Jackhammer rental

The History of the Jackhammer

Construction companies have used jackhammers for years to breakthrough concrete and asphalt.

While you may think of it as a modern invention, it came before sliced bread, paper clips and tea bags. When you’ve got a project like a new driveway or walking path to do, it’s time to consider jackhammer rental. But it’s a tool with a fascinating history.

Who Invented The Jackhammer?

Pneumatic tools (powered by compressed air) began appearing in the 1840s, typically in connection with the mining industry. The first “jackhammer” was the percussion drill developed in 1849 by Jonathon Couch. The first true, functional jackhammer with the chisel-shaped head was invented by Englishman William Mcreavy, who promptly sold the patent to Charles Brady King of Detroit, Michigan.

King was a remarkable man whose many skills and successes included engineering and early automobiles. At the historic World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893, he unveiled the jackhammer as part of the exhibit for the Russel Wheel and Foundry Company where he worked. Its purpose then was mostly as a pneumatic hammer for driving in rivets or caulking in metal fabrication, but the award-winning demonstration caught the attention of industrialists.

How It Works

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A jackhammer operates smashing away at something until it breaks. The jackhammer is basically a combination of hammer and chisel that breaks up hard surfaces. Jackhammers typically use compressed air at about 10 times atmospheric pressure levels that passes through high-pressure hoses to drive the hardened jackhammer head against its target. When the head rebounds, it trips a valve that reverses position to allow another burst of compressed air driving the head again. This process is automatic so that the jackhammer continues smashing away, typically as fast as 25 times per second.

Mining

The jackhammer became popular with mining companies as it provided considerable advantages over manual or even bulky hydraulic hammers. Compressed air could be obtained right at the worksite at a very low cost and transported safely and simply in portable tanks to where it was needed. Mining and later construction companies came to rely on the jackhammer for breaking ground.

Noise

One of the drawbacks of the jackhammer is the noise. The old jackhammers especially made considerable noise. Modern jackhammers tend to create a consistent noise of 100 decibels at two yards, which is enough to cause permanent hearing damage. Always wear hearing protection.

Contractors and DIYers can find jackhammers and a variety of other pneumatic tools at One Stop Rental. We’ve been serving the Cincinnati area for more than 20 years. Our knowledgeable staff will help you find the right tools for your next project. Call or stop by one of our locations to explore the quality equipment we provide.

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Engine Hoist Tips For The DIY Mechanic

It’s a fact that your car maintenance costs tend to increase with mileage. But if you consider yourself an able weekend mechanic, you can save a lot of that money. If you’ve got the basic tools and skills, you can go beyond oil changes and tune-ups to major repairs. You may need to consider an engine hoist rental since it’s necessary to perform major vehicle repairs.

How To Use An Engine Hoist

Locate a spot at the rear of the engine where you can attach the end of a heavy-duty chain. This is usually the bolts of the exhaust manifold or anything that’s sturdy enough to support the weight.

Find a spot at the front of the engine to attach the other end of the chain. It should be just opposite the bolts to the rear so the engine stays level. This also has to be loose enough to fit onto the hook of the engine hoist. You could also use separate chains or an “X” pattern to minimize any movement.

Adjust the hoist to the weight of the engine. Excessive hoist strength is always better than too little. Center the hoist on the engine and your chains on the hoist hook. Start jacking up the engine slowly to be sure everything is disconnected. Keep jacking until the engine is clear of the vehicle.

Move the hoist to where you want the engine and lower it onto blocks for safety and support. Then disconnect the chains.

Tips For Using An Engine Hoist

  • Clear your workspace. Make sure to locate your vehicle so that there’s plenty of room to maneuver the hoist around it. Clear away any obstacles for safe footing and freedom of movement. Keep your tools and necessary equipment organized.
  • Don’t rush it. The first time you do a major engine repair usually takes the longest. Don’t try to rush it. Be sure you’ve disconnected the transmission, fuel and air lines, wiring and anything else that might be an obstruction before you start using the hoist.
  • Take pictures and make labels. Before you start pulling the engine apart, take photos or make diagrams so you can refer to them when it’s time to hook everything back up. Label the parts with a loop of masking tape and a black marker, or a white paint pen for writing directly on metal. Put all the small parts such as washers and bolts into little, plastic bags and label those as well.

