Essential Tools and Equipment for the DIY Plumber

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Plumbing problems are a common headache for homeowners. Fortunately, with the right tools, you can do most plumbing jobs by yourself. The tools you need will depend on the job, but here are some common ones that will cover the majority of plumbing issues you may be faced with, and can be obtained from a plumbing equipment rental service.

Plumbing Snake

Sometimes clogged drains can be solved through pouring solutions down the drain, but if the clog is deeper you may need a snake. For more serious clogs, such as those in sewer pipes, you should consider using an electric plumbing snake. With electric snakes, you can be sure that you have the power to clear the clog when you reach it in the drain. Although electric snakes are expensive to buy, they are available for rental from plumbing tool rental companies. For smaller household clogs, you may be able to get by with a manual plumbing snake.

Micro Camera

This useful, high-tech tool is an excellent way to get a clearer idea of what you’re dealing with by providing a visual diagnostic. Like an electric plumbing snake, you probably don’t need to buy a color micro camera, but it is the type of tool you can easily rent from an equipment rental service. You can insert the micro camera down into hard to access areas like drains and other tight spaces, and it will provide a color image for you.

Snap Cutter

This heavy duty chain pipe cutter can cut through cast iron soil pipe, clay pipe and other types of narrow pipe including concrete. There are two common types, a ratcheting version and a single stroke version, depending on the type of job you need it for.

If you’re planning a serious DIY plumbing job, make sure you have the right tools. A-1 Equipment Rental Center has all of the tools you’ll need for the job available for equipment rental. Tool rental is a great way to get the equipment you need without the high price of purchase. To learn more about our equipment rental service, call us at (650) 21-3105 or visit our website.

Do You Use Your Latter Safely?

Although a ladder is an indispensible item to have around the house for home repairs, it can also pose a safety hazard. This video offers some tips for how to stay safe when using a ladder.

Sometimes ladders can slip outward from the house or structure. By driving 2x4s into the ground, you can create a brace to keep the ladder in place. Another tip is to prop the ladder so that the distance of the base from the structure is about one quarter its height. This way the ladder is stabilized.

If you are planning a project at home but don’t have a ladder or other necessary tools, call A-1 Equipment Rental Center to rent one today. You can reach us at (650) 369-2992 or contact us through our website. 

Common Projects that May Require Strength of an Electrical Demolition Hammer

An electrical demolition hammer is one of the most useful tools you can find. Although they are expensive to purchase, renting one from an equipment rental service provides an excellent way of getting a heavy duty demolition job done quickly. Here are some common uses for an electrical demolition hammer:

Concrete Steps and Walls

Maybe you’re planning on replacing old concrete steps or a concrete retaining wall, or maybe you just want it gone. An electric demolition hammer is a great way to get the job done. When using your electric demolition hammer, be sure to follow all the necessary safety precautions.

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Brick Paths and Structures

Like concrete, brick is a heavy and tough material. Once bricks are laid with mortar, they are difficult to reuse, and many people just demolish them. Rather than risking injury with a sledgehammer or some other kind of manual tool, an electricdemolition hammer will make your project much easier, and you will finish much more quickly. 

Wood Planks and Other Structures

Electric demolition hammers can take on a wide variety of materials, including wood.  If you’re trying to get rid of wood planks or other wooden materials, then an electric demolition hammer can be a useful tool.  


Foundations are designed to be extremely strong, and often require a heavy tool such as an electric demolition hammer to break apart. Whether its stone or concrete, an electric demolition hammer will drill right through.

Call A-1 Equipment Rental Center if you need an electric demolition hammer. We offer a wide variety of rental tools for the serious DIY homeowner or professional. Don’t invest in an expensive tool that you only need for a single or specific job. Our equipment rental can offer you the tools you need, now. We also offer other rentals, like party rentals and truck rentals, and tractor rentals. To learn more about our tool rental service, visit our website or call us at (650) 369-2992.

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.


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