Classic Patterns for Beautiful Brick Walkways

You can add to your property value and make your home or business place more interesting by creating a brick walkway. Before you look for equipment rentals to get the job done, consider the different types of patterns you can choose from. Here are some classic patterns for beautiful brick walkways.


It doesn’t get much more classic than the grid pattern, and it’s one of the simpler patterns to create as well. All you need to do to create a beautiful brick walkway in a grid style is lay sets of two bricks facing perpendicular to each other. If you lay down two bricks vertically, set two bricks facing horizontally next. Keep following this pattern to cover the entire walkway. You can add an extra layer of interest and change the dynamic by sectioning off squares out of the repeating pattern. You can also play with different color combinations to make the design more unique.


If you’re not afraid to cut your bricks down to size, consider a pinwheel pattern for your walkway. Start by cutting a rectangular brick in half so you have a square for the middle of the pinwheel. Then lay four rectangular bricks surrounding the square brick, with the long side of one brick and the short side of the next brick making up each wall of the pinwheel. Repeat this pattern until you cover your whole walkway for a classic brick walkway that never disappoints.


The pinwheel design requires some simple brick cutting, but the whorled design takes it to another level. You’ll need to make many different types of cuts, so practice with your equipment rentals first. This kind of pattern is an excellent choice for large, sprawling walkways and patios.

With a few equipment rentals in San Francisco, you can bring your brick walkway design to life. At A-1 Equipment Rental Center, it’s our job to set you up with the right ones. Check out our trenching and moving equipment on our website, or call (650) 369-2992 to speak with us.

Choosing New Wallpaper? Don't Neglect the Prep Steps

New wallpaper can completely change your design, and preparing in advance will help to ensure that it changes for the better. You’ll start by preparing the room for wallpaper removal, and you might need certain equipment rentals for the removal process. Then you can clean up the wall and add your new paper. Don’t neglect these prep steps when choosing new wallpaper.

Get Ready for Removal

You’re probably excited to replace your out-of-date wallpaper and modernize your space, but there are some steps you have to take before you can start ripping it down. First, remove the face plates from your electrical outlets and tape over them to keep debris and moisture out. Take down anything that’s hanging on the wall, including telephone jacks. Then, protect your flooring by laying down a drop cloth. Now it’s time to see how stuck to the wall the paper is, which you can do by peeling up a corner or seam. If the wallpaper pulls up easily, then the job will probably be quick and easy.

Use Steam or Solvents

If the old wallpaper is too adhered to the wall behind it, then you’ll probably need to use steam or solvents to remove it. An electric wallpaper steamer can get you through the tougher jobs more easily, and you can rent one for an affordable price. Visit your equipment rental center, and pick up some protective supplies as well. Hand and eye protection are important because of the steam and hot water you’ll be working with.

Clean the Wall

Once you have steamed the wall, you can scrape off the wallpaper. The steam will loosen the adhesion so you can use a scraper or knife to carefully remove the paper. When all the wallpaper has been removed, clean the wall and repair any dings.

Preparation is key, and the A-1 Equipment Rental Center pros can help out. We specialize in equipment rentals in San Mateo and our products range from garden equipment and lawn mower rentals to generators and air compressors. Visit our website or call us at (650) 369-2992 for more information.

Are You Digging Up Stumps the Right Way?

There’s a certain method to digging up stumps, and you’ll need an equipment rental if you don’t already have an excavator. Watch this video and see if you’re digging up stumps the right way.

It’s important to dig up every side of the stump so you can break down the root system and pull the whole stump out. Dig all the way around the stump, and then pull up a corner. At this point you can knock some of the dirt off of the roots so you can fit more stumps in your truck. Just pick it up and drop it to clean off as much dirt as you can.

You need heavy-duty equipment rentals in Redwood City to properly remove a stump from the ground, so call A-1 Equipment Rental Center at (650) 369-2992. See our website to learn about our trenching and moving equipment options.

The Easy Way to Drain Your Pool

In-ground pools don’t require complete draining too often, and many pool owners don’t own the necessary equipment for it. Instead, look for an equipment rentals store that has submersible pumps and hoses available. Then, watch the accompanying video for some quick tips on getting the job done.

You’ll see a demonstration of clamping the backwash hose onto the submersible pump. If you need a better seal, add electrical tape. Then, unravel the backwash hose and point the end toward a sewer drain. Place the pump into the pool, and plug the device into an outside electrical outlet. Stay in the area to monitor the equipment until it’s finished pumping out the pool.

Affordable equipment rentals near San Jose, CA are available from A-1 Equipment Rental Center. Call (650) 369-2992 to inquire about renting a submersible pump and hose.

Signs Your Shingles Need Replacement

A leak in your bedroom is a clear indicator that your home needs roof repairs, but you shouldn’t let the damage progress this far before fixing it. If you know how to evaluate your roof, you can spot the signs of damage long before it can cause interior water damage to your home. If you plan to replace the shingles yourself, you can rent the equipment you’ll need, like a roofing nail gun.


The average shingle roof has a lifespan of about 20 to 25 years. If your roof is getting older, you should be closely inspecting it regularly and making plans to install a new one. Bear in mind that some roofs fail prematurely, especially if they were installed by inexperienced contractors.


Healthy shingles should lie flat on your roof. Inspect your shingles for signs of buckling or curling. These need to be replaced. Cracked shingles are also problematic.


If you run your hand along a shingle, you’ll notice that it’s quite gritty. Over time, the granules can loosen and fall off. It’s alright if a small amount of granules fall off, but large quantities of separated granules indicate that it’s time for a new roof. To figure out whether your shingles are shedding, check in your gutters for granule deposits.


Roofs come in all sorts of pitches and configurations. Some tiny houses even have disjointed roofs, with one half of the roof angling toward the right side and the other half angling toward the left. But one thing all roofs have in common is evenness across the surface. Stand at the edge of your yard to get a good view of your roof. Look for areas that are sagging or dipping. This indicates severe moisture damage. In addition to replacing the roof, you’ll probably need to find and replace rotting boards.

You can rent the roofing nail gun you need from A-1 Equipment Rental Center. We also have scaffolds available near San Francisco, CA. Call (650) 369-2992 to inquire about our rates and equipment rental policies.

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