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Sheetrock Jack or Drywall Lift

Sheetrock Jack or Drywall Lift

While working with my father many years ago, I was introduced to a fantastic tool – a sheetrock jack. My father was finishing his garage and as we were hanging the drywall to the ceiling, I learned of the importance of using a sheetrock jack, otherwise known as a “drywall lift”. To properly and safely hang drywall on a ceiling, a sheetrock jack is invaluable. It saves you the risk of injury, as well as broken drywall sheets by hoisting the sheets into place and keeping them in position while you drive-in the fasteners.

At Bunce Rental, we rent professional duty grade sheetrock or drywall jacks. The jack consists of a pivoting rack with adjustable arms that can hold full or partial sheets of drywall. The rack is attached to a trolley by a telescoping hoist that you raise or lower with a crank. What is great about this tool is by using a drywall jack, a single worker can drywall a ceiling without a helper. Our jacks break-down into three parts for easy transport; the legs that stabilize it on the floor, the lift which extends to give you extra height, and the panel holder or rack, which holds the drywall either horizontally, vertically, or at an angle.

Check out the video below, which shows how to use a sheet rock jack.,,20045376,00.html

For more information on installing drywall or sheet rock, check out the following articles to get you started.,,217215,00.html



Adding wall and ceiling texture can give your room richness and depth – it’s a great way to easily (and affordably) give a classy look to your drywall! Let’s look at the different types of texture machines available to rent from Bunce Rental. We’ll also talk about the importance of having a good drywall-mud mix.

 Goldblatt Pattern Pistol Sprayer Hopper

Where to find TEXTURE SPRAY RIG in TacomaThe Goldblatt Classic Pattern Pistol and Hopper has been the professional’s choice of texture sprayers for decades. The complete texture unit includes a high capacity air compressor, which attaches to the spray gun/hopper with an air hose. The spray gun comes with two interchangeable air stem nozzles to double the range of patterns and spray pressures. The smaller 3/32-inch air nozzle will give even texture, even at maximum pressures. The larger 1/8-Inch nozzle ensures great patterns at a lower pressure range. The orifice wheel allows you to make easy pattern changes, while the trigger stops ensure the pattern is consistent.

Graco RTX 900 Texture Sprayer

Graco Texture Sprayer

Graco Texture Machine

This RTX900 is ideal for both small contractors and DIY’ers looking to spray high-quality texture finishes with a simple, self-contained machine. This sprayer contains a large 8-gallon capacity hopper, which is attached to a high capacity on-board air compressor. A material and air hose attaches to the machine and feeds the air spray trigger nozzle. This allows the unit to deliver a smooth material flow for uniform coverage and a consistent spray pattern. The sprayer has four different nozzle sizes for popcorn, orange peel, splatter and knockdown texture patterns.

Mixing Drywall Mud

While it is possible to buy texturing compound, many drywall professionals use regular drywall joint compound, or mud. It can be found as a pre-mix or as a powder. Pre-mixed mud has been blended with water, but it’s not smooth. If you want smooth, even walls, and the right consistency for texturing, you have to mix both the pre-mixed or powdered mud. Depending on the type of texture you plan to apply, you may have to make the mixture slightly looser than the mud you used for taping seams, or you may have to make it pourable, like paint. To properly mix the mud you will need a mixing tool or “texture paddle”, which fastens to a power drill. In addition to a mixing tool and a drill, you’ll also need a clean, empty bucket with a secure lid.

Getting the consistency of the mud right is the most critical part of this project. If the consistency’s wrong it won’t come out of the hopper well if at all. Make sure you follow the manufacturer’s directions for mixing the mud. We recommend that you mix the texture in a 5-gallon bucket with a lid and keep the lid on the bucket when not using the texture. If the texture dries out, hard specks in the mixture can make it more difficult to apply. Also, make sure you cover the floor around the mixing bucket with plastic to catch splatters. Always practice your preferred texturing method on a piece of cardboard or a discreet wall (e.g. inside your closet) before using it on an exposed wall.

 Safety First

When operating a texture sprayer you must wear appropriate protective equipment to help protect you from serious injury, including eye injury, inhalation of toxic fumes, burns, and hearing loss. This equipment includes but is not limited to: Protective eyewear, Clothing and respirator as recommended by the fluid and solvent manufacturer, Gloves and Hearing Protection

14floorpolisherA question we hear a lot is “what is the difference between a Floor Polisher, Floor Machine, Floor Buffing Machine, Floor Scrubber or Floor Stripper?” The answer is “nothing” – they are all the same machine!

At Bunce Rental, we refer to these machines as “Floor Polishers”. You will also see a floor polisher referred to as a “Swing Machine” due to the swing motion the machines have when you operate them. As you can imagine, they are very versatile units. We carry a number of attachments to meet a variety of needs for caring and working on your floors. This includes buffing and scrubbing pads, polishing and scrubbing brushes, floor sanding, and concrete grinding or surface prep attachments.

