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Party!!!

March 24, 2015

It’s summertime, finally!  Sounds like a good excuse for a party.   There are plenty of items available to spice up that summer shindig you have been wanting to throw.  We have mentioned the outdoor movie idea before, but you are looking for something a little more festive.  We can start with a karaoke machine…what your guest won’t get up and sing!  New idea, lets start with a margarita machine.  I guess a better term would be frozen beverage machine, you don”t have to make alcohol infused margaritas, in fact we would not recommend adding alcohol to the machine for a couple of reasons. First is, alcohol does not freeze real well so it takes the machine forever and a day to get to that frozen slushy state we all love so much, and second if there are any kiddos around they are going want a taste of there own.  A better idea is to actually keep the alcohol nearby, when a “margarita” is dispensed simply pour in a shot of alcohol before dispensing any slush into the cup., it will mix as it is poured in.  Simple and tasty!  Ready to sing yet?  Not quite, well a little dancing is always good but bringing out your kids ipod full of Justin Bieber’s latest probably isn’t going to be a big hit.   I guess we did forget one thing…unless we are going to drag your surround sound system from underneath the tv and drag it outside (this is an outside party if I forgot to tell you) we are going to need a sound system.  Easy, a Liberty sound system gets you 2 speakers, 2 stands an a microphone (2 turntables not included).  Now we have a party…but now your guest are getting hungry.  How are you going to feed 50 of your closest friends, plus some weird guy and his dog that just showed up.  Think BBQ….think BIG BBQ.  A 48″ propane BBQ should do the trick, you can throw enough burgers and dogs on to feed your hungry crew.  Too many burgers over the 4th…I understand.  Lets do something a little different and make this party one to remember.  Lets roast a pig! For this you have to plan ahead a bit, but it will be worth it!  A 5′ charcoal BBQ and a rotisserie that can handle a 100 lb pig, now that sounds more like it! (How to cook a pig)  Sounds like its going to be a great party, just let me know when and where!  Have fun and stay safe this summer!

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I Have Water In My Basement!!!

January 20, 2015

Unfortunately we hear this phrase all too often.  Believe it is not just the rain around here that causes this wonderful discovery, but it definitely doesn’t help.  Failed water heaters and backed up drains have ruined more than one afternoon around here, so what to do if this happens.  To start, nothing can replace a professional that is trained in water damage restoration but sometimes we need to tackle these problems on our own.

When you find that you have a water problem no matter what the cause, the first step is always to get rid of as much of the standing water as possible.  If you have inches (or feet!!) of water you obviously have a big mess,  but pumps become your friend.  The most common pump we rent out for these applications are submersible electric pumps.  They do a good job of getting rid of most of the water down to a more manageable depth.  Especially the pump we call a puddle sucker which pumps almost down to ground level.

Now we get to play with vacuums, specifically a wet/dry vac.  There are a couple of different options here to help in the drying process.  First the vacuum themselves a standard wet/dry vac works great but only holds about 10 gallons of water, which might be fine for smaller jobs but if things have gone from bad to worse you may need something larger.  The most impressive vac we have for this application is called a de-watering vac.  Sounds cool right!  Well it actually is, it has a pump built into it so it actually pumps out water as you vacuum, so you don’t have to keep emptying the unit.  Now for another cool tool, the water claw!  This is a unit that hooks up to the vacuum, you actually stand on it to help compress the pad under the carpet and get more water out.  You can also use a standard extraction wand to help get that water out of the carpet and the pad.

Now that you are sick of using a vacuum we move onto the drying phase.  To start you are most likely going to either pull all your carpet up to dry it or pull up a section so that a carpet fan can be placed underneath to help lift the carpet and dry the pad.  The pad is the hardest to dry and usually sees the most moisture so drying that pad is very important to preventing mold.  You may have glue down carpet, in which case you may be OK going through the drying process without completely removing it.  Hardwood floors or “floating floors” can be dried, but unfortunately take special drying equipment that we do not carry.  You want to make sure the room is at least 70 degrees or better, if heat is needed I would recommend an indirect diesel heater (heater sits out side and pumps in fresh hot hair while exhaust remains outside)

Time to dry, now we need to bring in plenty of airmovers and dehumidifiers.  One way to look at fans (airmovers) is that they are the muscle behind the operation and the dehumidifiers are great helpers. When you blow air across a wet surface it pulls moisture from that surface and puts it into the air, the dehumidifiers then pull moisture from the air and remove it.  It sounds simple but the mistake most people make is to skimp on the fans.  As I said before, they are the muscle and you can never have too much muscle!  We even offer a discount on fans when you get them in a kit with a dehumidifier (1 dehumidifier and 2  fans).  Also with every dehumidifier and or fan rental we will send you with a free moisture probe rental to help you determine if things are dry enough so that you know when its time to bring back the equipment.  We even offer more advanced moisture meters if specific moisture level readings are needed.

During the drying process it also recommended that an air-scrubber be used, an air scrubber is basically a large HEPA air filter that “scrubs” the air clean.  With all these fans blowing stuff around it can send microscopic particles through the air that may pose as a health risk to the people in the area.  The

This was just a quick overview of the drying process, for more information check out a DriEaz Products, we carry their equipment and they are a local company up in Burlington, Wa.

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

Aurora Rents
Shoreline   –  206.368.7368
Greenlake  –  206.729.7368
Lake City   –  206.362.7368
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Winter Landscaping Tips

January 16, 2015

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.

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Go Dig a Ditch!

December 15, 2014

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   –  206.368.7368
Greenlake  –  206.729.7368
Lake City   –  206.362.7368
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Removing Stuff Off A Concrete Floor

December 3, 2014

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.

Aurora Rents
Shoreline   –  206.368.7368
Greenlake  –  206.729.7368
Lake City   –  206.362.7368
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Factors to Consider When Renting Drain and Sewer Equipment*

May 10, 2014

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

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Grass, Brush, Weeds, and Blackberries Oh My!

February 25, 2014

FlailSometimes things can get a little out of hand in the back yard, maybe the front.  We don’t judge.  When the lawn gets so long you lose the lawnmower it might be time to take drastic action.  High grass mowers are a good place to start but not your only option.  When it comes to large areas we would suggest a rough terrain field mower or a tractor with a mower deck.  These come in handy when its an overgrown field of grass or low blackberries.   If its a smaller area with same problem a tracked flail mower will handle uneven terrain and get in those hard to reach areas.  When things get overhead its time to break out the big guns.  A tracked loader with mower attachment can bring those berries down to size.  These are all larger items that can be difficult to transport but they can always be delivered if needed. If those items were just too big a more surgical approach would be to strap on a brush cutter or even an articulating hedge trimmer to knock things down to size.   There are many ways to attack a project, but with the right assistance you can get the right tool to make that project a little easier.  Stop by one of our locations and find out for yourself how easy it is to get things done.

Aurora Rents
Shoreline   –  206.368.7368
Greenlake  –  206.729.7368
Lake City   –  206.362.7368
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Aurora Rents is here to help you get that project completed!