• A Guide to Stripping Hardwood Flooring

    Hardwood floors offer incredible beauty and value to any home because these floors can last a lifetime. However, the finishes that protect this type of flooring don’t have such a long lifespan, so your hardwood floors may need refinishing if they look scuffed, bleached, or otherwise damaged. Stripping your flooring is the first step in restoring its natural beauty, and you can easily take on this project yourself with some equipment rentals in San Jose, as well as the advice below.

    Preparation

    Because stripping your floors will kick up a lot of dust, you will want to seal off any rooms adjacent to the one you’re working in. That means placing plastic drop cloths over the doors and protecting the flooring outside the room with a tarp or another drop cloth. If possible, you might also place a box fan in one of the room’s windows facing outwards. You should prepare yourself by wearing clothing that covers your arms and legs, work gloves, goggles, and a face mask to protect your skin, eyes, and lungs from stray dust. The tools and accessories you’ll need for your project include:

    • A floor sander.
    • A detail sander.
    • 36-grit, 60-grit, and 80-grit sandpaper.
    • Plastic drop cloths.
    • A hammer.
    • A vacuum.
    • Wood filler and a drywall knife.

    Project

    Once you have prepared the room by moving everything out and taking the steps above, you can begin sanding to strip the floors . Start with 36-grit sandpaper on your floor sander, and work your way slowly across the whole floor, moving from side to side as you go across the room. Repeat this step beginning at a diagonal angle from where you started, and then vacuum the floor clean. Nail down any stray screws and fill in cracks using wood filler and the drywall knife. Let the wood filler dry and then use a detail sander to reach any areas you could not strip on the first pass with the floor sander. Sand the floor once more with the 60-grit and then the 80-grit sandpaper, and vacuum following each step. Now, your floors are ready to be resealed for years of protection and lasting beauty.

    For sanders , polishers, and other flooring tools you just won’t use enough to justify buying, check out A-1 Rental Center in San Jose. We have a large selection of floor sanders, polishers, and wet-dry vacuums so you can get your project done right. Find us online or call (650) 369-2992 to schedule pickup for your flooring tools.

  • Replacing a Rotted Fence Post

    If you’re repairing a wooden fence, you may encounter rotted fence posts. Rotted wood is not salvageable for fencing, so it should be removed and replaced as part of your project.

    This video demonstrates where to make your cuts and how to remove a rotted post. You’ll learn how you can easily replace the damaged fence post with a new one that is fitted to be the appropriate size.

    When you’ve got repair projects to do at home, A-1 Rental Center can make the job go more smoothly with the tools and specialized equipment you need . To learn about our equipment or our rental policies serving San Francisco, Oakland, and San Mateo, visit us online or call (650) 369-2992.

  • Tips for Using a Rebar Bender

    When you’re working with reinforced steel bars, bending them to meet the needs of your project is labor-intensive and time-consuming. A rebar bending can make things go much more smoothly, saving you time, money, and energy. Most rebar benders are portable, so they are ideal for renting and transporting to job sites as needed. Once you’ve set up your equipment rental, here is what you need to know about using your rebar bender.

    Get Used to the Machine

    Rebar benders are generally easy to use, but they can be dangerous if operated incorrectly, so take the time to familiarize yourself with the machine before you get started. Test out the foot pedals, and get a feel for where you will be feeding the rebar into the machine. Check out the different rollers and determine which size you need to use based on the thickness of your material and the bending angle. Set the adjustment knobs to fit your project.

    Feed Your Rebar into the Machine

    While wearing gloves to protect your hand, put the rebar into the feeding point on the machine. If you haven’t used a rebar bender before, start with one piece of rebar, even if the machine has multiple slots. This will make it easier to keep the rebar in alignment. Move your hands away from the rebar, and activate the machine using the foot pedals.

    Allow the Machine to Do the Work

    Resist the urge to guide or handle the rebar while the machine is bending it. The bender will efficiently do the work on its own, and moving your hands close to the machine while it is in action is dangerous. Once the rebar is bent, position yourself far enough away from the foot pedals that you can’t inadvertently activate the machine, and remove the rebar. Repeat the process as needed.

    At A-1 Rental Center, you will find all of the equipment you need for small home projects and large construction jobs, from rebar benders to air tools and lawn mower rentals in Redwood City. For more information about our rental policies and selection, call (650) 369-2992.

  • How to Prep a Room for Painting

    When you’re painting a room, preparation is key to getting a good result. Making sure you have the right equipment rentals before you attempt to start painting will make the process easier.

    This video shows the process of preparing a room for painting. You will need to use tape to protect the baseboards and trim, as well as drop cloths to protect the floor. Be sure to get the tape on the wood and not the walls, so you have a clean line when you’re done painting.

    A-1 Rental Center offers an extensive collection of equipment rentals, including dollies, ladders, and much more. Explore our equipment rentals in Redwood City online or call (650) 369-2992 to find out more.

