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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How to Become a General Contractor in Georgia

Throughout Georgia, there is a growing demand for general contractors. If you have experience in the construction industry and would like to translate your talents and interests into a lucrative career, becoming a general contractor could be for you, but if you want to become a contractor in Georgia, you'll need to first obtain a license. Georgia is one of the many states that requires contractors to hold a license in order to perform work. Licenses are issued by the Georgia Board ... Read more

Simple Steps: How To Use An Extension Ladder

Some jobs that you do outside the house aren't always on ground level. Further, you might require a ladder that allows you to reach a higher level or higher floors if you are working on a commercial job. For this reason, learning how to use an extension ladder, and properly setting it up to avoid injuries when completing different tasks. These are a few simple steps to help you properly set up the extension ladder, in order to be able to ... Read more