• A Look at Our Damage Waivers

    A-1 Rental Center includes a damage waiver on all of our equipment rentals, unless the customer specifically declines it. The waivers exist to protect customers from being held responsible for costly equipment damage, should there be an accident or misuse of the equipment while it is in use. Because much of our equipment costs thousands of dollars, this damage waiver can save customers a significant amount of money.

    With the damage waiver, we agree to waive all claims against a customer for equipment damage, except for a $250 deductible on equipment valued at over $5,000. Equipment that is valued at a lower cost is protected without a deductible. The waiver protects customers from damages whether they were intentional or accidental. The cost for a damage waiver for equipment is 10% of the rental cost, and on vehicles, it is $12 per day, $48 per week, or $144 per month.

    A-1 Rental Center is happy to explain our damage waiver and all of our rental policies when you reserve your equipment. To learn more about our equipment rentals in Redwood City, call (650) 369-2992.

  • What to Do if You Experience a Mechanical Breakdown on Your Rental

    One of the best things about renting tools in San Mateo is that you don’t have to worry about any of the maintenance or repairs to keep those tools in their best working condition. However, breakdowns can occasionally happen when the equipment is in use, so you may need to take some steps to get rented tools fixed if they suddenly stop functioning.

    Most importantly, you should never try to make repairs yourself. Even if you know what you’re doing, any errors could end up costing you. Instead, stop using the equipment, turn it off, and unplug it immediately. Call the rental company to swap out the tool or to have them come make onsite repairs.

    When you rent from A-1 Rental Center , you can rest assured that any mechanical breakdowns will be handled promptly and efficiently. We even offer time credit to customers who call right away for repairs instead of waiting out their rental period to alert us about any problems. To reach us for your equipment rental needs in San Mateo and the greater Bay Area, call us at (650) 369-2992.

  • Top Reasons for Renting an Air Compressor

    Air compressors are versatile pieces of equipment because they can attach to a wide range of different tools to make tasks like nailing in new baseboards or spray painting your home’s exterior a breeze. Air compressor tools are simple to use, so it doesn’t take much expertise to successfully operate a compressor when you rent one from an equipment rental service in the Bay Area. Let’s take a look at some of the most common projects that might prompt you to rent an air compressor and compatible tools.

    Carpentry Projects

    Pneumatic nailers and staplers are among the more common attachments to use with an air compressor because they are easier to use (and more cost effective) than their battery-operated counterparts. If you are installing siding, framing, or molding around the house, renting an air compressor can make the job go by much faster. Pneumatic tools and compressors are also useful for everyday carpentry projects.

    Painting

    Instead of spending hours trying to achieve an even, drip-free coat with a paint brush, you might opt for spray painting with the help of an air compressor. You can apply paint to larger surfaces easily and evenly, so you won’t have to fuss with multiple coats and seemingly endless brush strokes.

    Auto Repairs

    If you’ve ever popped open the hood of your car to try and perform even the simplest auto repairs, you might find that the most challenging step is loosening nuts and bolts—especially in the tight spaces between parts under the hood. An air ratchet attached to a compressor will help get any bolt unfastened so that you can easily access the parts you need to. You can also use the compressor to get rid of surface dust and dirt that might be caked on to parts of your vehicle.

    For these projects and any of your DIY repair needs in San Jose or Redwood City, contact A-1 Rental Center . We offer a range of different tools you can rent to complete your latest home improvement project. You can reach us on our website or by calling (650) 369-2992.

  • Tips for First-Time Drill Users

    Power drills offer tons of convenience for any project where screws are needed, but they do require some safety precautions as well as a little practice to use correctly. If you’ve never used a power drill before, the prospect may be somewhat intimidating. By following the simple tips below, you can relieve your anxiety and stay safe as you get to know this handy power tool.

    Protect your hands and eyes.

    Safety should always be a priority in the presence of power tools, and your hands and eyes will require the most protection. Your hands will be holding the drill, which can get quite hot and create lots of vibration, so use thick but well-fitted work gloves for protection. Wear goggles to protect your eyes in the event of any projectile wood or metal shavings, which can fly off of your work surface when the drill is moving at higher speeds.

    Change bits as needed for the project.

    If you rent a drill , it will come with a variety of drill bits, and you should change them as needed for a given project. If you need a larger hole drilled, you may have to work your way up with larger and larger bits. Using the wrong drill bit for a task can require you to apply more force than usual, and that can make your hand much less steady as you drill.

    Never change the bit with the power on.

    When you’re using a corded drill, always unplug it before changing the drill bit. With cordless drills, take out the battery pack or hit the off switch. This will reduce your chances of accidental injuries as you swap out the drill bit.

    Practice drilling on scrap wood or metal.

    You might need a little practice to get used to the adjustable speed of your power drill and to learn to drill with a steady, precise hand. Use a piece of scrap wood or metal—whichever is more appropriate for your project—and get a feel for the tool with a few practice holes.

    When you need to rent a drill or any other power tools to help you make home repairs or finish DIY projects in the San Francisco Bay Area, call A-1 Rental Center for the tools and expertise you need. Renting tools can save you money and ensure that you’re using the right gear for every job, so give us a call at (650) 369-2992 or visit our website today.

