• Surprising Things You Can Do with an Air Compressor

    Air compressors are usually used for just a few purposes, such as pumping air into tires and powering tools that rely on pressurized air. However, you may be surprised at just how many things you can do with an air compressor, when you start thinking outside the box. If an air compressor isn’t on your tool rental reservation list now, these surprising ideas for using this common piece of equipment may change your mind.  

    Clean Up Yard Waste 

    After you use a weed whacker, mow the lawn, or do some landscaping, you’re likely to have piles of weeds and clippings that need to be cleaned up. Instead of trying to rake up your yard waste or otherwise manually get it out of your landscaping, give the area a few quick blasts with the air compressor. Simply keep the pressure set to 30 psi or less, and you can clean up your yard in an instant. This trick will work in other spaces as well, such as inside a garage that needs to be blown out.  

    Get Your Charcoal Grill Going 

    Charcoal grills give foods a distinct flavor, but they can be frustrating because of the amount of time it can take to get the coals hot and the fire going. An air compressor can change that. Turn the air pressure down and point the pressurized air at the base of your starter flame to get ready to grill in minutes.  

    Try Some Holiday Decorating 

    Nothing says the holidays like snow, but that kind of winter weather is not the norm for everyone. You can get into the spirit for a holiday party or a neighborhood home decorating contest by using an air compressor to create a winter wonderland with artificial snow.  

    A Tool Shed offers a variety of air compressors among our tool rentals in San Jose. Contact us today to make a reservation or for advice on picking the right size compressor for your job by dialing (800) 286-6574.

  • What’s a Propane Wand?

    A propane wand—also called a propane torch—is a handheld system that includes a propane tank and extended hose attachment that ends in a nozzle that emits propane-fueled flames. This tool can be handy if you are doing yard work and need to get rid of a large amount of weeds or otherwise need to perform a controlled burn.  

    Propane wands allow you to precisely target things, like weeds, that you want to torch without the risk of starting a larger fire. The wand releases flames when triggered by you, so you don’t have to work with a continually burning fire, which could be dangerous to you and your property. Although propane wands offer the ability to perform controlled burns, it is still important to take the proper safety precautions, including wearing leather gloves and protective glasses.  

    If you think a propane wand could work for your project, contact A Tool Shed today to learn more about our rental tools. We also offer new and used equipment in San Jose for sale. To find out more, call (800) 286-6574.

  • Your Crash Course in Chainsaw Safety

    Chainsaws are invaluable tools for a wide variety of jobs, but they can also be dangerous when they are not operated properly. If you rent a chainsaw, there is a good chance that you don’t have a great deal of experience with them, so it’s important to take the time to learn how to operate this powerful tool safely. Fortunately, chainsaw safety is not difficult. As soon as you learn some basics rules, you will be able to use your tool confidently and safely.  

    Inspect Your Chainsaw Before Each Use 

    Operating a chainsaw with damaged equipment can lead to injuries. Before you use your chainsaw, inspect it carefully to look for signs of damage to the brakes, bolts, handles, safely shield, chain tension, and other components. The saw should be sharp, and there should be a full lubrication reservoir. Check the saw before each use, even if you only stopped briefly. You never know what kind of damage that wasn’t there before could happen while operating your chain saw.  

    Wear Protective Gear 

    Protective clothing and gear will reduce the risk of injury when operating a chainsaw. You should have a hard hat, hearing protection, goggles with side shields, and gloves with a gripping surface. Wear cut-resistant pants or chaps and steel-toed, non-skid boots. Some operators also wear a face shield to protect themselves from debris.  

    Practice Safe Operation Techniques 

    Start your chainsaw with at least 10 feet of clearance around you. There should be no pets or spectators in the area. Make sure you have a plan before you start cutting, and always take into account gravity, so you don’t get hit by any falling debris. Kickback can occur when you touch the saw’s tip to something you’re cutting, and pushback occurs when the chain becomes compressed and stops. These motions can cause you to lose your balance and control of the saw, so try to avoid triggering them. Keep both hands on the handle of the saw so you have more control.  

