Easy Patio Upgrades to Enjoy this Summer

Rent the tools needed to spruce up your outdoor living spaceDo you have plans to take your patio to the next level this season, but don’t know where to start? Making some simple DIY improvements to your outdoor living space is like adding a whole new room to your home, one you can enjoy almost year-round.

Bring the Indoors Out with Cozy Furniture

Many of the elements that make your other living areas comfortable can be used outdoors in your patio space. There is a wider variety than ever of weatherproof furniture, complete with plush cushions, that can stand up to anything Mother Nature dishes out. The same goes for rugs and other homey accents. These pieces give the illusion of blending your indoor and outdoor spaces into one. Just decide how your space will be used – for dining or lounging – and plan out your space accordingly. If space is tight, there are clever fold-up table and chair options that can be stowed away when not in use.

Let there be Light
The market has exploded in recent years with a vast array of solar-powered lighting options that allow you to bring instant drama to your backyard living space without having to worry about electrical outlets or unsightly wiring. Use solar path lighting to illuminate walkways or borders, and hang decorative solar-powered lanterns as beautiful accents near seating areas. Stringed lights now come in a variety of solar styles and bulb sizes, and add drama to shrubs and trees with their soft, twinkling glow.

Spruce up the Landscape
Add some natural elements with simple, but eye-catching landscaping. Even if you don’t have a green thumb, some simple flowerbeds or artfully placed potted plants can add colorful texture to your outdoor space. If you’re feeling a little more ambitious, consider adding a water feature, such as a fountain or waterfall. All the tools and know-how you’ll need can be found at your local equipment rental store.

Turn up the Heat

Adding an element of warmth will allow you to enjoy your patio during all four seasons. You can build a simple fire pit, or add a chimenea for enticing ambiance regardless of the weather. Finish off your space with a grill and now you truly have an additional multi-use space that will get you out of the house and into the great outdoors when it’s time to kick back and relax.

Plumbing Jobs you can Tackle Yourself

Rent the tools you need for jobs you can do yourselfIt’s no secret hiring a plumber can be a costly endeavor. But so can taking on a plumbing project that’s outside your skill level. You could be doing more harm than good, and you may have to hire a professional after all to fix your mistakes. Here we’ll break down which home plumbing jobs are straightforward enough to do yourself, and which ones are best left to the pros.

Before you begin any project, make sure you know how to turn off the water, not only to the fixture you need to work on, but also your home’s main water supply. Also, know which tools you’ll need to complete the job. You can rent a wide range of plumbing tools from your local equipment rental company, such as plumbing snakes, crimping tools and more.

Clogged Drains

Knowing how to prevent drains from clogging is your first line of defense. But if you do have a slow or clogged drain, it’s normally simple to remedy. Start with a plunger, and if that doesn’t clear the obstruction, snaking a drain with a cable auger you’ve rented for the day will usually do the trick. Sometimes the problem is with the plumbing vent, in which case you may need to enlist the help of professional plumber.

Leaky Faucets

A dripping faucet is normally a pretty simple fix; it’s mostly a matter of knowing how to take the faucet apart and then replacing the washer. Online how-to videos can be helpful for this, or ask someone at your local hardware store for advice on exactly which replacement parts you will need.

Replace Supply Lines

If you have an older home, the water supply lines to your sinks, toilet and washing machine may be made of rubber or plastic which, after time, are prone to leakage. It’s a good idea to replace these with braided steel supply lines. Once you’ve turned off the water supply, simply unscrew the nuts to the old lines and replace them with the new ones.

For the Pros Only

If you’re having a plumbing emergency and water is flowing quickly into your home, by all means call a plumber right away. If there is an issue with your hot water heater, this is another problem best left to a certified plumber. If you are doing major renovations in your kitchen or bathroom, this is also a good time to call in a plumber to make sure the new systems are installed correctly the first time. Lastly, if the source of your problem is with a pipe that’s connected to a city main line, it’s important to hire a plumber to fix the issue quickly and correctly.

DOOR PRIZES for our Grand Re-Opening Celebration!

Grand Rental Station is now True Value Rental!

That’s right – we’ve changed our name, we’ve remodeled our showroom AND we are celebrating 20 years of serving the Triad! We hope you will join us for our fun and family friendly Grand Re-Opening and Open House event on March 25th from 10:00am to 4:00pm! There will be food, drinks, activities for the kids – including bounce houses, “how to” demos, maybe you need to rent an auger in Greensboro but not sure how to use it properly.  We are here to help!  Used rental equipment for sale and Radio station 93 The Wolf will be on-site from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm!

We will be giving out Door Prizes throughout the day, but you can start earning entries to WIN now!
See below for a list of door prizes and details on how to enter the drawings prior to the event.

Door prizes throughout the day, including:
**Greensboro Grasshoppers Tickets**
**Winston Salem Dash Suite tickets**
**Lady Antebellum Tickets (Raleigh June 15th)**
**Charlotte Hornets tickets (March 26)**
Plus other prizes from these good friends and business partners:
Matthews Mobile Media
Vermeer Mid Atlantic LLC
H&E Equipment
Frank Jolly and Brad Jolly, Connect Sales
James River Equipment Pfafftown
James River Equipment Greensboro
Alison Huber, Sprint

And still more are coming!

