• Projects You Can Do with a Crawler Backhoe

    Crawler backhoes are tractors used for excavating. They are a delight to operate, as the boom provides good maneuverability and the digging bucket can easily power through tough jobs. Backhoes are also versatile. You can rent one to lend a hand building permanent structures, or to use as hardscaping and gardening equipment.

    Structures

    Before you can build up, you must first dig down. Use your rented crawler backhoe to dig large diameter post holes. First, you need to clear your building project with the local building inspector. Make sure you contact the utility company, just in case there may be buried lines in the area. The company will send someone out to mark the lines with flags. Then, outline the holes to be dug before taking the wheel of the backhoe. This tractor is particularly useful in areas with large rocks in the soil. You can easily set these aside with the backhoe. Once your holes are excavated, you’re ready to set the posts in concrete.

    Landscaping and Hardscaping

    A couple of hours with a backhoe can accomplish more than you could do all day with a shovel. Rent this tractor to create a beautiful pond in your backyard. Add a waterproof liner, fill it with water, and plant flowers and greenery around the edges for added visual appeal. You can also remove stubborn tree stumps with ease with a backhoe, or dig up live trees and shrubs for transplanting elsewhere. Backhoes can easily lift large boulders. Position them in strategic locations to enhance the aesthetics of your landscaping.

    Entertainment

    Planning to throw an outdoor party? You can rent a crawler backhoe to dig a pit for a pig roast . The pit should be roughly twice as large as the pig. If you have a 100-pound pig, you’ll need a hole about 2.5 feet deep.

    Visit A-1 Equipment Rental Center for all of the heavy machinery and power tools you’ll need for your project. Our versatile 54-inch crawler backhoe is a particularly popular type of rental equipment in Redwood City, CA. You can get in touch today at (650) 369-2992, and browse our website to view our other tractors.

  • The Most Efficient Way to Illuminate Your Outdoor Party

    Your outdoor party can be a resounding success with a little planning. For instance, some party rentals, like outdoor lighting, can extend the celebration into the evening hours. There are two main approaches to outdoor lighting: Functional and decorative. For best results, you should combine both. First, choose a towable light tower from a party rental company to provide practical lighting for a large group. This powerful light can reliably illuminate five to seven acres—making it the perfect choice for a wedding or other sizable get-together.

    Next, add accent lighting in strategic locations to set the mood. Vintage-style lanterns or oil lamps are a good choice for the tables. Hang strings of white lights from the trees or on the gazebo. Be sure to get the type labeled for exterior use.

    A-1 Equipment Rental Center is your go-to source for reliable party rentals in Redwood City, CA, including towable light towers. Get in touch today at (650) 369-2992, and let us know how we can make yours an event to remember.

  • Here’s What You’ll Need to Build a Backyard Chicken Coop

    Many families are choosing to raise backyard chickens for fun, to teach their kids responsibility, and to enhance their sustainable lifestyle. Plus, the taste of a freshly laid egg is unlike anything you’ll find in the supermarket. It’s easier than you think to build your own backyard chicken coop. Before you rent the equipment you’ll need, figure out where the best location is. Ideally, your coop should be located close to an outdoor power source.

    Coop Designs

    Free chicken coop plans are readily available online, or you can draft your own blueprints. The trick is to make sure your coop will be large enough to keep your flock happy and healthy. If your flock doesn’t have enough space, you might find yourself dealing with unhealthy, cannibalistic chickens. The general rule of thumb is to have at least three square feet of space per chicken, but more is always better. You’ll also need one nest box for every three chickens, and you’ll need an attached chicken run. You’ll need eight to 10 square feet of space in the outdoor run for each chicken. The outdoor run should be enclosed on all sides, including the top, with chicken wire mesh to protect your flock from predators.

    Equipment

    There’s no need to purchase a bunch of power tools. Keep your costs low by renting the following tools.

    • Auger (for digging post holes)
    • Screw gun
    • Roof nailer
    • Circular saw

    You’ll also need a level, tape measure, and saw horses. A carpenter’s pencil is handy for marking your cuts on the wood.

    Materials

    The specific type and amount of materials you’ll need vary, depending on your coop design. If you need assistance, you can bring your coop plans into a builder’s supply store. The sales clerk there should be able to figure out how much of the following materials you’ll need:

    • Chicken wire
    • Posts
    • 2.5” coated exterior deck screws
    • Roof nails
    • 2 X 4 framing lumber
    • Plywood

    Don’t forget that you’ll have to build a perch, where your chickens will sleep, and nesting boxes, where they’ll lay eggs. When you get the structure built, plant some chicken-friendly vegetation in the run . Your chickens will love snacking on any of the following:

    • Nasturtium
    • Thyme
    • Fennel
    • Lavender
    • Comfrey
    • Rosemary
    • Sage

    All the equipment you need to build a backyard chicken coop is available at A-1 Equipment Rental Center. We offer all sorts of tools from top brands, including cutting tools, air tools, and drills available near Oakland, CA. Call a friendly sales associate at (650) 369-2992.

  • What You Need to Know About Installing a Paver Walkway

    Installing a paver walkway can instantly upgrade the curb appeal of your property. The project is easier than you may think with the help of the right equipment rentals for the job.

    This video shows you the steps involved in a paver walkway project. Before you install the pavers, make sure to dig at least seven inches deep to form the base, and be sure to use a compactor to ensure that the foundation of the walkway is stable and tight.

    A-1 Equipment Rental Center has everything you need to install your new walkway, including a range of compaction equipment. To find out about all of our equipment rentals in Redwood City, from drills and air tools to augers and trenching gear, contact us at (650) 369-2992.