Taking a part an engine

One Stop Rental has two locations in the northern Cincinnati area to provide a wide array of rental products to the DIYer. If you’ve decided to service your own vehicle, we can advise you on the best engine hoist rental or any of our other automotive products. Stop by one of our locations or give us a call to find out how we can make repairs easier.

Ladder rental

Tips For Using Ladders At Home Or On The Job

It’s important to remember that ladders are tools that require using common sense. No ladder manufacturer can guarantee your safety if you don’t observe some basic precautions. A ladder rental may be on your list for tackling that next big project. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration provides specific guidelines for using ladders on the job, but homeowners and do-it-yourselfers need to exercise the same practices.

Here are some crucial ladder safety tips:

  • Don’t use ladders if you’re feeling dizzy or exhausted. Stay off ladders in high winds, rain or storms, which can lead to falls especially in thunderstorms. Aluminum and other metals can act as lightning rods.
  • Get slip-resistant footwear and be sure they are dry when it’s time to work. Flat-soled footwear like dress shoes or slippers are not safe to use when climbing up and down ladders.

Selecting A Ladder

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Here are some tips for choosing a good ladder:

  • Make sure it’s in good condition and works as expected. Cracks in wooden ladders or warps and bends in metal ladders could lead to accidents when they have to bear a person’s weight.
  • Consider the full weight of people, tools and materials and check the Duty Rating to ensure the ladder can hold up safely.
  • When using folding ladders or scaffolding, don’t use those that work improperly or have missing parts.
  • Select rental ladders that are the right size for the job. If you have to be standing on the top step, get a taller ladder. Ladders that are much too big will require a lot of wasted time and effort to move around.
  • Only one person at a time should be climbing the ladder, except for those made for that purpose, such as a trestle ladder. Always read the safety information on your equipment.

Using A Ladder Safely

Here are some tips for safe ladder use:

  • Ensure that when the ladder is set up, the bottom is on firm, level ground and at an angle that isn’t too steep to climb or so wide that the ladder may bend or slip.
  • Don’t place ladders in front of closed doors that open outward as someone in a rush could emerge from the structure and knock over the ladder.
  • Observe the three-point rule: one hand and both feet should be in contact with the ladder at all times.
  • Use a tool belt or straps to carry needed materials up the ladder.
  • Try to remain centered; don’t lean to one side or attempt to support yourself on only one side or the other.
  • Don’t try to move or shift the ladder while you’re standing on it.

You can avoid serious accidents by approaching ladder rental with every possible precaution. If you have any questions on the right ladder for your project, call One Stop Rental. We’ve been helping contractors and homeowners since 1993. Our friendly staff can help you make the right choices for getting the job done safely and effectively.

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Tips for Staying Safe While Using Rental Heaters At Home

With winter on the way, home heaters can provide extra heat more cost effectively than central units. They can help warm up a bedroom, den or extra sleeping space for family or holiday guests to make life more comfortable. And in the case of winter storms and ice taking down power lines, having access to a generator or rental heaters can be a life saver.

Think Safety First

When you still have power, electric fireplaces, ceramic heaters and the like can keep your house comfortably warm. During power outages, kerosene or propane heaters can fill the void. However, all of these pose risks. Space heaters typically are the cause of 40 percent of fires in home heating accidents and 84 percent of deaths.

