• Signs that Your Lawn Needs to Be Dethatched

    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.

  • Understanding Our Rental Periods

    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.

  • How to Avoid Common Painting Mistakes

    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.

  • A Look at the Attachments for the Bobcat Skid-Steer S70

    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.

    Concrete Mixer

    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.

  • Tips for Using a Floor Polisher

    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.

  • Tips for Using a Brad Nailer

    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.

  • How to Use an Airless Paint Sprayer

    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.

  • What to Consider When Renting a Generator

    If you decide to rent a generator, you may be surprised by how many options are available. Getting the right one for your needs is essential, not only for making sure you have the power necessary for your task, but also for your safety. Your equipment rental company can help you select the right generator. These tips will also help.

    Start by considering the size of the space for which you need power. If you will be using a generator for power for a large home, for instance, you will need a larger one than you would if you simply want power for a small workspace. You should also consider the load size of the equipment that you are trying to power and whether the generator you are considering is quiet enough for the environment in which you will be using it.

    If you need a generator in Redwood City, let A-1 Rental Center help you make the right choice. For more information about our generator rentals and more, please call (650) 369-2992.

  • How to Reduce the Noise Levels of an Air Compressor

    Air compressors are indispensable in home workshops and on job-sites, but they are known for being extremely loud. Dimming the noise levels can protect your hearing so you can use your air compressor for extended periods comfortably. There are several things you can do to reduce the noise levels of your air compressor so you can get to work. Try these tips the next time you use any air tools.

    Wear Hearing Protection

    Hearing protection is a must when you are using air compressors. Foam ear plugs, molded plugs, and earmuffs can all protect your ears when you are using an air compressor, so choose whichever ones feel the most comfortable and are the most practical for the kind of work you will be doing. Keep in mind that ear protection is required on job-sites for most air compressors, according to OSHA guidelines.

    Try a Sound Blanket

    Sound blankets are placed inside the cabinet that houses the compressor part of the equipment, which is the part that is responsible for most of the noise that is generated. They are available in a range of sizes and shapes to fit nearly every type of machine. Sound blankets come equipped with hooks and loop closures for fast installation, and they can significantly buffer the noise of the compressor so that emission levels are more comfortable.

    Keep Your Distance

    It can be helpful to keep the compressor as far away from you as possible when working with it, which will diminish the amount of noise you hear. Some people even opt to construct a barrier using plywood or gypsum to separate themselves from the compressor. However, make sure you can access the compressor quickly and easily when necessary.

    Are you looking for air tools in Redwood City? Rent all of the equipment you need for your project or job from A-1 Rental Center. Learn more about air tools, moving equipment, and all of our equipment rentals by dialing (650) 369-2992.

  • Installing Your Own Rain Gutter

    Rain gutters protect your home from water and ice damage. If your home lacks gutters, you could be setting yourself up for significant repair costs in the future. Fortunately, with the right equipment rentals, you can do the job yourself.

    Watch this video to learn how to install your own rain gutter. Be careful not to hang your gutter too high, as it could be damaged when ice or snow slides off your roof. You should also be sure that the ladder in your equipment rentals list is high enough to reach your roof.

    A-1 Rental Center has everything you need for home improvement projects, including drills, air tools, and augers. For more information about equipment rentals in Redwood City, call (650) 369-2992.