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Useful tips for renting equipment at Pete’s.

Read these and everything will go so much smoother:

  • Rental charges are listed on our equipment inventory page, but we do have some negotiating room within these rates IF you are renting something for more than three days or on consecutive weekends. Every person who answers the phone here is authorized to adjust price based on circumstance, so please don't just check these prices and then zip off to the Home Depot: call Pete's first at 651-698-5888 and let us find the most economical rental for your project!
  • You will spend less money on rental if your project is ready to go before your pick up your equipment.  Read the list of things to do to prepare below to give you an idea of what "ready" looks like. This is important because our machine rental rates are based on time out, not on whether you were using the equipment or not.  The rental clock is still running, even if you weren't able to use your machines because you were doing other things.
  • parking signWe always help you load and unload your rental equipment! If you are picking up, please park at our FRONT door on Fairview Avenue. If you are returning, you're like family, so please use our BACK door (which means you'll enter the parking lot from the Selby entrance). Look for the door with the cute little covered deck and be sure to avail yourself of our fancy, dedicated parking spots right by the door.
  • We ADORE reservations. If you know you need equipment for a certain day and time, we will hold it for you at no charge (no deposit even), just call! Yes, you can even do this a month in advance. But, be a sport and cancel your reservation if you can't make it.
  • Our "one-day rentals" are actually for 24 hours. And we give you one hour of grace. So if your contract says your machines left at 9:15am on Tuesday, they are due at 10:15am on Wednesday.
  • Our change of day happens at 4pm. So, though we are open until 5pm, machines returned after 4pm are automatically bumped up to the next rate category.
  • All of our electric machines include 25 feet of cord. If you need an extra 25 feet, we have 15 gauge, conventional extension cords available at no extra charge - we'll just hold a deposit until they are returned. But you have to request one - we don't automatically include the extra 25 feet of cord. And, if you really love us, you'll return all cords loosely looped - we know the 'roofer's wrap' looks tidy, but it can kink the copper and cause cord problems for the next renter.
  • Our drum sanders and edgers fit easily into just about every car (we've even had people haul them away in bicycle trailers, pulled by actual bicycles) so you shouldn't have to borrow the truck or rent a trailer to get the goods home.  We do recommend having two people at your jobsite to unload drum sanders.
  • All rentals require a major credit card for your deposit (just like when you rent a car!) and a photo ID. We accept Visa, Mastercard and Discover for your rental payment. 

If you really read all these, ask for your free carpenter's pencil when you come in to rent!

First of all: Prepare yourself, and your floors.

You'll save yourself scads of money in rental if your floors are ready to go before you pick up any equipment:

  1. Take a 'before' photo of all floors.
  2. Yes, take out all of the furniture. We are not joking; you can't sand around the piano. And don't trust the little wheels on those old upright pianos - get a piano dolley or you may have permanent, un-sand-outable roll lines acros your floor.
  3. carpet pad and tack stripRemove all carpeting, tack strip, carpet pad, and carpet pad staples. Be careful with your utility knife; don't make cuts in the carpet while it is lying on the floor because the utility knife digs deeper than you can sand!  Fold the carpet and make your cuts on the fold.
  4. Complete any patching or repairs.
  5. Secure any loose boards by top-nailing them in place.
  6. If you're getting ready for an installation, re-secure your subfloor to the joists. And use screws, not nails; they'll hold better and longer.
  7. Counter-sink or remove any protruding nails or staples. To ensure that you've found every nail, turn over a snow shovel and drag it across the floor; it will catch on any you may have missed. This is crucial, as sanding over exposed metal can cause sparks that could ignite airborne sanding dust. It can also tear a hole in the paper and damage or ruin the sander’s rubber drum.
  8. Take down all window treatments and any art on the walls.
  9. Temporarily raise any low-hanging light fixtures.
  10. quarter roundRemove the quarter-round molding by prying it off with a wonder bar; be careful not to gouge the floor. Number the pieces as you remove them to make re-installation easier.
  11. Remove doors that swing into the room.
  12. Stop up the return air ducts with plastic or old towels to keep sanding dust from circulating throughout the house.
  13. Sweep the floor.
  14. Finally, measure the square footage of your room and write it down. This will help you in estimating the amount of abrasive and finish you’ll need.