The first step in a home remodel project should
always be making a plan. You don’t want to find yourself halfway through the
process and unsure of what your next steps should be. But it’s not always easy
to know what your plan ought to include. Many amateur and first-time
renovators, in particular, find themselves wrestling with questions about what
equipment might be necessary to complete their remodel.
While it would be nice to be able to finish your
project with only a handheld toolbox, the truth of the matter is that you will
likely need to rent some larger equipment. Below are just a few of the
In many cases, the first step toward a successful
remodel is properly demolishing what’s already in place. But you can’t just
take a hammer to the side of your home and begin whacking away. This is one of
the times when having heavy equipment will make your job quicker, easier, and
ultimately much safer and more efficient. Let’s take a closer look at some of
the demolition equipment that can help you complete your renovation project.
A rock grinder is a rotary tool that can be used
for such operations as trenching and demolition. It features an array of sharp
teeth that bite into rock or cement and churn it up, making it easy to
excavate. If you want to make alterations to your driveway, the rock grinder
may come in handy, particularly if you are working near gas lines or in other
places where it’s important to keep vibration low. Rock grinders are also known
for their maneuverability, so if you are working in an area involving tight
corners or the need to steer precisely, a rock grinder might be the best kind
of excavator for you.
Skid Steer Saw
The skid steer saw is yet another kind of
excavator. Although at the end of the day it does much the same thing as the
rock grinder does—that is, it helps you remove unwanted rock and concrete from
your property—its operation is quite different. The skid steer saw is designed
to cut materials normal saws can’t tackle, so it’s perfect for carving out
chunks of concrete. The skid steer saw is highly maneuverable and can be used
to clear away a trench once it reaches its cutting depth. It can also be used to
cut through fallen undergrowth and help to clear that refuse away. With the
help of a skid steer saw, you can clear large areas of your property, leaving
room to expand or modify your home.
The motor grader is used to move small amounts of
dirt and to create flat surfaces that will eventually be poured over with
concrete or asphalt. If a previously un-built upon section of your property is
being converted into a new room or a part of your driveway, you will want a
motor grader to prepare the land before beginning to build. It’s very important
to make sure you’re building on level ground and that there are no bumps in the
terrain beneath a new section of the foundation, as this could lead to problems
for your home down the line.
As you work, you’ll no doubt need to dispense
with a large amount of refuse. You’ll find it impossible to condense all this
waste into your standard garbage cans—and zoning laws may not even permit you
do dispose of construction waste in that way. Equipping yourself with a large
waste hauler is essential. This will enable you to localize the garbage and the
recycling from your project in one centralized location, making it easy for
collectors to take it away. Plan ahead and do yourself the favor of having a waste
hauler at the ready.
Once you’ve finished the first stage of your
project—demolishing what’s no longer wanted—you’ll need a whole new category of
equipment. The machines in this group are designed to help build rather than
tear down. As with the demolition equipment, you’ll find machines here that
will enable you to do a better and cleaner job of realizing your vision.
You have no doubt seen the concrete mixer before,
its familiar drum spinning as it drives down the road. This tool is used to mix
large quantities of concrete. Although concrete can be mixed by hand, it’s time
consuming to do so and is probably impractical for large scale construction
projects. The concrete mixer will whip you up a huge batch. It also includes a
pouring spout so that the concrete can be dispensed directly onto the spot
where it is needed. Once the concrete has been poured, you or the construction
team will be responsible for shaping its surface and ensuring that it is
The mole takes its name from an animal that
possesses the very same skill set as the tool—it digs holes. However, it is not
as destructive as drilling and blasting, and that’s why we list it as a
construction tool instead of as a demolition one. In fact, sometimes it can be
necessary to construct a tunnel in the service of your project, and when that
is the case, the mole comes in very handy. It tunnels through hard rock and
sand very tidily, without causing the surrounding ground to cave in.
The asphalt paver both lays down asphalt and
applies mild pressure to its surface. The process of laying asphalt is the
completed by a roller, a separate piece of equipment which compacts it fully.
If you are planning to lay asphalt in your remodel, such as you might in a
garage, this machine will prove very useful.
Remember that the use of heavy equipment requires
the experience a professional
can provide. Experts can help you choose exactly the right machine for the
project and ensure that you’re using it safely and correctly. Plan your remodel
carefully, and make sure you seek out the help you need.