National Preparedness Month is recognized in September every year. The 2018 theme is "Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How." Each community across the country is susceptible to its own unique types of disasters and emergencies. Georgia has a history of hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding, wildfires, and ice storms. Fortunately, there are key steps that everyone can take to be better prepared.
The time to prepare for a disaster is BEFORE it strikes.
Know how to shut off utilities. Natural gas leaks and explosions are responsible ...
As we tell our kids, there is no such thing as free... right? But we think making your own mulch by recycling trees, broken limbs, and debris in your yard is just about as close to free as you can get! Mulch can be used to prevent weed growth, adds nutrients, conserves moisture, and regulates the temperature in your soil. It will also enhance the beauty of your plant beds and natural areas by giving them a consistent, uniform look. Making your own ...
We love to solve problems for our customers! Recently, a customer came in complaining of a moldy odor in a five-bedroom house. We recommended a large ozone machine that is about the size of a desktop printer. The unit is electric, plugs in to any 110-volt outlet and over the weekend eliminated the bad odor. They were very impressed with the results. Ozone machines have been around for quite a while, but they’re still rather hard to find for rental. Fortunately, Northside Tool ...
We have already talked about Ways to Prepare for a Move and Best Packing Practices. Now it is time to get down to the nitty gritty - it's moving day! Moving day can be extremely overwhelming. There are so many tiny details to keep track of.
We have the tips and tricks you need to save your sanity on moving day!
Pack an overnight bag for each member of the family with a change of clothes and personal toiletries.
Make sure everything ...
Spring is a time for change and new beginnings. Some times this translates into packing up and moving to a new residence. Last time we talked about 5 Ways to Prepare Before a Big Move. Now it is time to talk about the best practices for packing. It's time to talk about all those boxes!
If you are looking for free, the most popular place to look is probably grocery stores. You may also have very good luck at office supply stores, ...
When you think of making a big move, the first thing that comes to mind is ALL the boxes! Where do you get the boxes? How many boxes do you need? Are you going to be swallowed alive by all these massive stacks of boxes? Which box did you put that important item in? BUT before you even start thinking about the boxes, we have a few other items you need to prepare before the big move.
Set up a ...
Simple design features can make a big difference in the comfort and energy efficiency of your home. Some energy efficient strategies require an increased upfront cost, but you should have a quick return on investment by decreasing utility bills.
Energy Efficient Strategies
Home Placement - Did you know the position and placement of your house in relation to the sun, wind and other surroundings can make a huge difference in your heating and cooling costs? A simple directional or design tweak can make the ...
There are so many advantages to hardwood floors - easy cleanup, better air quality, durability and versatility. One of the biggest advantages is the ability to refinish instead of replace. Unfortunately, even the finest of hardwood flooring surfaces is not immune to wear and tear. Thankfully, you can refinish your hardwood floors yourself and get them looking like new again without a major demolition. Let's talk about the best practices for perfectly finished floors.
Prepare the Room
Take everything out - yes everything! ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
Paint brushes ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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. ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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
1 – 12’ ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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. ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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.
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, ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...