Rental heaters cause deaths and fires

Consider the following list of guidelines related to alternative heat sources:

  • Children and pets should be kept away from all portable rental heaters.
  • Fire and fuel heaters (butane, propane, natural gas, kerosene) give off toxic fumes such as carbon monoxide. Don’t use combustible heat sources without adequate ventilation to the outdoors.
  • If you plan on using fuel heaters, install a carbon monoxide detector and alarm system. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for where and how to place it.
  • Space heaters can ignite combustibles such as paper or fabrics. Keep everything flammable three feet away at a minimum.
  • When using portable electric units as a source of supplemental heat, plug them directly into wall sockets. Don’t use long extension cords that could overheat.
  • Look for heater models with tip switches; this feature shuts off the heater if it falls over to minimize fire hazards.
  • When using fuel heaters, never refill them if they’re in operation or still hot. Refill them only outdoors and only according to manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Install smoke alarms on every level of the home near access points such as stairs, in sleeping areas or wherever space heaters might be used. Test the units to ensure the batteries are still good before the winter cold sets in.

Choosing a temporary heater

Be sure to select a space heater  that provides the best assurances of safety. This may include:

  • Non-accessible heating element (protected by a screen or vent).
  • Certified UL (Underwriter’s Laboratory) compliant.
  • Heaters equipped with thermostats so you can raise or lower heat output as needed.
  • Tip switches or automatic shut-offs to prevent over-heating.
  •  If you’re using a generator to power space heaters, make sure the area is well-ventilated and that the cord is heavy-duty and in good condition.

Homeowners and do-it-yourselfers will find everything they need to complete their next project at One Stop Rental. When rental heaters are on your list of necessities to get through the winter comfortably, be sure to check with our experts to help you make the right choice for your home projects. For more information, give us a call.

Importance of having a generator in the winter

The Importance Of Having A Generator In Winter Storms

Having access to a backup generator is very important in the winter. You can lose power during summer storms, but being without AC is more of an inconvenience. Chances of losing power are even greater during the winter. Ice build-up may increase the stress on branches by 30 times, making them more likely to snap and take out power lines. If that happens, your family could be without heat in freezing temperatures.

Why You Need a Generator

Here are some of the reasons why you should consider having a backup generator as part of your preparations for winter storms.

1. Backup Heat

It’s worth repeating the point that heat is one of your essential needs in the winter time, especially if you have the very young or elderly in your household. If you have electric heat and the power goes out, the only thing that will get you through the night is a backup generator. It can literally save your life.

2. Continue Business

If you run a small business or even a home-based business, being without electric power means losing money and probably even regular customers. Backup power will keep you going. In severe storms, a power outage could last for days, even weeks and that could mean the end of your business unless you have a generator.

3. Portable Power

A good home generator will get you through the tough after-storm period, but some people need power outside the home. Contractors, farmers and anyone else working outdoors or moving from one location to the next during a power outage need a portable generator to provide power for tools and lights.

4. Major Appliances

Some things you just can’t do without for days. One of the chief concerns is refrigeration. When the power is out for days, you can expect the food in your freezer and refrigerator to start going bad. Other concerns might be medical devices, home security, power for mobile devices and even a TV as a source of news. Any of these make a generator important.

Refrigerator backup power

5. Sump Pumps

Losing power in times of heavy runoff from melting snow and ice can mean a lot of water in the basement. If you can’t keep a sump pump running to remove it, basement flooding could lead to property loss and even structural damage to the home.

6. Nightlights

Getting by on flashlights is frustrating while candles pose a risk of fire. Just having some lights on at night can be important. It can keep kids calmer, deter would-be intruders and make conditions safer when moving about in the dark.

Businesses, contractors and homeowners can find the right generator for their needs at One-Stop Rental. Don’t get left in the dark when the next big storm comes. Stop by one of our northern Cincinnati locations to ask questions and learn about your power options.

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Dog Fence DIY: How To Install An Electric Dog Fence Yourself

Losing a beloved pet is heart-breaking. Dogs run away for a variety of reasons, often basic instincts that are difficult to overcome, such as a need to roam, breeding or simply pent-up energy. One modern solution is an electric dog fence. It isn’t difficult to install; here are the steps in invisible fence DIY.