  • Essential Safety Tips for Portable Generator Use

    When used properly, generator rentals make it easy to have power in your party tent, beat electrical blackouts, and ensure that you have the power you need on a construction site, but without the proper safety precautions, your guests or employees could be at risk. If you plan to rent a portable generator, be sure to follow these safety rules to protect yourself and everyone else who will be exposed to the generator.

    Don’t Run the Generator in an Enclosed Space

    The biggest risk associated with generators is carbon monoxide poisoning. Generators should never be run in enclosed spaces, such as party tents, and they should never be run indoors. They should always be placed at least 15 feet from an enclosed structure. Carbone monoxide is clear and odorless, so it can build up in an area without anyone being aware of it. If you’re using a generator, consider using a battery-operated carbon monoxide monitor nearby, so you can get an alert if an unsafe level of the gas is detected in the air.

    Allow the Generator to Cool Before Refueling

    For gas-operated portable generators, the generator must be allowed to cool before being refueled. Both gasoline and gas vapors are flammable, and they can ignite when they come into contact with hot parts of the generator. The generator should cool for at least two minutes before you attempt to refuel, but longer is even better. If you are keeping the gas on hand for the generator, keep it in approved containers and store it away from all heat sources.

    Avoid Operating Generators in the Rain

    The voltage created by generators can be extremely dangerous to operate in the rain. If you think it could be raining when you need to operate the generator, talk to your equipment rental company about using tents or other covers to vent it.

    Let A-1 Equipment Rental Center help you select the right generator in San Mateo for your needs. We’re also available to answer all of your questions about safe generator operations. Arrange a generator rental today by calling (650) 369-2992.

  • Avoid These Common Concrete Project Mistakes

    Concrete is a durable and versatile material, which makes it ideal for a wide range of products. However, mistakes can easily happen during the installation process that compromise the final result. Ensuring that you have the right equipment rentals for the job you are doing is the first step to getting the results you want. Avoiding these common mistakes will also help you successfully complete the job.

    Failing to Adequately Prepare the Site

    Without proper site preparation, concrete projects inevitably fail, either immediately or in the future. Before concrete is prepared, the site has to be thoroughly prepared by carefully leveling the surface. Compacting equipment must be used to pack the base foundation to make it flat and sturdy. Failing to do so will allow the concrete to sink. The job might look uneven when it is finished, or the sinking may occur over time, causing cracks and other flaws.

    Adding Too Much Water to the Mix

    When you mix concrete, any mistake will interfere with the final result. Often, people add extra water to the concrete mix because it makes it easier to spread or because doing so makes the surface look smoother. However, adding too much water will make the concrete weaker than normal, shortening its lifespan. Be sure to use a volumetric concrete mixer so that you get the mix just right without adding excessive water.

    Removing the Forms Too Early

    Before the concrete is completely set, the forms hold everything in place exactly where you want it. When the concrete appears stable, you may be tempted to remove the forms so you can be done with the job, but you should always wait for the full set time—24 to 48 hours—before attempting to remove the forms. Doing so too early could cause you to have to restart the entire project.

    A-1 Equipment Rental Center has everything you need to complete your concrete project the right way every time. Our range of equipment rentals is perfect for professional contractors and DIY homeowners alike. Call us today at (650) 369-2992 to learn more about our equipment rentals in San Jose .

  • How to Use a Plumbing Snake

    If you’re dealing with clogged drains, a plumbing snake could be the answer. A plumbing snake—also called an auger—is more effective than a plunger and doesn’t involve the use of chemicals, unlike drain cleaners. Consider renting an auger to deal with your clogged drains to save yourself time and money.

    Using a plumbing snake is relatively straightforward. Put down towels to protect the floor around the drain and put on gloves to protect your hands. Guide the auger into the drain and gently twist the snake as you move it through the drain. Once you start to feel some resistance from the blockage, continue turning the snake until you feel pressure against your movement. Slowly pull out the snake, which will simultaneously pull out the clog. Rinse the drain with water to clear any debris left behind.

    Tackle your plumbing issues with equipment rental from A-1 Equipment Rental Center. We offer auger rental in Oakland along with a huge selection of tools and job site equipment. Set up your rental today by calling (650) 369-2992.

  • Answering Common Questions About Centrifugal Pumps

    Centrifugal pumps play a central role in everything from municipal water supplies to agriculture. They can be used in many ways in job sites and are a key part of many different kinds of equipment. If you need to rent a centrifugal pump from our equipment rental company, here are the answers to some questions you may have about operating it.

    How do centrifugal pumps work?

    Centrifugal pumps are a form of kinetic pump. The pumps contain a rotating impeller that is housed in a casing. Liquid moves into the casing via a suction inlet and is then spun outside the casing and through a discharge port. The impeller creates velocity in the liquid that becomes pressure energy. Because of this energy, centrifugal pumps can handle high and highly changeable flow rates of liquid without requiring a pressure relief valve. This means that there is reduced wear and tear on pipes, seals, and bearing, making centrifugal pumps efficient and easy to use.

    Do centrifugal pumps have minimum flow rates?

    Although there are no standard guidelines for a minimum flow rate, centrifugal pumps usually shouldn’t be operated at less than 50% of their efficiency point. Low flows can lead to overheating, cavitation, excessive noise, and damage. A centrifugal pump should never be operated at zero flow for an extended period of time, as the water in the system will boil and melt the internal components.

    What kind of centrifugal pump should I use?

    The head and flow requirements of your project will determine what kind of centrifugal pump you need. Discuss your project needs with your equipment rental company before you rent your pump, both to ensure that you get the right one for the job and to determine if you have the appropriate hoses.

    From large, contractor-led projects to small, DIY, home improvement jobs, A-1 Equipment Rental Center has the tools you need to get your projects done. For more information about equipment rental in San Francisco and to get the advice of our team about your rental needs, call us at (650) 369-2992.

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