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Archive for May, 2013
So, what is a sewer inspection camera (aka sewer snake camera) and how do you choose one to fit your needs? You can call your local Rental Stop store and their helpful equipment experts will be glad to give great information.
There are different types of pipe inspection cameras, for different sized pipes, as well as for different types of inspection. Sewer Inspection Cameras are manufactured in various working lengths, camera diameters, and optional features, such as traceability (incorporated sonde), water pressure resistance, image and video capture, self leveling or remotely moving pan-and-tilt head, etc. You will be able to rent the sewer camera that will cover most of your needs.
Pressure washers are one of the handiest tools a homeowner can use. They can be used for everything from cleaning out your dog kennel to preparing a house for a new paint job. And you can rent a great piece of all-purpose cleaning equipment from your local Rental Stop store right here in the DFW area.
What Do I Need A Pressure Washer For?
The answer to that question is simple: just about everything. When most people think of renting pressure washers they conjure up images of professional painters dangling off ladders in order to prep flaking surfaces for a facelift. The truth is that pressure washers have a number of possible uses that encompass just about any outdoor cleaning task you can imagine. Some of the most popular everyday uses of these inexpensive rentable machines include cleaning cars, driveways and walkways, gutters and downspouts, siding, outdoor furniture, dog kennels, garage floors, lawn mowers, garden equipment, and trash cans, and other soiled receptacles. Add to these a few of the more industrial uses, such as preparing surfaces to be painted and washing hard to clean areas and equipment where grease, heavy dirt and oil buildup occurs, and it’s easy to see why renting a pressure washer from time to time is an excellent idea. Remember, it’s really a cost-effective maintenance solution for the upkeep of your home, property, vehicles, tools, and a whole lot more.
How to Choose the Right Model for You
Many things need to be taken into account when renting the right power washer. If the washer use is limited to some spring cleaning (washing off your home’s siding, cleaning off the driveway and walks, etc.) you’ll probably be okay with a lower end, direct drive washer. If you plan to use a rented washer more frequently, say more than 100 hours per year, you’ll probably want to step up to a more agricultural or industrial rental model. Most cheaper residential models simply won’t hold up over the long run when exposed to more vigorous use.
Other things to pay attention to are the GPM and (PSI) of the units you’re renting. This refers to the gallons per minute of water that are dispensed and the pressure per square inch with which the unit expels that water. Generally, the higher the GPM, and more importantly the PSI, the more powerful and effective your pressure washer will be. The final consideration you’ll need to make is whether you want a gas or electric model. Electric washers are fine and efficient, especially if you’re fairly certain you’ll only be using the washer where outlets are accessible. However, if you plan on toting the washer around and want a more portable unit, renting a gas run model is well worth the extra money it will cost you.
Power Washer How To’s
The main thing to remember when using a pressure washer is simply that these units, even the smaller ones, pack a punch. I’ve seen an inexperienced painter strip not only the paint off of old wood siding with an industrial grade power washer, but a size-able portion of the wood as well. The key is start out at a good distance away from the object you’re washing, then work your way closer until you get the effect you’re looking for. Also, start with wider spray nozzles or settings and move to smaller ones only when you’re sure you need more power. Smaller nozzles and settings mean more pressure and more focused point of attack, so it’s better to play it safe and start bigger before working your way down. Once you get the hang of it, however, working with one becomes a breeze and pretty near to second nature for the operator.
Rentals are available at your local Rental Stop Store in the DFW area.
I am convinced it’s worth the investment? Don’t fret. Rental Stop usually have a fleet of these beauties on hand, and they can be cost effective to rent one for a few weekends a year. Good luck with your projects.
The holidays are here and so is the time of the year when most homeowners are likely to be using their ladders more often – hanging Christmas lights or decorating a tall tree, cleaning gutters and cutting dead tree limbs. So, your first thought should be: Do I need a buy or rent a ladder for this job?
The reason for renting a ladder is to get the proper ladder for the job a hand. Old guys like me just can’t do some of the things we used to do, especially while balancing on a ladder. Therefore, you don’t want to use a five foot ladder for a job that would require you to reach over ten feet high. I recommend that you go to your local Rental Stop location to find the exact ladder or lift for your project. I almost ran out of luck a couple of times and now use a taller one because I figured my luck was running out! Don’t test your luck. Renting ladders are cheaper and less painful than a trip to the emergency room.