How do you install a dog fence?

Here are the tools you’ll need:

  • Hand weeder
  • Wire cutter/stripper
  • Water-proof wire splicers
  • Shovel or trencher

Keekp your pet contained with an invisible fence Before you get started, have a good idea of where you’re going to lay the wire. Avoid crossing driveways or sidewalks where exposed wire will be damaged. Also, for your safety, check with your local utility company to be sure you aren’t digging around existing power cables.

1. Dig a Trench Excavate a trench about 6 inches deep around the areas you want to keep your pet contained. Wire too close to the surface may be exposed or damaged. Remember, it’s just for wire, so it doesn’t have to be very wide.

2. Install Boundary Wire Unroll the wire and tuck it into the trench along its length. You can also use a dull (you don’t want to cut the wire) weeding tool or even a stick to ensure the wire lies flat at the bottom of the trench. If you do break the wire, or need to cut it, use a waterproof splicer to reconnect it at the break. Do not rely on electrical tape or splicers that can admit moisture.

3. Install Twisted Wire In most cases, you’ll need to install twisted wire, for example, to connect the transmitter to the boundary wire. Twisting wire together cancels the electrical signal each of those wires emits. Try to locate your boundary wire so that you won’t need a lot of twisted wire.

4. Cover the Wire You should be able to bury the wires just by kicking the soil back into the trench. A garden rake or hoe might make this easier. After filling in the trench, stomp the dirt firmly into place. Make sure your dog doesn’t get curious and try to dig it up again before everything’s in place!

5. Flag the Boundary Line Every two or three feet along the boundary wire, put a marker flag. These should come with your invisible fence DIY kit. This will help the dog to remember where the boundary is. When you’ve trained your pet to intuitively recognize the new limitations, you can remove the flags. You can make installation easier with the

You can make installation easier with the tools and equipment available at One-Stop Rental. We have two locations in northern Cincinnati to meet a wide variety of home project or contractor needs. One-Stop Rental also sells new and used equipment as it becomes available. Stop by and find out how we can help with even the biggest DIY jobs.

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How to Throw a Stress-Free Holiday Party

Creating some pleasant holiday memories doesn’t have to be a major chore. Stressing over all the details of making guest lists, budgeting or selecting a location might do you more harm than good. However, you can put together a respectable holiday entertaining experience without breaking the bank or driving up your blood pressure.

How to De-Stress Your Party

Send An Evite
Parties are easier if you know who’ll be there. Formal invitations are nice but usually unnecessary. Save yourself some time and trouble by composing a fun, friendly email and copying it to a list of possible attendees. Ask for an RSVP; invitees can just respond to the email.

Don’t Aim Too High
You can get quite a few holiday entertaining ideas online, but set yourself some limits. Coming up with decorations, menus and entertainment can be draining. Pick one or two ideas that capture the spirit of your event, and focus on doing them well. You could even just focus on the decorating or a single main dish, and ask guests to bring along some appetizers and beverages of their choice.

Prepared Dishes
One of the most stressful times of holiday entertaining is the last minute rushing around to make sure everything’s ready while you’re also cooking. If you can’t do catering, choose dishes that can be made well in advance, like cookies, or puddings for dessert, breads and dried fruits for aperitifs, and crock pot recipes for the main course.

Make A Cheese Platter
One easy solution for appetizers is the traditional cheese platter. A large serving tray piled up with various kinds of crackers and sliced cheese will please different palates. You can make this well in advance, wrap it up and save it in the fridge until party time. A bowl of nuts, raw veggies or trail mix is also a good idea if you have vegan or non-dairy guests.

Cheese platter for holiday entertaining

Take Time To Relax
To keep from getting stressed, give yourself an occasional break. Allow yourself the luxury to just sit and relax for a few minutes. Try a few simple relaxation techniques. Don’t go back to work until you’ve got a clear head again.

