Smart Home Upgrades – Are They Right For You?

There is no doubt about it, smart home technology is rapidly growing in both popularity and accessibility. Has the thought of adding smart home upgrades crossed your mind? If so, you may be wondering what will give you the most bang for your buck. Let's explore. What exactly is a smart home? A smart home is usually considered any home with televisions, lights, computers, appliances, irrigation, or home security items that can be controlled over a central network. What are the pros and cons? The ... Read more

Tips for Keeping the Work Site Clean

The synonyms for cleanliness include spotlessness, tidiness, neatness, and orderliness. I would venture to guess that these are not words you normally use to describe your work site! However, work site cleanliness is an important issue. Keeping a work site clean improves safety, reduces waste, increases efficiency, and leaves a better impression on those visiting your site. Use these tips to keep your work site clean and safe: First and foremost, cleaning the work site is way easier when it is ongoing. ... Read more

The Importance of Generators on the Jobsite | Commercial Equipment Rental

Whether your jobsite is large or small, chances are you will need electricity to power tools, technology, lights, fans, and other items. When electric outlets are not available and you need a temporary supply of power - generators come to the rescue! Choosing the right generator: How portable do you need it to be? Even a "portable" generator can be hard to maneuver if it is very heavy. Consider whether you need the generator to be on wheels for extra portability. How ... Read more

Plumbing Upgrades Can Save Big Bucks

Saying the phrase "home improvement project" tends to get people excited. Thinking out with the old, in with the new can give you a whole new, fresh outlook on your home. But what if I said the phrase "plumbing upgrade"? That doesn't sound as exciting, does it? While plumbing upgrades may not be the most exciting home improvement upgrade, we have a feeling you will be excited about the big bucks you can save with the following upgrades. Faucets Aesthetically speaking, this one ... Read more

Make Demolition Easier with the Right Tools

Demolition is by far the messiest, most dangerous piece of any renovation project, but it can also be the most fun! Tearing out the old, ugly, and out of date can give such a feeling of satisfaction, especially when you can envision the "after" picture. Just as there is more than one way "to sling a sledgehammer", there is more than one way to go about demolition. Find out how having the right tools can make the job easier. SAFETY EQUIPMENT: This is ... Read more

Do’s and Don’ts of Summer Landscaping

Keeping your landscaping looking its best throughout the entire summer can be a challenge with the high temperatures we experience here in the South. Summer landscaping can be a big job, but if you do your research and follow these tips, you can have great success. DO: Water Deeply to the Roots Ideally, your lawn should receive the equivalent of about one inch of rain per week during summer months. Only a few times a week, water with a deep soak so that the water ... Read more

Employee Spotlight, Chris Hearn

Chris Hearn, Assistant Manager, Norcross  Chris came to Northside Tool Rental almost two years ago as a driver for the Norcross location. After a few months it was very apparent to us that Chris showed valuable customer service skills. His eagerness to learn the business and do anything necessary to generate more business was impressive. When the Assistant Manager position opened up it was a no-brainer to offer it to Chris. Since he has taken on that roll in Norcross, he has excelled ... Read more

Keeping Your Cool on the Jobsite This Summer

The nickname HOTlanta for the metro Atlanta area refers to more than just our amazing nightlife. It also refers to our sizzling summer heat and humidity. As Atlanta general contractors, we know you have first hand experience with the negative effects summer heat can have on the jobsite. As the temperatures start to rise, let’s review some tips for... Keeping your cool on the jobsite this summer: Employee Safety - The biggest heat-related concern this summer will be employee safety. Employ the ... Read more

10 Commandments of Chain Saw Operation

Chain saws are one of the most versatile pieces of equipment you can rent from Northside Tool Rental. You can use chain saws for clearing, pruning, limbing, felling, and harvesting logs for the fire. Chain saws are able to quickly and easily complete these type of jobs due to powerful, sharp, teeth spinning at very high revolutions. This is also the reason you should always follow the... 10 Commandments of Chain Saw Operation: Match the size and type of chainsaw to ... Read more

Looking to Spruce Up Your Curb Appeal This Spring?

Realtors know that increasing your curb appeal can add thousands of dollars to the value of your home and cut the time it takes to sell. But even if you don’t plan on selling anytime soon, sprucing up your property has definite advantages. The biggest advantage is the awesome feeling you get each and every time you drive up and realize this gorgeously maintained property is all yours! So keep reading for some ideas to boost that curb appeal: Landscaping Badly designed or badly ... Read more

Helping Atlanta Contractors Rise Above the Competition with Lift Equipment

Whether you need an elevated work platform, the ability to reach a tall work space, or you have heavy materials and supplies to move around, our lift equipment rental can make your job significantly easier. Having the resourcefulness a lift provides can also put you in a better place to meet the needs of your customers. To choose a lift equipment rental that will work best for your project, there are a few questions you need to ask: What are the conditions of the job site? ... Read more

Employee Spotlight, Eddie Ward

All of us at Northside Tool Rental would like to congratulate Marietta location Assistant Manager Eddie Ward on being our April, 2017 employee of the month! Eddie has a long history of providing the best customer service to every contractor and homeowner who comes through his doors. Eddie's manager said this about him: Eddie has 15 plus years in the rental business and is always smiling. He is the friendliest guy around! Eddie goes out of his way to hook a customer up with the ... Read more

