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.

Three Key Equipment Rentals for Finishing a Basement into A Room

You’re finally motivated to finish your basement! But do you have the tools you need to complete the job? In addition to basic tools, finishing a basement requires the use of special equipment that most homeowners don’t have. Here are three of the most important pieces of equipment you’ll need to finish your basement.

Power Drill

Power drills are essential home tools, and can be used in virtually any home improvement project. A power drill is necessary for boring holes into studs when running electrical wiring through your wall frames. It’ll also help you do small tasks like driving screws more efficiently. While you have your rental drill, you can probably also tackle a few small projects around the house, too.

Miter Saw

Using a miter saw will help you to expedite cutting and installing your wall frames. Smaller hand saws are not recommended for cutting wood for framing because they are less efficient and won’t produce as clean of a cut. The more accurately your frame pieces are cut, the better your basement will look when your drywall goes up.


If there is one tool that you should not begin your basement finishing project without, it’s a nail gun. A nailer or nail gun is a great way to get through framing quickly and efficiently. Nailers use compressed air to drive nails into pieces of wood instantly. This will save you tons of time over using a hammer, and will make your wall frames much sturdier. Don’t forget to pick up an air compressor from your local equipment rental center to use with your nailer!

For more information on getting the right tools to finish your basement, call A-1 Equipment Rental Center at (650) 369-2992. We have a great selection of rental tools and equipment to help you finish your basement, or tackle any other project around the house. We also provide party rentals, as well as truck and tractor rentals. Call us today or visit our website for more information.

Tools for Maintaining Tree Health

Trees are an invaluable asset to have on your property—they provide shade, add to your landscaping, and can even bear delicious and healthy fruit. But to keep your trees healthy, safe, and beautiful, you’ll need to do some regular pruning. There are a number of specific tools you should use when pruning your trees. Here are some pruning tools to ask about at your local equipment and tool rental center.

Pole Saw

Also referred to as pole pruners, pole saws are tools specifically designed for small to medium sized branches that are hard to reach from the ground. They consist of a long, sometimes telescoping, pole, with a manual or motorized saw attached to one end. This eliminates the need to climb up your tree to do basic pruning, which can sometimes be dangerous.


When you’ve gotten all of the smaller branches necessary using your pole saw, you may need to switch to heavy-duty pruning equipment. Chainsaws are great for thicker branches, and come in a variety of sizes to accommodate the size of the job. Chainsaws are particularly useful when you need to trim large branches at risk of falling.

Brush Chipper

Finally, you’ll need to dispose of your tree trimmings and branches properly. Some municipal waste services will take whole branches, but others may require them to be chipped. A brush chipper is the ideal piece of equipment for breaking down large trimmings. They’re perfect for making your trimmings fit into compost bags and yard bags, and for turning your trimmings into fresh mulch for your garden.

For more information on using the right tools to prune your trees, or for any other project, contact the tool and equipment rental professionals at A-1 Equipment Rental Center. We also provide comprehensive party, truck and tractor rentals. Call (650) 369-2992 to get the tools you need today.

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