Pads and Pad Drivers

Using pads with our floor polishers will allow you to do one of three things – strip, clean, or buff your linoleum, tile, and vinyl type floors. An industry standard color-coding system for low-speed floor pads can help you select the right pad for your job. In general, the lighter the pad color, the less coarse or aggressive the pad. We stock pad colors in white, tan (beige), green and black.

Buffing pads (white/tan) are lightest in color and remove scuff marks and dirt from floors. Cleaning pads (green) are designed to clean a little more aggressively than buffing pads, and remove dirt off a floor’s surface without removing the floor finish. Slightly more aggressive than cleaning pads are scrubbing pads (black). They will remove the top layer or two of wax, along with scratches and dirt.

There are also a variety of different chemicals you can use with the pads to help you accomplish your purpose. Check with your local cleaning supply store to learn what chemicals work best to clean, strip or polish your floors.

Brush Attachments

Brushes are used to clean and/or wax the floors. Like the pads, they can be used with chemicals designed to clean or polish the floors. They are available with bristles of varying stiffness and abrasiveness, depending on whether it’s to be used for scrubbing, buffing or stripping.

Grinding Attachments

Grinding attachments are designed to turn the floor polisher into a concrete grinder. Like the concrete grinder, the grinding attachments can use grinding stones, strip-serts, and dyma-serts. The uses and applications for these attachments are outlined in our previous blog post, “Not All Stones Are Created Equal.

Sanding Attachments

Sanding attachments turn a floor polisher into a 16” disk floor sander for sanding and refinishing floors and decks or removing material (paint, texture etc.) from concrete. With a variety of grits of sandpaper available, you can just lightly refinish your floors with finer grits or sand rougher areas of the floor smooth.

Safety First

Basic safety rules should be followed when using a floor polisher. Always use safety goggles and do not wear loose fitting clothing while operating the polisher. Never leave a floor polisher plugged in when unattended and do not store the polisher with the pad/brush on the machine.

Do not operate a floor polisher near flammable fluids, dust or vapors – this could cause a fire hazard. If using floor cleaners and waxes, ensure that they are intended for machine application and understand all information printed on the product Safety Data Sheet.

Does your concrete project require more finesse than simply breaking up the concrete with a jackhammer?  A cut-off saw, floor saw or concrete chainsaw may be the answer.  All three items provide the capability of cutting concrete and in some instances asphalt with control and precision.  Let’s take a look the capabilities of the different concrete saws available for rent.

 Cut-Off Saws


For most concrete cutting jobs, the cut-off saw is a popular choice.  These hand-held saws can be used to cut concrete, asphalt and metal.  Cut-off machines resemble a chainsaw, however they have a circular blade instead of a chain and bar.  Typically available in 12-inch or 14-inch blade sizes, cut-off saws can be powered by a two-stroke gasoline engine or an electric motor.  Abrasive (silicon carbide material) or diamond- rimmed blades are the most common saw blades for cutting concrete.  Both blades are used to cut or score concrete, with our 14-inch (blade diameter) cut-off saws able to cut up to four inches deep.  When used to “score” concrete, the “score line” allows for a nice cut-line when breaking out a concrete section.

 Concrete Chain Saws

concrete chainsawIf you need to cut an opening deeper than 5-inches, you might want to consider a concrete chainsaw for your job.  Our concrete chainsaws have a 12-inch bar and work great for cutting out openings in concrete for plumbing, electrical components, windows and more.  This saw is also designed like a chainsaw using a power head, guide bar and diamond chain.  A two-stroke gasoline engine powers our concrete chainsaws and the saws use a chain that incorporates diamond segments that are laser welded to the chain in place of the cutting teeth typically found on a wood chainsaw.  The diamond segments create a grinding action that wears away the concrete.  This grinding action creates a very safe cutting operation with no kickback and each chain will cut from 30-feet to 60-feet of concrete.

While similar to a concrete cut-off saw, a concrete chainsaw is designed to plunge nose first into the concrete and has the ability to cut more than twice as deep as a 14-inch cut-off saw.  Concrete chainsaws provide a deeper cut with no over-cut, allowing you to make square corners, which is not possible with a cut-off saw.  They can be used to make openings as small as 4-inches by 4-inches and to cut odd shapes and sizes.

For more tips and information on our ICS chainsaws, check out the ICS website,

 Concrete Floor Saws

8hpconcretesawWalk-behind concrete saws or “floor saws” are used to cut sections of flooring or similar flat sections.  Our 14-inch saws will cut up to a depth of 4-inches.  This type of saw can be used for scoring concrete for slab removal with a jackhammer, making expansion cuts to new concrete slabs, and cutting asphalt.  These saws are gasoline powered and similar to the cut-off machines use either a silicon carbide abrasive blade or a diamond-rimmed blade.

