• Tips for Operating a Power Drill

    Power drills are available in cordless, hammer, and plug-in form. When operating a power drill, you must first adjust the drill to the size of your bit. Then, mark the place that you want to drill and mark it with an indentation using a hammer and nail punch. Next, turn on the drill and place the tip on the indentation, increasing the speed of the drill gradually. Keep both hands on the drill as you pull on the trigger. When you have reached the desired depth, pull the drill out at a slow speed. Watch the video for more tips on operating a power drill.

    If you need drills for an upcoming project, call A-1 Equipment Rental Center of San Jose at (650) 369-2992. We offer a range of equipment rental options for a great value. Check out the tools, trucks, and equipment rentals we offer by visiting our website.

  • Determining the Size of Your Post Holes

    Fence post hole depth will determine both the strength of your fence and the size of the posts you can use. If you use a post hole digger rather than a power auger , you may be limited to a certain size of post hole. Read this article for a list of tips that will help you determine the size of your fence post holes. 

    Wood Privacy Fence

    Post Width and Depth

    Your post holes should be at least 10 inches wide. This will allow for plenty of room for concrete to be poured into the holes to set the fence posts. Your fence post holes should be at least 2 feet deep, and at most 3 feet deep. The deeper you choose to dig the post holes, the more stable your fence will be, but the longer your posts will need to be. To accommodate the height of the fence panels, you may need to trim the fence post by a foot.

    Depth for Gates

    The post hole depth for your gate posts should be at least 32 inches, because your posts must be able to withstand the weight and movement of the gate. For a gate, concrete must be used to fill the post holes; otherwise, the gate posts will loosen the posts, causing them to lean or break over time.

    Before Digging

    You may be able to use a pair of post hole diggers, but keep in mind that they will only dig up to 3/4 of the handle length. If the ground is hard, use a power auger instead. It’s easy to accidentally cut a cable or gas line when digging fence post holes. So if you don’t know where the lines are located, call the cable and gas companies and ask them to mark the exact location of the lines.

    A-1 Equipment Rental Center of Redwood City has the equipment you need to dig and fill your post holes. Check out our equipment rental selection on our website, and call us at (650) 369-2992 for more information.

  • Benefits of a Mobile Utility Scaffold

    A mobile utility scaffold is ideal for workers who need an adaptable, portable, and inexpensive scaffolding solution. The mobile utility scaffold available at A-1 Equipment Rental Center offers a number of benefits. It is adjustable by 3-inch increments from 1’8” to 5’8”. The platform height can be adjusted easily so that the optimal working height is achieved for your project. You can even extend the height to up to 24 feet by adding our additional height units. Our mobile utility scaffold can be adapted to uneven surfaces such as ramps and stairs. The mobile utility scaffold is easy to assemble and disassemble without any tools, fits easily through a standard doorway, and can be equipped with accessories such as outriggers and guard railings.

    Learn more about the mobile utility scaffold you can rent from A-1 Equipment Rental Center by visiting our website. Browse our equipment rental options online, and call our Bay Area office at (650) 369-2992 for more information.

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  • Getting Your Yard Ready for Spring

    A beautiful yard requires regular maintenance, especially before springtime. Cleaning, pruning, patching, and preparing your yard also requires excellent lawn and garden equipment . To ensure that you have everything you need to get your yard ready for spring, read on.

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    Prune Dead and Damaged Branches

    If parts of your trees or shrubs were damaged during the cold season, prune them back to live stems using a handsaw. Shape the hedges with hand pruners or electric shears , depending on the size of the job and how much time you have.

    Cut Back Perennials, Grasses, and Climbers

    Prune ornamental grasses to 2-3 inches and flowering perennials to 4-5 inches to encourage new growth. Clean up the climbers by bending the canes horizontally and moving the buds downward. Remove older woody canes, but keep the younger green ones.

    Clean Up Beds and Borders

    Rake or blow dead foliage and leaves, and pull up any exhausted annuals. Use a shovel to replant heaved plants into their flower beds. When the cleaning is done, add a fertilizer to maximize spring growth. If you have any unruly irrigation lines, use a pin to tame them.

    Patch or Repair Worn Wood

    If you have a wood fence, clean it up by removing any badly damaged or rotted boards, lattice, or pickets. Scrub the wood clean with a mixture of 2 gallons water, 2 quarts bleach, and 1 cup liquid soap. Use a power washer for the best results. If you need to re-paint, scrape the old paint off, sand the wood, and then brush on a new coat of paint.

