Best Projects to Handle with Your Pressure Washer

Pressure washers have been very popular in recent years –and with good reason. They are extremely versatile tools that save a lot of time, often with great results. A lot of cleaning can be accomplished in a little amount of time. Some jobs can be accomplished so quickly in fact, that when renting a pressure washer it may be a good idea to line up a couple of jobs to get the most for your money. For example, after pressure washing the deck, why not give your driveway the treatment?

For lawn and garden uses, pressure washers are ideal for keeping your equipment clean and ready for use. Nothing removes caked on grass and debris from under the mower deck as effectively as a pressure washer. Tiller blades can also benefit from a pressure washer. Keeping your lawn and garden equipment clean can prevent a lot of rust and corrosion down the road.

For home cleaning projects, a pressure washer is the right tool for the job. Cleaning your siding, deck, lawn furniture, driveway and sidewalks are just a few of the jobs that are well suited for a pressure washer. Hard to reach areas can easily become not so hard to reach. Difficult to clean items such as shutters, wrought iron fencing and lattice all come clean with ease. A pressure washer can also effectively clean your brickwork and stonework such as patios, steps and barbecues.

When cleaning your driveway or garage floor with a pressure washer, it is a good idea to first soak up any oil with cat litter. Once the litter is swept up, apply degreaser to the oily areas and allow it to stand for a few minutes before beginning to pressure wash.

When working on the wood, it is recommended to keep the stream at a 45° angle. Avoid spraying head-on or keeping the stream in one place. That way you can avoid indenting or scarring the surface. Also, avoid spraying directly onto glass as it may break under the pressure.

Your vehicles, such as trucks, cars, boats, trailers and campers can be effectively cleaned with a pressure washer. Special attachments are available specifically for washing your vehicle. If you are renting a pressure washer, with all of the time you’ll save on your other projects, why not treat yourself to a car wash?

Another once tedious project that pressure washers have been popular for is for the removal of peeling paint. Though care must be taken not to damage the wood surface, professional results can be achieved quickly without having to use a paint scraper.

Finally, about safety: No matter what your project is, be sure to read all provided materials so that you can safely operate the equipment. As powerful as pressure washers are, they can quickly cause damage to yourself, others or your property. Always be aware of your surroundings. Also avoid using one on a ladder, as the kickback can take you off balance. Finally, know where power lines and outlets are to avoid electrical shock.

Which is Better: An Indoor Event or a Tented Event?

The short answer to the above question is, both–meaning there really is no wrong answer. Each can be the perfect solution for a particular situation. However, there are a few obvious factors that can automatically determine whether your event will be indoors or outdoors. The type of event, time of year and locale all play a big part. Each type of event brings its own set of advantages and challenges. For example an outdoor wedding would be a beautiful thing to behold, but Mother Nature can have something to say about it; or you’ve finally gotten around to planning for the company party, only to find that all of the indoor venues are booked for the day you must have it.

First, we’ll talk about the benefits of having your event indoors.

  • The comfort of your guests is more guaranteed. There will be obvious comforts of the indoors, such as bathrooms, heat, air conditioning, etc.
  • Weather shouldn’t be an issue for you. There is no need to fret and check the forecast twelve times a day because, unless there is a blizzard or hurricane on the way, Mother Nature’s impact will be at a minimum. This way, you can concentrate on other aspects of planning for your event.
  • Because it’s indoors, there may be less equipment you’ll have to worry about renting or setting up. Bathroom facilities, lighting, sound equipment and power are probably already there. Chances are, you won’t have to worry about setting up a dance floor either.
  • Depending on your event, indoor venues have the advantage of separate rooms, if needed.
  • Noise is less of a factor. Whether it’s to afford your guests the privacy of indoors, or not having to worry about disturbing those outside, an indoor event provides a sound barrier for all concerned.

Though there may be some pretty compelling reasons to have your event inside, an outdoor event has its own set of benefits as well:

  • Generally, holding her event outdoors can be more cost-effective. For example, having the event in a park or on a beach can be very easy on the wallet, compared to banquet hall. If you know someone who owns a perfect outdoor space, the location could even be free. In addition, you are not as limited in regards to size.
  • When you rent your tent, your rental company can also provide you with everything else you need to get your event off the ground. Power and lighting, outdoor heaters, tables, chairs, linens, portable bathrooms—you name it.
  • Though Mother Nature can be fickle at times, there is no comparison when it comes to scenery and decor. A wedding on the beach? Enough said.
  • As far as layout and decorating goes, a tented event is essentially a clean slate. Many indoor venues are constricted by architecture, and as a result can limit your choices of table placement, traffic flow, and other elements of your event.
  • Unless there is a particular locale that you simply must have, when you host an outdoor event you don’t have to worry about the venue being all booked up and unavailable. There is much more flexibility when hosting an outdoor event, making the planning process that much easier.
  • If there will be children at the event, an outdoor location is much better suited for them to enjoy themselves. Some children tend to feel cooped up at indoor affairs.