It’s Just A Party
Parties are for having fun, so don’t take it too seriously. Don’t run yourself ragged. People will forgive you if you run out of egg nog or forget the marshmallows. The important thing is getting yourself and everyone else to lighten up and enjoy their time together.

Explore One-Stop Rental’s party supplies. You can find just the right furnishings and accessories you’re looking for to create that meaningful party experience for your guests. We’ve been renting party supplies like glassware and inflatables to brighten Cincinnati holidays since 2003. Call or stop by to find out how we can make the whole process easier on you.

Top 10 Yard Work Tasks To Complete This Fall

It’s a good idea to get out in the cooler weather of fall to take care of that yard maintenance. If you don’t prepare your lawn, garden and plants now, freezing temperatures could do damage, and you’ll have that much more to do in the spring.

Here’s a list of things you should take care of before the frosts begin.

1. Weed, Clean, And Fertilize
Pull the weeds from your garden and walkways and turn the garden soil while it’s still dry. Pick up any debris. Spread planting areas with an organic manure fertilizer to enrich the soil.

2. Mulch! Mulch!
Next, cover gardens with a layer of fallen leaves or straw. Rake a pile of leaves around the base of all your trees and shrubs to help protect them against freezing temperatures.

3. Spring Blooms
Why wait? Plant a variety of spring-blooming bulbs in the ground or in pots around the house. That way you’ll have some fresh life and color right after the weather warms up.

Plant spring-blooming bulbs

4. Transplant Shrubs
Do you have trees, shrubs or perennials that have outgrown their space? You might also like to relocate some for aesthetic reasons. Now is the time to dig them up and transplant them to another location.

5. Spread The Joy
You can divide bulbs, so you might want to split up the ones you have to control size, fill empty spaces or create border effects for a new look in the spring.

6. Trimming
Fall is also the perfect weather for an afternoon outdoors trimming and shaping your shrubs, plants and trees. Azaleas, rhododendrons and hydrangeas will grow out more fully after the snow melts.

Trimming and shaping shrubs and hedges

7. Preserve Your Herbs
If you have any herbs still growing in your garden, now’s the time to harvest them for drying or freezing. You might also use them to make oils and vinegars for holiday feasts or as small gifts.

8. Winterize Trees And Plants
Bring any plants that won’t survive the frost indoors. Gently bind up the limbs of trees and plants so that they won’t break under the weight of wind, ice and snow.

9. Service Your Tools
Make the effort to clean, sharpen and oil your tools before putting them away. It would also be a good idea to service and clean power equipment like lawn mowers, pressure washers weed eaters.

10. Prepare Outdoor Plumbing For Freezes
The last item is drain and secure your outdoor water sources. Disconnect hoses and roll them up for storage, along with sprinkler heads and wands. Use some blanket insulation to wrap exposed pipes and faucets to keep them from freezing up.

One-Stop Rental can help make the work easier. We’ve been in the tool rental business since 1993. We provide a variety of contractor supplies and lawn and garden equipment. Stop by one of our two northern Cincinnati locations to find out how you can make yard maintenance easier.

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Stress-Free Family Reunion Planning Checklist

Nearly half of families hold a reunion annually, but that may be unrealistic for families that are widely scattered or have priorities like new babies or job concerns. If you’re planning a reunion, consider following a schedule. What steps do you take prior to the event?

How Do You Plan For A Family Reunion?

Form A Reunion Committee

Form a family committee of those with the time and resources to help. They’ll help you come up with ideas and keep track of seating, tent rentals and other details.

Choose A Reunion Date

Planned dates may change as you get feedback. Encourage people to make the time for a reunion, but before you make reservations or rentals, pick a date everybody agrees on.

Invite The Guests

An extended family of cousins, nieces, grandchildren and so on can amount to a lot of people who all have to be entertained and fed. Get reservations from the start so you know what you’re dealing with.

Prepare A Budget

Once you’ve established how many people are coming, you can start making cost projections and establish where that money’s coming from.

