• Essential Lawn Care Tips

    A beautiful lawn is no accident. It takes hard work, dedication, and a lot of TLC to turn a patch of grass into a lush, green lawn. If you’re getting serious about lawn care, there are two tips you should know: Mow high and fertilize in the fall. Cutting the grass higher will shade the soil, which has the effect of preventing weed seeds from sprouting and requiring less water during the spring and summer. Fertilizing in the fall is like giving your lawn a winter coat, helping it through the cold months and enabling it to green up quickly in the spring.

    Watch this video to learn more about these essential lawn maintenance tips. For all the tools and equipment you need to keep your lawn looking its best, come to A Tool Shed Equipment Rentals in San Jose. From our six convenient Bay Area locations we provide all the lawn and garden equipment rentals you need. Visit our website to browse our selection of rental tools and equipment, or call us at (877) 890-2963 to speak with one of our equipment rental specialists.

  • The Benefits of a Privacy Fence

    There are many used tools for sale in San Jose that can be used to install a privacy fence. But before you invest in any tools or rental equipment, it’s good to know about the benefits of having a privacy fence on your property.

    If you’re looking to decorate your yard, a privacy fence could be incorporated into various design styles. Since most privacy fences are made from materials that take easily to paint, you could have your fence suit a variety of color schemes. Other design options include staining the fence for an earthier look, or using the fence to hang and arrange greenery.

    There are numerous advantages that come with shopping for a privacy fence. For one, there’s plenty of styles to choose from, whether you want solid picket, solid gothic, solid diagonal, staggered horizontal, or any other vastly different design. Privacy fences also come in a range of materials, from metal and vinyl to various types of wood.

    With the installation of a privacy fence, your property will have a clear, sealed-off boundary from the outside . This will keep strangers, children, and stray pets from wandering into your yard; it will also prevent people from gazing into your private quarters, both from the street and from nearby windows. A fence can even serve as a good barrier from the noise of passing cars, low-altitude aircrafts, and neighboring households.

    With basic, annual maintenance, a privacy fence could last well beyond your occupancy of a given property. As long as the fence is coated with a finish, it will withstand the usual elements of rain, snow, hail, wind, and heat. If any of the fasteners loosen over time, they can easily be replaced with proper tools. Sandpaper can be used to remove rusting, should any form.

    Visit one of the six locations of A Tool Shed for all of your equipment rental needs, or call us at (831) 359-4769 to learn more about our tools and rental equipment.

  • Your Guide to Using a Post Hole Digger

    When you’re installing a fence and seeking tools for rent in San Jose, a post hole digger could be among your most valuable tools. Before you start, evaluate the soil’s thickness to determine whether a manual or electric digger would work best. Measure and mark where each hole should go so that the posts properly aligned. If possible, dig soon after a rainfall; the moistened ground will make things easier.

    Puncture the soil by dropping the digger straight into the ground with its jaw open. Lift and drop the digger several times around the same spot until the hole is spread to a foot in diameter, then work the digger further into the ground. Brace the dirt within the jaws of the digger and set aside in a pile, several feet away. Keep plunging until the hole is at least a foot deep. To support a 4-ft.-high post, you’ll need a 1-ft.-deep hole; for an 8-ft.-high post, you’ll need a 2-ft.-deep whole.

    With seven outlets, A Tool Shed can serve all your tool rental needs. To hear more about our equipment rentals, call us at (831) 359-4769.

  • Replacing a Tile Floor

    When the time comes to remodel a bathroom, the replacement of old tile is usually one of the first steps. Whether you’re replacing the tile because it’s worn out or you just want something new, you should make sure you have the right tools before commencing with the following steps.

    Remove All Fixtures

    Whether or not you stick with the same toilet, sink, and vanity as before, they should at least be temporarily removed for the retiling process. Having those things out of the way will prevent them from being damaged during retiling; it will also give you more room to un-tile and retile, and it will make it easier to lay tile under those fixtures. If the bathtub is going to be replaced, remove it before you commence with retiling.

    Remove the Old Tile

    Before you lay the first of the new tiles, the old ones must be completely removed. A good place to start is at gaps in the tile, such as in the spot where the toilet usually sits. If the tile is stuck tight, use a hammer to crack and break it loose. A pry bar is good for pulling off larger sections. On an older floor with a mortar bed, you might need a sledgehammer to cut away at both the tile and mortar before everything can be cleared away.

    Prepare the New Tile

    In some retiling projects, it’s also necessary to replace the substrate with cement or fiberglass subflooring. Before applying mortar, arrange the new tiles onto the substrate to determine the right arrangement and fit for angled and corner pieces. Let the new tiles dry for 24 hours, apply the grout, and then let that dry for another 24 hours before walking on the tiles.

    Whether you need a drill or jack hammer, A Tool Shed has seven locations in Northern California where you can find an array of tools for rent. To learn more about our tools and equipment rentals, call us at (831) 359-4769.