(You don’t need to be present on Saturday to win a door prize)

Tips for Removing Tree Stumps

Rental equipment needed for stump grindingNeeding landscaping equipment in Greensboro and surrounding areas?It’s that time of year – time to get your lawn back in optimum condition for maximum summertime enjoyment. If you have tree stumps in your yard, they’re likely taking up space you could be using for something else, like a garden or a kids’ play area. Maybe you’ve learned to just overlook them, thinking that removing them would be too big of a job. There are actually several ways to tackle the task; which method you use depends a lot on how much patience you have for the process.

Dig it Out
If you don’t mind using plenty of muscle, you could just manually dig out the stump with a shovel and plenty of elbow grease. Dig around the stump until you’ve uncovered the largest roots. This method works best for tree stumps that are fairly small, with a limited root system. If the roots appear to run deep, another method may work better.

Grind it Out
The quickest method involves renting a stump grinder from your local equipment rental company. This machine makes relatively easy work out of grinding the stump and roots down to a depth of about 1 foot below ground. Renting a stump grinder is especially smart if you have several tree stumps to tackle. It’s important to wear protection for your hands, eyes and ears if you’ll be using a grinder. The machine will quickly grind down the stump; all that’s left to do is remove the grindings and fill in the hole with soil.

Burn it Out
This method doesn’t involve much muscle, but it may not be permitted in your city or town. Check with your local fire department before going this route. To burn out a stump, simply surround it with firewood, light it and allow it to burn the stump down to the ground. Then, shovel out the ashes and refill with dirt.

Use a Chemical Remover
If you have plenty of patience and aren’t in a hurry to remove the stump, you can drill holes in the stump and fill them with potassium nitrate and water. This method will soften the stump in about 4 to 6 weeks, at which time it will be pliable enough to use an axe to break up the wood.

If you’d like to make quick work of this task you’ve been dreading, the best way is to rent a grinding machine for a day. This way, you’ll be dreaming up new uses for all that new space that much sooner!

Wallpaper’s Big Comeback

Rent wallpaper removal tools from True ValueHome decorating has a new unlikely hero. Before you conjure up memories of your last frustrating experience with wallpaper, you’ll be delighted to know today’s wallpaper bears little resemblance to your grandma’s stuff, especially when it comes to applying and removing it.

Modern wallpapers come in a dizzying array of designs and patterns, and it’s the perfect choice for renters who want to add some pizazz to drab walls that may not be painted. Some of the hottest designs include chalkboard-style removable paper, geometric designs and bold digital prints. Some wallpaper companies even allow you to measure your space and order the exact dimensions you need for your room – no cutting involved!

Another hot trend is embossed removable wallpaper. The raised designs look good on their own, or they can be enhanced by painting it. And when it’s time to move or redecorate, removable wallpaper simply just peels off, leaving nothing behind, without damaging your walls.

To install your removable wallpaper, all you’ll need is a measuring tape, a large sponge, a utility knife and a smoothing tool. It is possible to rent wallpaper equipment from many local rental equipment companies.

If your paper comes in rolls, you might want to flatten it with books for a few days to make putting it up even easier. Make sure your walls are free of dust, smudges and grease. All it takes is a wipe-down with a sponge, warm water and a little mild soap. Removable wallpaper has a protective backing on it. Once your walls are dry, simply peel off about 10 inches of the backing, starting from the top, and begin applying it to the wall. If the design you choose requires that the panels need matching up, there are plenty of tutorials online that show you how to do it quickly and easily.

Whether you want impact on just one statement wall, or are ready to give a whole room a fresh look, you have a great new alternative to paint – stress-free, sweat-free removable wallpaper!

How to Recover When a Water Pipe Bursts

Rent equipment to help clean up pipes that burstFew home mishaps are as messy as water pipe burst. Even when the break is relatively small, it can still mean you’re in for a big clean-up. But knowing what to do, and in what order, can make the restoration a manageable task you can handle yourself.

First, you’ll need to stop the flow of water fast. Turn off the water supply to your home and try to determine where the break happened. Immediately after that, turn off the power to the area of the home where the water damage occurred. Disconnect any electronics in the area and move them to dry ground.

Next, assess the damage. If it is extensive, you may want to consider hiring a professional restoration company. If you’ve caught the break in time, it is possible to dry up the mess yourself by renting the proper equipment and save quite a bit of money.

After moving rugs and bulky furniture out of the way, try to remove any puddles remaining on the floor. Towels or a mop may be sufficient, or you may want to rent a heavy duty wet/dry vacuum to make quicker work of the task.

You’ll want to get as much air moving through your home as possible. Open windows during mild weather, and get some fans running. While this is a good start, it likely won’t be enough to fully dry out the problem area. Consider renting high velocity fans from an equipment rental company, and if carpet is involved, you can also rent a carpet turbo dryer. Don’t use heating fans or dryers, they will only encourage the growth of mold and bacteria.

Next, dehumidify the area with the best dehumidifier you can rent or borrow. It’s possible to rent dehumidifiers that remove up to 30 gallons of moisture out of your home per day. Continue dehumidifying until the unit no longer collects any water.

Sometime during this process, when the worst of the emergency is over, record the damage thoroughly for insurance purposes. Take photos or video of anything that became water damaged, corroded, or stained.

By working quickly, and knowing what kind of professional-grade equipment is readily available to you, it’s often possible to prevent a soggy mess from turning into a complete disaster.