Spring Cleaning Made Easy with a Pressure Washer

Do you enjoy the blissful feeling of accomplishment and the sweet, satisfying feeling that comes after a successful spring cleaning frenzy? The objective of spring cleaning is not just decluttering, dusting and cleaning, it is also to accomplish projects that will have a lasting impact on the value and appearance of your home or business. Learn how a pressure washer rental from Northside Tool Rental can help you achieve spring cleaning success. Siding: Whether the exterior of your home or business is ... Read more

Achieve Worksite Efficiency in Atlanta with Scaffold Rentals

To put it plain and simple, using scaffold is the best way to get your workers where they need to be, when they need to be there, to complete the project. Scaffolding is a popular construction tool used for jobs of all types, sizes, and durations. Find out how scaffold rentals can help get your projects completed quickly and efficiently: Increased Access: Scaffolding improves access to otherwise hard to reach areas, providing workers with the necessary height needed to get the ... Read more

Helping Metro Atlanta Property Managers be Proactive with Maintenance

You wear many, many hats as a Metro Atlanta property manager. And you know all too well that no matter how well you maintain your properties, maintenance problems are still bound to pop up. And more often than not, it is the responsibility of the property manager to resolve the situation. Being proactive with maintenance issues should be high on your priority list, as it can help you avoid possible lawsuits. You can be named as liable for negligence if you fail to ... Read more

Four Common Equipment Rental Mistakes to Avoid

The rental of equipment, tools and machinery offers many advantages to Atlanta Metro contractors. Equipment rental is an integral component of your budgeting and planning process that can save your business time and money. However, there are 4 common mistakes contractors need to avoid to ensure you will actually get to keep that time and money. Avoid crucial mistakes in these areas when considering your equipment rental needs: The Contract - Always read the contract thoroughly. Ask questions about additional costs ... Read more

Construction Equipment: Is it Better to Purchase or Rent?

As an Atlanta Metro business owner, you make an enormous amount of decisions for your company each and every day. One of the questions that may be keeping you up at night is whether it is better to purchase or rent the piece of important construction equipment that you have your eye on. We want to make the decision easier by offering some points for you to consider. Questions to Consider Before Purchasing Construction Equipment: Is this an item that will be ... Read more

Offering Atlanta Metro Contractors an Easier Way to Complete Projects

Possibility & Profitability for Atlanta Contractors Atlanta Metro contractors know that having the right tools can be essential to completing a project. And while it is possible to own every single piece of equipment you will ever need - is it profitable? Let’s talk about a better, easier way to complete the wide range of projects in your repertoire. Here are three great advantages of equipment rental from Northside Tool Rental: Money - Let’s face it, owning every piece of equipment that you ... Read more

Calling all Atlanta Metro DIYers to Northside Tool Rental

Do you enjoy saving money? Do you want your home to feel unique and special? Do you value learning new skills? Do you crave the feeling of satisfaction from completing a project on your own? If you answered yes to some or all those questions, it is very likely that you are part of the growing number of home improvement DIYers. Now the question is, as a DIYer why should you choose Northside Tool Rental? Weekend Special - With our weekend ... Read more

Heavy Equipment Rental in Atlanta Metro Area Done Faster and Better

General contractors, who do you call when you need heavy equipment rental done faster? Who do you turn to when you need it done better? In Metro Atlanta, the answer has been Northside Tool Rental since 1953. Many contractors struggle with the upfront costs and the logistics of purchasing, storing, and maintaining heavy equipment and specialized tools; therefore, heavy equipment rental is their best option. We believe you will find it more cost effective and less stressful to rent these items as ... Read more

Atlanta Area Landscaping Contractors Start Here

Atlanta Landscaping Contractors Prefer Northside Tool Rental By now you have noticed that the growth in the housing and commercial construction markets has led to a significant surge in the local landscaping industry. Thankfully, Northside Tool Rental is here to help landscaping contractors, landscape designers and other landscape professionals find the best tools to finish any project. Wide Selection - If you are looking for the best selection of equipment rental solutions for the landscape industry, you have come to the right ... Read more

Rethink Atlanta Metro Tool and Equipment Rental

Local, Personable, Competitive Equipment Rental Solutions Locally owned and operated, Northside Tool Rental has been servicing the commercial equipment rental needs of contractors in the Atlanta area since 1953. We know tool and equipment rental and we know Atlanta contractors! There are a few reasons we believe it’s time you reconsider your equipment rental program: Relationships - We are not in the business of transactions; we are in the business of relationships. At Northside Tool Rental, you will have the opportunity to know the people behind ... Read more

How to Set Up Scaffolding

Construction projects often encompass work on the ground level as well as out-of-reach areas. Sometimes, a ladder just isn’t going to cut it, and even ladder jack assemblies can only do so much for vertical projects. Before you set up scaffolding for your project, learn how to set up scaffolding properly for a safe and efficient job site. How to Set Up Scaffolding Setting up scaffolding is very straightforward, but may take some patience if it’s your first time. Recruit a friend or a ... Read more

Building a Dog House for Man’s Best Friend

People love their pets, and often go to great lengths to keep their furry companions happy and healthy. With summer’s heat quickly approaching, it’s important to provide a shaded area for your dog to rest and keep cool. Building a dog house for man’s best friend is a surefire way to keep your dog happy and healthy this summer. Building a Dog House for Man’s Best Friend Dog houses come in many shapes and sizes, from a basic but sophisticated A-frame to miniature mansions ... Read more

Painting a Room

People paint rooms for many reasons, whether to match the walls with the new furniture, as a replacement for wallpaper, or just to change things up. Painting a room is doable either solo or with a friend or family member. Painting a Room Painting a room can be as quick as a weekend afternoon project, depending on the size of your project. Clean the surface which will be painted at least day in advance so that it has time to dry thoroughly. Materials Paint Paint pan Paint brushes ... Read more

