• How to Successfully Perform a DIY Concrete Project

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    Having the courage to take a project in your own hands can save you a significant amount of money as well as afford you the ability to complete your project exactly the way you want. On top of that, you get the satisfaction of knowing that your excellent results are all thanks to your hard work. Do-it-yourself concrete projects are great tasks for beginners.

    Plan Out Your Project

    First you will need to visualize your project and gather the necessary equipment. For a concrete project, you will need wheelbarrows, rakes, shovels, and finishing tools . You can rent all of these tools, but if you plan on doing additional DIY work in the future, it may be more efficient to buy them. Then, create a layout of your project with hardboard siding.

    Dig and Place Forms

    After you have created your layout and identified your boundaries, you can begin digging, which should be the most extensive part of the project. Once you have completed your excavation, the next step is to build the concrete forms. If your project is designed with curves, like a winding walkway, use a flexible hardboard siding. For straight projects, a sturdy lumber will do. Now, lay down a layer of gravel as a base for your concrete.

    Lay and Smooth Concrete

    On a dry day with consistent warm weather, have a few helpers assist you in laying your concrete. The rest of the project should take about three to five hours. If you have three people on the job, two of them should be primarily transporting and dumping the concrete while the third acts as director, and also levels the concrete so that it is uniform with the tops of the forms. Now, just flatten the surface and smooth it out with hand tools, and you have completed your DIY concrete project.

    If you would like to know more about how to successfully perform a DIY concrete project, call A-1 Equipment Rental Center at (650) 369-2992. We specialize in high quality tractor, truck, and tool rentals in the Redwood City area. For more information, visit our website or stop by and see us today.

  • 3 Reasons Why You Should Choose A-1 for All Your Equipment Rental Needs

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    Many construction projects can be demanding in terms of expenses, equipment, and effort. However, if you can find the right equipment rental company, these demands become far more manageable. A-1 Equipment Rental Center strives to be the best in the business. Here are just a few of the reasons why you should choose us when it comes to renting equipment.

    We Have a Great Selection of Brands

    Equipment manufacturers guarantee a certain caliber of performance through use of their brand name, which leads many people to have a list of favorites. Fortunately, at A-1 Equipment Rental Center, we have all of your favorite brands. From Bobcat to Dewalt, and from Blue Bird to Ford, we have got it all. We know what brands you need, and we have the inventory to make them available.

    We’ve Got All the Tools You Need

    While our selection of preferred brands is expansive, that would mean nothing if our supply of tools was any less impressive. Fortunately, we have all of your tool needs covered as well. Whether you need air tools like nailers, staplers, or paving breakers, or you are looking for flooring tools like polishers, grinders, and strippers, we have got the supply for your demand. We also have electrical tools, saws, generators, and everything in between.

    Your Convenience Is Our Priority

    Our goal is to help you complete your project, not send you out of your way. That is why we have locations in both San Mateo and Redwood City. Of all the independently owned equipment rental companies on the San Francisco peninsula, we are the largest. Whether you are a professional or just a handyman, we will meet your every need.

    If you need further convincing as to why you should choose A-1 for your equipment rental needs, call us today at (650) 369-2992. A-1 Equipment Rental Center specializes in various equipment rentals, such as tools, trucks, and tractors. Visit our website or stop by one of our locations in San Mateo or Redwood City to find out more.

  • Let This App Help During Your Next Move

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    Things tend to get hectic when you are planning a move, so anything that helps you stay organized will make the transition easier. Fortunately, the age of technology offers a variety of different organization apps, including Moving Planner , which is designed to help you move.

    The Moving Planner app comes with more than 200 moving-related items pre-installed, so you can spend your time completing tasks rather than creating a list. You can also import and export lists, so you can easily share them with your spouse, family, or roommates who may be moving with you.

    For all your moving needs, contact A-1 Equipment Rental Center. We rent tools and trucks that can make your move easier . Call us at (650) 369-2992, visit our website, or come see us at one of our locations in San Mateo or Redwood City.

  • How to Use a Chainsaw Safely

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    A chainsaw is a powerful tool and, if used irresponsibly, it can be very dangerous. When operating this type of machinery, it is important to follow the proper safety precautions. Operating a chainsaw without taking these measures can result in severe injury.

