If you are grilling with propane, there are a few steps to follow to ensure you and your family stay safe. In addition to equipment rentals, A-1 Rental Center fills propane tanks, so you’ll always be ready when backyard barbecuing calls. As you get ready to grill, keep these dos and don’ts in mind.
Do Check for Propane Leaks Before Each Use
Propane leaks can occur in your grill lines, so be sure to check them before each use. In some cases, you will know that there is a propane leak immediately, because you will notice the smell. In other instances, a leak can be present without an obvious odor. Experts recommend that you check for leaks by applying some soap and water to the gas line. If you see bubbles, there is a gas leak. Don’t use the grill if this happens. Instead, turn off the tank and the grill. If the leak persists, call the fire department.
Don’t Smoke While Grilling
Not only is smoking while you’re grilling generally unappealing to your guests, it is also extremely dangerous. You should also avoid smoking when you are handling the propane tank itself. Cigarettes, cigars, matches, and lighters all pose a danger when you’re working around propane, so keep them far away from your tank and grill.
Do Use Your Grill in a Well Ventilated Area
Never use a propane grill in an enclosed space, where smoke and gas could build up. This includes your garage, which does not offer enough ventilation, even when the doors are up. Use the grill outdoors on a flat, stable surface, and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for placement and usage.
Don’t run out of propane when you’re ready to cook dinner. Let A-1 Rental Center help you keep your propane tank full in Redwood City. We also offer a long list of equipment rentals, including tractors, dollies, and augers. Learn more by calling (650) 369-2992.
Chain saws are popular equipment rentals for a wide range of purposes, from gardening to construction. However, they are powerful tools that can cause injury if not used properly. If you are new to operating a chain saw and include one when you rent garden equipment or other tools, it’s important to take the time to learn about safe operation before you start using it. These steps will help you get the most out of your chain saw rental without injury.
Wear the Appropriate Safety Gear
As with many pieces of equipment, the right safety gear is the key to reducing the risk of injury when operating a chain saw. Wear logging boots and chain saw chaps, which protect your legs from the saw if you come close to them, a helmet, and safety goggles. Gloves that protect your hands are also important. Many people opt to wear ear protection as well when operating a chain saw to protect themselves from extended exposure to the loud motor.
Inspect the Saw
Before you start using the chain saw, inspect it for signs of damage. Don’t use the saw if you see leaking fuel or lubricants or if any of the pieces appear to be missing or loose. Make sure the air filter is clean and that the starter rope is not hanging loose. Test the chain brake to make sure it stops the chain quickly and smoothly. The saw should be equipped with an undamaged chain catcher and throttle interlock.
Because of the force of a chain saw, it is easy to lose your balance. Stand with your left leg slightly forward and bend both of your knees to stay stable. As you use the saw, work closely and don’t force it. The saw will do the work without you putting any additional pressure on it, if you allow it to.
A-1 Rental Center offers a variety of saws, including two sizes of chain saws, for all of your projects. Our equipment rentals come with competitive pricing and convenient rental terms, so you can get exactly what you need. Contact our equipment rental company in Redwood City at (650) 369-2992 for more information.
A concrete path is an affordable way to upgrade your outdoor space. You don’t have to be a professional to lay a small pathway, as long as you choose the right equipment rentals. Watch this video to see how easy it can be to pour a concrete path.
Once you dig the depth you want for your pathway, spread the concrete in the area and level it. When it starts to dry, you can use your equipment rentals to add texture to the surface. Finish it with a sealant, and your path will be complete.
Get all of the equipment rentals in Redwood City you need from A-1 Rental Center. For more information about renting everything from air tools to augers, call (650) 369-2992 today.
A moderate amount of thatch provides protective benefits for your lawn, but when it grows into a thick layer, it can be damaging. When this occurs, it is necessary to dethatch your lawn. If you don’t dethatch when there is an overgrowth of thatch, then your soil will be starved of nutrients and water will be retained close to the blades of your grass, causing disease. Fortunately, landscaping equipment rentals from A-1 Rental Center mean that you can easily get everything you need for the job. Here are some of the signs that indicate that your lawn needs to be dethatched.