How to Build a Stone Fire Pit

In the South, few things say summer better than a backyard barbecue. Once the sun has gone down, your party may still be going strong. Many patios have lights so that you can keep socializing well into the night. A fire pit is another way to provide light and a gathering place for your friends and family. Outdoor fires are always an attractive feature in any backyard retreat. Building a DIY stone fire pit can be as easy as stacking paving or ... Read more

How to Use a Tiller

Tillers are the perfect tool for preparing the soil in your yard or garden, designed specifically to create a loose and drainable soil ideal for new plants. They come in small and large sizes so that you can select the perfect amount of power for your project. Some people till their gardens immediately after the summer growing season because this provides optimal results. Any soil amendments have time to set and incorporate into the ground over the winter. Other people wait to till ... Read more

Restaurant and Retail Buildout Equipment

Every build out is different. Some stores are single story while others have multiple floors. Some spaces have low ceilings while others have tall ceilings. The wiring in one location may be perfect, but the surrounding construction may need revisiting. The list could go on. Don't have a man lift for fitting new windows or wiring? Did a smaller project turn into something much larger, and you need supplemental equipment? Are you on a tight deadline when your trusty drill gives up ... Read more

Renting and Using a Generator

Electricity is such a normal part of our everyday lives that it’s easy to take it for granted! Sometimes, we don’t realize we need it until we are in a place where electricity isn’t readily available – or when there has been a power outage. Renting and using a generator is perfect for situations where you need a temporary supply of power. Renting and Using a Generator Parties, tailgates, film and entertainment, construction sites, camping, and home projects are just a few of the ... Read more

Top Tips for Towing a Trailer

On the open road, a straightaway ahead of you and no sharp curves ahead for miles, towing a trailer is easy. Throw in traffic, narrow streets, winding curves, and the dreaded reverse, and towing a trailer becomes something different altogether. With our top tips for towing a trailer, you’ll soon be cruising around like a pro. Top Tips for Towing a Trailer The first time you tow a trailer, you may be all nerves and worry. With practice and experience, you will be towing ... Read more

How to Remove Wallpaper

Wallpaper has been around for hundreds of years, keeping walls looking attractive. However, even the most loved wallpaper has its time. There are plenty of reasons people remove their wallpaper. Styles change, and what’s popular one day is passé the next. Wallpaper which is across from a large window can become extremely faded. Nails and other hanging equipment can leave unsightly holes in the walls. The list could go on! Learn how to remove wallpaper before you start for a smooth and easy ... Read more

Renting a Heater for Your Worksite or Patio

Winter is in full swing, and the cold has kept many a grill in storage for the winter. Parties and get-togethers take place exclusively indoors. Patios and back decks which are centerpieces during the summer sit unused for months. Home isn’t the only place affected by the cold. At work sites, there’s no such thing as a winter break! However, cold fingers can make it a challenge to get things done. Staying on schedule can quickly become a challenge in frigid conditions. Renting ... Read more

DIY Home Projects for 2016

The new year is here, and that means a full year of DIY projects ahead. Whether you are a beginner or an expert DIY-er, home projects are available for every skill level. DIY Home Projects for 2016 Looking for some inspiration? Or just curious to see what’s out there? Here are some ideas for DIY Home Projects for 2016! Ideas for the Home Bookshelf (Skill level: Beginner – Expert) Even if you aren’t an avid reader, bookshelves are handy pieces of furniture to have around the ... Read more

DIY Carpets

After years of regular use, even the most durable of carpets has its limit. Fraying ends, worn areas, damage, and stains are all great reasons to consider replacing a carpet. Or, perhaps it’s just time for a change, and you never liked the carpet that came with the house to begin with! Professional carpet installation can be expensive depending on the size of space and amount of carpet which needs to be installed. While it may take patience and some work, you ... Read more

Choosing the Best Flooring For Your Home

New floors are one of the projects that can make homeowners sweat. There’s the measuring, the shopping, the color samples, and the seemingly infinite details that goes into choosing a new floor. Choosing the best flooring for your home doesn’t have to be hard! Let this guide point you in the right direction towards finding that perfect new floor for your home. Choosing the Best Flooring For Your Home As if re-flooring a room wasn’t a daunting enough task on its own, there are ... Read more

How to Install Drywall

Unless your house is made entirely of brick, wood, or stone, chances are that you’ve got drywall somewhere in your home. Drywall is used in both ceilings and walls in most new construction. It’s inexpensive, not difficult to install, easy to paint, lasts for years, and is attractive when finished. Even the best-installed drywall can need replacing for any number of reasons – water damage, picture hanging accidents, or tearing out old walls for renovation are just a few possibilities! Learn how to install ... Read more

How to Build a Small Greenhouse

Greenhouses are a great addition for any gardener’s arsenal. They keep tender plants safe from deer, rabbits, and other pests, and provide the perfect environment for plants to grow throughout the year. There are many different types of DIY greenhouses ranging from plastic to glass, domed to lean-to, walk-in to tabletop, indoor or outdoor, and many more. You can easily spend hundreds – if not thousands – of dollars on a prefabricated greenhouse. Save money and build a custom-order greenhouse that’s perfect for ... Read more

How to Build a Bed

Beds are a part of everyone’s daily life, bookending everyone’s day in blanket-wrapped comfort. There are hundreds of possible styles of beds, and thousands of possibilities for surrounding room decor. How To Build A Bed Building a bed frame may seem like a thing of the past. Not so! Building a bed frame not only builds or exercises your woodworking skills, it allows you the creativity and freedom to create the bedroom masterpiece you’ve always wanted. Before You Build a Bed... Before you start sawing ... Read more

