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Indoor Movie Time

October 8, 2015
vector illustration of two popcorn backets with film strip

Just because the weather is starting to turn it is no reason to get together for movie.  All you will need is a projector to display the movie, our projector has a built in dvd player.  You can also hook up a computer or even a game system (Think Xbox or Wii on a really big screen) The projector also has a built in sound system for use with small groups but if you really want to blast the sound try a PA System.  So now we have a Projector, a sound system a great dvd ready to go….only missing one thing.  Don’t worry though, we can help out with that too.  We have a few different types of screens to shine the projector on, a small, medium, large or extra large screen, depending on your area.    Also what is a movie event with out the popcorn? Popcorn Machine.

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Proper Fireplace Care Ensures Warm and Safe Heating

October 8, 2015

As the temperatures drop, there’s nothing like coming home and warming up in front of a toasty fire. Indeed, more than one-third of Americans use fireplaces, wood stoves and other fuel-fired appliances as primary heat sources in their homes, according to the United States Fire Administration. However, heating is the leading cause of winter fires. Each year, more than a half million winter fires cause $3 billion in property loss, 1,900 deaths and nearly 8,000 injuries.

One way to help prevent a winter fire is to clean your fireplace and chimney before the first fire of the season. Here’s what you need to know to make your fireplace safer:

  • Buildup
    Clean creosote and soot that accumulates on the inside walls of the fireplace and

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    chimney. Creosote is a highly flammable brown or black residue that can cause chimney fires. Soot is made up of carbon – fine black particles that build up and can be difficult to clean once in the home.

  • Equipment
    You will need a variety of equipment to properly clean your fireplace. Instead of buying equipment that you’ll only use once a year and then have to store in your home, save time and money by renting the equipment.  Before renting, measure the size of your chimney to determine the right size brushes. You will need brushes, rods, a ladder, protective coverings for furniture, buckets, a shovel and broom, vacuum cleaner and flashlight. If you have any questions, rental store staff can provide you with all the information on how to use the equipment.
  • Protective Measures
    For yourself, be sure to wear old clothes that can get dirty, and safety goggles and a dust mask to avoid getting soot into your eyes or lungs. Cover all interior furniture, rugs and other items in the room to prevent soot from settling in fabric fibers.
  • Roof Cleaning
    Before getting on the roof, make sure you have someone to spot and help you with the project. Climb your ladder carefully, bringing the rods and brushes with you. Assemble the rods and brushes and run down the chimney, using a short up and down motion. Buildup should fall to the bottom of the fireplace where you can easily remove it.
  • Indoor Cleaning
    Inside your fireplace you will find the damper and the flue. The damper is the hardware inside the fireplace that controls the air flow. The flue is the pipe that runs between the fireplace and chimney. Both can have buildup of soot and creosote. Use a hand brush to scrub clean.
    Use a small shovel and broom to clean the debris that has accumulated. Use a vacuum to clean up any fine dirt within the fireplace. Vacuum the surrounding floor thoroughly.
  • Inspection
    While cleaning your fireplace, inspect it for any major changes. Loose bricks around the fireplace should be repaired immediately. The glass doors on the outside of the fireplace should be cleaned regularly to increase heat transfer. For any major concerns, have your fireplace inspected by a professional.
  • Firewood
    Use a clean burning wood that has been properly dried. Also, save money by cutting firewood out of trees from your own yard. Trees and large branches that have fallen in storms make particularly good firewood, because they are already on the ground.  To cut the firewood, you’ll need a chainsaw, an iron wedge, a sledge hammer, a splitting maul and log splitter we have all these tools are available,

 

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*Article courtesy of RentalHQ.com.

Cold Weather and Apple Cider

October 8, 2015

The leaves have fallen, it’s slowly moving into winter.  Some nice hot apple cider sounds good on a rainy Seattle weekend.   A fun event that can get the kids involved is to press your own cider.  With our cider press and a little elbow grease you can have a great  time creating a few memories while making your own delicious cider.  Don’t worry about taking the time to cut up the apples, try the apple hacker to make short work of it!  (You will be working hard enough cranking on the press)  Have some people over and set up under a canopy or keep them warm with one of our patio heaters.  Give us call to set up your reservation today!

