• What Do You Do If Your House Floods?

    Waking up after a night of hard rain to discover that water has entered your home is something no homeowner wants to contemplate. While a natural first reaction upon discovering that one’s home has flooded is to try to figure out how the flooding could have been prevented, it is in your best interest to first tackle the water damage you face using appropriate heating and drying equipment .

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    Be Careful!

    If your home floods, you need to keep an eye out for several different types of hazards. If the flooding was recent and it reached any of the outlets or appliances in your home, there could be some pent-up electricity just waiting to cause a serious accident. You should also take care to avoid bringing your hands or your mouth into contact with the water, as it may contain sewage or contagious pathogens.

    Properly Dry Your Home

    Once you have made a general assessment of the situation, explored the affected area, and taken all necessary safety precautions, it is time to dry your home. If you want to dry the affected area properly, you will probably need to rent some equipment. A commercial-grade turbo dryer should be used to dry carpet, and a forced air heater can be used to dry other materials. To remove moisture that has soaked deep into your home’s foundation, rent a dehumidifier .

    Watch for Mold, Mildew, and Damage

    After cleaning and drying all areas affected by the flooding, keep a close eye out for bubbling and blistering in walls and ceilings, as well as for the emergence of mold or mildew. Flooding is one of the leading causes of toxic mold growth.

    As you learned above, one of the first steps you should take after discovering that part of your home is flooded is to procure the equipment you need to thoroughly and properly dry the affected area. For high-quality turbo carpet dryer or propane forced air heater rentals at competitive pricing, call A-1 Equipment Rental Center at (650) 369-2992. Proudly serving residents throughout the Bay Area, our equipment is top-notch and we make equipment rental and return as easy as possible.

  • Proper Use of a Power Drill

    Once you pick up a power drill and use it properly for the first time, you won’t care if you ever see a screwdriver again. For some pointers on using a power drill that will empower you to enjoy the capabilities of a power drill in all their glory, check out this video.

    In the clip, home improvement professional Tim Gibson demonstrates how to use a hand-held power drill. Since the position in which you hold the drill is important, keep a close eye on where Mr. Gibson places each of his fingers. With the right finger placement and a steady grip, you should be able to use your power drill effectively.

    Are you someone who doesn’t have an interest in owning a power drill but requires one for a project you are working on? Or are you interested in testing out a power drill for a week or two before deciding to invest in one? If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, call A-1 Equipment Rental Center at (650) 369-2992 to get started.

  • The Basics of Lawn Care

    A lawn in a poor state of repair can be depressing, not to mention embarrassing. Regardless of whether you are a new homeowner looking to care for your first lawn or a seasoned lawn care veteran who is looking for advice that will make your yard work more enjoyable than it has ever been before, you’ve come to the right place. Read on to find out how each of the following tools can improve your lawn care experience and transform your lawn into something you will be proud of.

    Flowerbeds and flowerpots

    Lawn Mower

    The quintessential lawn and garden care tool, a lawn mower is a must for any homeowner with a patch of grass to keep green. There several different types of motors, and power options are gasoline, electricity, and manpower.

    Aerator

    Aerating your lawn is important because it negates the damage caused by soil compaction, loosens your soil, and wards off or kills organisms that spread disease to your lawn. Since aerating only needs to be done once each fall and once each spring, it may make more sense to rent a power lawn aerator whenever the time comes to aerate your lawn.

    Hedge Trimmer

    Hedge trimmers enable us to give our lawns boundaries and structure. When selecting a trimmer for purchase or rent, it is important to look for sharp, durable blades. The ECHO HC-150iC, for example, is a commercial-grade hedge trimmer that is praised for making clean, uniform cuts.

    Weed Eater

    Nothing gets at the roots of gnarly weeds like a well-designed and properly maintained weed eater. Consider renting one in the spring, before seasonal weeds start to crowd out your landscaping.

    Landscape Rake

    Ideal for use during the planting season, a landscape rake can help you feel confident about the placement of your garden seeds. You may also want to rent or purchase a rake for the collection and removal of leaves in the fall.

    Keeping a beautiful lawn is a point of pride among homeowners in the Bay Area and throughout the country. The planting, protection, and maintenance measures necessary for keeping a lawn looking its best are made significantly easier and less time-consuming when the right tools are used. For reliable lawn care equipment and tool rental in San Jose or San Francisco, call A-1 Equipment Rental Center today at (650) 369-2992.

  • Which Type of Ladder Is Right for Your Project?

    In the construction world, rarely do you hear the simple command: “bring me a ladder.” This is because there are nearly a dozen different types of ladder, each of which comes in many sizes and materials. If you know that you will require a ladder for a weekend home improvement project or the setup of an event you are planning, you should familiarize yourself with the most common types of ladder before you head over to your equipment rental center to pick one up.

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    Step Ladder

    Step ladders vary in size but are generally not among the tallest ladders, as their length is non-adjustable, or fixed. Hinged with two sets of rails, a step ladder can both support itself when duty calls and collapse nicely for storage when it is not needed.

    Extension Ladder

    Like step ladders, extension ladders have anti-slip safety shoes. Unlike step ladders, extension ladders are adjustable and they require second party support. Most frequently, extension ladders are supported by the building walls against which they are placed.

    Combination Ladder

    A practical piece of equipment, a combination ladder can serve as both a step ladder and an extension ladder. Where a typical step ladder has a fixed hinge, the combination ladder has articulated rungs that can allow it to be folded as a step ladder or raised and locked in place as a much taller extension ladder.

