Winterize Your Home in a Weekend

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Preparing for Jack Frost’s arrival can send a shiver down any homeowner’s spine. A long to-do list for getting your home ready can feel overwhelming, leaving you wondering where you’ll find the time and resources. But, with some optimism, easy tips, and access to a few rental tools, you can winterize your home in just one weekend, leaving plenty of time to enjoy autumn’s splendor.

Prepare your lawn and landscaping

Cold temperatures cause grass and other plants in your landscape to go dormant. Spend a few hours preparing your lawn for beautiful greenery next year.

Start by aerating. Renting an aerator is a cost-effective and efficient way to reduce thatch and provide extra space in the soil for water and oxygen to reach the roots. After aerating, spread a quality winter fertilizer to give your grass the nutrients it needs to grow strong. If you live in an area with harsh winters, remember to cover roses and delicate perennials so that they are protected.

Winterize your deck

The harsh winter elements can take a major toll on decking, so it’s important to protect it. With a little time and effort, your deck will make it through winter unscathed and ready for outdoor fun in spring.

Keep the structure’s integrity intact and wood looking beautiful, clean and seal your deck before winter arrives. Start by renting a pressure washer at A Tool Shed Equipment Rentals. A trained rental associate will give you guidance on safe and efficient operation of the pressure washer. After you clean your deck, let it dry completely and then apply paint or sealant.

Trim your trees

Weak trees and dead branches can break and fall during winter, possibly damaging your home, your car, a utility line, or worse. Be a responsible homeowner and cut weak or dead branches in the fall so you don’t have to worry.

A chainsaw is the easiest way to deal with dead branches and will take much less time than hand sawing. You can rent a chainsaw at A Tool Shed Equipment Rentals to cut the wood into small logs or pieces for disposing of properly. Chippers can also be rented for grinding up the wood and using it for mulch in the spring.

Seal windows and doors

When temperatures drop, the small leaks in windows and doors become apparent. Avoid a chilly house and high energy bills by caulking your windows and weather stripping doors.

Weather stripping is cheap and easy. Apply the adhesive strip between the door and frame for a tight seal that limits the amount of air that enters or exits when the door is closed. Caulking windows is a simple process as well when you have a caulk gun. If you need a tall ladder to reach second story windows, consider renting it since you’ll likely use it infrequently. While you have the ladder, clean your gutters of leaves and other debris that can cause backups and ice dams.

All you need is one weekend to prepare your home and yard for the cold weather ahead. Plus you’ll get to enjoy the crisp autumn air while you get these quick and easy chores done.

A Tool Shed Proudly Supports Local Boy Scout Troop on Their Eagle Projects

We proudly support our local Boy Scouts working to complete their Eagle Projects. Take a look at some of the recent donations we have made to help a few boys and their Thank You letters to us!

Congratulations on all of your great projects!

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Do It Yourself: Rent Tools for Your Home Improvement Projects [INFOGRAPHIC]

Whether you are an experienced handyman or a home improvement novice, you need to have the right tools to complete any construction project. There are many home improvement projects that homeowners can tackle themselves with a little bit of guidance and the right equipment. If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at construction or landscaping, try renting the tools you need to get the job done. Home improvement projects can be quick and simple or more complicated, and you can choose a project with the right level of difficulty for you. Take a look at this infographic from A Tool Shed Equipment Rentals in San Jose to get a few ideas of construction and landscaping projects you can try yourself. Please share the information with your friends who are looking for ways to improve their homes!

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Power Tool Rental: Important Safety Gear for Using a Chainsaw

When using heavy-duty tools like a chainsaw, it is important to use the proper safety equipment.

Protect your hands with gloves. Also use headphones and eye protection to ensure that your upper body stays safe from flying debris and damaging levels of noise. If you are doing serious cutting, Kevlar chaps can give you a protective barrier between the saw and your legs. To learn more about safety equipment and chainsaw operation, watch this helpful video.

 

With the chainsaws, branch chippers, and other tool rentals available at A Tool Shed Equipment Rentals’ six convenient locations, you can get what you need for any home maintenance task. Visit our website to browse through our rental selection, and then call (831) 359-4769 to start your order.

 

Happy New Year!

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May the coming year bring lots of harmony, good health and prosperity in your life!

Wishing you and your family a very happy new year from all of us at A Tool Shed!

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