Don't Waste Your Money On Tools! Rent Instead
One of the most difficult things about tackling any do-it-yourself project is choosing the proper equipment. Rental stores may be an option to consider.
Purchasing tools can be extremely expensive, and unless you are planning on doing regular household projects, owning them is unnecessary. But how do you choose the right tools? Although it will always vary on the project and materials being used, there are a few things to remember that can help you pick the right tool for the job.
The most important thing about any do-it-yourself project is to know what the problem is and what needs to be done to fix it. Now, for most people this can be the most difficult part.
You know that the sink is clogged, but you don't have the faintest idea why. You need to get to the root of the problem to ensure you choose the best tools. Is it clogged by a dissolvable obstruction like food? Or did something too big get caught somewhere in the pipe? Is there problem with other drains backing up throughout your home? All of these scenarios would require different equipment rentals because they all are very different problems.
Once you've established what the problem and potential solution is, you'll need to start gathering the materials and equipment. Rental stores can help give you some general guidance about which tools would be the best fit for the project and anything you might have overlooked, but remember that not every employee is going to necessarily be an expert.
Sometimes you might get someone who doesn't know a wrench from a hammer and simply regurgitates whatever the tool's packaging states. This is why another important part of equipment rental is to always ask for the manual and read the instructions carefully before operating the tool. This can help you avoid safety hazards or causing damage to part of your home.
Another good idea is to choose tools that can be useful in more than one task. Of course, sometimes you'll have to rent equipment that has a singular purpose, but often there are many tools that can perform different jobs just as well as if you were to choose a larger range of tools.
Many tools also come with specialized attachments for specific jobs. Just think of all of the different bits and motor options with your standard electric drill. The less equipment rentals you need means that you'll save money and time.
Although not essential, most equipment rental companies offer additional insurance in case a tool breaks or is damaged. If you plan on renting many tools over a length of time, especially if you are doing an outdoor or particularly strenuous project, this might be a good way to go. Replacing damaged, broken, or even lost tools will be very expensive whereas insurance is usually quite cheap and gives you peace of mind.
Do-it-yourself projects are much easier and less stress-inducing when you choose to use equipment rentals. There are many different options available, so you're sure to find a company that can suit your needs.
by: Andrew Stratton