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Go Dig a Ditch!

August 1, 2017

It’s not often we get someone in the store that is really excited to start digging a ditch.  It’s not exactly the most fun you can have on a Saturday afternoon.  We can make that job a little easier with some equipment that is up to the task.  Anyone who has spent anytime on the business end of a shovel can tell you that the pacific northwest isn’t the best place to dig a hole or a trench for that matter.  We have the rocky soil, the glacial till, the hard pan, the clay…you get the picture.  Its hard digging.  That’s why we have equipment, to make the job easier.

There are a few pieces of equipment to dig a trench with, but you need to match the equipment to the job.   To dig a small trench that isn’t too deep you would want to look at a mini trencher.  This would be for jobs like sprinkler systems, low-voltage wiring, invisible fences things like that.  The mini trencher can also get in small areas where the large ones cannot.  The mini trencher digs a trench 4″ wide and up to 18″ deep, but works best at 12″.   This isn’t deep enough for most water lines or electrical runs so we move up a size to our tracked trencher.  This trencher can dig up to 30″ deep and 4″ wide.  The tracks allow great traction in soft areas and also allow you to cross over the top of your trenches after they have been dug.  Sometimes while trenching you forget to have an escape plan and the ability to cross over trenches is priceless (For you old school video gamers thing Tron light cycles!).  For a little more width and depth the next up comes in the form of an attachment for our walk behind loaders (Dingo).  With this setup you can trench up to 36″ deep and 6″ wide!

Then there are the jobs where a 4″ or even a 6″ trench just isn’t enough.  To start with, the answer is NO!  Now for the question…. I want an 8″ or 12″ trench, can I just run over the area 2 or 3 times with a 4″ trencher?  The reason you cannot has to do with the design of the trencher.  The digging chain runs down the center and if you tried to offset the “second” trench your wheels or tracks would be inside the trench.  So it doesn’t exactly work real well.  If you need to trench for a French drain, plumbing or a foundation…you will need an excavator.  We offer them in many sizes depending on the size of your job.

Now with the right equipment your trench task won’t be so daunting.  The last few things to remember are to always call before you dig and first check with local codes on depth of water lines and separation distances for water, electrical and gas.  We love your business, but would hate to see you dig up what is already in the ground.  When you are ready to start your job, give us a call we can help you decide on the right equipment for you.

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Shoreline – Greenlake – Lake City
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Removing Stuff Off A Concrete Floor

July 1, 2017

We’ve talked about polishing the concrete before, but sometimes you just want to clean up the floor and coat it with something.  Sometimes tile, sometimes paint or even carpet,  whatever you decide you still need a good clean surface to start with.  The biggest problem we usually have is getting off whatever was on before!  Sometimes that is as simple as a little drywall mud or as difficult as ceramic tile.   Lets look at a few of the common floor jobs we encounter and the options for cleaning them up.

One of the more common things we encounter, especially in new construction is dried drywall mud or splatter.  The good news is that this is usually cleaned up fairly easily, depending on how big the area is.  For the big chunks a simple tile scraper can be used then followed up with water and a rotary machine of some sort.  For small jobs a 17″ Floor Machine with a scrub pad works fairly well, but as the job get larger cleaning up the water can be a real hassle.  If you don’t mod it up before it dries, you may have to do it all over again!  That’s where the Auto Floor Scrubbers come in, an Auto Floor Scrubber puts down the water, scrubs it AND sucks it back up in one pass.

Another common flooring issue we run into is glue down carpet or vinyl.  Getting these up can be a bit more challenging.  You will need a hand tile stripper for sure (works great for cleanup and corners even if you have moved on to something larger).  If the hand model isn’t cutting it you need to look at the wonderful world of powered tile strippers.  These come in models that start with a handheld power unit, chipping hammers with attachments, air powered tile stripper, walk behind strippers, self propelled tile stripper, heavy duty self propelled strippers and finally riding tile strippers.   That’s a lot of strippers to choose from!  It really depends on the size of room you are doing.  So now that the flooring is up usually you are stuck with left over glue residue.  That’s were the hand tile stripper comes in, but sometimes that’s  just not enough.  So now we get to play with some heavy duty equipment.  An 11″  or 22″ Concrete grinder set up with Carbide teeth is a great way to scrape the glue off.  There may be some residue left over even after this step and you may have to use the same machine with diamonds to get a completely clean floor.  Using the 11″ or 22″ Concrete grinder with diamonds will really expose the concrete and leave a scratched up finish that is absolutely perfect to apply a coating or a new floor.