  • Learn How to Cut Ceramic Tile with a Jigsaw

    When you install ceramic tile as flooring or a backsplash, chances are you will need to cut some tiles to make everything fit correctly around corners and edges. If you need to make specialty cuts that aren’t just straight lines across the tile, you should use a jigsaw to carve out the cuts you need. This video demonstrates how to make jigsaw cuts in ceramic tile, emphasizing the importance of choosing the right blade and keeping it wet and cool as you cut.

    For jigsaw rentals and any other tools you need in the San Francisco area, call A-1 Rental Center at (650) 369-2992. You can also browse our website to see our inventory of rental equipment serving San Mateo, Oakland, and Redwood City.

  • FAQs about Installing Linoleum

    Linoleum is a popular flooring material that has the versatility and durability of vinyl with an all-natural, eco-friendly appeal. This flooring choice can be installed as sheets, tiles, or click-and-lock tiles, but the most common and budget-friendly option is sheet linoleum. If you are looking to install linoleum flooring , you do have some work ahead of you for the installation process, but it’s much more manageable when you know some key facts. Keep reading for an overview of linoleum installation.

    Can I install linoleum myself?

    Linoleum installation can be a successful DIY project when you rent the proper tools, such as a linoleum roller, and adequately prepare the subfloor. The subfloor should be as smooth as possible because even the smallest imperfections like cracks and bumps can show underneath the finished flooring.

    Where can linoleum be installed?

    One of the best things about linoleum is that you can install it anywhere in the home, though it will require some added maintenance in the bathroom and kitchen due to the moisture in these areas. Linoleum may be installed over concrete, hardwood, or plywood, but it should not be installed over existing carpet flooring or particle board.

    What tools do I need for the installation?

    The most specialized tools you’ll need for linoleum installation are a linoleum roller and a seam sealer. Because these are costly pieces of equipment, you’re best off renting them for your project. Other tools you might want to pick up include a tape measure, a half-moon knife and guide plate, chalk, a staple gun, a notched trowel, and scissors.

    When you rely on A-1 Rental Center to help you complete your next renovation project, you will be well on your way to a job done right. We have the tools you need in Oakland, so contact us today on our website or at (650) 369-2992 to learn more.

  • Spotlight on the Importance of Safety Goggles

    When you’re making your list of equipment rentals for upcoming home renovations or a craft project, you should not forget to put safety equipment on your list. One of the most essential pieces of safety equipment is a sturdy pair of goggles, which can shield your eyes from projectiles like stray nails and dust as well as potentially dangerous chemicals and fumes.

    The type of project you’re doing will determine which type of eyewear is appropriate. If you’re doing carpentry work, spectacles or wraparound goggles will be enough. Overspecs are encased goggles that are useful when you need to protect your eyes from liquids and gasses, and face screens will cover the whole face when added protection is required.

    When you rent tools and other home repair equipment from A-1 Rental Center in Redwood City, remember to pick up the appropriate safety gear as well. You can find out more by visiting our website, or give us a call at (650) 369-2992.

  • A Guide to Stripping Hardwood Flooring

    Hardwood floors offer incredible beauty and value to any home because these floors can last a lifetime. However, the finishes that protect this type of flooring don’t have such a long lifespan, so your hardwood floors may need refinishing if they look scuffed, bleached, or otherwise damaged. Stripping your flooring is the first step in restoring its natural beauty, and you can easily take on this project yourself with some equipment rentals in San Jose, as well as the advice below.

    Preparation

    Because stripping your floors will kick up a lot of dust, you will want to seal off any rooms adjacent to the one you’re working in. That means placing plastic drop cloths over the doors and protecting the flooring outside the room with a tarp or another drop cloth. If possible, you might also place a box fan in one of the room’s windows facing outwards. You should prepare yourself by wearing clothing that covers your arms and legs, work gloves, goggles, and a face mask to protect your skin, eyes, and lungs from stray dust. The tools and accessories you’ll need for your project include:

    • A floor sander.
    • A detail sander.
    • 36-grit, 60-grit, and 80-grit sandpaper.
    • Plastic drop cloths.
    • A hammer.
    • A vacuum.
    • Wood filler and a drywall knife.

    Project

    Once you have prepared the room by moving everything out and taking the steps above, you can begin sanding to strip the floors . Start with 36-grit sandpaper on your floor sander, and work your way slowly across the whole floor, moving from side to side as you go across the room. Repeat this step beginning at a diagonal angle from where you started, and then vacuum the floor clean. Nail down any stray screws and fill in cracks using wood filler and the drywall knife. Let the wood filler dry and then use a detail sander to reach any areas you could not strip on the first pass with the floor sander. Sand the floor once more with the 60-grit and then the 80-grit sandpaper, and vacuum following each step. Now, your floors are ready to be resealed for years of protection and lasting beauty.

    For sanders , polishers, and other flooring tools you just won’t use enough to justify buying, check out A-1 Rental Center in San Jose. We have a large selection of floor sanders, polishers, and wet-dry vacuums so you can get your project done right. Find us online or call (650) 369-2992 to schedule pickup for your flooring tools.

  • 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.

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