    Prepare the Lawn

    Use a shovel to remove any bit of your lawn that was damaged by disease over the winter in preparation for re-seeding. After seeding, apply a half-inch layer of compost to keep the seeds moist.

    For the lawn and garden equipment you need to get your San Jose yard ready for spring, come to A-1 Equipment Rental Center. Visit our website to see our equipment rentals , and call us at (650) 369-2992 for more information.

  • Essential Welding Tools

    If you are embarking on a welding project, there are a few equipment essentials you will need. Starting with safety gear, you must have a good protective jacket, a welding hat, gloves, foot protection, and either a pair of tinted safety goggles or a fitted welding hood. You will need a good oxygen and acetylene setup, complete with bottles, hoses, regulators, gauges, and torch attachments. A good work table with clamps, hammers, vice grips, a cold chisel is also important. Watch the video for a full list of helpful welding tools.

    If you’re looking for welding tools , A-1 Equipment Rental Center of San Jose has what you need. Check out our full selection of equipment rental options online, and call us at (650) 369-2992 if you have any questions.

  • Essential Scaffolding Safety Tips

    Collaborative Inspection

    Scaffolding can make working on a tall structure much safer and easier, but even the sturdiest scaffolding cannot eliminate risk altogether. If you’re planning on working on scaffolding in the near future, it’s important that you follow a few essential safety tips.

    First off, it’s important for a competent person to supervise the assembly of scaffolding, which should be done in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Workers should avoid working on scaffolding in windy conditions, and they must make sure the scaffolding isn’t wobbling or leaning. If scaffolding shows any sign of wear or damage, do not mount it. It’s also a good idea to use a safety belt when working above 10 feet—a person can be killed from a fall of 11 feet. As long as you obey the proper safety procedures, you and your crew should avoid injury.

    A-1 Equipment Rental Center rents out all sorts of equipment to the hardworking people of the San Jose area. If you need scaffolding , ladders, power tools, or a rental truck, give us a call at (650) 369-2992. 

  • How to Choose the Right Tractor for Your Project

    A tractor is a valuable piece of equipment that can help you perform a number of tasks related to construction, landscaping, hardscaping, excavating, and demolition. However, if you’re like most property owners, you probably don’t need a tractor very often, in which case you’re better off renting one when the need arises. Here are a few pieces of advice to keep in mind when selecting a tractor or backhoe to rent :  

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    Consider Your Abilities

    When selecting a tractor or backhoe, it’s important that you have an accurate idea of your own abilities. If you rent a tractor that you’re not qualified to operate, you could end up damaging your property, injuring yourself, or injuring others. If you know how to operate a Bobcat backhoe with a large bucket, go ahead and rent one; if not, you’re better off with a smaller and more manageable model.

    Analyze Your Needs

    It’s also important to have a realistic idea of what kind of tractor you’ll need to complete the task you have in mind. You’ll find that a Bobcat backhoe can dig a hole much more quickly than a person with a shovel. However, you should also refrain from going overboard with a piece of equipment. If all you need is a way to move heavy items quickly, you might be better off with a Ditch Witch skid steer.

    Consider the Project Terrain

    Not all tractors can handle all kinds of terrain. While a large backhoe can work well on a flat project site, it can be unwieldy and dangerous on sloped terrain. If your project site is on a slope or is otherwise difficult to access, consider renting a smaller, nimbler tractor.

    The equipment rental experts at A-1 Equipment Rental Center will gladly help you determine which tractor is best suited to your upcoming project. We can also provide you with several other rental tools, including drills, ladders, cutters, saws, and hoists. Call our San Jose rental office at (650) 369-2992 or visit our website to learn more. 

  • Choosing the Best Power Drill for Your Needs

    A drill is an extremely handy tool that can make many of your household projects a lot easier. Before you invest in a drill, however, you should make sure you know which drill will best suit your needs.

    This video offers some advice on what kind of drill you should choose. First, you should decide what size drill bit you need. A 3/8-inch drill bit should be able to handle most jobs around the house, though ½-inch bits are better suited for heavy-duty projects. You’ll also want to decide what kind of battery you want for your drill—recently, lithium-ion batteries have become more popular among home improvers.

    If you would prefer to rent a drill, come by A-1 Equipment Rental Center of San Jose. No matter what kind of equipment you need, we probably have it. Call our equipment rental facility at (650) 369-2992 to speak with a representative.