Laying a new lawn can seem like an intimidating prospect, with lacklustre results typically achieved by the novice when compared to that of a professional. Yet laying a turf that takes well, and that leads to a lush lawn in the upcoming spring and summer season, is simply a matter of following set steps to the letter.
How To - Preventing and removing airlocks in pipes
It’s not a happy day when you turn on your tap and no water comes out. If this happens, it’s usually because of an air lock. Sometimes air locks occur after a system had been emptied. Hot water heating systems and central heating systems are vulnerable to this. Plumbers can be expensive and this is one problem you might be able to easily fix yourself .
The tendency of air to...
DIY Fireplace Makeover
The fireplace is so often the centre of a room. Particularly in a lounge or a dining room, it is the fireplace that draws the eye as you walk in. Old fireplaces can be great, but there’s a world of difference between ‘period’ and ‘tired’.
People can be put off from renewing or replacing fireplaces, or from being a bit braver and trying something completely new and different,...
How To – Draining a radiator quickly and without making a mess
As with many plumbing jobs, draining off a radiator has the potential to be a messy business. The scope for something to go wrong is big, but there are methods you can use to cut down the risk of any mishaps. In fact, if you follow these steps, then it’s possible to drain your radiator or, in fact, your whole central heating system, without any, mess at all.
Preparing for icy weather conditions – Which heater is right for the job?
When the weather turns colder, it’s best to prepare yourself in advance. Having adequate heating, whether it’s on a building site, a warehouse, an office or at home, is vital. But not all heaters are born equal, and selecting the right one for the job can make a real difference. Before you jump into buying or hiring a heater, it might be worth asking yourself a few questions.
Hanging Doors: a How-to Guide for a Job Well Done
Fitting new doors can be trickier than you expect, especially as older houses tend to twist and settle, bringing the door frames well out of true. Still, with a little care and the right tools, anyone can hang a door like an expert.
1) Offer up the door
Hold the new door up to the frame, and see how close a fit it is. Mark where the door will have to be cut...
Happy Retirment to Brian Hewitt
The Plantool team have recently said a fond farewell to Brian Hewitt, a valued member of our team who worked at our Kettering depot. Brian was with us for 7 years working as the driver. Previous to this, he was manager at the Brandon hire depot in Kettering but came to us when they closed it down.
Brian was certainly one of the best drivers in the business with his knowledge, experience...
Selling On Your House? 5 Things You Can Do That Will Make Your Home More Attractive To Buyers.
Of course, we all know we have to present a clean and well-turned-out home to attract buyers, but some of the things home owners and developers do to a property to raise its value actually produce less improvement than they actually cost!
So, what can you do to spruce up a property in ways that are most likely to give you the best return on your investment?
Revamping Your Kitchen - A Fresh Look Without Ripping Out Cabinets!
You’d be amazed what new appliances, lights and a bit of paint can do for that tired old kitchen!
Tarting Up Your Old Appliances
Now is the perfect time to get a new refrigerator, oven, hob or other appliance, as you’ll be making some changes anyway. The more expensive stainless steel models are still quite popular, but that means that quite a few other finishes are available,...
How to Build an In-built Bookcase - a Step by Step Guide
A traditional in-built bookcase would be made with solid wood boards, but this would be very expensive by today’s standards – upwards of £1000 for the lumber alone – so we suggest using MDF or plywood with a hardwood veneer. It will be both less expensive and stronger, and the sawn edges can be covered easily with trim. We suggest a birch veneer, as it gives you the most flexibility with stains...
The Plantool Warwick depot team answer a call for help from the DIY SOS team
The popular BBC television programme DIY SOS; The Big Build put out a call to local dealers in the Bidford-on-Avon area to supply any tools and equipment they could spare for their latest project.
DIY SOS help deserving families in difficult situations improve their homes to better suit their lifestyles and improve their overall quality of life. Nick Knowles pictured below and...
Tips for Insulating Your House This Winter - Saving Money on Energy Bills
There is a growing concern across the UK for rising energy prices and cost of living during the winters. Not a day goes by without thinking that more of our precious pennies are consumed even through winters when one expects the cost of living to decrease in such a season. It is estimated that the amount of electricity that is generated from gas will most likely increase to about 60%...
A job well done at this years' Warwick Town Bonfire night
Our Warwick depot were pleased to receive a letter of accommodation from the Warwick Town Joint Bonfire Committee. The letter from Jackie Crampton, secretary of the committee thanks the Plantool team for our support in providing equipment to help host the evening at the Warwick Racecourse.
The event, organised by the Warwick Rotary Club and Warwick Lions brought in a good crowd and at...