Regardless of the type of event you wish to plan, give us a call and let us know what you would like to accomplish. We can discuss with you the risks and rewards of indoor and outdoor events and will be happy to advise on which would best suit your needs.

We Have Everything for Your Next Digging Project

No matter how large or small your next digging project, we have everything you need. To learn more about how to make digging easy and enjoyable follow these tips on what equipment and tools to use.

Before starting any digging project be sure to call 811 or the local or government utility location service to learn about what may be underneath the surface. Even if it’s a digging project as easy as installing a mailbox, always call. It’s better to be safe than sorry when a line or pipe becomes damaged and cost you lots of money. Many homeowners often take on digging projects to excavate a trench or build a garden. Here you’ll learn no job is too big or too small, we have all the tools you need.

Once you know what’s underneath, you can plan your excavation. Every project needs a plan so that you can take the time to choose route and depth you will dig, and determining the tools, equipment, and material you will need to finish your project. Depending on the type of trench or garden you are trying to complete, you will need a variety of tools and equipment. Whatever the job is, make sure to match the tool to the job. For starters, you need a nice round point shovel. This will serve you well as you cut into dense or rich topsoil. Square points are more suited for loose materials like gravel or dirt. Keep in mind every project requires more than one piece of equipment. You’re going to need combination of tools to for your next digging project. Once you start getting past the first foot of you hole or trench, consider switching to equipment that is more specialized to help you finish your task like trenching shovels and hoes. Trenching shovels are really good clean-out shovels. They save you time and energy because their design allows you to scoop loose soil out of the bottom of a narrow trench. These should not be used to dig deeper as the shovel is too narrow to be pushed deep into the ground. To dig a deeper hole consider using a digging bar, pickaxe, or trenching hoe. These types of tools allow you to break up tough soil deeply compacted within the ground. A trenching hoe, also known as a grub hoe is more efficient and better suited for digging deeper trenches and controlling the route of your digging. For the bigger digging projects consider renting power equipment. A small bobcat or a power trencher can save you a lot of time and energy. It may sound expensive, but renting a small Bobcat in Greensboro is extremely affordable. For small around the house projects, there are always a variety of garden tools one can choose from. When your project is finally completed, always remember to clean your tools. Cutting blades and shovels that are clogged with clay can create a lot of friction, which will make the next project harder. Clean your tools and store them in safe places. If you’re ever unsure about a digging project or which tools to use, talk with your local hardware store today.

Determining the Size of Your Tent

Trying to figure out what size tent you’ll need for your next wedding or event may seem like a daunting task. Luckily, the rental industry has developed standard formulas to help make this job easier.

A few things to consider before doing the math are:

  • What type of event is it? For weddings, will ceremony or row seating be required?
  • What is the maximum number of guests that could be present at the same time?
  • Weather is a big factor. If it begins to rain, everybody will want to be under cover & dry.
  • Is there going to be a bar or beverage station?
  • How will the food be served or eaten? The shapes and sizes of buffet and dining tables must be considered.

The standard formulas for determining square footage are:

  • Dance floor – 5 square ft per person (not everyone will dance, so allow for half of the guests).
  • Bar area – 100 square ft.
  • Buffet/beverage station – 100 square ft. for every 50 people.
  • Seated dinner 8′ Banquet Tables – 10 square ft. per person.
  • Seated dinner 5′ Round Tables – 12 square ft. per person.
  • Band area – 10 square ft. per person
  • DJ area – 100 square ft.
  • Ceremony/Row style seating – 7 square ft. per person.

These formulas will help to give a clearer picture of the size and layout of what you will need, as well as the impact on your event’s budget.

Landscape Like a Pro

A sod cutter (shown) is a great landscaping tool that can easily turn a homeowner into a landscape designer. Sod cutters can be used for a variety of landscaping applications including sidewalks, stepping stones, flower beds and ponds. You’ll discover that using a sod cutter is much more productive than using a spade. It’s easy to mark or cut an area for renovation by simply engaging the blade to mark and cut the area and then rolling back the sod before digging or trenching.

When laying irrigation pipes, the results you can get with a sod cutter are much cleaner than if you used a trencher. When you’re done filling the area, simply roll the sod back over the area and it’s hidden.

Forward and reverse transport controls can help maneuver in tight areas as well. Four-wheel-drive units provide better balance and stability, which can come in handy when cutting on slopes or transporting onto a ramp.

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