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Greenlake  –  206.729.7368
Lake City   –  206.362.7368
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Fall Lawn Care

September 20, 2015

Take advantage of cool fall weather to fertilize, control weeds, and improve the health and appearance of your yard. Read on for more!

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If you raised the height of your lawn mower in summer to reduce heat stress to your lawn, return the mower deck to its normal mowing height (about 2 inches tall is best for most grasses) in fall. Cutting your lawn slightly shorter in autumn helps prevent the grass from matting down under leaves and snow. Avoid cutting the grass too short, however. Tightly clipped turf has fewer roots and allows weeds to get a foothold.

Water on Schedule
Most lawns need water whenever it’s dry — no matter the season. If drought persists into autumn, water once or twice per week long enough to soak the soil several inches deep. Early morning is the best time of day to irrigate because winds are usually lighter so you’ll waste less water to evaporation. Avoid watering in the evening because that encourages fungal diseases.

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Overseed warm-season lawns with ryegrass each autumn. This type of grass provides a lush, green carpet through the cool winter months. Prepare the lawn for overseeding by mowing it 1/2 inch shorter than usual and removing the clippings. Sow grass seed over the mowed area, making two passes at right angles to each other.

In the North, overseed thin lawns or large dead areas. Keep the newly seeded sections moist while seeds sprout. Frequent light sprinklings are best at first. Gradually increase the interval between waterings to encourage the roots to grow deeper into the soil.

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Fall is the best time to fertilize your lawn if you live in the North. Cool-season grasses, such as bluegrass, fescue, and ryegrass, respond well to feeding in early September and again in late fall (late October or November). It helps them green up earlier and look better in spring. Fertilizer spreader options.

Avoid fertilizing dormant warm-season grasses in the South unless they have been overseeded with winter ryegrass.

AerateWhere to find AERATOR, LAWN GAS in Seattle
Aeration reduces thatch, improves drainage, and loosens soil. Make sure that the aerator you use pulls plugs of soil from the turf rather than simply punching holes in the ground, which actually increases compaction over time. Aerate cool-season grasses in early fall and warm-season grasses in spring.

 

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Greenlake  –  206.729.7368
Lake City   –  206.362.7368
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* Article courtesy of the Better Homes & Gardens.

Top Ten Power Tool Maintenance Tips for Spring*

March 31, 2015
Ten Spring Maintenance Tips

It’s time to awaken your STIHL equipment from its winter slumber. Before you pull your tools out of storage and put them to work, make sure you’ve prepared them for your spring workload. This checklist of proper maintenance tips will help get your equipment out of hibernation and ready to run.NOTE: For a comprehensive list of maintenance and repair instructions, refer to your product’s instruction manual.

  • Check the condition of your spark plugs and replace if necessary.
  • Check air filters for dirt and damage to determine if any need cleaning or replacement. Clean debris from blowers and trimmers as well.
  • Inspect your equipment for broken parts, and replace any that are broken or damaged.
  • Check screws and nuts, and retighten them if necessary.
  • Now is a good time to sharpen or change saw chains, as well as replace trimmer line.
  • Lubricate parts where friction will occur.
  • Check power cords on electric tools for damage or wear.
  • When mixing fuel, use fresh fuel (stored for less than 2 months) and new 2-cycle engine oil.
  • Use STIHL MotoMix® Premixed Fuel in your fuel tanks. STIHL MotoMix® is a highly stable blend that will help to ensure great performance.
  • Don’t put your power tool to work immediately-after a season of storage, let it warm up for a few minutes before use.

For all these and other Stihl products, visit AuroraRents.

 

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Lake City   –  206.362.7368
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* Article courtesy of the Stihl.

Addicted to Pressure Washing?

