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How to Effectively Jackhammer Your Concrete Patios and Floors

Home renovations and repairs invariably require breaking through stubborn concrete floors. The hard nature of concrete puts off DIY enthusiasts from attempting to break concrete themselves. However, with the right tools,this task is not as difficult as you may think.

Use a Jackhammer to Break Down ConcreteTools Required:

  • Concrete jackhammer (breaker) with chisel point bit
  • Pry bar (5” to 6” long)
  • Reciprocating saw
  • Bolt cutter
  • Wheelbarrow

Process:

  1. Make an estimate: Assess the task on hand, to pace the work and also to ensure the proper disposal of debris.
  2. Position the jackhammer: Take the concrete breaking hammer and grasp it firmly using both hands, positioning it 6 to 12 inches away from the edge of the concrete. Hold the jackhammer vertically. Make sure to face away from windows or anything else that may be damaged by flying debris.
  3. Apply the jackhammer: Press the trigger of the jackhammer and drive it straight down into the concrete, 2 or 3 inches, and back up the same way. If the drill does not produce a crack, stop and try at another nearby spot.
  4. Apply again: Move away to another position and repeat the process, ensuring that cracks form in a way that the debris becomes manageable chunks: neither too large nor too small.
  5. Use a saw or bolt cutter: If there is wire or rebar reinforcement in the concrete, use a reciprocating saw to cut off such reinforcements at the cracks, to facilitate the removal of the concrete. If the reinforcement is wire mesh, a bolt cutter is more apt than a saw
  6. Use the pry bar: Use the pry bar on the cracks created by the jackhammer, to remove large swathes of concrete in one go.
  7. Cart away the debris: Cart away the debris to its designated location in a wheelbarrow. For large jobs, a heavy-duty wheelbarrow is appropriate.

Caution: Although a concrete breaking hammer makes the task easy, it still involves some hazards. It would therefore be wise to use safety gear, including: gloves, ear protection, eye protection and steel-toed shoes.

The jackhammer is considered to be one of the most widespread, robust tools utilized in removing concrete floors and patios. Jackhammer types and bits should be carefully selected according to the task and application. Talk to an expert at Runyon Equipment Rental to provide advice on your project.

About the Author

Jack Runyon is the president of Runyon Equipment Rental. He has 21 years of rental experience, as the 3rd generation son to carry on the family tradition and his grandfather’s vision. He prides the company for its devotion to ethics, quality products and customer service. Jack is known for his passion and vast expertise.

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Painting Walls in Your Dream Home Made Easy

A home is the most important investment you might ever make and it’s important to maintain it in top-class condition. So it is natural to want to paint the interior of your house to keep up with the times.

Do-It-Yourself

Painting a home can be a laborious process and people usually prefer to outsource the work. Nowadays however, the trend has changed with more and more people taking up the challenge of beautifying their home with their favorite colors.

Remember – it is very important to arrive at a budget that will meet your desired outcome and can be purchased at reasonable prices.

Which Paint to Choose?

  • Decide on type of paint: The idea of painting yPainting Walls in Your Dream Home our home may look good on paper but in reality there are many things that need planned and prepared before embarking on a project. The first thing a person needs to decide is the type of paint.
  • Conduct a survey: Each variety of paint available in the market has its advantages, so it is always better to do a complete survey before deciding which paint suits your wall best.

Get the House Ready

  • Check for leaks: In the pre-painting phase, you must check the surfaces for dampness or water leakage. If there is a leakage problem, you must repair it immediately.
  • Fill up cracks: All the loose plaster must be removed from the wall and cracks and broken plaster need to be filled up before starting work.
  • Prepare wall surface: The next step is to prepare the surface for painting by scraping the wall with sandpaper to remove loose particles, dust and grease.

The Actual Painting Process

  • Apply primer: The painting process begins with the application of good-quality primer, which seals the wall surface and allows the paint to settle in nicely. This can easily be done with a handheld airless paint sprayer.
  • Prepare for paint: The next step is to fill up, plug in and attach the tip to your airless paint sprayer. Be sure to read the directions for your sprayer first, but be mindful, this is rather simple to figure out.
  • Use paint sprayer: The paint sprayer will beautifully color the interior or exterior of your dream home. It is available in different models, such as an electric airless paint sprayer, gas paint sprayer and handheld electric paint sprayer, among others.

