• Choosing New Wallpaper? Don’t Neglect the Prep Steps

    New wallpaper can completely change your design, and preparing in advance will help to ensure that it changes for the better. You’ll start by preparing the room for wallpaper removal, and you might need certain equipment rentals for the removal process . Then you can clean up the wall and add your new paper. Don’t neglect these prep steps when choosing new wallpaper.

    Get Ready for Removal

    You’re probably excited to replace your out-of-date wallpaper and modernize your space, but there are some steps you have to take before you can start ripping it down. First, remove the face plates from your electrical outlets and tape over them to keep debris and moisture out. Take down anything that’s hanging on the wall, including telephone jacks. Then, protect your flooring by laying down a drop cloth. Now it’s time to see how stuck to the wall the paper is, which you can do by peeling up a corner or seam. If the wallpaper pulls up easily, then the job will probably be quick and easy.

    Use Steam or Solvents

    If the old wallpaper is too adhered to the wall behind it, then you’ll probably need to use steam or solvents to remove it. An electric wallpaper steamer can get you through the tougher jobs more easily, and you can rent one for an affordable price. Visit your equipment rental center, and pick up some protective supplies as well. Hand and eye protection are important because of the steam and hot water you’ll be working with.

    Clean the Wall

    Once you have steamed the wall, you can scrape off the wallpaper. The steam will loosen the adhesion so you can use a scraper or knife to carefully remove the paper. When all the wallpaper has been removed, clean the wall and repair any dings.

    Preparation is key, and the A-1 Equipment Rental Center pros can help out. We specialize in equipment rentals in San Mateo and our products range from garden equipment and lawn mower rentals to generators and air compressors. Visit our website or call us at (650) 369-2992 for more information.

  • Are You Digging Up Stumps the Right Way?

    There’s a certain method to digging up stumps, and you’ll need an equipment rental if you don’t already have an excavator. Watch this video and see if you’re digging up stumps the right way.

    It’s important to dig up every side of the stump so you can break down the root system and pull the whole stump out. Dig all the way around the stump, and then pull up a corner. At this point you can knock some of the dirt off of the roots so you can fit more stumps in your truck. Just pick it up and drop it to clean off as much dirt as you can.

    You need heavy-duty equipment rentals in Redwood City to properly remove a stump from the ground, so call A-1 Equipment Rental Center at (650) 369-2992. See our website to learn about our trenching and moving equipment options.

  • The Easy Way to Drain Your Pool

    In-ground pools don’t require complete draining too often, and many pool owners don’t own the necessary equipment for it. Instead, look for an equipment rentals store that has submersible pumps and hoses available. Then, watch the accompanying video for some quick tips on getting the job done.

    You’ll see a demonstration of clamping the backwash hose onto the submersible pump. If you need a better seal, add electrical tape. Then, unravel the backwash hose and point the end toward a sewer drain. Place the pump into the pool, and plug the device into an outside electrical outlet. Stay in the area to monitor the equipment until it’s finished pumping out the pool.

    Affordable equipment rentals near San Jose, CA are available from A-1 Equipment Rental Center. Call (650) 369-2992 to inquire about renting a submersible pump and hose .

  • Signs Your Shingles Need Replacement

    A leak in your bedroom is a clear indicator that your home needs roof repairs, but you shouldn’t let the damage progress this far before fixing it. If you know how to evaluate your roof, you can spot the signs of damage long before it can cause interior water damage to your home. If you plan to replace the shingles yourself, you can rent the equipment you’ll need, like a roofing nail gun .


    The average shingle roof has a lifespan of about 20 to 25 years. If your roof is getting older, you should be closely inspecting it regularly and making plans to install a new one. Bear in mind that some roofs fail prematurely, especially if they were installed by inexperienced contractors.


    Healthy shingles should lie flat on your roof. Inspect your shingles for signs of buckling or curling. These need to be replaced. Cracked shingles are also problematic.


    If you run your hand along a shingle, you’ll notice that it’s quite gritty. Over time, the granules can loosen and fall off. It’s alright if a small amount of granules fall off, but large quantities of separated granules indicate that it’s time for a new roof. To figure out whether your shingles are shedding, check in your gutters for granule deposits.