Preparing Your Garden or Landscape for Winter

Although many gardeners may wish that spring and summer were endless, giving beautiful flowers and generous edibles throughout the year, the truth is that winter is unavoidable. The bulbs and flowers which you spent hours planting, the shrubberies you encouraged to grow strong, and the lawn which you tended daily will all wither and fade. In truth, while the leaves of your plants may have dried and dropped off, there is just as much going on under the soil during winter as ... Read more

How to Remove a Tree Stump

It’s happened to even the most diligent of homeowners: after prolonged heavy rains, an ice storm, or high winds, a tree falls over and needs to be removed. Cutting the tree trunk and dragging it away is labor-intensive, but straightforward and can be done in an afternoon. Tree stumps, on the other hand, can be tricky. Learn how to remove a tree stump in order to save yourself both time and money! Why Remove a Tree Stump? Tree stumps are notoriously challenging to remove ... Read more

When to Plant Springtime Bloomers

Although Christmas is just around the corner, spring will be here before you know it! Many gardeners have known what they’ll plant since last season. Others take their time with a new design, carefully researching types of plants and flowerbed arrangements. Some gardeners go to the nursery when it’s spring and ‘wing it’, waiting to see what catches their eye. One type of plant which can’t be planted at the last minute are flowering bulbs. Knowing when to plant springtime bloomers in ... Read more

How to Install New Cabinets

Cabinets are wonderful to have in the house, and there are plenty of reasons to have some around! Kitchen cabinets keep your counter space clear for your cooking experiments. Their bathroom counterparts are great for storing towels, toilet paper, and more. Garage-based installations are essential for the home builder, mechanic, or gardener. Homes and apartments usually come with cabinets already installed. However, they may need replacing due to age or aesthetics. Sometimes there simply aren’t cabinets in the space desired. How To Install ... Read more

DIY Holiday Gift Ideas

The holidays are just around the corner, and many people are taking to the stores to find the perfect gifts for their loved ones. If you’re a DIY enthusiast, then one great way to exercise your creativity and have fun is to build gifts for your friends and family! Few things show care and consideration like a handmade gift. DIY Holiday Gift Ideas There are thousands of DIY Holiday gift ideas, all available with just a few mouse clicks. Here are just a ... Read more

How to Build a Tool Shed

One thing about tools is that they somehow manage to multiply. In January they fit nicely into your toolbox, but by July they’re overflowing out of the toolbox and into the rest of your storage space. If you’re a weekend DIY warrior, and a cabinet of scattered, disorganized tools sounds like you, then you may want to consider a tool shed! Prefabricated tool sheds can be expensive. Fortunately, building a tool shed of your own isn’t difficult and can save you money. ... Read more

Automotive Tool Rentals at Northside Tool Rental

Repairing or restoring your own vehicle is a challenging but highly rewarding activity. You can easily save costs and do the job the way you want. Plus, you get bragging rights too! There’s nothing quite like the satisfaction of doing vehicle maintenance yourself. Whether you're a longtime patron or brand new to Northside Tool Rental, you may be familiar with our extensive home and garden equipment. But did you know we rent automotive tools? If you’ve got the tools but not the heavy ... Read more

Tailgating Supplies at Northside Tool Rental

Fall is the time of year when coats and scarves are pulled out of storage, and the foliage turns all kinds of colors. Fall is also the time of year when many different sports seasons begin! Whether you follow baseball, hockey, football, or another sport, there will be plenty of opportunities to throw a tailgate party. If you’re planning a tailgate party and are looking for equipment rental, then check out the tailgating supplies at Northside Tool Rental! What Makes a Good ... Read more

Fall Yard Decorating Ideas

As summer comes to a close, the colors and scents of fall are unmistakable. Leaves turn all types of vibrant hues as the weather cools, while apples, pumpkins, and corn appear at every store. When the summer decor goes back into the closet until next season, it’s time to look at some fall yard decorating ideas. Fall Yard Decorating Ideas There are so many possibilities when it comes to decorating your yard for fall. Just about every store will have a seasonal aisle ... Read more

How to Remove Tile Without Any Fuss

Tile is a beautiful flooring option for bathrooms, kitchens, foyers, and more. It comes in many sizes, shapes, and colors, and can be laid in any number of patterns and arrangements. However, whether for cosmetic reasons or for repairs, your tile may need to be replaced! You’ll first need to learn how to remove tile before installing your new flooring. Stripping a Floor vs. Removing Tile Flooring First, you may notice that a quick internet search shows different machines and methods when you ... Read more

How to Edge Flower Beds Like A Pro

Edges on flower beds give any landscape a crisp and clean look, although after you’ve dug up old plants, spread new dirt and tilled the soil, dug more holes, and finally planted new flowers, the last thing you want to think of is more work! Even if you have a long-established garden, an edge on your flower bed can help the health and appearance of your plants. Edges on flower beds will help keep weeds and grass out, saving you extra work ... Read more

Renting Tools from Northside Tool Rental Is Easy

While owning your own construction equipment might seem handy for your weekend projects, there are plenty of reasons to rent. Renting means you don’t have to find places to store heavy equipment. A rental company will also do the maintenance work on the equipment for you! It’s also far less expensive to rent certain types of equipment than purchase them outright – especially for specialty units. Northside Tool Rental offers a wide selection of tools for both residential and professional uses. If ... Read more