March 24, 2015

Well the one good thing about the rain, its a good day to pressure wash (you are already wet!)  The one thing I have learned about pressure washing…be careful its very addictive.  How can pressure washing be addictive you ask?  Try and stop at just the patio….the patio looks so good, now you move onto the walkway, can’t have a clean walkway next to that deck,  well might as well do the driveway….next thing you know you are pressure washing the street and the neighbors sidewalk!!  See what I mean.

When it comes to pressure washers, there are a few different ones to choose from.  You first have to determine what you want to clean and how fast you want to get the job done.  Think of it this way…the higher the pressure, the larger area you can clean in one pass.  With a 1500 psi (pounds per square inch) pressure washer you might be happy with the result you get cleaning 3″ at a pass.  You can get the same “clean” with a 3500 psi washer but clean 6″ to 8″ at a pass. Get the picture?  It also depends on what type of surface you will be cleaning.  For wood fences or decks you can get away with a smaller washer than would be required for a sidewalk or driveway.  Pressure washers can be found from 1000 psi all the way up to 5000 psi. My favorite washer is a 2500 psi.  It is fairly small in physical size (about the size and weight of a gas lawnmower), it has the pressure to do driveways and not so much pressure that it damages wood.  As a caution:  Any pressure washer can damage a surface if the nozzle is placed to close (yes even concrete!), the secret is find that sweet spot that gives the clean you are looking for without leaving marks or damage.  All pressure washers come with a variety of tips as well, these tips vary the fan width from 0 degree (basically a pin point) to 40 degree.  Besides pressure or psi there are other options for pressure washers as well.  They are available in gas powered (These are the mos popular due to the psi they can produce) or electric powered (These are usually the smaller units that are not nearly as effective as the gas models but are very compact).  They are also available in hot water, these are usually used to clean oil or grease such as engine compartments or even commercial restaurant equipment.

There are also a few attachment available that can help you out with specific jobs.  Rotary surface cleaners are very popular for large flat areas such as sports courts or large driveways.  They basically look like a water powered lawnmower with jets spinning underneath cleaning the surface.  (For these we recommend a 3500 psi washer as they require more pressure due to the multiple jets underneath)  There are also extension wands available to reach those high places without having to resort to a ladder.  Lastly there is the bad boy of the attachments, the rotating nozzle.  This nozzle actually has a steady stream of water that rotates quickly over a small area.  You have to be careful with this one, but nothing works better for those really hard to clean items like paint or graffiti off of concrete.

Now that you know a little more about pressure washers, get out and CLEAN!!  Just remember I warned you about it being addictive.

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Greenlake  –  206.729.7368
Lake City   –  206.362.7368
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Time to think about THE LAWN

March 24, 2015

Every year about this time, as spring gets closer we all start to look at that ugly winter lawn and yearn for greener pastures.  Yeah I said that.  So the phone starts ringing and asking for tillers, sod cutters, aerators and thatchers.  We all want that green lawn to showcase our front yard, and if it happens to look a little better than the neighbors…well even better yet!  So a quick search through the internets gives plenty of different opinions and suggestions.  We can help with the equipment you will need to handle this seemingly large task and make it a little easier.

As you do your research the terms dethathing and aerating come up quite frequently and are probably the most popular items that we rent for lawn care.  Thatch is the grass, moss etc. that blocks out the water to the roots. A rake could be used to pull up this mess….or you could rent a thatcher!. Anytime you can use a power tool instead of doing it by hand sounds good to me.  This process is best done when the lawn is fairly dry and prepare for a big mess.  Some customers rake up this mess by hand others simply run it over with a lawn mower to bag it up.  The next step is typically the aerator. The aerator or plugger pulls “plugs” from the lawn usually they are 1 1/2″ to 2″ plugs of dirt, this allows nutrients and water to reach deep down into the roots of compacted lawns.  These “plugs” are left all over your lawn at this point and again you have options.  You can simply leave them and they will dissolve in a few days after a good watering or rain, or if you want you can rake these up.

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Shoreline   –  206.368.7368
Greenlake  –  206.729.7368
Lake City   –  206.362.7368
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