Painting your dream home may look like a tough and long, drawn-out process, but by following the mentioned tips, the entire exercise can be turned into an enjoyable and fruitful one. To learn more about which paint sprayer to choose, read this airless paint sprayer blog post. And if you are interested in buying or renting one, please contact us. Or reach out if you have additional questions or would like advice!

About the Author

is the current Marketing Coordinator at Runyon Companies. She graduated from Butler University in the spring with a double major in International Business and Marketing, a minor in Spanish, departmental honors distinction and cum laude. She specializes in all things internet marketing, with an emphasis on content creation, website maintenance, blogging, social media, lead tracking and marketing strategy.

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Dethatchers Explained: How To Maintain Your Lawn

What is a dethatcher?

A dethatcher is a mechanical gardening device, used mainly to remove thatch from lawns. Often dead grass in the lawn leaves behind a layer of overgrown roots, tuber, bulb and crown. This layer is known as thatch and is very harmful to the growth of grass.

Why dethatch?

  • Makes grass healthier: Dethatching the lawn helps the grass become stronger and disease-resistant. Removal of thatch also keeps away pests.
  • Let in air/water: The dethatching process also allows more air, water and nutrients to reach the grass roots.

How does a dethatcher function?

  • Uses rotary blades: The dethatcher makes use of rotary blades/knives to remove the existing thatch from the grass or turf. Certain dethatchers also use tines and prongs.
  • Roll the dethatcher over the lawn: One may need to move the dethatcher twice or thrice over the lawn to cut out all the thatch in the area.

Things to remember before dethatching:http://www.runyonrental.com/Dehatchers.dept

Certain points must be kept in mind before beginning the dethatching process:

  • Know your dethatcher: Depending on their size, different lawns require different dethatchers. Certain lawns will require a power rake while others use a vertical mower or vertical slicer. It will always do the person good to have full knowledge about the type of dethatcher needed for the job.
  • Understand types of blades used: It always helps to know which type of blade is required to cut which type of grass. The person can choose from different blade types like flat steel, rotating or fixed knife-life.
  • Get advice on blade settings: It is very important to get advice on blade settings before using the dethatcher. One must have accurate knowledge about how far apart and deep the blades must be set. Tough grass and delicate grass both require different blade settings.

How dethatching works:

The dethatching mechanism is explained in the following steps:

  • Adjust the blades: Before getting started, one must adjust the blade settings of the dethatcher. The blades must be set up in such a manner that the thatch is removed without disturbing the soil beneath. The usual height of quarter-inch above the ground may vary for different grasses.
  • Highlight objects: Highlight objects in the lawn like irrigation heads so that they are visible and do not get damaged while using the dethatcher.
  • Mow the grass: The first step is to mow the grass at about half the usual height.
  • Run the dethatcher: Next, move the dethatcher over the lawn in such a way that the entire area is covered and all the thatch removed.
  • Rake up the thatch: After dethatching, use a powerful rake to remove all the thatch that has been loosened. While mostly the thatch is thrown away, in certain cases it is used as manure.
  • Water the lawn/add fertilizers: After cleaning up the lawn, one must water the area. Once dethatching is done, experts say this is the correct time to add fertilizers to the soil.

When is the correct time to dethatch?

The best time for carrying out the dethatching process is in late spring and early autumn as the grass recovers best from dethatching during these seasons. After dethatching, the grass usually needs 45 days to grow back properly.

About the Author

Tempe Thompson is a sales and inventory expert at Runyon Equipment Rental. She has over 35 years of experience and has accumulated a tremendous amount of knowledge and expertise. She could talk for hours about how to use all of Runyon’s tools and equipment, in addition to suggesting which type corresponds to a certain application.

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Ozone Generators: Naturally Remove Odors and Purify the Air

In many construction and contractor environments, certain applications create offensive odors or emit unhealthy chemicals into the air. However, there is actually a handy machine that works to eliminate foul stenches and unsafe emissions. An ozone generator does just that – it converts odors into non-odorous substances naturally, without using unhealthy chemicals. In addition, an ozone machine deactivates and destroys mold, bacteria, viruses, fungus and mildew. Using such a device may seem like a no-brainer, when in reality its full capabilities may not be realized.

Total Zone Ozone GeneratorWhy Use an Ozone Generator?

In the case of contractors and homeowners, the ozone generator has many advantages. For example, painters can remove offensive paint odors more quickly, meaning customers will not complain. Additionally, carpet installers are able to get rid of smelly and unhealthy Volatile Organic Compounds put off by new carpeting. From a homeowner perspective, ozone generators keep a home fresh and clean smelling, as well as healthier. The machine also kills mold, mildew, spores, germs, etc. which purifies the environment for allergy sufferers.