Sidewalk Cleaners For Pristine Curb Appeal

Sidewalks become dirty for a number of reasons. Oil stains, planters that have been in one place too long, mold and mildew, or accumulated use from regular wear and tear can all contribute to a dirty sidewalk. That’s why sidewalks need love too! A clean sidewalk not only gives your visiting guests a better first impression of your home, it will give your yard more curb appeal! If you’re wanting to give your sidewalk a much-needed scrub, you’ll first need to decide what ... Read more

10 Fun Fall DIY Project Ideas

Fall is a great time for outdoor DIY projects. Autumn brings cool, crisp temperatures that will make working outdoors a real pleasure. Are you stumped on what DIY project to build next? We are always happy to share DIY ideas! Here are a few of our favorite Fall DIY projects from Pinterest: DIY Projects for a Spooktacular Home   DIY Fall Projects For Your Yard   Read more

How to Build a Simple Bookcase In A Weekend

While e-readers have become increasingly popular, bookcases are still high in demand. Bookshelves are versatile, and can store more than just books! They’re perfect for CDs, DVDs, knick-knacks, and even kitchen supplies. They’re also easy to build, and a great weekend project. Bookshelves can come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Our guide teaches how to build a simple bookcase measuring 31”x24”x13”. This plan can be easily scaled to the size and shape you want! First Thing’s First: Supplies Materials 1 – 12’ ... Read more

How Long Does it Take to Build a House?

Atlanta’s population continues to grow, and the housing industry keeps growing with it. New houses and complexes are built throughout the year. If you’ve ever considered building your own lakeside retreat, or if you’re a DIY enthusiast, you may have wondered: exactly how long does it take to build a house? How Long Does it Take to Build a House? The length of time to build a house varies across the US. As of 2015, the Wall Street Journal reports that the average ... Read more

Fall Landscaping Ideas That Will Add Late-Season Color To Your Yard

Fall is just around the corner, and with it a familiar and nostalgic routine. Kids are going back to school; football season is starting; the leaves are turning red and gold; sweaters get unpacked from closets, and the smell of cinnamon and spices wafts through the air. Atlanta is the perfect climate for many varieties of flowers, shrubs, and trees. This means that there are countless fall landscaping ideas you can choose from. We’ve put together a few ideas to help inspire ... Read more

Walk-Behind Brush Hog Rentals

Grass and weeds in Georgia summers can grow what seems like a foot per day. While this is an exaggeration, it only takes a few weeks for fields to become overgrown. When it’s time to clear that field, whether for aesthetics or for the small farm plot you’ve always wanted, the average lawn mower isn’t going to do the trick. You’re also not about to sharpen up that antique scythe in the attic! Fortunately, there’s an easy solution. Northside Tool Rental offers walk-behind ... Read more

Personnel Lift AKA “Man Lift” Rentals

“Personnel lifts” are known by a variety of names, including ‘boom lifts’, ‘articulating boom lifts’, ‘aerial lifts’, ‘scissor lifts’, ‘cherry pickers’, ‘basket ladders’, and most commonly, ‘man lifts’. Whichever name you know them by, they all serve the same purpose: to lift a person up to a project which a conventional ladder can’t quite reach. Northside Tool Rental offers several man lift rental options to fit your project! All About Man Lifts Man lifts were originally designed for picking fruit off the highest ... Read more

Atlanta Home Landscaping Ideas

Whether you’ve just moved into a new home and want to build your dream landscape, or you’ve lived in your home for years and want a change, hundreds of home landscaping ideas are available. Atlanta is an excellent climate for most plants to grow, so there is no shortage of choice on the type of plants you can feature! If you’re stumped on which direction to go, or looking for some inspiration, check out some of our landscaping ideas. Wildlife-Friendly Home Landscaping ... Read more

How to Grow Hydrangeas

How To Grow Hydrangeas Featuring dark, broad leaves and globes of clustered flowers ranging in color from pink to blue, hydrangeas are a distinctive and eye-catching addition to any Atlanta landscape. Learning how to grow hydrangeas will improve the beauty of your plants. How to Plant Hydrangeas Plant hydrangeas in the spring or fall, choosing an area of your lawn that gets sun in the morning but shade in the afternoon. Dig a hole as deep as the roots of your plant, and 2 to ... Read more

How to Level a Floor For Tile

Laying even, level tiles can be a challenging task for novices and professionals alike. Every floor is different, including the type of tile, layout, existing backing, and the condition of the substrate, among many other factors. We’re here to show you that while laying level floor tile can be time consuming, it’s completely doable without having to hire the professionals. First Steps: Determining the Condition of your Substrate You’ll first need to determine what the condition of your tile’s substrate is. If your ... Read more

Northside Tool Rental’s Easy Guide on How to Edge a Lawn

Edging a lawn may seem like a very trivial task in the long list of regular lawn maintenance. You might wonder how a small line between pavement and grass can make any difference at all. The truth is that a defined edge improves both the health and appearance of your lawn. Why Edge My Lawn? Edging actually reduces the amount of time you spend on lawn maintenance. The border between the lawn and surrounding pavement, garden beds, or natural landscaping will create a ... Read more

How to Use a Weed Eater

How To Use A Weed Eater Weed eaters are the perfect tool for cutting grass, weeds, or other low underbrush from around objects, or for use on terrain that cannot be accessed by lawnmowers. While the line, or string, in a weed eater can last for many projects, repeated use will eventually cause the reserve in the spool to wear down. At this point, the line must be replaced. We at Northside Tool Rental want to show you that threading and using a weed ... Read more

