 369-2992.

Saw Safety 101

Saws are invaluable tools for a wide range of projects, but they can also be dangerous if they are not handled properly. When saws are among your equipment rentals for a job, there is an added element of working with an unfamiliar tool that you have to consider, which makes taking the proper safety precautions all the more important. Make sure your project is completed safely by keeping these saw safety tips in mind.

Protect Your Eyes

When you’re using a saw, it is inevitable that there will be flying debris. Even small splinters can rebound and hit your eyes, causing injuries. Never use a saw without wearing safety goggles that fit you snugly. For large jobs, a safety mask is also recommended. Failing to use the proper protection can lead to serious injuries.

Inspect the Saw Before Use

Before you operate the saw for the first time, inspect it very carefully. Make sure the handle is not loose, the blade is not broken or misshapen, and that there are no missing teeth on the blade. Make sure the saw is clean and that there is no dirt or debris that could interfere with how it operates. When you’re inspecting the blade, never run your hands across the surface to test the sharpness. It is also a good idea to confirm that the saw is the right size for the job you are doing. Using a saw that is too large or too small can lead to safety issues.

Inspect the Material

Closely inspect the material that you plan to use the saw on. Nails, metal, screws, and knots can all cause the saw to buck while you’re using is, leading to injury. They can also cause damage to the saw. Start by removing as many obstacles from the surface of the material as you can, and be mindful of any areas in which the saw may not run smoothly.

We offer at multiple saws for rent, including mitre, concrete, circular, and chainsaws. If you have questions about which saw you need for your project, talk to one of the equipment rental specialists at A-1 Rental Center. For more information about equipment rentals in Redwood City, please call (650) 369-2992.

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