  • When to Use a Right Angle Drill

    When you’re renting drills for a project, knowing what kind of drill you need to get the job done is not always straightforward. Right-angle drills are often extremely handy to have, but many people overlook them as part of their equipment rentals. Could this kind of drill work for your project?

    Right-angle drills have long handles with short drill heads—the reverse design of a standard drill. The design makes drilling in tight spots easier, even allowing you to drill in places where a traditional drill could not be used. If your project involves flooring or cabinet building or installation, then a right-angle drill could make your work easier. Any time you anticipate having to drill in tight corners, a right-angle drill could be the best tool you rent.

    A-1 Rental Center offers a wide range of drills for rent alongside our comprehensive collection of gear for projects of all sizes. To rent a right-hand drill in Redwood City or reserve other equipment rentals, call (650) 369-2992.

  • Saw Safety 101

    Saws are invaluable tools for a wide range of projects, but they can also be dangerous if they are not handled properly. When saws are among your equipment rentals for a job, there is an added element of working with an unfamiliar tool that you have to consider, which makes taking the proper safety precautions all the more important. Make sure your project is completed safely by keeping these saw safety tips in mind.

    Protect Your Eyes

    When you’re using a saw, it is inevitable that there will be flying debris. Even small splinters can rebound and hit your eyes, causing injuries. Never use a saw without wearing safety goggles that fit you snugly. For large jobs, a safety mask is also recommended. Failing to use the proper protection can lead to serious injuries.

    Inspect the Saw Before Use

    Before you operate the saw for the first time, inspect it very carefully. Make sure the handle is not loose, the blade is not broken or misshapen, and that there are no missing teeth on the blade. Make sure the saw is clean and that there is no dirt or debris that could interfere with how it operates. When you’re inspecting the blade, never run your hands across the surface to test the sharpness. It is also a good idea to confirm that the saw is the right size for the job you are doing. Using a saw that is too large or too small can lead to safety issues.

    Inspect the Material

    Closely inspect the material that you plan to use the saw on. Nails, metal, screws, and knots can all cause the saw to buck while you’re using is, leading to injury. They can also cause damage to the saw. Start by removing as many obstacles from the surface of the material as you can, and be mindful of any areas in which the saw may not run smoothly.

    We offer at multiple saws for rent , including mitre, concrete, circular, and chainsaws. If you have questions about which saw you need for your project, talk to one of the equipment rental specialists at A-1 Rental Center. For more information about equipment rentals in Redwood City, please call (650) 369-2992.

  • A Look at the Features of Our Mobile Utility Scaffolding

    Mobile utility scaffolds are ideal for a range of projects that require height but can’t be performed using a ladder. At A-1 Rental Center, we offer both scaffold bases and upper sections among our equipment rentals, allowing you to get just the right pieces for your project. Our mobile utility scaffolding is easily customizable and simple to use, making it popular with DIYers and professionals alike. Here is a closer look at some of the features of our scaffolding units.

    Adjustable Performance Heights

    Our scaffolds can be adjusted in 3” increments, with a base height of 1’8” up to 5’8”. It is easy to adjust the height without tools, to get the right working platform for your job. For jobs that require additional height, it is easy to add additional upper section platforms until you achieve the right positioning. With additional sections, the scaffold can reach heights of 24’. Outriggers are also available, as are guardrails for additional safety.

    Adaptable Placements

    The scaffolding is easily adaptable to a wide range of working conditions. It can be adapted to fit on stairs, uneven surfaces, and ramps with ease. It can also easily be placed over furniture and other floor obstacles, so you can save time on prepping the space. All scaffold adaptations can be completed without tools.

    Easy Portability

    Space is frequently at a premium on job sites, and doorways and other obstacles can make it difficult to maneuver equipment. Our scaffolding is the size of a standard ladder when it is disassembled, so it is easy to store and will fit through any doorway. Opening the scaffold for use and folding it down again is quick and can be completed without tools.

    To rent a scaffold in Redwood City, contact A-1 Rental Center. We also offer a huge selection of other equipment rentals, so you get everything you need for your job in one place. Reserve your scaffold today by calling (650) 369-2992.

  • What Are the Grace Periods on Our Rentals?

    A-1 Rental Center offers flexible equipment rental terms, allowing you to get the tools you need for your project for an adequate amount of time, without paying for time you don’t need. To ensure that our tools are ready for the next renter, we ask customers to return their equipment at the agreed-upon time. However, we understand that things happen, so we allow a grace period to accommodate for those unexpected bumps in the road.

    The grace period on our equipment rentals varies, depending on the length of the original rental. Our hourly rentals have the shortest grace period. We allow five minutes before charging for the next hour. Daily rentals have a one-hour grace period before the equipment is considered late. When equipment is returned after the grace period, pro-rated rental rates will be charged.

    If you have questions about your Redwood City equipment rental from A-1 Rental Center , contact us. Call (650) 369-2992, and we will be happy to address any questions you may have about our tool rental service