The last flooring type we run into is ceramic flooring or tile.  Basically you will use the same equipment as with removing glue down flooring but with a different tip.  With the glue down flooring you can scrape a fairly wide area where as with tile, you are going to be scraping a smaller narrow area as to apply the most power possible for removing those stubborn tiles.  That is going to leave you with some stuck on grout etc.  Again the same equipment applies.  Start with carbide and move to diamond.

Dealing with concrete floors can be a frustrating process, sometimes what you think will work on one job won’t touch another.  You need to do the research and get the best equipment to start with and give yourself plenty of time.  There is no one magic tool that will do everything, as you can see sometimes it takes a few steps with a few different tools to get the job done correctly.

Give us a call or stop by, we are here to help you.

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206-659-7368
Shoreline – Greenlake – Lake City
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Floor Sanding 101

June 5, 2017

Floor Sanders….Just the name sends some scurrying for cover.  There not so bad…Really!  When it comes to home improvement projects that our customers attempt themselves to save money, floor sanding has to be at the top of that list.  We have heard the story more than once, “we pulled up the carpet to replace it and there were these gorgeous hardwood floors underneath!”  Then come the horror stories of people trying to use sanders and ruining their floor and costing them thousands to replace.  While that is a possibility, the reality is that it doesn’t have to be so difficult.

We carry a variety of floor sanders like 220 volt commercial drum sanders, 110 volt drum sanders, edgers, and dual action(D/A) oscillating floor sanders.  Confused yet?  It’s actually fairly easy to breakdown.  If there is a significant amount of finish on the floor or there are some areas that are not exactly flat, your best option is the drum sander and edger set-up.  If the floor is fairly flat and the finish is almost gone or a new floor then the D/A Floor Sander would be a good option.   With that said, there are a few other factors to consider.  The two biggest factors customers seem to be concerned with are speed and ease of use.   The drum sander will always be faster, but is a little more difficult to use.  The drum sander is also used with an edger that is used to get close to the walls.  The D/A floor sander is slow, really slow, but is extremely easy to use.  With a little patience and a little practice the drum sander isn’t that hard to sand with, it just takes a little getting used to.  The D/A floor sander will get you going right away.  As a side note these sanders also work great on decks! The Pacific Northwest tends to be a little rough on outdoor wood, so sanding down a deck can make things look great again.

Good luck with your next project.

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206-659-7368
Shoreline – Greenlake – Lake City
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Paint That House

May 1, 2017

Repainting the house is not exactly the project that most people look forward to, but hey who am I to judge.  There are many different approaches to this project and the amount of time you spend painting really depends on your canvas (house siding)  You can go with a simple wash and paint, you may have an older house with 6 layers of wash and paint already applied and elect to strip it, or you may have a combination of both!

The first step most take is to clean the house and see what they have to work with, so to start a pressure washer works perfect.  2500 psi is definitely are most popular unit as a good all around washer.  The pressure washer is going to wash any dirt, grime or moss that has been clinging to your siding for the last few years.  It will also loosen up or even remove some paint.  A pressure washer will NOT strip all the paint off your house and it is not designed to. Some feel that if the paint stays on after a good pressure washing then painting over that should not be a problem, whats left should stay on well enough.

If things are looking a little worse than expected and stripping off some of that old peeing paint is needed, there’s  a tool for that.  Enter siding sanders and paint shavers.  These tools will sand the paint off the siding with either carbide teeth or very aggressive sandpaper, but are packaged an a siding friendly setup that makes them easy to use.  Add a HEPA vacuum and you have environmentally friendly way to a better looking house!

Then the fun part, painting!  A couple of different approaches here, you can brush and roller the hole thing which is going to cut down on prep work.  You won’t have to cover all the windows, doors and surrounding areas with tarps or paper.  However, if you would rather be out doing something way more fun, you may want to speed up the process with a paint sprayer.  Id doesn’t make a big of mess as you might think, and covering a few windows or doors really isn’t that hard.   The plus side is it goes fast!  Which is way better for people that don’t want to hang around the house all summer but still want the best looking house on the block.

See how easy it is!  If it turns out you need to get up in the world there is everything available from short step ladders, long extension ladders or even powered lifts.

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206-659-7368
Shoreline – Greenlake – Lake City
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Don’t procrastinate!

Indoor Movie Time

October 8, 2015

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.

For other great ideas check out these!

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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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Shoreline   –  206.368.7368
Greenlake  –  206.729.7368
Lake City   –  206.362.7368
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