• Ladder Tips and Tricks

    Knowing a lot about anything causes you to see it differently, and this applies to tools as much as anything else. Even a simple, everyday tool like a ladder can be safer as well as more functional and efficient when you use it properly. Keep reading and learn some ladder tips and tricks.

    Rent, Don’t Buy
    While it may be convenient to keep a step ladder on hand, chances are you do not need a larger ladder on hand every day. There’s no reason for frequently unused tools to take up space in your garage. With rental equipment, you can just give it back when you’re done with it. Plus, you can ensure that you have a ladder of proper height for every project. For example, if you need to get on the roof, the ladder should extend above the roofline so that you do not have to make a dangerous leap back down.

    Three Points of Contact
    Everyone should know their safety tricks when working with potentially dangerous tools and equipment. Falling off any ladder can result in serious injuries and damage. Remember to keep three points of contact on the ladder always. This means you should never have both hands or both feet off the ladder while you’re working. Just one hand and one foot doesn’t provide enough stability. Three out of four possible points of contact should always be made.

    Avoid Electrical Wires
    Where you set your ladder up is just as important as the way you use it. Look around for power lines and electrical equipment that you don’t want your ladder to interfere with. Find a clear space to erect your ladder to reduce the possibility of an accident.

    There’s always more to learn about your tools, so read up on them before you go out looking for used tools for sale in San Jose. A Tool Shed has new and used equipment for rent and for sale, so call us at 1 (800) 286-6574 to learn more.

  • Projects to Complete with an Angle Grinder

    Angle grinders are versatile tools, so there are a lot of projects you can use them for. It helps that they’re strong enough to cut through extremely durable materials like metal and concrete, you can use them to clean rust and grime off other metal equipment. Here’s a look at a few projects you can complete with an angle grinder.

    You can use different types of blades with the same angle grinder, which adds to its adaptability and value. Cutting through stone, tile, and concrete to form pavers for your new deck or floors for your outdoor kitchen should be no problem for an angle grinder with a diamond blade. With a metal wheel, you can cut off sections of rebar for your construction project. When you want to clean off all the dirt, grime, or even rust that has built up on your shovel, an angle grinder with a wire brush can leave your tool looking clean again.

    You need power equipment rentals and used tools for sale in San Jose, and we’ve got what you’re looking for . Call A Tool Shed at 1 (800) 286-6574 or look through our equipment options on our website.

  • Here’s What You’ll Need to Build a Treehouse

    If your children love the outdoors, they’ll be blown away when they see a finished treehouse in their very own backyard. The finished product has to be as safe, sturdy, and secure as possible, and you’ll need the right tools and equipment to build the platform, walls, and roof of the house. Read ahead and see what you’ll need to build a treehouse.

    You’re going to be working with a whole lot of wood when you make your treehouse, so tools like saws and drills will be a big part of your arsenal. You’ll need the right drill bit to pre-drill holes for the coach screws. Before anything is permanently connected, use safety ropes to hang the planks in place. Even after the planks are screwed into place, don’t put any weight on the platform until you’ve added support beams. Unless your tree is perfectly even, you’ll cut your support beams at different lengths.

    You could build your walls up on top of the existing platform, but it’s usually easier to put them together on the ground. Then you can connect each finished wall and begin to piece the treehouse together. In this case you’ll also need safety ropes to support the weight of each wall. Like the platform, walls will require beams and screws. In contrast to the floor of the treehouse, the walls require the use of a power drill.

    Double check the platform and the walls of your treehouse before moving onto the roof. The construction of your roof depends on its design, and attention to detail is just as important. The angles might be a little bit different here, so use precision tools and ask for a second opinion while putting the roof together.

    Do you have all the San Jose tool rentals you need to build a treehouse for your kids? The equipment experts at A Tool Shed can help you find what you need. Whatever kind of tools you need for your project, see what we can do by calling 1 (800) 286-6574.

  • Getting to Know Your Rented Pressure Washer

    Equipment rental makes it easy to get your hands on tools you don’t already own. Watch this video for advice on getting to know your rented pressure washer.

    Always read the operator’s manual when you rent a tool that you’re unfamiliar with to get to know how the different parts work and how to control the equipment. Check the oil in your engine before starting it, as well as damaged parts like hoses, screens, or O-rings. Connect the extension wand and the spray gun and run your garden hose for a few seconds before you connect it to the pressure washer.

    Know how to use your new tools before you acquire them. You can find the San Jose equipment rentals you need at one of A Tool Shed’s seven locations. Call us at 1 (800) 286-6574 if you’re in need of a pressure washer.