How to Achieve A Professional Finish When Tiling A Bathroom
Changing the tiles of your bathroom can accentuate the appearance and further enhance your bathroom from its previous state. However, to get a professional finish while tiling a bathroom yourself can be a daunting and time-consuming task. Either you can employ a professional tiler or designer, who will guarantee a near perfect job in no time or you can take up the challenge and do it...
Smashing up Walls! Consider these tips before acting on your revelation to go open plan
When remodelling either a home or an office, most people enjoy picking out the fabrics, colours and finishes. However, before jumping to all this it is important to place considerable attention to space planning. When done right, the finished space will be more functional and efficient. So whether your remodelling challenge is big or small, here are some space planning tips to consider before...
Plantool’s Team Building
22 Plantool staff, along with Ben’s mate Rob (to make up the numbers), attended a team building day on 19th September at Garlands Leisure, Mythe Farm in Sheepy Magna. Garlandsleisure.co.uk
With 6 depots, some of the Plantool staff don't get to meet so the day was a way of getting everyone to get to know each other in a more social environment.
Water damage restoration
Water damage restoration is the process of removing flooded water from a property. Flooding can occur for a number of different reasons, such as a natural disaster or a simple household leak. Unfortunately water can seriously damage properties, which is why it is essential that you take action to restore it immediately.
If your home or business is flooded, you’ll need to take...
Plantool’s how to: Concrete laying
Need to lay concrete? Check out our how to guide below, along with the recommended the concrete laying equipment you’ll need to hire.
Concrete laying is something you can do yourself, providing that you’ve got the right tools!
Step 1: Preparation
Before you can start laying your concrete, you’ll need to clear the area of any objects or materials...
Stuff you need to know about landscaping with diggers and dumpers
Is your outdoor space looking a little worse for wear? If so, it may be time to give it the makeover it deserves! Turn your untidy and unpractical space into something beautiful and functional with DIY landscaping.
Of course, if you are going to landscape your garden, you are going to need the right tools. Diggers and dumpers are both essential. They will allow you to overhaul your...
Working safely with access platforms
Access platforms provide an easy, efficient and flexible way of working at height. However, as with all tasks that involve working at height, there are a number of safety concerns to address. Here we’ll provide our top tips on how to work safely with access platforms.
Carry out a risk assessment
Our first tip is to carry out a risk assessment on any jobs that involve...
Cleaning floors commercially to exacting standards
When it comes to cleaning floors commercially, you’ll find it a much bigger task than cleaning your floors at home. Not only will you be required to clean larger areas but you will also need to make sure you carry out the job to the highest standards, paying extreme attention to detail. This is where commercial floor cleaning equipment comes in use. Here we’ll talk you through some of the...
Choosing the right generator for the right purpose
Choosing the right generator to meet your needs is an important decision but with so many different makes, models and sizes to choose from, it can be difficult knowing which will be best. To give you a helping hand, we’ve shared some of our expert tips on choosing the right generator for the right purpose.
Plantool’s Stephill low noise Generator available to hire now....
Working on your house this summer: The benefits of using access platforms
Rather than hiring out professionals, today many homeowners decide to carry out DIY home improvements. Whilst this is great for saving money, there are a number of risks to be considered, especially if working at height.
If you plan on doing any work on high-level windows, your roof or any trees in your garden, we highly recommend hiring an access platform. Here we’ll take a look at...
IPAF Operator Training: What to expect on your course
If you are planning on using powered access equipment and mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) in the workplace, you will need to have a Powered Access Licence. This can be obtained by carrying out a training course designed by IPAF (International Powered Access Federation) that will test your practical skills in using the equipment, as well as your knowledge of how to use it safely. Only...
Everything you need for expert DIY garden landscaping
Landscaped gardens are not only easier to maintain but also great for boosting the value of your property. However, hiring a landscape gardener can be pretty expensive. If you are looking for a cheaper alternative, why not try your hand at DIY garden landscaping? Below we’ve shared a list of all the equipment you will need to get your lawn in tiptop condition.
Plantool’s Product Pick: Barreto Hydraulic Tracked Trencher
For our latest product pick, we have chosen the Barreto Hydraulic Tracked Trencher.
A mean looking machine, this Barreto trencher looks rough and ready. Its look isn’t just for show though, it really means business and will be the answer to all of those trenching challenges you will have come across in the past.
Whether laying pipes or cables, or installing drainage,...
Plantool’s Product Pick: Pump Dehumidifier
While we’re not yet awash with torrential downpours, this on and off rain that we are currently experiencing across the country can become a headache for anyone building outside and an absolute nightmare for anyone unfortunate enough to have suffered with flooding.
To help deal with this problem, we have chosen our Pump Dehumidifiers as our latest product pick.