How To Lay Stepping Stones

An easy home improvement project for homeowners is laying stepping stones to create a decorative walkway in your yard. With this brief tutorial, we can teach you how to lay stepping stones in your yard. Why You Should Add Stepping Stones To Your Yard Adding a stepping stone walkway to your yard will encourage and direct your guests and visitors to use a defined path through your yard or garden. Stepping stones will define a path to encourage your guests to view your yard ... Read more

How To Make Mulch With A Wood Chipper

What Is Mulch? Mulch is any material that is used on the top of soil in garden beds and natural areas that prevents weeds growth, adds nutrients, conserves moisture, and regulates temperature in the soil.  Adding mulch will also enhance the beauty of your plant beds and natural areas by giving them a consistent, uniform look. Wood mulch in the garden is an attractive, natural-looking, and inexpensive pathway material. Mulch can be purchased at your local garden center or home store in a ... Read more

Best Home Improvement Projects To Add Value To Your Home

Are you the type that is always on the lookout for the best home improvement projects to tackle?  Finding home improvement projects that add value to your home can be fun and rewarding.  Searching for fun and easy project ideas will give you the opportunity to show off your skill and increase the value of your home. Home improvement project skill levels can vary from simple to demanding.  Choose a project that you are confident that you can complete.  It is better to ... Read more

How To Care For Your Lawn Year Round

Keeping your lawn attractive and healthy year-round is a goal of most homeowners. Knowing how to take care of your lawn by performing routine upkeep tasks and using the correct tools will keep your lawn the envy of the neighborhood. How To Care For Your Lawn--Tips For A Greener Lawn Wondering how to maintain a healthy, thick lawn throughout the year? The following lawn care routine tasks will keep your lawn healthy and looking great: Aerate: An aerator pulls plugs out of your soil. ... Read more

Summer Lawn Care Tips for Atlanta Homeowners

Keeping a lush, green lawn in Atlanta during the hot summer months is not always easy.  To keep the grass in your lawn growing, you need the right amount of sunshine, good quality soil, and moisture with good drainage.  Here are some of our best summer lawn care tips and recommended equipment to get the job done for Atlanta homeowners. Summer Lawn Care Tips Control the Amount of Sunlight Your Lawn Gets Let’s face it, there isn’t much you can do to control how ... Read more

Six DIY Projects For Summer That Sizzle

Trying to think of fun and rewarding DIY projects for summer?  Here are six DIY projects for summer that will fit any skill level and budget. Six DIY Projects For Summer That Sizzle 1. Build An Outdoor BBQ Grill   This DIY project may seem difficult however, with a good, flat location and a simple design, even a beginner can create a permanent outdoor BBQ grill.  Look online or at your local library for easy to build outdoor BBQ plans. Build your BBQ with bricks or landscape ... Read more

How To Operate A Bobcat Skid Steer Loader

Have you ever considered renting construction equipment for a project but didn’t because you weren't sure how to operate a Bobcat?  We can teach you how to drive a Bobcat (also referred to as a skid steer loader) in a few quick and easy steps. Is it a Bobcat Or A Skid Steer Loader? The skid steer loader can, at times, be referred to simply as a Bobcat.  In fact, Bobcat is the name of a popular skid steer loader manufacturer.  Both names ... Read more

How To Operate A Mini Excavator

Knowing how to operate a mini excavator will save you time and money on your next outdoor project.  Mini excavators are known for their ability to work in tight places. In addition, renting mini excavators are much easier on the budget than renting a full size excavator. What Is A Mini Excavator? A mini excavator is a tracked vehicle that generally includes a standard backfill blade and features independent boom swing.  Mini excavators are made in different sizes based on the digging depth ... Read more

How To Operate A Scissor Lift

Learning how to operate a scissor lift is not difficult. A scissor lift is a portable, hydraulic-powered lift with a platform that can be raised into the air directly above the base. It is very important that you learn and understand all of the controls and safety steps before you begin operating a scissor lift. What is a Scissor Lift? Wikipedia defines a scissor lift as a type of platform that can usually only move vertically. The mechanism to achieve this is the ... Read more

How To Use Scaffolding For Your Next Project

Knowing how to use scaffolding for your next project will save you lots of time and effort. Renting scaffolding is money well spent.  Think of all the time you will save by not going up and down a ladder to move it from side to side while you work on your home project. What is Scaffolding? Scaffolding is a temporary structure used to support workers and materials to aid in  construction, maintenance, and repair projects.  Scaffolding is a practical option to using a ... Read more

How To Cut Marble Like a Pro

How To Cut Marble Like a Pro Learning how to cut marble may seem like a difficult DIY task.  In fact, it is easy to do when you are using the right equipment.  Knowing what equipment to use and how to use it properly will help you cut marble like a pro. Cutting marble yourself for your project will also save you money.  Most stone yards will have leftover, scrap pieces of marble that you can get for a reduced price.  If you ... Read more

How To Remove Drywall

Knowing how to remove drywall, instead of hiring a professional, can save you lots of money.  That being said, removing drywall can be a dusty, strenuous project.  With proper preparation and tools, you can minimize the time and effort it can take to remove drywall. Preparing To Remove Drywall Always wear safety glasses and work gloves to protect yourself from harm while working on any project. Remove all hazards. Make sure that all electricity, water, and gas lines are are shut off at their main ... Read more

DIY Home Projects For Families

DIY (Do It Yourself) home projects can be small and finished in just a few hours or they can be large and take months or even years to complete. DIY projects are a great way to get the whole family involved in an planning and executing a project.  DIY home projects can teach children project planning, math skills, and working together as a team in a fun way. What is your DIY Skill level?   Basic considerations for any DIY project should include skill ... Read more

