Your Tool Rental Checklist for Revamping Your Landscape Design

A great first impression is everything in landscape design. What do you want your guests to notice when they step onto your property? A finely crafted stone retaining wall? A picture-perfect lawn worthy of a fertilizer commercial? Whatever your vision is for your landscaping, the right power tools and equipment can help you make it come true. And with tool and equipment rentals, you won’t have to spend big bucks to finish your project. Here’s a look at some common rental tools you might use.

Power Equipment

A healthy lawn provides a solid foundation for the rest of your landscape design. If you’re a new homeowner, you might not have a lawnmower yet. Consider renting before you buy so you can try a few different types and figure out which one is best for you. If your lawn is in bad shape, you might need to lay down new sod or scatter grass seed. Rent a lawn roller for both of these projects. Lawn rollers help ensure that sod has good contact with the soil underneath. It also helps accelerate germination of grass seed. Other types of power equipment you might want to rent include:

  • Rototiller

  • Sod cutter

  • Stump grinder

  • Lawn edger

Power Tools

Handheld power tools can help take the heavy lifting out of your landscaping project. To add to the visual interest, plant a variety of shrubs, trees, and hedges. Rent a hedge trimmer two to three times per year to keep your shrubs in good shape. You’ll need to rent a weed eater more often. After mowing your lawn, use the weed eater to trim the edges along walkways, gardens, and fences.

Hand Tools

As handy as power tools are, nothing beats an old-fashioned hand tool for small, quick jobs. Rent a round-point shovel to move gravel, mulch, and topsoil. Use it to shape your garden beds. Then, rent a flat border spade to edge in your garden beds for visual appeal. Other hand tools you might want to rent include:

  • Shears

  • Rake

  • Garden hoe

  • Trowel

Don’t forget the garden gloves!

When you’re ready to tackle your landscaping project, you can head over to A Tool Shed for great rates on tool and equipment rentals. Talk to one of our experts about your vision for your backyard, and we’ll help you find the right tools for the project. Call (800) 286-6574 with your questions about our equipment for rent in San Jose or our other locations.

Discover the Possibilities with A Tool Shed

If you can dream it, we can help you build it. A Tool Shed offers great rental rates on top tool brands. Watch our accompanying video to catch a glimpse behind the scenes at our family owned and operated business. A Tool Shed now boasts seven locations throughout northern California.

We offer all sorts of rental tools and equipment, from heavy-duty forklifts, trenchers, and compactors to lawn mowers, nailers, and drills. A Tool Shed also offers a wide assortment of new and used tools and equipment for sale.

Stop by A Tool Shed today (we’re open seven days per week!) and find out why so many homeowners and contractors trust us. Call (800) 286-6574 if you have a question about our tools available for rent in San Jose or the surrounding areas.

Understanding Sandpaper Grit Numbers

You can use sandpaper on power tools or to sand by hand. If you have a large surface area to sand, you’ll probably want to use a power tool. Power sanders are also a good choice if you have substantial blemishes to remove, or if you need to level or shape wood. Otherwise, sand by hand. If you’re using a power tool, choose a grit number between 36 and 100. Use a grit number between 180 and 320 if you’re sanding by hand. Grit numbers between 100 and 180 work well for sanding with tools or by hand.

The grit number indicates the size of the granules on the sandpaper. The larger the granules, the lower the grit number, and vice versa. Larger abrasive particles remove more wood, but don’t create the fine, finished surface that’s desirable for a completed project. That’s why you’ll want to start with a low grit number, and then move up to a higher grit number to finish off the surface.

A Tool Shed offers all the tools and supplies you’ll need for your project, including sandpaper and power sanders. Call (800) 286-6574 to inquire about used tools for sale in San Jose.

Tips for Cleaning Up Water Damage

In addition to the cosmetic issues it causes, water damage can lead to mold and serious structural problems that you can’t see. To avoid these costly issues, it’s critical to clean up water damage as soon as possible. If water damage has happened in your home, with the right rental equipment and techniques, you can restore your space to normal while preventing long-term complications. These tips will help you clean up after water damage has occurred.

Use the Right Safety Equipment

If there is standing water in your home, proceed with caution during your cleanup. Flood water and water from burst pipes can contain dangerous bacteria, so wear eye goggles and protective gloves and boots. Before you walk into standing water, ensure that there are no electrical lines in the water, and be aware that floodwater can also contain snakes and other displaced animals. If there is no standing water, safety gear is still recommended, as bacterial contamination will still be possible.

Remove Damaged Flooring and Furniture

Water-soaked flooring and upholstered furniture cannot always be saved, and leaving them in a space you are trying to dry out will increase the moisture in the air. If you have carpet that was exposed to water for an extended period of time, remove it along with the carpet padding. Failing to do so can allow mold to grow. Upholstered furniture should also be removed unless its water exposure was minimal.

Rent a Dehumidifier

It’s impossible to clean up water damage thoroughly without a dehumidifier. Combing a dehumidifier with air movers—which are special kinds of fans that help to draw moisture out of walls—will help you get even better results. Using a dehumidifier will help you avoid secondary damage like mold growth, electrical damage, and warped doors and ceilings.

If your home is affected by water damage, call A Tool Shed in San Jose to rent a dehumidifier and all of the other tools you need to restore your home to normal. Reserve the equipment rentals you need or find out about your affordable used equipment sales by calling (800) 286-6574.

FAQs About Scaffolding Safety

When you rent scaffolding for a project, safety is key. By paying attention to a few basic safety rules, you can get your project done without any injuries or delays. As with any piece of rental equipment, check the safety recommendations for the scaffolding you are using before you start using it. These answers to frequently asked questions about using a scaffold safely will help you avoid problems when you’re working on your project.

What kind of foundation can I put the scaffolding on?

Some scaffolds are designed to use on uneven surfaces—for instance, with one side of the scaffold on the ground and the other side on a step. However, the ground itself should always be flat and free from debris that could make the scaffold unstable. Be sure to read the instructions for the kind of scaffolding you are using to determine which surfaces are safe.

Do scaffolds have to be tied down?

Scaffolding must be tied to a structure for security. Make sure whatever structure you tie the scaffolding to is sturdy and can support not only the scaffold but all of the weight of the people and loads you move across it. Freestanding scaffolding must also be stabilized so that it doesn’t tip and can withstand wind gusts.

How do I increase the height of my scaffolding?

Before you arrange your equipment rental, calculate the height you will need your scaffolding to be. Many kinds of scaffolding offer adjustable height, so you can adapt to the needs of the site. However, if your scaffold is too short, do not try to add height by using a ladder or piling plans on the scaffold base. This dangerous practice puts both the person on the scaffold and anyone on the ground at risk.


A Tool Shed offers a wide range of used equipment and equipment rentals, from tools to scaffolds and forklifts. If you’re not sure which tools you need to rent for your job, let our team help you make the right selections. Make a reservation for equipment rentals in San Jose today by calling (800) 286-6574.

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