Learn How to Install Carpet on Your Stairs

Once you get into the right rhythm, you'll find that installing carpet on stairs is easier than you may have expected. It only requires a few specialized tools, which you could rent or purchase used. You'll need a carpet stair tool, an electric tacker, a carpet knee kicker, and a hammer.

Watch this featured video to see a simple, step-by-step demonstration of installing carpet on stairs. This home improvement expert shows you the proper way to tack down the carpet padding, and how to position the carpet correctly with the kicker and stair tool.

A Tool Shed offers high-quality tools for rent in San Jose, including carpet trimmers, stair tools, and knee kickers. Call us at (800) 286-6574 with your questions about renting tools.

Getting the Most from Your Dolly on Moving Day

Moving day is tough enough without having to deal with a thrown-out back and sore arms. Make things easier on yourself by visiting a rental equipment shop for a moving dolly or two. If you're moving heavy items up or down stairs, choose a dolly with inflatable wheels. Solid wheels work well for rolling heavy items on even surfaces.

Moving the Dolly

It's a good idea to wear a pair of sturdy work gloves and steel-toed safety shoes when moving heavy items with a dolly. Once you've loaded up the dolly, make sure there's a clear path for it to travel. If it's a two-wheeled dolly, grasp the handles and tip it back toward your body. At the same time, place a foot on the crossbar to help it move. Push the dolly to its destination—never try to pull it. When you've reached the moving van, put a foot on the crossbar while lowering the dolly.

Stacking Boxes

Only stack a few boxes at a time on your hand truck. The stack shouldn't be so tall that you have trouble seeing over the top. Also, make sure the box on the top is resting against the vertical component of the dolly. Otherwise, it will slide backward when you move the dolly. Place the heaviest box on the bottom of the stack.

Loading Appliances

Moving appliances is far easier when you have a hand truck. Disconnect the appliance from its power source and slide it away from the wall. Pick up the cords and wires, and tape them to the appliance to keep them off the floor. Load the appliance onto the dolly with the rear of the appliance facing you and the dolly. This distributes the weight more evenly so it's easier to move. It also minimizes the risk of scratching the face of the appliance. Remember to secure this heavy load with a strap!

There's no need to purchase a dolly when you'll only use it occasionally. Instead, head over to A Tool Shed, where we offer great deals on tools and equipment for rent in San Jose. Give us a call at (800) 286-6574.

How to Prep Your Wall for Painting

If you walk into a beautifully remodeled, newly painted home, chances are you won't think, "Wow, what a great prep job!" Prepping the walls is definitely not the most glamorous aspect of remodeling. But without the proper prep, the finished results won't look nearly as spectacular. Take more time than you think you'll need to prepare your walls before painting, and make sure you have the right rental equipment and tools on hand before getting started.

Protect the floor and furniture.

If you're working in a small room, you might want to move all of the furniture out so you won't trip over it. Otherwise, move all furniture to the center of the room, and cover it with plastic tarps. Cover the floor with canvas drop cloths. Protect the trim with painter's tape, unless you'll also be painting the trim.

Protect the hardware and light fixtures.

Remove the cover plates from the electrical outlets and light switches. Put the screws in a sealable bag so you don't lose any of them. Cover the switches with painter's tape. Next, use small plastic bags and painter's tape to protect the doorknobs. Even if you aren't painting the doors, droplets of paint may splatter on the hardware.

Scrape old paint and patch holes.

Check each wall carefully for flaking paint, and scrape it off with a putty knife. You don't need to remove all of the existing paint—just the loose flakes. Then, use your putty knife to apply spackling paste to any holes in the wall. Smooth it with the putty knife and let it dry. Then, sand the repaired areas until they are perfectly smooth. Use a clean rag to wipe dust off the wall.

Apply primer to repaired areas.

Unless you're painting directly on sheetrock, you won't need to apply primer to the entire wall. Do apply primer to any areas you've repaired with spackling paste, however. Follow the directions on the product, and allow it to dry. Now, you're ready to start painting!

Planning a major painting project this summer? Stop by A Tool Shed for the rental equipment you need at affordable prices. You can reach a friendly staff member at (800) 286-6574 if you have any questions about our available equipment rentals in San Jose.

Choosing the Right Size Ladder

Many homeowners make the mistake of using a ladder that's too short for the job. This is because they often choose a ladder size that's just a little longer than the height of the work area. Remember that the ladder will be at an angle, not straight up. Fortunately, if you're opting for equipment rentals, you won't end up making a pricey purchasing error, even if you initially pick a ladder that's too short.

As a general rule of thumb, choose a ladder that is seven to 10 feet taller than the highest contact point for the ladder. The contact point might be the roof line or wall. When choosing a ladder rental, remember that the tallest point you can climb to is four rungs lower than the top. At the equipment rental store, you should check the ladder's duty rating. This rating is the maximum amount of weight the ladder can safely support. Select a ladder with a duty rating sufficient to support both your weight and the weight of any rental tools and supplies you'll be carrying up.

A Tool Shed offers high-quality equipment for rent in San Jose, including step and extension ladders. If you have any questions, you can reach us at (800) 286-6574.

Mixing Concrete by Hand

It isn't difficult to mix concrete, especially if you rent the right tools for the job. Watch this featured video to see how one knowledgeable individual mixes concrete by hand for his projects around the house. He recommends that you wear gloves and a dust mask when working with concrete mix.

You'll see him empty the bag of concrete into a wheelbarrow. He adds water periodically as he mixes the concrete with a garden hoe. Although this demonstrator is able to eyeball the amount of water he needs, it's recommended that you measure the amount of water in accordance with the instructions on the concrete bag.

If you're planning a project that involves mixing concrete, you'll find all the equipment rentals you need in San Jose at A Tool Shed. Call us at (800) 286-6574, and ask us about our used tools for sale.

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