How To Use A Wood Chipper

How To Use A Wood Chipper If you know how to use a wood chipper, sprucing up your yard in the spring and fall is an easy DIY project.  Removing dead tree branches and pruning shrubbery can create tons of debris.  Using a wood chipper will make yard debris a snap. Types Of Wood Chippers To Use A Chipper/Shredder machine can handle smaller size branches from shrubbery and leaves and will pulverize the wood into small shreds that can also be used as mulch.  Renting ... Read more

How To Polish Floors Like A Pro

Do you know how to polish floors?  The easiest way to polish floors is with a good-quality floor polishing machine.  Floor polishing machines are electronically powered and simple to use.  The bottom of the polisher is round in shape and is made to rotate in a circular motion while it glides across your floor.  The polisher is guided by a handle that you can adjust for a comfortable height. How To Polish Floors Before you start polishing your floors, make sure that your floor ... Read more

How to Be Healthier & Wealthier Through DIY Vegetable Gardening

Approximately 43 million home vegetable gardens grace the landscape of the United States, and they increased a whopping 20% in just one year. In the Southeast, we enjoy gardening even more than the rest of the country, perhaps partly because of our comparatively milder climate. According to a National Gardening Association survey, people are flocking to gardening for a variety of reasons, but here are the most commonly cited: Eat better tasting food: 58 % Save money on food bills: 54% Eat better quality ... Read more

DIY Home Improvement Projects That Are Super Fast And Easy

DIY Home Improvement Projects That are Super Fast and Easy Spring is a great season for DIY home improvement projects. In particular, outdoor projects that will spruce up your home. The weather is getting warmer and it's enjoyable to work outside. In addition, the daylight hours are getting longer.  The longer days make is easy to complete your project in just one or two days.  Projects can be complete in a weekend. Here are 10 super fast DIY home improvement projects that are perfect for Spring:   1.  Clean and ... Read more

Cool Backyard Ideas

The backyard is one of the most social areas of the home. Whether you’re entertaining guests or enjoying summer fun with your family, it’s important that you yard be just as welcoming and relaxing as your home. These fourteen cool backyard ideas will give your space a unique, friendly ambiance without breaking your budget. Try out these exciting DIY backyard projects for fun features for the whole family. 1. Outdoor Chandelier Elegant and energy efficient; what more could you ask for? This rustic, repurposed ... Read more

How to Replace a Shower Head

Whether you’re changing a broken shower head or simply updating your bathroom with more efficient fixtures, replacing a shower head can be a relatively easy process for both seasoned and beginner DIYers. This quick how-to guide will help you install your new fixed-mount, fixed-mount and handheld, or handheld only shower head quickly and effectively. What you’ll need: A new shower head An adjustable wrench Plumber’s tape Preparation The first step of changing your shower head is preparing your work area. Place an old towel at the bottom ... Read more

Practical Guide on How to Thin Latex Paint 

Learning how to thin latex paint can help you save from so much trouble when it is time to start painting. Although this task may seem rather daunting at first, thinning paint includes certain techniques that will ensure you of excellent results that you expect. Read along and discover key facts about thinning latex paint, including additional tips you may want to know about this topic. Practical Paint Thinning Tips Latex is a type of water-based paint, which you can thin using water. ... Read more

Is It Necessary to Wash Walls Before Painting?

Some people who are planning to paint their home's interior wonder if it is better to wash walls before painting, or if they can start working right away. Primarily, this all depends on the type of paint and the surface that you will have to paint on. So, for further information on this topic, read along and gain practical tips and techniques that will help you obtain outstanding results. Determine if you need to wash the walls If you are using gloss or ... Read more

Guide on How to Tile on Concrete

Thinking of the proper way on how to tile on concrete? If you are planning to wrk on this project, then it is best to be aware of the right techniques beginning with the preparation process to the actual procedure on tiling concrete floor. So, read along to learn more about this task as you read along. Preparation The best thing about concrete floors is that once these are free of abrasions or cracks, it is easy for you to lay ceramic tiles ... Read more

Practical Guide on How to Use a Stump Grinder

After a tree is removed, a stump that sticks out of the ground may appear to be an eyesore in your property. This also gets in the way of your landscaping plans, so it is best to have this removed to keep the area clear and easy to maintain. Grinding is usually the best option as this is the fastest and most effective way to remove stumps. It is only a matter of knowing what it takes to rent this equipment ... Read more

Essential Guide to Using Dingo Equipment Properly and Safely

To reduce manual labor while enhancing productivity, the dingo equipment can be your practical solution. With this equipment, you can expect to get the job done quickly using the different attachments. What's more, you can work in tight areas efficiently without any heavy footprint along the way. Pre-Start Checks Before using the dingo equipment, be sure to apply certain techniques during the pre-start period. Various key components should be checked carefully and regularly prior to operating the equipment. For instance, the engine oil ... Read more

Knocking Down A Wall

Knocking down a wall in your home is often considered by homeowners as a DIY (Do-It-Yourself) project.  Before you grab a hammer and start knocking down a wall, there are several factors to consider.  Rushing into knocking down a wall in your home can result in increased costs and dangerous safety hazards. Structural Knowledge It is not easy to determine whether a wall is load bearing or not. Removing a wall in a one-story house is much different than in a two-story house, ... Read more