Full Range of Odor Elimination

In addition to the advantages mentioned above, ozone generators also eliminate the following:

  • Cigar and cigarette odors
  • Pet odors
  • Mold and mildew odors
  • Cooking odors
  • Germs, bacteria and viruses
  • Painting odors
  • New carpet odors
  • Musty, stale odors
  • Garbage or dumpster odors
  • Bathroom odors

Again, this is not an all-inclusive list of odors that an ozone generator can eliminate, but it demonstrates a wide range for many applications. And for this very reason, the Total Zone Ozone Generation System is often referred to as “The Total Solution to Air Quality Problems In Your Home or Business.”

Before taking on your next renovation or construction project, hitting the job site or going into this allergy-prone fall season, consider buying or renting an ozone generator. Worker safety and a safe home are important considerations – health factors always are. And keep in mind, an ozone machine works more efficiently and on an advanced level in comparison to a standard air purifier or dehumidifier, because it not only prevents harmful substances from flourishing, but it also eliminates strong stenches. The Total Zone System naturally removes odors and effectively purifies the air with activated oxygen. To learn more about this product, please visit the product page here.

 

About the Author

 is the current Marketing Coordinator at Runyon Companies. She graduated from Butler University in the spring with a double major in International Business and Marketing, a minor in Spanish, departmental honors distinction and cum laude. She specializes in all things internet marketing, with an emphasis on content creation, website maintenance, blogging, social media, lead tracking and marketing strategy.

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The Future of Masonry Cutting: the iQ360, a Dust Control, Silica-Free Solution

Masonry cutting is a necessary task on many construction job sites. However, with masonry cutting comes an inevitable amount of dust and dirt. Dust from these materials contains silica, a hot word in the industry lately, which is associated with many health-related issues. Now, you may know all this already, but one thing you may not know is that there is actually a dust control masonry saw in the market that eliminates this pesky problem entirely! The iQ360 from iQ Power Tools is revolutionary in the industry for its unique and innovative dust control design. And what better way to exhibit this than via a demo – check out the following videos from iQ Power Tools for a clearer picture:

So to delve a little deeper, let’s explore both dry and wet masonry cutting and the problems they cause.

Dry Cutting

In dry cutting applications dust potentially covers an entire site, which means daily maintenance. This gets to be costly and inefficient for you and your workers. And since the health and safety of your employees is vital, providing a safe environment is not really an option. With this said, the recent controversy over OSHA becoming more stringent with its standards on permissible silica and dust output has begun to change behavior and construction machinery choices. Exposure limits have to be below a certain level now, and not all masonry saws can boast the benefits that the iQ360 can.

Shameless plug, the iQ360 really is a phenomenal product, with virtually no dust cutting.

  • There is no clean-up
  • It meets new OSHA standards
  • It ensures the health and safety of workers and employees

Wet Cutting

iQ360

Wet cutting, although seemingly a better alternative in that it can eliminate some dust, creates another nightmare in the form of slurry. Slurry, in all its watery slop glory, only succeeds in producing an even bigger mess. Again, this liquid would need to be cleaned up and maintained after every work day. But again, the iQ360 completely negates the need for wet cutting application at all.

All-in-all, the iQ360 meets a current industry need for a convenient, mobile, dust control masonry saw. The numbers speak for themselves – 99.5% of dust is captured by the iQ360 during cutting applications both inside and outside. Additionally, this dust control masonry saw cuts through brick, stone, pavers and tile, and its design allows for the cutting of larger materials. These are only a few of the major benefits of the iQ360 – visit the product page to learn more. Or, if you are sold already, you can request a quote to rent or buy one here!

About the Author

 is the current Marketing Coordinator at Runyon Companies. She graduated from Butler University in the spring with a double major in International Business and Marketing, a minor in Spanish, departmental honors distinction and cum laude. She specializes in all things internet marketing, with an emphasis on content creation, website maintenance, blogging, social media, lead tracking and marketing strategy.

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How to Hedge and Trim Your Garden Greens

Trimming Your Garden Greens A walkway or entrance lined with neatly pruned shrubs or bushes is a welcoming sight. But how many of us allow the shrubs to grow wild, because trimming is a bit of a chore? Well, we shouldn’t anymore, because hedge trimmers are now easily available for the job and are one of the most efficient gardening tools.