 Diamond Blades vs. Abrasive Blades

As mentioned above, you have the option of using either an abrasive blade or a diamond blade when using a hand held cut-off saw or a walk-behind concrete saw.  The abrasive blades work well for small cutting jobs in concrete, asphalt, or even metal.  The downside to abrasive blades is that they wear as you use them (similar to a grinding wheel) so the blade life is much less than the life of a diamond blade.  Diamond blades allow for a faster cut and offer a constant cutting depth.  They are available for purchase or rent and are a much better value if your job requires a significant amount of cutting.  While we have dry-cut blades available, most of our diamond blades are “wet-cut” requiring water to keep the blade cool (which extends blade life) and the dust down.

 Safety First

With any project safety comes first.  The cutting of any material using power tools creates dust and flying chips.  We recommend the use of safety glasses with side shields or safety goggles, work gloves, a work apron or close fitting clothing, hearing protection, and an approved dust/mist respirator.

Shipp Carpet Cleaner Extractor Triumph 430

The Christmas decorations are put away and any out of town guests have returned to their homes.  The New Year has been rung in and your carpets show the effects of the holiday season as well as general use during the rest of the year.  Let’s not even mention the Super Bowl Party you hosted:  mud, dirt, wine and food stains, pet hairs – you name it; your floor has seen it.

You’ve tried vacuuming and scrubbing out the spots.  That “As Seen On TV” handheld carpet shampooer sort of did the job, but you are not happy.  Hiring a professional floor cleaner?  You’re not quite sold on the cost.  And the Rug Doctor at your local grocery store just didn’t clean the carpets as well as you thought it would.

You feel like you’ve tried everything.  You’re hoping the equipment rental store down the street has something that will do the trick.  Something that will make those carpets look almost new. You head on down to the local rental store and the customer service rep says yes; they do have something to clean your carpets – a carpet cleaner extractor!  When you ask them to compare their Carpet Cleaner Extractor to the Rug Doctor, they assure you that most of their customers, who have used both, prefer the Carpet Cleaner Extractor to the Rug Doctor, citing the differences between the machines:

Shipp “Triumph 430” Carpet Extractor Cleaner

  • 800-RPM Chevron shaped motion – Piano Hinge Floating Brush
  • Two Brass Spray Jets – 60 PSI ea.
  • 117” Water-lift Vacuum
  • Chevron shaped brush brings water towards center part of vacuum for better water recovery
  • Piano Hinge design allows brush t0 dig into carpet for great deep dirt lifting

Rug Doctor

  • Back & Forth Brush (Vibrating)
  • One Plastic Spray Jet – 28 PSI
  • 101” Water-lift Vacuum
  • Vibrating Action leaves water in Carpet
  • Fixed Brush

“What about shampoo and stain removers?” you ask.  The customer service rep shows you what is available for purchase including several spot and stain removers.  Which spot and stain remover you will need depends on what the stain is – as “oil based” stains are different than “protein based” stains.   Deodorizers are also available for purchase.  Shipp Carpet Systems has a chart on their website with more information on the different options for carpet cleaning solutions.

“What if I already have a carpet shampoo?” – remembering you have a bottle or two left at home.  You are relieved to hear that you can also use your solution and shampoo.

The customer service rep then proceeds to go over the operation of the machine with you; where to pour the solution in, which buttons to push to release the solution, how to move the machine across the floor.  They even show you the upholstery attachment available for rent and how to connect it to the machine, allowing you to clean your couches and stairs quickly and easily.

So you decide to give it try.

Have you tried our Carpet Cleaner Extractors?  Let us know how it worked on your carpets!

One of the more popular items we rent during the winter months are drain cleaners, often called “sewer snakes”.  Rain, leaves, trees, or other materials can plug up sewer pipes and begin to cause problems in the house.  Showers and sinks drain slowly; the toilet gets plugged; or water and sewage back up into the house.  In most cases, a sewer snake will unclog the pipes.  However, snakes are not a one-size-fits-all solution.

20' Manual Snake

20′ Manual Snake

The clog is in the toilet. A 6′ commode snake can go through the toilet bowl and break up the clog or pull out a child’s toy or other foreign object.  Using anything other than the 6′ commode snake to go through the toilet will end up with the snake getting stuck in the toilet.

The clog is below the toilet. You’ll need a longer snake and you’ll have to remove the toilet from the floor.  Instructions on how to remove and replace a toilet can be found on the DIY Network website.