    A Tool Shed offers multiple sizes of chainsaws as well as large collection of other types of saws for rent. To make a reservation to rent tools in San Jose, please call us at (800) 286-6574.

  • Everything You Need to Know About Diamond Core Drill Bits

    If you need to drill through hard surfaces, from stone to beach glass, shells, and pottery, then you need a diamond-core drill bit. Diamond-core drill bits use water inside the hollow part of the bit to keep it cool and allow it to keep drilling without becoming clogged with debris. These kinds of drill bits are expensive, but fortunately, you can add them to your equipment rental reservation instead of investing in them yourself. If you’re considering using a diamond-core drill bit on your project, here is what you need to know.  

    What exactly are diamond-core drill bits? 

    Although they may not sparkle like diamond rings, diamond-core drill bits get their power from the precious stone. The bits contain diamond powder, which adds extra strength, allowing them to stand up to extremely hard surfaces. The bits are hollow, allowing the centers to be filled with water. The water swirls around inside the bit when the drill is in motion, which keeps the bit cool so that it doesn’t overheat. The water is also helpful in reducing the risk of the bit getting clogged.  

    What surfaces require a diamond-core drill bit? 

    Diamond-core drill bits are recommended for surfaces that are too hard for regular bits. This includes ceramic, stone, tile, glass, potter, and some types of hard wood, such as hickory and hard maple. Keep in mind that you shouldn’t substitute a diamond drill bit for a standard bit on softer surfaces. The bit is too strong and will destroy soft materials.  

    Are diamond-core drill bits hard to use? 

    Diamond-core drill bits aren’t complicated to use, but they are different from standard bits. They grind holes into surfaces rather than cutting holes. This means that the drilling process takes longer. The biggest mistake people make is assuming the bit isn’t working because it takes longer than they are used to.  

    A Tool Shed has a wide variety of drills and drill bits available as rental equipment, so you can get the right tool for your job. Reserve your rental equipment in San Jose today by calling (800) 286-6574.

  • Reasons to Rent a Generator

    A generator is a useful tool to have on a jobsite and at a home for a variety of reasons. Renting a generator is more attractive than buying one in many cases, especially when the equipment is going to be used on a jobsite. Should you consider renting a generator? Here are some of the reasons to consider renting this useful tool.  

    The most obvious reason to rent a generator for a jobsite is so you can get power when you need it. For large sites, many companies choose to rent multiple generators, so that different areas of the site can get power at the same time. For homeowners, generators can come in handy when you know your power will be disconnected for a specific project or you know that there is a storm coming that could lead to outages. Renting a generator is preferable to buying one for occasional use because it is more cost effective and frees you from worry about maintenance.  

    Call A Tool Shed to learn more about our equipment rentals and reserve a generator today. You can learn about our tools for rent in San Jose by calling (800) 286-6574.

  • How to Use Sandpaper Properly

    Sandpaper is used to prep surfaces for painting and staining. If you’ve never used sandpaper before, this important tool can be a little trickier than it may seem. This video will show you techniques that will help. 

    Don’t try to use sandpaper sheets flat on surfaces with just your hand. Instead, wrap the sandpaper around a block of wood or other handheld implement and staple it in place. This will help you get the traction you need to sand effectively. Be sure to choose coarse sandpaper for smoothing wood and fine sandpaper for painted surfaces.  

    Whatever project you need to complete, A Tool Shed has all of the tools and rental equipment you need to get the job done. To learn more about tools for rent in San Jose, please call (800) 286-6574.

  • How to Use a Metal Detector

    Metal detectors can be used on building sites to find underground pipes, and they are also popular with people who enjoy treasure hunting. If you have a need to use a metal detector as part of a work project or you simply want to try one out for treasure hunting hobby, you can rent this tool easily and affordably. Is using a metal detector new to you? These tips will help you get the most out of your equipment rental.  

    Practice Your Sweeping Technique 

    Getting your sweep right is critical to using your metal detector effectively. The detector itself needs to be close enough to the ground to actually detect buried metal, but it can’t be so close that it touches the surface. Many people have a tendency to sweep back and forth hurriedly, in short swings. However, this technique won’t give the detector enough to time to thoroughly penetrate and scan the surface. Instead, sweep slowly, in long back and forth swings, to methodically cover the area.  