Projects for the home and garden – 12 Things to tackle in 2015
We will soon be faced with a whole new year and with the next 12 months comes plenty of time to tackle all kinds of DIY projects in the home and garden.
There are always things to do when it comes to the home and garden, and to help you out in 2015 we have put together a list of 12 things to tackle in 2015, which can be found below.
Tackle the garden...
Product of the Month: Propane Gas Blower Heaters
It’s the second week in December and you can really tell!
As we edge further and further into the month, it’s obvious that winter is here. The ground is icy, cars need defrosting and there is an uncomfortable chill in the air. It is for this reason that our product of the month for December is our Propane Gas Blower Heaters.
Equipped with the power to heat large spaces...
Two Excellent Examples of Positive Customer Feedback
We are always happy to receive feedback from our customers and of course are absolutely delighted when that feedback is incredibly positive.
Recently our Warwick depot has received just that, with thank you letters received from The Rotary Club of Warwick and Warwick Town Joint Bonfire Committee.
The letter we received from the Rotary Club of Warwick is in relation to the...
Tidy Your Home For Christmas – 5 Things To Do This Weekend
By now we can’t escape it, Christmas is coming.
While there are three weekends left before the day is here, with presents to buy and wrap, and food to buy and prepare, you won’t be left with much time for your home however. But if you’re looking to tidy up your home in time for the festive period and before your family arrive, we’re here to help.
Here are 5 things you...
A Guide to Sanding Hardwood Flooring
Providing a rustic and homely look that is filled with quality and character, there is simply no substitute for having a hardwood floor in your home. Much easier to clean than carpet, it offers both practicality and a good look.
The beauty of hardwood flooring though is the fact that it is designed to last, unlike laminate or cheaper alternatives, this type of flooring can be sanded...
Product of the Month: Bona Scorpion Dustless Floor Sander
New in for November, our product of the month is the Bona Dustless Belt Floor Sander 200mm .
Lightweight and professional, whether you are working on a large scale renovation project or just doing some DIY to get your home looking nice for next month’s festive season, this Bona floor sander will be ideal.
Sanded hardwood floors are a strong look of late and this sander will...
Product Of The Month: Central Heating Power Flushing Unit
Versatile, effective and easy to use, our Product Of The Month for October is the Central Heating Power Flushing Unit . As temperatures drop, it will soon be time to turn your central heating on – if not already. With the Central Heating Power Flushing Unit you can relax, safe in the knowledge that your central heating will work productively throughout the winter months.
Dig Dig Dig!
Plantool Hirecentres Ltd. is digging to China!
Well, that isn’t strictly true, but you would think that given the amount of new Diggers we have for hire.
Plantool Ltd. is moving onwards and upwards in the world of hire centres. Due to a high demand of Diggers from our customers, we have now invested more than £150,000 to expand our range. This means that we...
New: Niftylift SD120T at Plantool Hirecentres
Plantool Hirecentres now have a new range of cherry pickers – the Niftylift SD120T!
The new cherry pickers are durable and allow travel over rough terrain, grass and dirt. This means that tree surgeons and construction workers alike can now rely on Plantool Hirecentres to provide them with a premium range of high reaching lifts. The listed features of the Niftylift SD120T...
The Grand Opening: Plantool Hirecentres Daventry Depot
On the 20th of May 2014, Plantool Hirecentres opened its brand new depot in Daventry. There was a great turnout, with equipment being displayed, the mayor of Daventry opening and presiding over the event and copious amounts of food and drink on offer, the day was a great success.
The opening of the new Daventry depot embodies Plantool Hirecentres constant growth and expansion...
Happy Anniversary Ben Jones
Today marks the one year anniversary of Ben Jones becoming the head of Plantool Hirecentres.
After starting work for Plantool Hirecentres in February 2003, Ben worked as the depot manager in Warwick until June 2006. He soon moved to the Lutterworth branch of Hirecentres, and whilst working there was asked to be the Area Manager for the company.
Whilst acting as Area...
The HAE Awards – 12th April 2014
Yes, it’s that time of year again! Equipment and tool hire businesses are coming together once more, to recognise hard work, diligence and excellence in the industry. The HAE
Awards were a smash hit last year, with Hardeep Singh Kohli taking the role of celebrity host, the night went off without a hitch.
This year, DIY SOS star Nick Knowles has been selected to host...
How to achieve a professional finish when tiling a bathroom
Changing the tiles of your bathroom can accentuate the appearance and further enhance your bathroom from its previous state. However, to get a professional finish while tiling a bathroom yourself can be a daunting and time-consuming task. Either you can employ a professional tiler or designer, who will guarantee a near perfect job in no time or you can take up the challenge and do it yourself....