Types of Hedge Trimmers

Manual & Electric Hedge Trimmers

  • Cost effective: Manual or electric hedge trimmers are a cost-effective option.
  • Inconvenient: It can be a cumbersome task to manually trim out an entire space with these heavy clippers. With an electric hedge trimmer you are always worrying about cutting the electric cord.

Gas-Powered Hedge Trimmers

Gas-powered hedge trimmers are a great alternative, especially for a larger farm or garden. It is one of the most powerful models of hedge trimmers, and can function smoothly for long hours.

Advantage

A gas hedge trimmer is a top pick for professionals and homeowners alike.

  • Suitable for large gardens: While it may not be very easy on the pocket, especially for casual gardeners, a gas hedge trimmer is definitely an investment for those with regular, large gardening work.
  • Saves time: Gas trimmers cut through the shrubs in half the time as other trimmers, and are also easily portable.
  • Adjustable trimmer: Some models of gas hedge trimmers come with a rotating blade, which gives users the flexibility to adjust the trimmer to get the best results. The blade can be adjusted to trim the tops or to snip out the areas very close to a wall or fence.

Choosing the Right Equipment and Accessories

Every gardener is different, and so is his farm or garden. Thus, one has to be sure of requirements while selecting a hedge trimmer and its accessories.

  • Pick the blades and accessories wisely: Pick the size of the blade depending on the size of the hedges. For small shrubs, a blade of around 13-inch length should be ideal, while for taller hedges opt for at least a 30-inch blade.
  • Design: The design of the handle is a crucial factor, as it dictates the ease with which the trimmer can be used. Try different options and pick what is most comfortable for your use.
  • Add-ons: Check for the add-ons available with each model, and invest smartly.

The Right Way to Trim

Buying the right trimmer is important, but equally important is to ensure the trimming is done at the right time.

  • Time of pruning: The pruning time varies depending on the type of shrubs in the garden. When the shrub changes color from dark green to light green, it is the right time to start pruning in the case of slow growing shrubs.
  • Fast-growing hedges: In the case of fast growing hedges, wait till after spring and fresh growth sets in. But make sure you do not cut into the interior branches as these can take a long time to grow, making it look unattractive.
  • Second round of pruning: A second round of pruning can be done by late July. This allows the shrubs to grow, mature and harden before winter sets in.
  • Slope pattern: Go for a slope pattern while trimming so that the base remains broader than the top. This allows sunlight to seep into the lowest branches too, keeping the shrub healthy from the root.

Gardeners, be it professionals or home-gardeners, understand a gas-powered hedge trimmer allows you to complete your work in half the time, and with double the efficiency. It is a value for money option, particularly for large farms with larger hedges.

About the Author

Jack Runyon is the president of Runyon Equipment Rental. He has 21 years of rental experience, as the 3rd generation son to carry on the family tradition and his grandfather’s vision. He prides the company for its devotion to ethics, quality products and customer service. Jack is known for his passion and vast expertise.

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How to Deep Clean Your Tile Floor

Deep cleaning tile floor

Tile floors may be dirt-resistant and seem impervious to deterioration, but they do require deep cleaning by scrubbing, over and above the regular sweeping and vacuuming, to keep them pristine and stain-free.

Tools Required

Tile Floor Cleaning Process

The method to deep clean tile floors with a view to remove stains and clean grout is as follows:

  • Clean the floor: Steam clean the tiles using a floor scrubber with either a nylon or brass brush, depending on the durability of the tile. Connect the steam hose, nozzle and extension tubes as per instructions, fill the reservoir with water, and turn it on. The dual counter rotating brushes facilitate variable cleaning pressure. Cover the floor section by section. Steam cleaning may not be sufficient to eradicate stains or remove grout, the two major pains of tile floors, especially where there is a lot of traffic on the floor.
  • Remove stains: The manual method of removing stains is to prepare a 50:50 mixture of scouring powder and warm water, rubbing the paste atop the stain, scrubbing it in after five to ten minutes, and then washing it away with warm water. Here, simply run the scrubber over the solution rather than manually wash it away.
  • Oxygen bleach treatment: To remove tougher stains repeat the process, but with a 75:25 mixture of oxygen bleach and water, instead of scouring powder and water. Hydrogen peroxide and soda ash comprise oxygen bleach. The oxygen ions in the bleach attach to stain molecules and break them down into small pieces, making it easy to wipe clean.
  • Chlorine bleach treatment: For even tougher stains, replace oxygen bleach with chlorine bleach.
  • Clean the grout: Use a walk-behind grout hog to clean grout. The rotating brush of the grout hog cleans the dirt from the grout lines and also performs an additional level of cleaning on the tile surface.