    Chainsaws can get loud, and the wood that you are cutting through may send splinters and chips flying through the air, so it is important to have goggles or a face screen as well as earphones or headphones for complete eye and ear protection. In addition, it is important to make sure that you have a complete grip on the chainsaw with your left hand with your thumb all the way around the handle in order to help control the tool if a kickback occurs. If you are walking somewhere with a running chainsaw, hold it only with your left hand so that you cannot accidentally start the engine.

    Would you like more chainsaw safety tips ? Call A-1 Equipment Rental Center, provider of rental equipment such as trucks, tractors, and tools, at (650) 369-2992. Visit our website or stop by one of our San Mateo or Redwood City locations today. 

  • A Homeowner’s Guide to Cleaning Gutters

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    Clogged gutters can cause significant damages that require costly repairs on your home. This is why it is important to regularly clean and maintain your gutters. Your gutters should be cleaned on a scheduled basis, whether you decide to clear them on your own or hire a professional service . Here is a guide to cleaning gutters for homeowners.

    When Should You Clean Your Gutters?

    The frequency with which you should be cleaning your gutters depends on the type and amount of trees in the vicinity of your house. If there are no trees hanging over your house, you do not need to clean your gutters as frequently; however, you should still check them at least once or twice each year, preferably once in the fall and once in the spring. The more trees there are in your area, the more often you should check your gutters.

    How Do You Clean Your Gutters?

    Cleaning your gutters is a simple and straightforward process. You will need a ladder to access your roof; if you do not own one, you can easily rent one for the day. Using your hands, pull out any leaves, dirt, or other debris that may be clogging your gutters. After removing anything that could cause a stoppage, run water down the gutters to make sure everything is in working condition and that there are no leaks.

    How Can You Do This Safely?

    Working on top of a ladder or roof can be risky if you are not careful. Be sure to position your ladder correctly, with a quarter of the length of the ladder between the bottom and the house, and about three feet extending past the roof. If you cannot safely reach something horizontally, get down and move the ladder over rather than risking a dangerous fall.

    A-1 Equipment Rental Center is happy to answer any questions you may have about cleaning gutters. We also offer equipment rental, truck rental, and tractor rental in Redwood City and San Mateo. Call us at (650) 369-2992 or visit our website today for more information.

  • Understanding How Air Compressors Work

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    Air compressors are handy machines that can be used for powering nail guns and other kinds of construction tools . To learn how air compressors work, read through the information provided below.

    Piston Compressors

    A commonly used type of air compressor is the piston compressor, which works in a very simple way. An electric motor moves a piston located in the compressor’s air chamber up and down. When this piston goes down, air comes in through an intake valve and goes into the chamber. And when this piston moves up, the intake valve closes and the air is pushed together, creating pressure. Afterwards, this pressurized air is transported to the compressor’s storage tank to be used as needed.

    Screw Compressors

    The rotary screw compressor also has a basic operation. As its name implies, this machine consists primarily of two helical screws that perform most of the compressing action. When turned on, air passes into the compressor’s chamber and goes in between the two screws, becoming pressurized.  Since the screws in this compressor move continuously, they have to be lubricated with oil to keep working smoothly.

    Power Sources

    Air compressors are powered by either electricity or gas. While both of these compressor types work effectively, one or the other might work better for you depending on your needs. For example, if you have a power source nearby to your worksite, you should use an electric compressor. But if you are working in a more remote area, it will be better for you to use a gas powered one.

    Do you need to rent an air compressor? Then call A-1 Equipment Rental Center at (650) 369-2992. We rent out a variety of gas and electric air compressors, including portable and trailer mounted models. Our staff will be able to answer any questions you have and help you find the compressor that is right for your project. To browse our full inventory of tools and equipment, stop by our website today. 

  • Safety Tips for Using a Saw

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    Whether you are woodworking or doing a construction project, having a table saw is vital. If you are new to using a table saw, however, you need to make sure that you are using it safely to avoid becoming injured.

    Before turning a table saw on, you should always put on glasses, since debris can fly up and harm your eyes. Additionally, you should never put on gloves because they can get caught in the blade. It’s also recommended that you stand in a comfortable position with a firm stance, so that you do not fall on the blade and hurt yourself. Finally, when you turn the saw on, avoid talking with anybody else that is around you, as this can be distracting, and carefully follow the manufacturer’s instructions for proper wood cutting.

    When using saws and other equipment, safety is of paramount importance. To learn more about using tools and equipment properly, call A-1 Equipment Rental Center. We have a large inventory of high-quality tools for rent and will show you how to stay safe while using them. Contact us today at (650) 369-2992.