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Top Ten Power Tool Maintenance Tips for Spring*

January 21, 2020
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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Greenlake  –  206.729.7368
Lake City   –  206.362.7368

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* Article courtesy of the Stihl.

Winter Landscaping Tips

January 1, 2020

Winter Landscaping Guide – Brought to you by STIHL

For most of the country, the winter season means the time for lawn mowing and leaf blowing has passed. While some STIHL owners simply store their equipment during these months, others stay busy with landscaping and winter storm preparation.

Whether you spend this time of year cutting firewood, pruning trees, or clearing snow, STIHL has some helpful tips on how to handle winter projects. And if you’re just storing your equipment and calling it a year, we’ve got a few tips for you as well. Check out our full Winter Landscaping Guide and make it STIHL season.

Winter Stihl

Cool Floor…Thanks It’s Polished Concrete

December 10, 2019

We are are getting quite a few inquiries lately on polishing concrete. It seems that  many new businesses are adopting this easily maintained flooring system, you can see examples at your local hardware store, coffee shops etc. .  The attached picture is actually polished concrete not a lake, just an example of what you can accomplish with a lot of patience and plenty of time.  The first question we always seem to can I do this.  The act of polishing a concrete floor is actually quite easy, it just takes a lot of time.  The next question is obviously,how long does it take?  That’s actually a tough question to answer, it really depends on the condition of the concrete to begin with and how many square feet you are attempting to do.  We find that our small machine will completely polish about 400 square feet per day while our larger machine will get you 500 square feet.  Our new largest machine is 30″ and runs on propane.  This machine is powered by propane and doesn’t need the 220v connections the others require and can handle jobs over 1000 square feet.  This is assuming the concrete is fairly good condition to start with.   We carry the Lavina line of concrete polishers  from SuperAbrasives

Check out these How-to Videos for more information from SuperAbrasives.

Pricing and more info from Aurora Rents:

Aurora Rents
Shoreline   –  206.368.7368
Greenlake  –  206.729.7368
Lake City   –  206.362.7368

Factors to Consider When Renting Drain and Sewer Equipment*

November 1, 2019

Rental drain and sewer cleaning equipment offers different features. Becoming familiar with available options will help you rent the equipment that best suits your needs.  Type of drain cleaner. The type of drain and sewer cleaning equipment that you should rent depends on the size and location of the clogged drain.
Source of power. Rental drain and sewer cleaning equipment comes in manual, electric or gas powered units. Manual units work best for small clogs or for the inexperienced operator. Electric drain-cleaning equipment is faster and more powerful than hand-operated tools. Finally, gas-powered units provide a solution for cleaning tough, drains clogs where there is no available electrical source.
Length of cable. Bigger drain or sewer lines require more cable for cleaning it than smaller drain lines need. You will only need three to six feet of cable to clear a clogged toilet, but may need up to 200 feet to clean a main sewer line blocked by tree roots.
Safety features. Since rental equipment to clean drains requires use around water, you should look for electrical-safety features on electrical units. Electric drain and sewer cleaning equipment equipped with a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) helps to prevent electrocutions, as well as electric shocks and burns, by shutting the equipment down when it detects electrical current leakage. In addition, a slip-clutch feature stops a cable from rotating so much that it whips around, possibly injuring the operator.
Covered cage. Some drain cleaners allow you to use disposable covers with them to prevent spraying your floors with wastewater during the drain-cleaning process.
Transportability. You can transport lighter drain-cleaning units that have fold-down handles easier than some more heavy-duty models.
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* Article courtesy of the American Rental Association

Aurora Rents
Shoreline   –  206.368.7368
Greenlake  –  206.729.7368
Lake City   –  206.362.7368

Proper Fireplace Care Ensures Warm and Safe Heating

October 15, 2019

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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