Do a Visual Inspection
Walk around your lawn and determine if you can see soil between the turf crowns. If you can’t see soil, you are probably seeing thatch. You can determine if the thatch is too thick by trying to stick your finger through it. If you can’t easily penetrate the layer of thatch to reach the soil, then it is unlikely that water, sunlight, and nutrients are getting through either. In this instance, dethatching is necessary to remove the barrier that is blocking your soil.
Try a Touch Test
Walking barefoot across a lawn with springy, bouncy grass may feel good, but it can actually be an indication that you have an unhealthy level of thatch. Take a stroll across your lawn or press it with your hands in a few spots. If it feels spongy or like the grass has a lot of spring, consider dethatching to thin things out.
Grab Your Ruler
The most accurate way to determine if you have an excessive amount of thatch is simply to measure it. Remove a wedge of grass and about three inches of soil using a trowel, or simply pull up a section. Use your ruler to measure the thatch. If there is more than three-quarters of an inch, then you need to dethatch.
Are you looking for garden equipment in Redwood City? A-1 Rental Center has you covered. We have an extensive selection of landscaping equipment rentals available by the day, week, or month. Reserve your tools by calling (650) 369-2992.
At A-1 Rental Center, we offer a variety of different equipment rental periods to help meet your needs. Choosing the rental period that makes the most sense for your work helps you maximize the use of your equipment rentals without overspending for time you don’t need.
Our hourly rentals carry a two or three hour minimum rental, depending on the type of equipment. There is a built-in grace period of five minutes for you to return the equipment before being charged for an additional hour. Our daily rentals are for a periods of 24 hours, with a one-hour grace period. If you are one hour late returning the equipment, you will be charged for a quarter of a day, and if you are five hours late, you will be charged for a full day. Weekly equipment rentals are for seven consecutive days. There is a pro-rated weekly charge for each additional day.
Whether you need a drill for two hours or an auger for a week, A-1 Rental Center has you covered. Call us today for equipment rentals in Redwood City at (650) 369-2992.
Painting is a popular and satisfying DIY job. If you’re painting a relatively small and simple space, then the work is not overly complex and you get to see dramatic results right away. With the right equipment rentals, you can start painting quickly and affordably. Although painting is DIY-friendly, there are some common mistakes that people make that could derail your work. Be sure to avoid these errors to make sure your painting project looks its best.
Mistake: Not Prepping the Space
The success of your painting job depends largely on the success of your preparation. Although you may be tempted to jump right into the painting portion of your work, it’s important to prepare your space for painting, so that you get the results you want. Clean and sand the area as needed, get rid of any peeling paint chips, and move or cover any furniture or carpet that could become stained. Tape off the edges of your space with painter’s tape, not masking tape, and make sure all of the bubbles are out of the tape by using a scraper to smooth the surface.
Mistake: Dipping the Brush Too Deep into the Paint
Any easy mistake for novice painters to make is dipping the brush or roller too far into the paint. The idea isn’t to plunge the brush to get as much paint on it as you can. Instead, dip the brush no more than one-third of the way into the paint. This will allow you to get the appropriate amount of paint without creating globs inside the bristles that could affect the smoothness of your finish.
Mistake: Not Allowing Coats to Dry
If you need to do more than one coat of paint, allow the first coat to dry before applying the second one. Painting a second coat too soon will cause imperfections in the finish that will be permanent once the paint dries.
From ladders and pressure washers to wallpaper steamers and airless paint sprayers, A-1 Rental Center has everything you need for a successful painting project. Learn more about our selection of tools or make a reservation for equipment rentals in Redwood City by calling (650) 369-2992.
One of the advantages of the Bobcat Skid-Steer S70 is that it has a wide variety of attachments that can be put on and removed with just a snap. The spring-loaded attachment devices with wear-compensating wedges also features a coupler that can push trapped air out of the line by releasing hydraulic oil, so that every attachment change goes smoothly and that every attachment can be used with complete confidence in its security. Here is a look at just a few of the available attachments for this machine, which you can rent from A-1 Rental Center.
The auger attachment for the Bobcat Skid-Steer S70 is high torque and heavy duty. It provides impressive speed and reliable accuracy. It will hang vertically even on uneven terrain. This attachment makes easier and faster than ever to create holes for fence posts, poles, or trees, even in difficult soil conditions. You can change the width to precisely match the size of the holes that you need.
