Tips for Laying a Concrete Walkway

pathway in the garden

All it takes to create an elegant concrete walkway for your home or business is ready mix concrete from your San Francisco supplier, a few tools, and a lot of stamina. When executed correctly, your new walkway will be crack-free, durable, and attractive. Here are three important tips for laying a concrete walkway:

Order the Right Amount of Concrete Before contacting your San Francisco ready mix concrete provider to order your concrete, be sure to take the proper measurements to determine how much concrete you will need. Coming up short on material as you’re working can put a huge damper in the process and the end results. To avoid this scenario, err on the side of caution and order a little bit more than your project requires.

Carefully Reinforce Your Support Structure Never underestimate the importance of a strong frame. In order for the forms to hold all of the concrete as it is poured in, they will need to be reinforced with a beam placed diagonally between two stakes. This diagonal beam, or “kicker”, will absorb any excess pressure placed outwards from the concrete, thereby containing it better.

Ask a Friend or Neighbor to Lend a Helping Hand As soon as you’ve ordered your ready mix concrete, try to track down a few skilled friends who can assist you with your upcoming project. Although you may think that you are capable of laying a concrete walkway alone, an extra set of hands could be just the thing you need to ensure that the concrete doesn’t dry before you’ve completed all of the necessary steps.

One more tip for laying your concrete is to ensure your own personal safety by wearing goggles, gloves, and long-sleeve shirts and pants. You can get all of the concrete you need to complete home improvement projects of any size here at A-1 Ready Mix Concrete. To place your order or to learn more about or services, call us at (888) 429-0767.

Read These Links to Learn More About Renting Propane Heaters and Other Rental Equipment

Patio Heater

Here at A Tool Shed Equipment Rentals, our specialists can off their professional guidance and help you find the equipment and rental tools you need to complete your job. Learn more about outdoor heating and tree cutting equipment with these helpful resources.

  • Keep in mind that outdoor heating should be handled with care. Get more information on outdoor propane heaters and safety tips from Propane 101.
  • Read this article from Top 100 Energies to learn about the benefits of different outdoor heating equipment.
  • Take a look at this guide from Family Handyman on how to cut down a tree.
  • Renting equipment can be more cost-effective for a tool like a chainsaw, especially if you won’t be using it too often. If you don’t know what to look for in a chainsaw, check out Home and Garden Ideas for some tips. 
  • When cutting down trees, follow these University of Minnesota Extension guidelines for safely and successfully operating a chainsaw. Get the right equipment and learn how to use it.

For more information on equipment rental services at our six different locations, contact A Tool Shed Equipment Rentals at (831) 359-4769.

A Guide to Rental Equipment: Log Splitters

When it comes to splitting logs, you no longer have to rely on a simple old axe to get the job done. Improved technology and design has made splitting logs easy and efficient. Watch this video for a look at a few types of log splitters that save you time and labor.

An inexpensive option would be a splitting maul, ideal for smaller and fewer logs. For greater power and less work, you might want to go with a rented hydraulic jack or a gas-powered hydraulic ram. They are more expensive options, but renting the equipment can make either of them the most effective option for your dollar.

 

Come to A Tool Shed Equipment Rentals at one of our six locations in Northern California to check out our selection of rental tools for your log splitting needs. Contact us at our website or at (831) 359-4769 for more information.

Keep the Outdoors Warm During Work or Leisure with These Heating Equipment Products

Adirondack chairs and fire pit

The cold weather is usually discouraging when you’d just like to enjoy the outdoors without having to hassle with putting on extra layers. Solve the problem by renting outdoors heating equipment for your backyard, patio, or other outdoor space. Keep warm with the following kinds of equipment.

Fire Pits
Install a fire pit into the ground surrounded by a barrier or get a standing pit. Pile on the firewood, light it up, and enjoy the natural warmth of your own outdoor fire place. As with all heating equipment, it is important to be mindful of safety hazards. Pay attention to your fire, and make sure to put the fire completely out when you are done. 

Propane Space Heaters
These heaters can often be seen in the outdoor sections of restaurants and events and can be easily placed on your patio. Fueled by LP propane cylinders, the heater is on a stand, providing radiant heat that won’t be blown away by the wind. A peaked cover on top of the heater directs the heat down toward the surrounding area.

Forced Air Heaters
Outdoor forced air heaters are also fueled by propane and are portable stand-alone units. As the name implies, the hot air generated by the motor is forced outward through a cylinder. This design makes it easy to direct the hot air to where you’d like it. In addition, the use of a tent-like cover helps trap the warm air and increase heating efficiency.

Get outside and stay warm and comfortable with our outdoor heaters at A Tool Shed Equipment Rentals. At any of our six Northern California locations, you’ll find high-quality equipment and guidance from our professional equipment rental specialists. Plus, there’s no sales tax and no environmental fees. Visit us today or call (831) 359-4769 to learn more about what we can do for you.

Essential Rental Tools and Equipment for Cutting Down Old Trees and Cutting Firewood

Chopped trees

Cutting down a tree can be an engaging do-it-yourself project, but without the right tools and equipment, it can be an inconvenient and even dangerous job to undertake.  Read on for an overview of equipment you should rent or purchase to safely and effectively get the job done.

Safety Gear Felling a tree, particularly an old, large one, can be hazardous work. Protect yourself from falling branches and debris with a hard hat, steel toed boots, and eye protection. Wear thick work gloves to prevent your hands and wrists from getting too roughed up, and wear ear protection if you’re going to be working with loud equipment like a chainsaw.

Cutting Tools In order to cut down a tree, you’ll need a powerful and sharp chainsaw. Gas-powered chainsaws are more powerful than electric ones and are also more portable. Electric chainsaws are lighter and are better for cutting firewood from thinner trees. Use pruning shears help to remove branches blocking your way and make the sawing process easier.

Splitting Tools After having your tree cut into more manageable logs, you can use a myriad of tools to split them into firewood. Manual methods include using a splitting maul, a wedge, and a sledge hammer. Wedges are useful for creating a deeper split with the force of a sledge hammer. While an axe and wedge are more practical for splitting just a few logs, hydraulic log splitters are more powerful and don’t require as much manual labor, making them more suitable for splitting a great deal of wood.

Make sure you have the proper rental tools at hand before trying cut down a tree. A Tool Shed Equipment Rentals has six convenient locations in Northern California, where our equipment rental specialists can help you find the tools you need. Visit our website or call us at (831) 359-4769 to get started today.

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