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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.

http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/video/0,,20045376,00.html

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

http://www.popularmechanics.com/home/improvement/interior/4225166

http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/how-to/intro/0,,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

Tile Cutting Made Easy!

Posted: April 29, 2014 by Bunce Rental in Home Improvement, tool rentals
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We continue our foray into floor cleaning, sanding, removal, and installation by focusing on installing tile floors, more specifically cutting the tiles to fit your floor.

A tile saw is a piece of equipment similar to an electric mitre saw that uses a diamond abrasive cutting blade and a water cooling system. For this reason, it is often called simply a “wet saw”. A tile saw is invaluable when you have to make fine cuts to fit edges, corners or slivers and for cutting stone or other hard tiles. If you need to make special cuts, such as L-shaped cuts or internal cutouts, a tile saw is essential. At Bunce Rental, we carry several different tile saws and cutters for cutting tile, vinyl, block or pavers.

Wet Tile Saw

24" Wet Tile SawOur wet tile saws come in two different sizes – 10” and 24” – for cutting tiles of those respective sizes. As mentioned above, these saws use a diamond abrasive blade to grind through the tile, while water circulates to prevent blade wear and overheating of the saw. We stock three different styles of diamond blades, each dependent on the material you’re cutting. For tiles, we have blades for ceramic or porcelain. The third blade is a masonry blade for cutting bricks and pavers. The saws also come with the proper accessories for cutting angles and straight lines.

 

Manual Tile Cutters

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Manual Tile Cutter Vinyl

Manual Tile Cutters are great if you have just a few tiles to cut or need to cut tiles to fit around odd shaped objects. We have several styles available to cut ceramic tile and vinyl tiles.

Ring Tile Saw

The ring tile saw is primarily for cutting curves that the wet tile saws and manual tile cutters can’t cut as easily. To learn more about this particular tile saw check out the manufacturer’s website http://www.geminisaw.com/revolutionxt.html

REVOLUTION-XT

Ring Tile Saw

In getting ready to write this blog, we ran across some great articles online on using tile saws. So great in fact, we’ve opted just to highlight the different tile cutters and saws we carry and let the articles we found explain more about using tile saws.

The Tile Home Guide explains the different saws with a little more in depth information and also has plenty of other articles on different strategies for laying your tile including – how to make the space look bigger.

http://www.tilehomeguide.com/the-tile-saw-a-quick-start-guide/

The DIY Network has an article explaining in more detail how to use a wet tile saw. http://www.diynetwork.com/home-improvement/using-a-tile-wet-saw/index.html. They also have an article on cutting and installing tile around obstacles http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/how-to-cut-and-install-tile-around-obstacles/index.html.

Safety First

Always plug the saw into a GFCI-protected outlet. When operating the saw wear safety glasses and hearing protection. Do not wear loose-fitting clothes or jewelry. Use both hands to guide the tile through the blade and keep your fingers away from the blade.

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.

Tile It Up

Posted: March 5, 2014 by Bunce Rental in floors, Home Improvement
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electric tile stripper

Electric Tile Stripper

It’s amazing how quickly if happens.  Your floor tile, linoleum, or glued down carpet is starting to show the wear-and-tear of time and your ready for a change.  Whether you plan on changing a single room or updating your entire home, an electric floor Tile Stripper is the tool used by professionals and homeowners to remove that old floor covering so you can install your new floor.

The electric tile stripper effectively and quickly removes tile, vinyl tile, linoleum, VCT, and carpet using a single, razor-sharp blade that oscillates at 2000 strokes per minute.  In fact, it removes almost any accumulation from concrete or wood floors and leaves the surface smooth and ready for refinishing.

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Manual Tile Stripper

These walk-behind units are easy to operate – just plug it in and turn in on.  The stripper does the work with no hard pushing.  Let us know if your sub-flooring is wood or concrete and we’ll match up the correct cutting blade for your job.

If your tile removal job is small, then a manual tile stripper will do the job.  It uses the same blades as the electric tile stripper and works great in small, tight or close-in areas.

 Safety First:  During normal operation, sound levels can be above normal so ear protection must be worn at all times while operating the electric Tile Stripper.  Always wear appropriate eye protection, clothing and footwear.  Do not wear loose clothing or jewelry that can get tangled in moving parts. Footwear should provide sure footing and protection.

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

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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, http://icsbestway.com/en/tech/index.aspx

 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.

Recently, we discussed the different types of jackhammers and pavement breakers available for rent in “Bust A Move With A Jack Hammer”.  As mentioned, the type of material and application you are working with will determine the type of hammer and tool bits (point, chisel, spade, etc.) you will need to efficiently complete your job.

The different tool bits let you break, cut, dig, or tamp using the same electric or pneumatic hammer and by choosing the right jackhammer tool for your job, you will be able to complete your work easier, faster and safer.  The material you are working with usually tells you which tool you will need to use.  For example, if you use the wrong jackhammer tool the concrete may not give it back or you’ll spend time punching holes in the concrete without doing much breaking.  That is why it is important to learn which tools are made for each type of job.

Concrete Points and Chisels

The standard moil point and the narrow chisel are the most widely used all-purpose tools for concrete breaking.  When using either of these tools it is important not to pry too much with the hammer as the tool shank could break prematurely.  Larger chisel bits are popular for scoring normal-strength concrete or breaking up weak concrete or other materials that are too soft for efficient moil point or narrow chisel work.  With soft materials, a moil point simply punches a hole, while a chisel bit does more breaking or chipping.

Asphalt Spades and Clay Spades

For materials such as asphalt use an “asphalt spade” with a 5-inch wide blade.  It cuts through thick asphalt pavement and removes deteriorated asphalt quickly.  But don’t use this tool to break or cut concrete – the thin blade and softer steel is too easily damaged.  Spades for clay or hardpan cutting and removal come in blade widths of 4-1/2 inches and 5-1/2 inches.  The blade section is thin and curved for faster cutting and easier earth removal.

Bushing Tools

Bushing tools are used to remove high spots in a floor or to roughen a surface for better adhesion of overlayments and top coatings.  Engineers sometimes specify a bushing tool for roughening concrete surfaces at construction joints.  The tool also is used for texturing architectural concrete surfaces.  Bushing tools have a serrated face with rows of pyramidal points made of hardened steel.  Typically there are 9 or 16 points.  The paving breaker tool has a 2” square face and the smaller chipping hammer and electric hammer tools have 1-3/4” square faces.

Rod, Stake and Pipe Drivers

You can also save time and effort by using tools that drive rods, stakes and pipes into the ground.  Ground rod drivers, furnished in diameters ranging from 5/8” through 2-1/2”, are used to drive form pins, curbing pins, and different sized steel and stakes.  A pipe driver, designed to accommodate more than one size pipe, uses a center stem to guide the pipe and the cup does the driving.

Tampers

To use a jackhammer or pavement breaker as a tamper, a shank with a square or round tamper pad can tamp backfill or repack loose materials in tight corners or narrow trenches.

Sharpening:  All of our points, chisels, spades, and bushing tools are professionally sharpened after each rental.  This ensures that each tool has the right cutting angles and is properly heat-treated to restore the integrity of the steel before use.

Remember, the right “tips and bits” make a jackhammer, chipping hammer or pavement breaker one of the most versatile and productive tools you can rent!