Tile floor scrubbing machines and grout hog make cleaning tiled floors very easy and effortless. The real secret to a great-looking tile floor is clean grout. Grout is porous and absorbs grease and other stains.

About the Author

is the current Marketing Coordinator at Runyon Companies. She graduated from Butler University in the spring with a double major in International Business and Marketing, a minor in Spanish, departmental honors distinction and cum laude. She specializes in all things internet marketing, with an emphasis on content creation, website maintenance, blogging, social media, lead tracking and marketing strategy.

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7 Easy Steps for Cleaning Your Floors with an Auto Scrubber

floor cleaningAn auto floor scrubber is one of the quickest and most efficient tools for cleaning a hard floor surface. It takes much less effort than going over the floor with a mop and bucket. Instead of moving the dirt around like a mop, an auto floor scrubber cleans and lifts the dirt off the floor, leaving the floor cleaner. The best way to get your floor cleaner faster is to use an auto floor scrubber. A 20” auto floor scrubber can clean up to 23,000 square feet per hour.

Floor Scrubber Preparation

  • Fully charge the floor scrubber – Most auto floor scrubbers will run between 2 ½ to 4 hours on a full charge. While that may sound like a short time, if you prepare the area to be cleaned, you should be able to clean between 50,000 to 70,000 sq. ft. with a single charge. It may take 6 to 8 hours to fully charge again for the next usage.
  • Connect all hoses – Also make sure that all of the hoses are connected to the device, as is the squeegee.
  • Check for leaks/damages – Get any leaks/damages repaired before you use your floor scrubber.
  • Follow instructions – Every floor scrubber model comes with a set of instructions on the right amount of chemical to be used. A neutral cleaning solution should be used on finished (waxed) floors and marble floors. A heavy-duty de-greaser can be used in industrial plants and warehouses with concrete floors.
  • Fill the tank – Fill in the solution tank with some clean water.
  • Using pad/brush – Choose the correct pad or brush that will suit your floor and mount this on the bottom portion of the deck. You would want to use a less aggressive pad, such as a white or red pad on high gloss floors, which would include finished (waxed) floors and marble floors. An aggressive pad such as a brown or black would be used on concrete floors. By rule of thumb, pads are for smooth surfaces and brushes for rougher, uneven floors with grout lines to clean.

The Process to Operate a Auto Floor Scrubber

  1. Prep your work area: Put up the caution board applicable to alert those around. Take away any obstructions such as furniture that can come in the way of a thorough job.
  2. Dust the area: Dust mop the area to get rid of any debris. If anything does remain on the floor you run a chance of ruining your machine. Trash can get trapped under the squeegee and leave water streaks.
  3. Start cleaning from the outer radius: Begin using the machine close to the wall, or the outer boundary of the space you are cleaning. Each pass you make should be a sweeping turn with a wide radius. This allows the squeegee to pull up all the solution that was laid out.
  4. Clean the room in halves: Work the room by dividing it in half, instead of going straight from one boundary to the other. Working in divisions allows you to make optimum use of your time.
  5. Repeat the process for grubby floors: If at this point you feel the floors could do with another round of scrubbing, especially since some floors can be extremely grubby, and then follow the same process by dividing the floor into portions, from one boundary to the next.
  6. Use a mop for inaccessible spots: If there are spots that you cannot reach, then you will have to get to it with a mop and a bucket.
  7. Arrange the room once dry: Make sure that the floor is dry before you get to remove the “wet floor” signs all over. Once done, gradually move back all the objects that you moved out of the way.

Once you are done with the process you need to take the auto scrubber to a floor drain or slop sink. In most cases a floor auto scrubber will have a dump hose that you can empty out. This is especially important if you have just recovered caustic or stripping agents. While the drain hose is open and draining, take a water hose and hose out the inside of the recovery tank until clean water is coming out the drain hose. Commercial auto floor scrubbers and the supplies that go with them can be found here.

About the Author

Jack Runyon is the president of Runyon Equipment Rental. He has 21 years of rental experience, as the 3rd generation son to carry on the family tradition and his grandfather’s vision. He prides the company for its devotion to ethics, quality products and customer service. Jack is known for his passion and vast expertise.

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