If you’re doing large landscaping jobs or digging ditches for water lines, power lines, or septic tanks, this is the attachment for you. The backhoe lets you excavate large spaces with ease. With this attachment, you can achieve digging depths of between 1.8 and 3.5 meters.
Getting the right mix for your concrete is an essential. The concrete mixer attachment is a convenient and cost-effective way to do just that. It is just the right size for concrete driveways and paths, so it’s perfect for home project use. The small size also makes it ideal for using in area that are small or that has tight corners.
Rent Bobcat equipment plus augers, backhoes, and more from A-1 Rental Center. Our huge selection of equipment rentals in Redwood City makes it easy to always have the right tools for the job without having to buy something new every time you’re taking on a project. Learn more about our selection by calling (650) 369-2992.
A floor polisher is the perfect way to clean, polish, buff, or strip flooring. Floor polishers provide better results than cleaning with a scrub brush, and they make the job much faster and easier as well. Not many people keep a floor polisher around the house, but fortunately, they are available as equipment rentals for as little as a day or as much as four weeks. If you decide to rent a floor polisher, this advice will help you get the job done.
Choose the Right Pads
Floor polishers can be used with buffing, or cutting, pads and polishing pads. It is important to choose the right one for the job. Buffing pads have rougher surfaces, so they are abrasive. They are used for stripping and buffing. To polish the floor, you will need a polishing pad. Polishing pads are made of foam rubber and are smooth, so they aren’t abrasive. This creates a shine on the floor.
Use Buffing Polish
To buff a floor, you will need to use buffing polish. Spread it all over the floor before you begin. After the buffing polish has been applied, start at the back of the room and work your way back and forth across the floor surface until you reach the front of the room. Always move the polisher from left to right. Because the pad spins in a clockwise motion, moving from right to left will cause a buffer burn on the surface of the floor.
Pick the Right Cleanser
When you’re polishing the floor, you will need to use a cleanser. The type you use depends on the kind of floor you have and what kind of strains are on the surface. Once you have the right kind of cleaners, work from the back of the room to the front in a straight line, going up and down the room.
A-1 Rental Center offers two sizes of floor polishers among our selection of equipment rentals. To reserve equipment for your project, such as floor polishers or moving equipment in Redwood City, call (650) 369-2992.
Brad nailers are alternatives to finish nailers. They are recommended for small scale, precision woodwork, such as attaching molding. Typically, brad nailers are used when standard nails and finish nailers could damage the wood. Pneumatic brad nailers need to be attached to an air compressor for power. If you rent this air tool for your project, these tips will help you get the most out of it.
Prep the Nailer
Before you can begin, you need to prep the brad nailer. Start by inspecting it for any signs of damage. You may need to apply an air tool lubricating oil to the air piston so that it won’t malfunction when in use. When you’re satisfied it is in good working condition, load it with brads. It is best to load the number of brads that you think you will need for your project so that you don’t have to stop in the middle of your work. Attach the nailer to the air compressor, making sure that the connection is tight enough to prevent air loss.
Test the Power
Take a piece of scrap wood and test the nailer, so you can make sure it is functioning properly and so you can get used to the power. Place the tip of the nailer directly on the wood at a 90-degree angle and pull the trigger. The brad should go directly into the wood in a straight line. If it does, then you can move on with your project.
Work in a Straight Line
As you use the nailer, work in a straight line. If a brad doesn’t go through the surface the entire way, it is better to remove it and start again, as trying to hammer it in will split the wood.
For a full selection of air tools in Redwood City, choose A-1 Rental Center. In addition to air tools, we offer moving equipment, generator rentals, and much more. Contact us today at (650) 369-2992 for more information.
Airless sprayers make painting easier than ever before. If you are painting your home or on a worksite, putting an airless sprayer on your equipment rental order will help you get the job done fast.
This video offers tips for using the airless sprayer effectively. Keep the sprayer tip about a foot from the wall, and use smooth, up-and-down motions to cover the wall without lines and drips. Be sure to protect the floor and ceiling from overspray before you begin.
Whether you need an airless sprayer, scaffolds, or dollies to move furniture out of your painting space, you’ll find everything you need at A-1 Rental Center. To reserve your equipment rental in Redwood City, call (650) 369-2992.
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