The Tools You’ll Need for Basic Drywall Repair

August 2, 2015 at 4:02 pm

If you want to keep your home looking its best taking care of the drywall is essential. Drywall that has fallen into disrepair weakens the structure of your home. The good news is that repairing the drywall in your home is inexpensive and not hard to do. This post will inform you about the tools needed to do some basic drywall repair.

Utility Knives

Drywall utility knives are small, inexpensive knives designed for scoring or cutting drywall. The blade on a utility knife is retractable and sharp. Most models feature replaceable blades, letting you keep your tool in top condition.

Using a utility knife to cut your drywall can seem difficult but a few tricks make it easy. Starting by using a pencil and drywall square to make a line where the cut will go. Then use your utility knife to score the wall along the line. You can then use your hands to break the drywall at the scoring line and use the knife to finish the cut.

Tape Measures

Tape measures are one of the most basic tools in any handyman’s toolbox. They are essential for drywall repair. You need to be able to measure the exact size of your drywall slab and the size of the spot it will go in. Cutting your drywall too small could render it useless.

Drywall Squares

A drywall square is a tool that looks like two yardsticks stuck together to make a T shape. They are great to use as rulers or straightedges for measuring and marking drywall. Proper use of a drywall square will help you avoid expensive mistakes while working.

Drywall Putty and Mud Pans

Drywall putty is the most powerful tool for repairing or patching drywall. Start by scraping away any debris near the hole in the drywall. You can apply the putty right on top of a smaller hole, or use a patch for larger holes. Make sure to bring a mud pan to hold the putty.

Keyhole Saws and Sand Paper

A keyhole saw is long, narrow, and designed for cutting drywall. Its narrow design makes it easy to cut hard to reach places. The saws come in both fixed and retractable blade models. Once you have cut your drywall, take some sandpaper to it to make sure it feels smooth.

Sanding Blocks

Sanding blocks are perfect for when sandpaper alone is not enough. The size of the sanding block makes it easier to grip than paper, so using a block is easier on the arms. Some blocks come with long grips letting you sand even the tallest part of the wall.

Pole Drywall Screen Sander

Drywall screen sanders can sand large sections of fresh drywall. The screens have holes in them to prevent grit from building up. Most screens are also two sided, giving them more longevity than normal sandpaper. Some screen sanders come with poles to help you reach high parts of your wall.

Dust Masks

Repairing drywall is tough and messy work. Working indoors means that the gas fumes and dust will accumulate. The longer you work and the more dust there will be. Taking the simple precaution of wearing a dust mask can make your job much easier. Dust masks are also important for long-term health. Regular inhalation of construction materials can cause significant lung problems.

Drills

Drills are another basic tool that are essential for repairing drywall. Attaching the drywall to support beams is best done with a drill. Specialized attachments make it easy to drill through the wall and into the supports. Making sure to use the proper screws will keep your drywall in top condition for a long time.

Many specialized drywall repair tools are expensive but useful. The good news is that many hardware stores will rent out the tools for a reasonable price.

Drywall Lift

Large slabs of drywall can be quite heavy so renting a drywall lift can be more than worth it. They are also necessary for tall rooms as most models can lift slabs as high as twelve feet.

Drywall Lifter

A drywall lifter or drywall hoist is another tool for lifting drywall. Most models can lift drywall as high as twelve feet. Some extra features include holding brakes and tilting cradles.

Drywall Sander

Basic drywall sanders are perfect for repairing small patches of drywall. The sanders’ shapes make it easy to sand awkward angles. The type of sandpaper used is customizable, making a sander a useful tool.

Electric Drywall Sander

Electric drywall sanders are great for larger drywall projects and come in many styles. Dustless electric sanders attach to a vacuum that sucks up debris as you sand. Other electric sanders include a motor that rotates the sanding head. Models with detachable or telescoping heads make it easy to reach any part of the wall.

Drywall Dolly

Drywall dollies make it easy to carry and move drywall around. The weight of a single slab of drywall can exceed 100 lbs. so a dolly is a major work saver. High-quality dollies can hold up to 3000 lbs. of drywall.

Drywall Cart

Drywall carts help you move drywall around your home as you are doing repairs. They are also capable of holding many of the tools you will need for the repairs. Renting a drywall cart will save you significant time and effort so it is more than worth it.

Drywall Texture Sprayer

Once you have finished repairing the drywall you need to make sure it looks good. A texture sprayer can make your wall look great by giving it a textured look. This will give the wall a unique look and prevent it from appearing too smooth. Adding texture to the wall also helps to mask any imperfections that are noticeable.