Determine The Activities

You might want to consider activities like games, softball or live music. Don’t forget that child and adult activities will be very different.

Choose A Location And Transportation

The location should reflect your reunion concept, whether it’s barbecue, camping or another type, and the number of expected relatives. Will a pavilion suffice, or will you need additional tent rentals? How will everyone get there? Who’ll make reservations and supply directions?

Tent rentals

Choose The Food

When considering the menu for the event, it should match the general theme, as well as the guests. Don’t make it a clambake if you know Uncle John hates seafood.

Delve Into The Details

There are many other planning details, so you should write up a list. Seating, utensils, napkins, restrooms, ice – the list will probably continue to grow.

Confirm The Invites And The Arrangements

Once you’ve confirmed who will or will not attend, you can make the final arrangements. If you’re leasing a hall or expecting catering, confirm the reservation or service as the event draws near.

Prepare For The Reunion Conclusion

You may want to end the occasion on a high note, such as a speech, toast or special gift. But you’ll also want to arrange beforehand who’s going to help with cleaning up and packing away and returning any equipment.

Reunion organizers can find the essentials for a great get-together at One Stop Rental. Knowledgeable staff can see that you have everything you need for the big event. For instance, you’ll probably want tent rentals in case of rain. One Stop Rental’s DIY tents range in size from 10-feet by 10-feet to 20-feet by 40-feet, and the frame tents up to a huge 30-foot by 75-feet for big gatherings. Contact us before the party starts to learn about products and services that create the best celebrations.

Tips For After Storm Clean Up

It’s important to monitor the news during storm season and prepare for the worst. The first priority is escaping or surviving a storm. But in the aftermath of high winds, floods or blizzards, we’re faced with the task of cleaning up.

Managing The Aftermath

Since safety is always a priority, call the local utilities company to report downed power lines, and gas or water leaks. Stay away from trees or structures that may collapse. Take pictures of all the damage. When you start the cleanup, be sure everyone involved has basic contractor supplies like a hard hat, safety glasses, boots, plastic, saw blades.

Dealing With Flooding

Use your sump pump to remove standing water. Use a fan or commercial dryer to keep air circulating. If you don’t have a suitable pump, you can rent a pump.

Cleaning and Repairing Flood Damage

Be sure to use a good disinfectant and wear rubber gloves when doing any clean up around the home after a flood. Soggy drywall and wood should be replaced by a licensed contractor.

Getting Rid Of Mold

If you see definite signs of mold, such as black stains or actual growth, stay away. This is potentially quite toxic, and mold-infested material should be removed by licensed mold specialists.

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Clearing The Snow

Homeowners may find huge snow drifts following a blizzard. Snow should be cleared from doors, windows, roofs, steps, walkways and driveways for safety and to reduce damage from water when melting.

Dealing With Ice Dams

As water melts, runs off and freezes again, it can create ice dams that prevent further draining. Look for and break up any ice dams that form around your driveway, steps and walkways, as well as around the edge of the roof to allow runoff.

Removing Damaged Trees

Damaged trees can be dangerous if they’re likely to breakdown further or pose a risk to playing children. Pick up any loose branches that are scattered over your property, but leave removing damaged or fallen trees to professionals.

Fixing Broken Windows

Cover shattered windows with plywood until proper repairs can be done. Be sure to pick up any large pieces of glass inside or outside while wearing a thick pair of gloves, and carefully sweep up any smaller bits. Dispose of them in a sturdy container, not a plastic bag.

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Clearing Leaves

Be sure to sweep any leaves out of the home, as they could present a risk of infestation or fire if very dry. Gather these into a pile for disposal by any means you have, such as hand-raking, leaf blowers, or leaf-sweeping equipment.

For a wide variety of contractor supplies and equipment you can contact One Stop Rental. There are two locations in northern Cincinnati to supply tools and equipment to homeowners engaged in major cleanup efforts. Before you settle for restoring your property the hard way, call or stop by one of our shops to find the tools and equipment that will help the most.