    Test Your Detector 

    It can helpful to test your metal detector before you start using it. Bury a few coins and nails, and then see if you can find them again with the detector. Doing this will help you get used to the sounds the detector makes when it finds something and will give you a feel to how strong the detector’s sensors are. Be sure to use a few different kinds of metal, so you can see if the detector is better at finding some kinds than others.  

    Be Methodic with Your Search 

    When you search an area with your metal detector, take a methodic approach. Work slowly and deliberately, finishing your search of one point before moving on the to next. Using this kind of approach will help to ensure that you thoroughly search the area and don’t leave any parts uncovered.  

    If you need a metal detector for work or hobby use, contact A Tool Shed. We offer flexible and affordable equipment rentals in San Jose, including easy-to-use metal detectors. For more information, call (800) 286-6574.

  • What’s a Scissor Lift and Why Would I Need One?

    Scissor lifts, or aerial work platforms, are essential for safely working on projects at different heights. They have a crisscrossed mechanical lifting mechanism that allows workers to be elevated simply and safely. Thanks to the availability of scissor lifts as rental equipment, you don’t have to worry about purchasing one for short- or long-term jobs.   

    You can make use of a scissor lift at any job site at which you need an elevated platform. They are ideal replacements for ladders and scaffolding, particularly for jobs where your elevated platform needs to be used in multiple locations. With a scissor lift, you don’t have to break down and rebuild the entire platform every time you have to move it. It’s the perfect tool for window washing, tree trimming, construction, and even in factories or warehouses where you need to move items on high shelves.  

    A Tool Shed offers a variety of aerial work platforms as part of our selection of rental equipment in San Jose. To find out more about renting equipment, call (800) 286-6574.

  • Understanding R-Value

    If your energy bills just keep climbing, you may want to take a look at your insulation. R-value is the measure by which the effectiveness of your insulation is determined. If your home’s R-value is insufficient, you can rent tools to improve it.

    Watch this video to learn about insulation and R-values. R-value refers to how much resistance your insulation has to heat loss. The higher the R-value, the less heat loss you will experience. The specific R-value that is right for your home will depend on the climate in which you live.

    A Tool Shed offers a range of equipment rentals to help with insulation installation and all of the other jobs you want to do around your home. For more information about renting tools in San Jose, call (800) 286-6574.

  • Welding Basics for Beginners

    Welding takes practice, so beginners can often benefit from tips to make the job easier to complete. The more frequently you practice welding, the more comfortable you will become with all parts of the process. If you’re a beginning welder in search of some ways to make better use of your tool rentals, these basic guidelines will help.  

    Always Wear Safety Gear 

    Wearing safety gear is crucial for all welders, and it is even more important when you are inexperienced and more prone to experiencing accidents. Leather gloves and a welding helmet with eye protection are essential for preventing burns and damage to your eyes from the welding flame. You should also wear long sleeves to weld, as you can get sunburned from the flame as well. Beginning welders sometimes feel like the safety equipment seems excessive, but there is a reason you never see experienced welders skimping on safety gear. All of it is necessary for protecting yourself from serious injury.  

    Properly Prepare the Surface  

    Before you begin welding, the surface on which you will be working should be thoroughly cleaned with a wire brush and metal cleanser. You should also sand it, if necessary. Once the surface has been cleaned, apply a welding primer. The primer will prevent the surrounding areas from becoming rusted or corroded as a result of the welding.  

    Work with the Right Kind of Wire 

    Using the wrong welding wire can lead to weak welds or holes in the metal surface. If the metal on which you are working is thin, you should use a thin wire to avoid damaging the surface. For thick metal, use a thick wire that is strong enough for the job. Choose a wire that is made from the same kind of metal as the surface on which you are working.  

    Get all of the equipment you need for a safe and effective welding job at A Tool Shed. We offer a wide selection of equipment rentals in San Jose for both large and small jobs. To learn more information or to reserve your rental, call (800) 286-6574.