25' Electric Snake

25′ Electric Sewer Snake

The diameter of the pipe will dictate the size of snake you need.  If the pipe is 2″ in diameter, one of our 20′ snakes with the smaller diameter won’t adequately unclog the pipe.  Once the snake has reached the clog, you’ll have to rotate the snake inside the pipe (either manually or electrically depending on which snake you’re using) to scrape all around the inside of the pipe.  If the snake is mismatched with the pipe, it won’t scrape all around the insides and leave some of the clog behind.  Sometimes in order to get the diameter snake you need, you’ll have to get a longer snake even if the length seems like it might be overkill.

The clog is inside the building. In most cases, a 20′, 25′, or 50′ snake will do the trick whether it’s a sink, bathtub, shower, or toilet.  If the toilet, bathroom sink, and shower are backing up, a longer snake will be needed because the clog is in a pipe that runs to all three units.

90' Electric Snake

90′ Electric Snake

The clog is outside the house. If the clog is outside the house, it is in the mainline. Most mainlines are 4″ in diameter and require the 90′ electric snake.  If this isn’t long enough or doesn’t work, chances are you’ll have to call a plumber.  If you find the clog, but are unable to clear it, the line has most likely collapsed at that spot and will need to be repaired or replaced.

There are different types of clogs.  Inside the house, you’ll either be dealing with clogs that consist of hair, powered laundry soap, dirt, food, human waste, or whatever items children flush down the toilet.  An arrowhead or a retrieval attachment will either break up or grab the clog to pull it out.  In kitchens, you can also have what’s known as a grease clog.  Grease clogs form when we pour the fat and grease from our cooking down the sink.  Over time, the grease hardens in the pipe and builds up.  For these, you’ll need the grease cutting attachment with teeth designed to cut up the grease and scrape the inside of the pipe.  If the clog is in a pipe outside the building, most likely plant and tree roots have grown through the pipe causing a blockage.  Root cutters with teeth that follow a spiraling metal plate will cut up and clear the roots.

Water Jet Snakes.  If your clog is being difficult about going away with your typical snake or you know it’s made up of grease, sand, ice, or other material, a high-pressure water jet snake will help flush the clog away without leaving residue behind.  A more detailed explanation of how water jets works can be found on the Rental Equipment Register’s website.

Sewer Cameras.  If you’re not sure what’s clogging the pipe or whether it is worth renting a snake, the latest addition to our rental fleet may be your answer.  The ECAM Ace Camera Pipeline Inspection System can take a look down a line from 3″ to 10″ in diameter and help determine whether the problem is roots, a clog, or a collapsed line interfering with your plumbing system.  More information can be found on the manufacturer’s website

If you use a sewer camera, keep in mind that sewer cameras are only designed to look at what the clog is.  The head is not designed to break apart or retrieve the clog.  You’ll have to rent a sewer snake to get rid of the clog.  The only thing that will break in this instance is the camera, not the clog.  If you attempt to use the camera to break up or retrieve the clog, the most likely piece to break is the lense at the end.

In the unfortunate instance that you find yourself in need of a sewer snake or camera, call your local Bunce Rental store.  Our staff will be able to help you determine the equipment that is best suited to your purpose.

Toys For Tots Toy Drive

Posted: November 29, 2012 by Bunce Rental in Bunce Rental, News & Events, Toys For Tots


We had so much fun last year with our Toys For Tots Toy Drive, we signed up again to be drop-off locations for Toys For Tots. As of today we’ve collected 141 toys for Toys For Tots.

Last week, we spoke with the local coordinator, George Hight. He estimates they need about 75,000 toys to provide Christmas presents for approximately 30,000 children in Pierce County.

You can help Toys For Tots reach that goal by dropping off new, unwrapped toys at any of our stores, including American Party Place and American Medical Rental & Supply from now through December 22. (Please note that American Party Place will be open to take toy donations on Christmas Eve, December 24 from 9 am to 12 pm.) Our locations are listed below with links to our store hours.

Bunce Rental Locations
Tacoma, 4516 S. Tacoma Way, Tacoma Wa. 98409
Puyallup, 1812 E. Main, Puyallup Wa. 98372
South Hill, 13614 Meridian E., Puyallup Wa. 98375
Spanaway, 13621 Pacific Ave., Tacoma Wa. 98444

American Party Place (open Christmas Eve, December 24, until Noon)
4522 South Tacoma Way Tacoma, WA 98409

American Medical Rental & Supply Locations
4358 South Washington Tacoma, WA 98409
Puyallup, 1812 E. Main, Puyallup Wa. 98372

Other Ways to Help Toys For Tots

There are more ways to help Toys For Tots than donating toys. Here are a few campaigns going on now.

Make a financial donation online at the official Toys For Tots website.

Vote to have Darius Rucker deliver $10,000 full of toys to your local Toys For Tots campaign. Read more about Darius Rucker’s $10,000 Holiday Toy Drop here.

Pay off the lay away balance for someone else at your local Toys “R” Us. When you pay off someone else’s layaway balance, Toys “R” Us will donate $200 worth of toys to Toys For Tots. Read more