Need to Repair Some Drywall? Try DIY!

Drywall repair can be a difficult and hard job to do. The basic tools discussed above, as well as a few of the specialized ones, can make it easy.

How to Rent the Right Outdoor Heater

August 2, 2015 at 3:58 pm

If you’re trying to make the most of your yard you may find yourself holding gatherings into the months of fall. Nothing can break down an outdoor party faster than cold, dreary weather. To keep the party going, you’ll need an outdoor heater. The good news is that you can rent many kinds of heaters for a reasonable price. This article will help you decide which type of heater is right for you.

Tabletop Heaters

Tabletop heaters look like small lamps and fit any size table that you have in your yard or patio. Models range is size, style, and heat output, making it easy to find the right type for your yard. This style of heater can raise the temperature around a table by 10 to 25 degrees based on the table’s size. This makes tabletop heaters the perfect patio heater rental for small, quiet gatherings.

Free-Standing Patio Heaters

These heaters look much like tall floor lamps and fit in the corner of your patio or deck. Their sizes allow them to heat a larger area than a tabletop heater. If you have a large patio or want to heat parts of your yard, this is the perfect type of heater. Free-standing heaters are a popular item so they come with many shapes and designs. This means that you will be sure to find the perfect heater for your decor.

One downside of free standing patio heaters is their lack of mobility. Their height and weight make them more difficult to move around than smaller heaters. This makes locating the heater important.

Wall-Mounted Heaters

Wall-mounted patio heaters attach to the wall of your house and provide heat in a small area. These heaters tend to be smaller and less powerful than other models. They also tend to run on electric power rather than some other fuel. This type of heater is perfect for small patios or when you don’t want to take up space with another type of heater.

Ambiance Patio Heaters

Ambiance heaters are the high-end patio heaters designed with both form and function in mind. These heaters are capable of heating large areas and looking good in the process. The classic style of ambiance heater is triangular in shape and features a pillar of flame in the middle. If you are looking to add a touch of sophistication to your patio, an ambiance heater is a great choice.

Patio Heater Fuels

Patio heaters need energy to run and the type of fuel they use are as numerous as the types of heaters. Finding a heater that uses the right type of fuel is just as important as finding the right type or style of heater.

Electric Heaters

Electric heaters are hassle free. Plug them into an outlet and turn them on and you can be sure that they will work. This saves you from having to check the fuel levels, going out to buy fuel, and putting them out after the party. Electric heaters are also useful because of the speed with which they heat your patio.

Electric heaters also come with a few downsides. Electric heaters can only heat small areas, limiting their use to small patios. They are also more expensive than heaters that use other types of fuel. Electric heaters can also affect the atmosphere of your patio by outputting harsh light.

Propane Heaters

People who enjoy spending time in on their patio will be familiar with propane. Many patio heaters make use of propane due to its cost, cleanliness, and heating ability. Propane heaters are more powerful than electric heaters and can heat larger areas. They are also cheaper to run because propane is much cheaper than electricity in many areas. Propane is a clean-burning fuel and propane heaters do not give off as much light as electric heaters. This lets you maintain the atmosphere of your patio.

One of the major downsides of propane heaters is the need to maintain its fuel supplies. Most outdoor propane heaters can run for one hour per two pounds of propane. This means that you will need to track your use of the heater and refill the tank on a regular basis.

Natural Gas Heaters

Natural gas heaters function much like propane heaters but come with some extra benefits. They are able to provide more heat than electric heaters and are cheaper to run. Natural gas heaters also tend to be cheaper to run than propane heaters. Another benefit is that you will not need to track fuel use or refill a fuel tank on a natural gas heater. This is because the heaters can hook into your home’s natural gas line and pull fuel from there. The downside of this is that your home must already have a natural gas connection.

Set up is the major downside of natural gas heaters. The fact that they hook up to your home’s existing gas line means that you may need outside help to install one. This also means that natural gas heaters are immobile, so you will need to take care when placing them.

Wood Burning Heaters

Wood is the classic source of fuel for outdoor heat. Wood fires are attractive and provide a lot of heat in a wide area. Wood burning patio heaters function much like a fireplace. Place wood in the bed of the heater and light it on fire.

One major benefit of wood burning heaters is the cost of operation. You can use fallen sticks and logs from your yard as fuel with some preparation. The fire can also add to the atmosphere.

The main downside of a wood burning heater is the smoke that it produces. If the wind blows smoke on to your patio it can make breathing difficult. Extended exposure to the smoke can make clothing or furniture smell smoky.