    Have you decided what ladder type is best suited to the project you are preparing for? If you only need to use the ladder for a few days or weeks, you will be better off renting one than you would be purchasing a new one. To speak with a helpful San Jose area equipment rental professional about the ladder you are looking to rent , call A-1 Equipment Rental Center today at (650) 369-2992.

  • Tips for Jacking Up Your Vehicle

    Do you need to replace a flat tire? Do you need to take a close look at your brakes or crawl under your car for any other reason? In order to accomplish these tasks, you will need to jack up your vehicle.

    Jacking up a vehicle is fairly straightforward, but it is a task that has the potential to create rather than solve problems if it is not done correctly. Before you get out your car jack, ensure that you are in an area where it is safe and appropriate to hoist your vehicle. Your vehicle should be parked in a level place, and your wheels should be blocked with wooden wedges or bricks so that your car will not roll.

    Man fixing flat tire

    So long as these safety precautions are taken, all that you need to hoist your car is a functional jack. To rent a high-quality floor jack , hydraulic jack, or transmission jack in the San Francisco Bay area, call A-1 Equipment Rental Center at (650) 369-2992 today.

  • Tips for Pruning and Trimming Your Hedges

    As the author of six gardening books and a dedicated volunteer with the National Gardening Association, Katherine Whiteside is qualified to give gardening advice. And offer helpful advice is exactly what she does in this brief clip, which focuses on hedge maintenance.

    After discussing the ways in which hedges can add character to a lawn or garden area, she stresses the importance of honing their edges in a multi-step process. The first step is to use a battery-powered hedge trimmer to get your hedges to the length you want them to be, the second is to neaten your cut hedges with a handheld trimmer, and the third step is to clip any undesired extensions that remain.

    Do you have an out-of-control hedge that you would like to have free rein of during your next lawn makeover? To get your hands on the best rental hedge trimmers and pruning shears in the San Jose area, call A-1 Equipment Rental Center in Redwood City at (650) 369-2992.

  • Extension Ladders 101

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    An extension ladder is a non-self-supporting portable ladder whose length can be adjusted. The maximum extension length of this piece of equipment depends on the ladder’s number of sections and its duty rating. For example, an extra heavy duty extension three-section ladder can reach up to 72 feet, while its two-section counterpart stretches to only 60 feet. A light duty ladder only comes as a two-section piece of equipment and will extend to 32 feet. Selecting the right tool for your needs depends on the height you need to reach. If the top extension point is a roof, be sure to select a ladder that reaches one to three feet above the roof eave in order to ensure your safety.

    A-1 Equipment Rental Center maintains a wide range of ladders in stock to meet all your daily or weekly equipment rental needs. To learn more about our rental tool selection, call (650) 369-2992 today.

  • How to Install Carpet in Doorways

    Do you want to rent the equipment and tools necessary to install your own doorway carpeting? As you will learn in this video, a special tool called a Z bar enables you to install precise lengths of carpet.

    To use this tool, trim the carpet tack to the correct size. Next, trim the Z bar to the carpet tack’s size. Nail the Z bar to the carpet tack, making sure that your carpet end is even and taking care to overlap the Z bar tool by about an inch. Finally, trim the pad underneath your carpet, and roll the carpet around the Z bar.

    A-1 Equipment Rental Center is here to meet all your equipment and tool rental needs . If you have a residential or commercial project and live in San Jose, San Francisco, or Oakland, call our equipment rental office today at (650) 369-2992.

  • Reasons to Rent a Trencher

    Trenching machine

    If you want to make garden maintenance much easier, you might consider installing an irrigation system. Installing an irrigation system requires digging trenches throughout the property, which can be exhausting work if you only have a shovel. Fortunately, help is at hand in the form of a trencher. If there is only piece of rental equipment you use in your landscaping project, make it a trencher. Here are a few ways in which a trencher can make your lawn work manageable:

    Increased Productivity Digging a trench with a shovel is slow work. With a trencher , the process is dramatically faster. Most trenchers can cover about 100 feet in five minutes. This piece of equipment outpaces manual digging so much that, by one estimate, a trencher can do in 15 minutes what would normally take eight hours to complete by hand. Whether you’re doing your own landscaping project or are running a landscaping business, a trencher can save you days of man hours.

    Less Mess As you shovel irrigation ditches, where does all that soil go? When you dig manually, the soil you remove ends up in heavy piles that can be messy and difficult to haul out. Trenchers, on the other hand, break down removed soil so it has a light, powder consistency. This keeps the lawn neater as you work and make it far easier to clear out.

    Better Precision Trenches dug by shovels tend to be uneven in terms of depth and width, which can cause big problems when it is time to lay the pipe. Trenchers dig with greater precision, making it easier to maintain uniformity throughout the process.

    Don’t tackle trench-digging the old-fashioned way—rent a trencher from A Tool Shed Equipment Rentals and get the job done fast. We have a huge selection of equipment rental items to help you complete all kinds of lawn and home improvement projects. Visit one of our six locations in or around San Jose or call (831) 359-4769 to learn more.

  • How to Use a Rented Power Drill

    Cordless drill

    Power drills are go-to tools for remodeling and assembly projects, but these pieces of equipment can also do a great deal of damage. If you need a power drill for an otherwise tedious screwing job or to drill holes into a wall or other surface, your first step should be to select the bits you need for your project. If you are drilling a hole for a screw, hold up your screw to match the drill bit. Next, loosen the drill end by turning it to the left, and insert your bit into the three-pronged chuck. When you drill, remember that you can always make a hole larger, but you can never make it smaller.

    Do you need specialty tools for your home or construction project ? A-1 Equipment Rental Center can provide the trucks and equipment rentals you need. For more information, call our San Jose area rental center today at (650) 369-2992.