    Roofs come in all sorts of pitches and configurations. Some tiny houses even have disjointed roofs, with one half of the roof angling toward the right side and the other half angling toward the left. But one thing all roofs have in common is evenness across the surface. Stand at the edge of your yard to get a good view of your roof. Look for areas that are sagging or dipping. This indicates severe moisture damage. In addition to replacing the roof, you’ll probably need to find and replace rotting boards.

    You can rent the roofing nail gun you need from A-1 Equipment Rental Center . We also have scaffolds available near San Francisco, CA. Call (650) 369-2992 to inquire about our rates and equipment rental policies.

  • Quick Tips for Perfect Patios

    Laying a perfect patio starts with a solid base. First, obtain all of the equipment rentals you’ll need, like a compactor. Then, once you’ve dug up the sod, added gravel, and leveled it, it’s time to install the restraints. You can see a demonstration of this when you watch the accompanying video.

    Screed one inch of sand and lay the pavers on top in whichever pattern you want. You should only screed out one section of sand at a time to make your project more manageable. Then, watch the remainder of the video to see how to deal with oddly shaped spaces and the paver edging. Finish off your patio by using a compactor over the pavers, adding polymeric jointing sand, and using the compactor again.

    You’ll find all of the equipment you need to build a patio at A-1 Equipment Rental Center. Call (650) 369-2992 to inquire about available equipment rentals in Redwood City, CA.

  • A Step-by-Step Guide for New Generator Users

    Electricity is a must-have for powering modern life, and sometimes, you need electricity where none is available. The solution is to rent a portable gas generator. Generators are perfectly safe to operate as long as you follow some simple precautions.


    The electrical capacity of generators varies from one model to the next. Check with the rental company for advice on choosing the right size of generator for your needs. Never try to overload a generator, as this can cause equipment malfunction. It can also inflict damage on the connected appliances.


    Where you place the portable generator is a key consideration, as improper placement can place people at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Generators are never safe to use indoors. Never operate a generator inside a garage, basement, shed, tent, or any other enclosed or partially enclosed areas. Additionally, the generator should be placed far away from doors and windows. Standard smoke alarms cannot detect carbon monoxide gas. Any nearby building should be equipped with carbon monoxide detectors.


    It’s absolutely essential that you never plug the generator into a wall outlet to power your home. This is dangerous and can be fatal. It’s known as backfeeding. The generator sends electricity out into the grid, which can electrocute your neighbors or utility workers. Instead, you can plug appliances directly into the generator. If you use an extension cord, select a heavy-duty extension cord labeled for exterior use. It must be capable of handling the amps you’ll require of it. Double-check all extension cords for signs of damage before using them.


    You may need to refuel the generator at some point. If so, turn it off and wait for it to cool down. Then, add the gasoline. Store extra gas in approved containers, and keep them outside of living areas. A locked shed is ideal.

    Call (650) 369-2992, and let a friendly associate at A-1 Equipment Rental Center help you find the right generator for your needs. We have multiple models of generators to choose from in Redwood City, CA, including quiet generators. Contractors and DIYers love our low rates!

  • Spotlight on Chipping Hammers

    Chipping hammers put the power of a jackhammer into a small, lightweight, handheld tool. This air tool is useful for chipping away at concrete on vertical surfaces. It can even be used on overhead surfaces. Chipping hammers are ideal for projects that require precision and finesse. To use it, you’ll grasp the handle at the back and place your other hand on the shaft. This gives you better control over the angle and direction.

    You can use this air tool to remove masonry to accommodate space for a window or doorway, and you can use it to smooth the edges of a hole for your basement sump pump. Always make sure you have the proper personal protection equipment (PPE) for the task at hand. Concrete demo jobs result in plenty of dust and larger airborne projectiles.

    You can rent a high-quality chipping hammer by the day, week, or month at A-1 Equipment Rental Center. Call (650) 369-2992 for information about this and other equipment rentals available near San Mateo, CA.