Conclusion

Don’t let the cold put a damper on your outdoor gatherings. A patio heater is a great way to keep warm and keep the party going through the fall.

Choosing the Right Construction Lift Rental

August 2, 2015 at 3:49 pm

Construction jobs always involve some level of heavy lifting. Having a machine to help with that lifting can take a lot of strain out of the job and save a lot of time. Construction lifts are expensive, but many hardware stores offer rentals. If you are trying to figure out what type of lift is right for your job, this post will help.

Genie Lifts

The Genie Lift is a unique product with a wide variety of uses. The lift itself functions as a hand truck, a forklift, and a dolly. Multifunctional tools are invaluable in construction jobs. The aluminum frame of the genie lift keeps it lightweight, reducing your workload. The frame also telescopes, making storage a breeze. Swiveling wheels on the front of the lift makes it easy to move through tight corners.

The Genie Lift is great for electrical work, duct work, drywall and ceiling panels. The lift has a capacity of 350-500 pounds and can lift objects between 6 and 13.5 feet.

Genie has more than fifty years of expertise in the construction business. You can feel confident that the Genie Lift will meet your expectations.

Boom Lifts

When you need to get something a large distance in the air, a boom lift is the way to go. Boom lifts come in two distinct types.

Articulating Boom Lifts

Articulating boom lifts create an aerial platform that workers can stand on. The arm on this lift is has a bend in its arm, giving access to difficult to reach areas. These lifts can lift people higher than 40 feet in the air. Outdoor projects on large buildings will all but require one of these lifts.

Articulating boom lifts come in both gas powered and bi-energy electric and diesel powered. The bi-energy models are useful for indoor projects where exhaust could be an issue.

Telescopic Boom Lifts

Telescopic boom lifts are the basic type of boom lift. They have a straight arm that extends and retracts to raise and lower a work platform. Repositioning the arm can provide more horizontal or more vertical reach. This gives telescopic boom lifts some level of flexibility.

Telescopic boom lifts have the height advantage over articulating boom lifts. You can reach as high as 185 feet on a telescopic boom lift. Like articulating boom lifts, telescoping booms come in both gas powered and bi-energy models.

Scissor Lifts

A scissor lift is work platform that only moved up and down. Scissor lifts take their name from the crisscross pattern of the supports under the platform. Scissor lifts come attached to motor vehicles, making them the most mobile lift. Scissor lifts are perfect for outdoor jobs that call for lifts in more than one area.

Scissor lifts provide large work areas, making them ideal for two-man jobs. Most scissor lifts work best on flat terrain. Rough terrain scissor lifts include features like four-wheel drive and traction control. They also include suspensions designed for use in less even terrain. Window cleaning or maintenance jobs are a perfect example of the use of a scissor lift.

Drywall Lifts

A drywall lift is a lift designed for the sole purpose of mounting drywall. Lifts vary in size and capacity but most have many features in common. The platform of the lift rotates to become vertical or horizontal. This makes mounting the dry wall on the lift much easier. Once the drywall is on the lift, you can maneuver it into difficult areas. You can even use the lift for hanging drywall on your ceiling if your model is tall enough.

Drywall lifts are versatile and can hold drywall slabs of many sizes. They are also small enough to fit into a car or truck and many can be deconstructed. This means they are portable enough for jobs that need a lot of travel. You operate the lift manually rather than with motors, so it is perfect for indoor use.

Man Lift

Man lifts are devices that function like a mix between an escalator and elevator. They move passengers from one floor of a building to another. Man lifts work with a series of platforms or steps attached to a belt. The belt moves continuously so you can go up using the platforms on one side and down on the other.

Man lifts are perfect for situations where people need to get around multi-storied buildings. They work faster than elevators because of their continuous movement between floors. The main drawback of man lifts is that their safety concerns. Proper training and common sense can help reduce those concerns.

Engine Lift

An engine lift, also known as an engine hoist or jack, can lift an engine to install it in a car or truck. The lift can also remove the engine from a car or truck. This is great when you need to do repair work on the engine but can’t reach parts of it.

Engine hoists have a steel frame to provide the necessary counterweight. This means that they are too heavy to be portable. A hydraulic cylinder attached to the frame provides the lift. A hook attached to the hydraulic cylinder hooks on to the engine to pull it out of the car.

Another type of engine lift is the electric cable winch. This type of lift only works when there is an overhead beam or other sturdy structure. Winches are hand cranked to lift the engine out of the car. They use the overhead beam, tree limb, or other structure to lift the engine up.