Any time you are using a ladder it is smart to have another person with you. They can steady the ladder, put it back up if it falls while you’re on the roof or call 911 in an emergency. A “ladder buddy” is always a good idea on even the simplest projects.
Another comment on hanging lights with a six-foot ladder if it is aluminum. Not smart! Metal ladders conduct electricity (I hang my lights lit to check for loose connections, blown fuses and dead bulbs.). Rent a fiberglass ladder, like I now do, when hanging lights or doing other electrical work around your home. We’ve all done projects without having the proper equipment but don’t stretch your luck with ladders like I did. If it’s a one-time job, rent the right equipment and if it’s a recurring project you want to do (like your Christmas lights) invest in proper safe equipment and tools.
Q & A:
How do I know the height of the ladder that I need for my job? Most folks have only two kinds of ladders around the home – step and extension. The highest permitted standing level for an extension ladder is four rungs from the top and for a step ladder is two rungs from the top.
Is there anything other than height to consider when buying my ladder? First, ladders are rated by weight they will support (the Duty Rating). Heavy folks like me will need a higher rated ladder. Keep in mind this rating isn’t just what you weigh on the scales after your shower! The weight should include clothing and tools & equipment that will be on the ladder with you. Also, rent the right ladder material for your project. As we mentioned, use non-conducting ladders if you are doing electrical work.
After you plan your underground lawn irrigation system and purchase all your materials and equipment, you’re ready to start installation. I would suggest that you rent a trenching machine for the job. Plan to rent as many of these tools and have them on hand when you start the project.
- Trenching shovel or a trenching machine
- Hacksaw for cutting the PVC pipe (rentable)
- Pipe wrench (rentable)
- Pick (rentable)
- Tape measure
- Mallet (rentable)
- Utility knife
- Pipe tape for screw-together pipe fittings
- PVC glue (to connect pipe)
- Pipe cutter for copper (if necessary, rentable)
- Electrical tape (if you need to make any electrical connections)
Roll up your sleeves and get out that elbow grease. Following is a step-by-step look at how you can install the sprinkler system.
- Lay the pipe out in your planned configuration.After you have all your pipe, fittings, and everything else on hand, double-check that you have everything you need from your design and parts list by laying the pipe out in the yard.
- Dig the pipe canals.The trenches that the pipe is going to lie in must be 3 to 4 inches wide and 8 to 10 inches deep. Digging the trenches can be hard work, especially if you’re not used to it. You may be better off hiring someone to do this for you or renting a trench-digging machine. If you’re doing the work yourself, then you need to stake out the trench area. Run string from stake to stake. This helps keep your trench lines straight.
- If you want to save your sod, rent a sod cutter from your local Rental Stop store to cut the turf about 2 to 3 inches deep along the outlines of the trenches.If you’re installing a system in an existing lawn, you can remove and save the grass on top of the trenches for replanting later.Cut the sod pieces into comfortable size lengths (2 to 3 feet is usually about right). Pick up the pieces of sod (roll them up, root side out, if you can) and put them in a shady, out-of-the-way place. Water the pieces of sod lightly and occasionally so that they don’t dry out. You may want to rent a lawn roller while replacing the sod to make the installation look as best as possible.
- If you have to dig under a sidewalk or some other surface impediment, make sure that you flush the area underneath with water to loosen the soil.
- Drive a 1-inch-thick piece of galvanized pipe under the sidewalk and through the area where you want your PVC pipe to run. Pull the galvanized pipe out, tape one end of the PVC to keep out dirt, and run the PVC through the tunnel that you just created.
- Lay out and fit together all your pipe in the trenches without gluing the ends, to make sure that everything fits.
- Measure the length of pipe carefully and using a hacksaw or pipe cutter, cut the pipe to the correct lengths.
- Scrape off any rough edges with a utility knife. Carefully clean the two ends of pipe you’re going to fit together.
- When you’re sure everything measures out right, brush primer on the outside of the standard pipe and on the inside of the flared end. Brush the adhesive solvent over the primed areas and fit the pipes together.