• Exploring Your Scaffolding Options


    Without scaffolding, the construction and renovation of most buildings would be far more dangerous than it is. If you are a contractor who is looking to rent scaffolding for your next worksite, you have several options to choose from. Of these, one of the most appealing is undoubtedly the mobile utility scaffold. Portable, adaptable, and fully adjustable, this scaffold can help you gain access to hard-to-reach areas. You can even safely stack mobile utility scaffolds on top of one another to reach the tops of buildings.

    Are you a Northern California contractor who is looking to try out new scaffolding on your next construction or renovation project? To learn more about mobile utility scaffolding or our one-day, one-week, and four-week rental options, call A-1 Equipment Rental Center in Redwood City at (650) 369-2992. With a wealth of experience and two-and-a-half acres of rental equipment and tools, we have everything you need to make your next project a success.

  • Tips for Your Home Painting Project

    Are you preparing to introduce new life to your home by painting its faded, chipped, or just-plain-old-and-boring walls? Before you get started, there are several things you should know. From obtaining the necessary equipment and tools to ensuring that your paint job is one that will last, this guide can help you prepare for your home painting project.

    Procure Paint and Supplies
    Before you can even think about painting your home, you need to obtain the paint colors and tools that are necessary for your project. You can rent paint sprayers, power washers, and other tools from an equipment rental center if you would rather not buy them. Make sure you purchase enough paint for your project.

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    Clean Walls First
    Paint sticks best to freshly cleaned walls. Before embarking on your paint job, sponge bathe your walls from top to bottom and allow them to dry.

    Apply Primer Before Paint
    Paint primer makes a great surface on which to paint. Neutralize the surfaces you plan to paint with a primer before applying paint in order to give your paint job a uniform feel and best showcase the paint colors you are using.

    Paint Only When It’s Dry Out
    Regardless of whether you are painting inside or outside of your home, try not to paint unless it is dry out. Humidity slows down the drying process even for indoor paint and should be avoided as much as possible throughout the duration of your painting project.

    Serving San Mateo, Santa Clara, and the rest of the Bay Area, A-1 Equipment Rental Center has everything you need to make your home painting job a success. To speak with an experienced rental equipment service expert about our paint supplies and decorating equipment, give us a call at (650) 369-2992. We will do everything we can to facilitate a smooth painting home improvement project. 

  • Examining the Most Common Plumbing Tools

    When disaster strikes your pipes and your home is flooding or backed up, you should employ the assistance of a professional plumber. For more common, less serious plumbing concerns, you should keep a set of basic plumbing tools in your home.

    In this video clip, master plumber John Wood introduces channel locks, screwdrivers, nuts, bolts, and hacksaw blades, plumbing tools to which every household should have easy access. Other plumbing equipment, such as a plumbing snake and diagnostic cameras, can be rented on an as-needed basis.

    Are you looking to build up your supply of plumbing equipment or rent tools to tackle a plumbing problem with which you are dealing? To speak with a reliable provider of plumbing tools and other home improvement equipment rentals in the Bay Area, call A-1 Equipment Rental Center today at (650) 369-2992.

  • Caring for Your Lawn During the Summer Months

    If your spring lawn care efforts have borne fruit, then you should be enjoying a beautiful, lush lawn right about now. Your lawn care goal for the rest of the summer should be to keep your lawn looking as healthy as it is now, a goal that you can meet with the right equipment and a bit of effort. To maintain your lawn’s attractive look until fall arrives and it is time for your grass to lie dormant for a while, follow these tips. 

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    Water Your Lawn

    Rainfall is not showering your lawn as regularly as it was during the spring, and warmer average temperatures and more sunlight means that your lawn will need some hydro-related attention. Track rainfall in your area, complementing what Mother Nature provides with your sprinkler irrigation system. Most lawns require just over an inch of water per week in order to remain healthy. Overriding your sprinklers’ set schedule during times of heavy rainfall will help you conserve water and keep your lawn from being overwatered.

    Mow Your Lawn

    While you do not want to let your lawn grow until it becomes unruly, you don’t have to worry about mowing it until it stands about three inches high. Taller grass can actually help retain water, strengthen and expand your lawn’s root system, and keep seeds from germinating and growing into pesky weeds.

    Protect Your Lawn

    If you do discover that weeds are growing on your lawn, you should thoroughly pick them and consider using herbicides to help prevent future weed growth . When entertaining outside, hang signs kindly requesting that guests avoid walking on freshly mowed and well-tended segments of your lawn to protect it from wear associated with heavy use.

    Do you need a lawn mower, weed eater, spreader or other lawn and garden equipment to help you successfully care for your San Jose area lawn this summer? For an excellent selection of lawn care tools and other home improvement equipment, available for sale or rent, call A-1 Equipment Rental Center in Redwood City at (650) 369-2992. 

  • Essential Tricks for Mixing Concrete

    Mason Hand Preparing Cement

    When you are mixing concrete, there are several tips and tricks that can help you save time and prevent unnecessary strain on your back. To prepare concrete to be loaded into a mixer, you can first cut the bag in half and divide concrete into two equal sections. Each half can be mixed in a five gallon pail. By dividing the concrete in half, you will eliminate the need to lift an entire heavy bag. Additionally, this method of mixing is actually faster than mixing an entire bag all at once. If you will be using an electric concrete mixer, it is critical to read the instructions before operating the machinery.

    When you rent equipment from A-1 Equipment Rental Center, our knowledgeable staff will make sure that you are fully aware of how to properly use your tools or equipment. Our locations in San Mateo and Redwood City offer a broad range of truck and equipment rentals, as well as party rentals for your next get-together. To learn more about the concrete mixers that we have available for rent , call (650) 369-2992. 

  • Tips for Refinishing your Hardwood Floors

    Hardwood floors are a beautiful and timeless part of a home. If your hardwood floors have lost their quality and shine, you may be ready to refinish your floors. In order to complete your refinishing project as efficiently as possible, is it important to rent the right equipment for the task . To assist you with your upcoming project, here is a look at some essential tips for refinishing your hardwood floors.

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    Select the Right Sander

    One of the most important steps of refinishing hardwood floors is to sand away the existing finish. When you are preparing for your refinishing project, it is crucial to select the right sander for the job. You may want to rent an orbital sander, which will allow you to easily remove the floor finish from every direction. As you are using the sander, it is important to keep your equipment level.

    Care for Your Back

    When you rent a sander for your floor refinishing project, it is crucial to make sure that you take care of your back. Floor sanders can be very heavy pieces of equipment. To avoid a back injury, you may want to ask your rental company for assistance with transporting the sander from the rental location to your home.

    Go Slowly

    Once you have found the right sander and brought it to your home, it is important to take your time as you sand. By going slowly and working in layers, you will ensure that you create a smooth and even surface on your floor. 

    When you are planning on refinishing your hardwood floors, A-1 Equipment Rental Center can provide you with the right equipment for the job. Along with our tool, equipment, and truck rentals, we also offer party rentals for your next celebration. To learn more about the benefits of working with our highly rated San Francisco rental company , call us at (650) 369-2992.