Conclusion

No matter what type of construction job you are doing a lift will come in handy. What type of lift you will need depends on the type of work, but this article will help you decide. Please get in touch with us at [insert number] if you have any questions or need any help. We have the right lift to fit any need you may have. We will always be happy to help and look forward to hearing from you.

Rental Center Info Lowes

July 6, 2015 at 2:36 am

Rental Centers

Let’s face it! Some jobs that you may do around your house are going to require special tools. However, these tools can be expensive– especially when you are going to use them for just one job.

 

So why spend hundreds of dollars oaboutn a tool when you could rent it from Lowes for a portion of the purchase price? Within specific Lowes stores, there is the ProServices Desk that is meant to be your gateway for finding the tools that you need to complete the job: you can rent them for the day, the week or however long it may take you to complete the job. Check For Lowes near me

 

Types of Tools Offered and Locations 

 

 

 

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rental and carpet cleaning machines for rent as a minimum .The types of tools that are offered through Lowes tool rental program usually vary from location to location.Almost all lowes home improvement locations do offers a couple of rentals. These include The Lowes Truck Rental or the Rug doctor carpet cleaning rental machine. The Carpet cleaning rental machines rents starting at 24.99 for 24 hour. This does not include the necessary cleaning chemicals.Some stores have the larger more commercial carpet cleaning machine for rent as well/ However the stores that have rental centers, Lowes state that they offer mitre saws, concretes saws, concrete mixers, demolition hammers, moving dollies, air compressors, augers, tilers, sanders, buffers, steamers, air nailers and staplers, as well as numerous other tools to meet your construction, plumbing, lawn/garden and home improvement needs.

With the tool rental program offered by Lowes, you can save money as compared to buying these tools for a one time job. In addition, you can avoid wasting money; if you were to buy those tools on your own, chances are they would sit in your garage and simply rust with no use.

The prices for tool rental vary according to the tool and the amount of time that you will be renting that tool. However, for the most part, Lowes state that their tools can be rented for $25 to $65 per day.

You no longer have to worry about an incomplete job because of a lack of tools. With the tool rental program, all your jobs can get done and done right the first time, because you have access to the right tools.

 

Compound Mitre Saw 8″ Tile saw
14″ Electric Concrete Saw 10″ Tile saw
Electric Concrete Mixer- 3000 watt generator ( no extra gas )
60lb. Electric Demolition Hammer and bits 25lb. Rotary Combo Hammer and bits
Moving Dolly Knee Kicker ( no carpet tucker)
Airless Paint Sprayer (small and large) Multi-position 26′ ladder ( collapsible)
Drywall Lift 15′ ( with Trailer) Air Compressor sizes
25′ Electric Sewer Eel 2″ Submersible Water Pump and hose
50′ Sewer Snake- Floor Nailer (Air) and case
Floor Stapler (Air) Roofing Nailer (Air)
Framing Nailer (Air) Electric Floor Scraper ( extra blades must be purchased)
Pressure Washer 2400 psi with attachments and 50’ hose Flooring Drum Sander* ( Extra Sand Paper not included)
Floor Edger Sander* ( Extra Sand Paper not included) 17″ floor buffer ( 1 pad included)
Wallpaper steamer and case Carpet Cleaning Machine

 

 

 

 

 

 

Types of Generators

June 13, 2015 at 4:38 am

Finding the Right Generator Rental

When the power goes out, you want a back-up plan. Generators are the perfect solution for creating electricity in any situation. If you’re looking into generator rental, a little information on generators can go a long way. You’ll save money and time when you rent a generator which is perfectly suited for your needs.

Generator Rental

There are a wide variety of generators for rent. Some generators are small and portable. Others are large and stationary. Certain generators are designed for heavy, industrial use. Others are designed for home use, and will automatically switch on and off depending on the availability of your main power.

How to Choose a Generator to Rent

Do you want a portable generator or a generator which will stay in one spot permanently? What type of gear will you be powering and for how long?

Rent Portable Generators for Residences

If mobility is important, you’ll want to consider a portable generator. Portable generators are on the low end in terms of power; they usually range about 2000 to 8000 watts. A 2500 watt generator is generally enough to power vital household systems, however, which explains why portable generators are the most popular types of generators.

Let’s Take a Look at Different Types of Portable Residential Generators:

Portable RV / Recreational Generators

Portable Generators
These gasoline-powered generators use inverter technology to cut down dramatically on running noise. They also provide “clean” power suitable for computers and other sensitive equipment (meaning, they provide power which doesn’t have harmful spikes). These types of generators are used to provide power during camping trips and other away-from-home adventures.