How To Build A Wood Fence

How To Build A Wood Fence According to poet, Robert Frost, "Good fences make good neighbors." Whether you want to build a wood fence for privacy or for decoration -- it is true that by doing a little planning and effort, your wooden fence will certainly be admired by those living near you. Fences can be the source of arguments between neighbors. Common disagreements include what kind of fence is being built, where it is being built, and how the fence will be ... Read more

Landscaping Around Patio – Ways to Beautify Your Outdoor Space

Thinking of a way to improve the appearance of your outdoor space? Then, you should consider applying simple yet effective techniques in landscaping around patio. After all, a beautiful landscape can instantly transform the appearance of your property while increasing its market value. What's more, having the right plan for landscaping and planting around your patio can minimize maintenance and increase the square footage of your property. So, check out this guide when it comes to landscaping around the patio and consider ... Read more

Simple Guide on How to Control Weeds in Flower Beds

Weeds can ruin the overall appearance of your garden, particularly your flower beds. So, what you need to do is to learn how to control weeds in flower beds to achieve a well-groomed and manicured garden that adds to your property's appeal. The tips below can help you maintain your garden's beauty while minimizing the amount of time you spend weeding regularly. 1. Dormant weeds are better left untouched. While weeds are generally pulled at the roots, it is advisable to just leave ... Read more

A Simple And Easy Guide on How To Install Baseboard

The finishing touch of any house comes from the minute details that complete the overall charm. Baseboards form an important part of this charm as it covers the joints between the floor and the walls. For people who like to work around the wood shop and need some baseboard replacement, installing them on your own can be the perfect DIY project for the weekend. Cutting out the old ones and installing the new ones may require some handyman skills and will ... Read more

Beginner Woodworking Projects made Fun and Easy

Anyone who wishes to start woodworking faces the daunting task of having to choose the type of wood, the correct tools and manage the expenses. Fortunately, woodworking has now become popular across the globe in many countries. This means that there are many more experts who are willing to guide you on your woodworking hobby to make the activities fun and safe. In addition to the basic information provided about tool kits and carving tips, many websites on the Internet now provide ... Read more

Guide on How to Use a Tiller to Level a Yard

When it comes to any gardening project, the secret to producing quality crops is having a fertile soil. Any types of garden require good and rich soil that will promote abundant growth for your fruits and vegetables. So, it is important that you prepare the soil by knowing how to use a tiller to level a yard properly. A tiller is a tool that you use when digging into the soil. It is a matter of choosing and using a top quality ... Read more

How To Build A Retaining Wall

WHAT IS A RETAINING WALL? A retaining wall is a structure that holds back soil or water. Retaining walls are built to reduce erosion or to correct an awkwardly sloped landscape retaining walls can be made of stone, concrete block, or wood timbers. Consideration should be given to the height, the type of soil behind the wall, and what will be on top of your retaining wall. Based on these considerations, the appropriate type of retaining wall can be constructed. GRAVITY RETAINING WALL The gravity ... Read more

How to Build A Raised Garden Bed

A raised garden bed provides a gardening method that allows you to grow a larger, more plentiful harvest with less cost, in less space, using less water and seeds, and less work than traditional gardens.  Raised garden bed gardening is a fun family project to teach children about how plants grow and eating delicious, healthy foods. WHY RAISED BED GARDENING WORKS Raised garden bed gardening is ideal for smaller spaces and poor soil conditions. The close plant spacing and use of quality soil will result in higher ... Read more

What You Should Know About Construction Tool Rental

When it comes to choosing the best construction tool rental company, it helps to determine the quality of products and services offered. After all, you are devoting your time and money for that company, so it is only right you get the best value for your investment. At Northside Tool Rental, you can expect to receive only the finest service that you need and deserve. In fact, we have been in the business since 1953, which makes us the right people for ... Read more

Patio Heater Troubleshooting Tips You Should Know

When the chilly months kick in, patio heaters can become one of the most essential items you can have to keep you warm this time of the year. So, it is best to know some patio heater troubleshooting techniques that will ensure you of this machine's excellent running condition. Read along and check out this guide on common patio heater issues and how to solve each. Check for Gas at the Burner Generally, patio heaters are simple machines with just a few components ... Read more

Tool Rental Company Comparison

We decided to take a look at how Northside Tool Rental service and pricing stacked up against the other tool rental companies. We think you’ll agree that Northside Tool Rental is the smarter choice the next time you need to use a tool and equipment rental service. Northside Tool Rental vs. Big Box Tool Rental Departments ✓ We take reservations - Big Box Tool Rental Departments does not. ✓ Our pricing and reservation system is online - theirs is not. ✓ We have an easy ... Read more

Pumpkin Carving Designs and Tips You Should Know

Halloween is just around the corner, and it's that time of the year once again to start thinking about amazing pumpkin carving designs to decorate your home. So, whether you are a newbie or a pro in carving pumpkins, these tips and design ideas can come in handy this season. Choosing the Right Pumpkin If you want to get that flawless and attractive design for your pumpkin, it's best to start by examining closely the shape, texture and quality of the pumpkin you ... Read more

How To Patch Holes in Drywall

Accidents happen... So, you were moving that beautiful new antique armoire into your house and you accidentally bumped the wall leaving a small hole. Don’t sweat it, patching the hole in your drywall is much easier than moving that heavy armoire! Here’s what you need to patch your drywall: Materials Piece of drywall larger than the hole in the wall Pencil 1 x 3 wood strapping or salvaged wood to use for backing Construction adhesive Joint compound Small piece of screen 2 inches larger than the patch piece Fine Silicone-Carbide sandpaper Tools Utility knife or Drywall ... Read more
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