Recreational generators are also known as inverter generators. Many of them are parallel kit capable. This means you can connect two generators together and double the power output. These generators are generally known for being quiet and lightweight.

Portable Residential Generators

This type of generator is designed to power your home in the event of a local power outage. A residential generator will power essential items. These include refrigerators, freezers, sump pumps, furnaces, lights and so on. While you probably won’t be able to power every device in your home, your family can stay warm, dry and fed during an emergency.

Portable residential generators have plenty of non-emergency uses, too. Many people use a generator to help with yardwork. Generators can easily power electric yard tools such as lawnmowers, hedge clippers and more.

What are some advantages to portable generators designed for residential use?

Residential Generators
    • Easy to use – designed for non-professionals to use around the home or while on vacation. Operation is incredibly simple.
    • No restrictions – These gas-powered generators provide clean energy suitable for sensitive electronics such as computers and smart devices.
    • Flexible – Not looking for a gas-powered generator? You’ll be to find a variety of portable generators which are powered by propane, natural gas and more.
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Commercial Generators

When you need to generate a lot of power for a sustained period of time, your best bet is a commercial generator. These are generally found on job sites, industrial situations and locations which have no other dependable source of power.

They generally produce between 5,000 to 15,000 kws. For most standard commercial needs (i.e., not a disaster response or military operation) a 6500 watt generator will be more than suitable.

Let’s take a Look at Different Types of Commercial Generators

Portable Commercial Generators

These are similar to residential generators, only larger and more powerful. These types of generators come in single-phase gasoline and diesel models or in three phase diesel.

These types of generators are designed primarily for power tools. High cycle generators offer 60 Hz power for standard tool and 180 Hz power for high-cycle vibrators.

Mobile Towable Generators

These generators need to be pulled by a truck or a semi. They’re used for large-scale construction, disaster relief, oil field work and military applications.

Towable Generators

These towable generators can be either gaseous or diesel. Gaseous models offer up to 105 kW of power. The fuel can be natural gas, liquid propane gas or LP liquid withdrawal. Mobile Diesel generators generally go up to about 700 kW of power. Containerized Diesel offer much more power – up to 2000 kW. Note that a Containerized Diesel model needs to be mounted in a semi-trailer in order to be moved.

What are some advantages to commercial generators?

      • Power – These are generators used in the aftermath of hurricanes and for around-the-clock construction projects.
      • Durability – Any generator which you need a semi in order to move is going to be a generator which can withstand harsh environmental conditions. High-end commercial generators are designed to bring power to areas when nothing else can.

The main two disadvantages to commercial generators are portability and cost. If you just want a back-up system for your house or a way to power some devices when camping, you’ll be better off with a residential generator or a standby generator. If you’re unsure which type is best, the rental professional at lowes will be able to help you.

Standby Generators

Standby Generators

These stationary generators are designed to run most or all of your home or business in the event of a power outage. These types of generators are generally permanently installed somewhere near your home, like in your backyard. They’re powered by an existing fuel supply, typically propane or natural gas.

Here are a few things to consider when choosing a standby generator:

      • Some generators provide enough power for just vital appliances. This would be things like your lights, HVAC systems and refrigerator. These types of standbys are designed for use during unexpected, but infrequent, emergencies like a snowstorm or after a tornado.
      • Other generators provide enough power to run your entire house or office. This includes all your vital systems as well as your computer, Xbox, phone chargers and basically anything else. These types of generators work well in areas where the power grid is unreliable.
      • Since the unit will be outside most of the time, you want a generator with superior corrosion resistance. This often means galvanized steel or aluminum construction.

Vehicle Mounted Generators

These generators are mounted onto vehicles. Typically, these are used on vehicles related to law enforcement, first response, construction, oil field and mining. In most cases, these types of generators require professional installation.

Conclusion

When the power goes out, you, your family and your co-workers can be at risk. In order to stay comfortable, safe and fed, you should consider using an emergency generator as a back-up.

Generators are a good choice in many other situations, too. Many people rent a generator when they need to use tools in an outdoor situation, even their own backyard. Portable generators are often a great way to enjoy amenities like TV and video games while camping with a recreational vehicle.

The key to renting a generator is to know what your needs are. This way you won’t waste your money on a generator that’s more powerful than you need, and you won’t be stuck lugging around a generator that’s bigger than you need. As always, we’re here to help you with all of your generator rentals.