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Spring Lawn Care Tips!

With the approach of summer, many of us will be spending more time in our yards, so it is important to use spring as an opportunity to get our lawns ready to go!

If your yard is already well-maintained, all that you will need to do is give it a light raking once on a dry day. A common problem is uneven ground since low spots cause poor drainage and high spots are often cut too close by the lawn mower. Now is a great time to take a shovel, and cut off some of the higher spots and fill in the lower

Once your lawn is cleaned, you may need to reseed parts of your yard. This will help your yard look it’s absolute best! As your grass becomes established, you can encourage its growth and discourage weeds by applying a combination of fertilizers and herbicides.

Mowing your yard depends on the type of grass you have. Here are some common types with the heights they should reach:

Common bermudagrass: 1-2 inches (2.5-5 centimeters)

Fescue: 2-3.5 inches (5-9 centimeters)

Kentucky bluegrass: 2-3.5 inches (5-9 centimeters)

St. Augustine: 2-4 inches (5-10 centimeters)

Zoysia: 0.5-1.5 inches (1-4 centimeters)

With summer coming now is the time to get your yard ready, so stop by Action Rental for all the equipment you need to keep your yard beautiful and your wallet happy! We are more than happy to provide any knowledge or experience we have to make sure that your projects are done with a minimum of hassle and a maximum amount of safety! We look forward to helping you with your next home or business project. Check out our website or visit our showroom at 1861 N Eastman Road, or give us a call at 423-246-5181.

 

5 ways to winterize your home

5 ways to winterize your home 

You are ready for the cold weather with sweaters and mittens, but is your house ready for the cold months ahead? Here are some easy ways to get your home ready for winter!

1. Clean gutters  
Once leaves have fallen, remove them (and other debris) from your house’s gutters.  This will help prevent clogging when it rains and snows this winter. Clogged drains can form ice dams, where water is backed up.  These can cause water damage to your house.

2. Block leaks
One of the best ways to winterize your home is to simply block obvious leaks around your house, both inside and out. 

To find the leaks walk around inside holding a lit incense stick to the most common draft areas: recessed lighting, window and door frames and electrical outlets.  Door sweeps can close spaces under exterior doors, caulk or tacky rope can help with door and window frames.  Outlet gaskets can be installed in electrical outlets that share a home’s outer walls which is where cold air often enters.

3. Get your ducts in a row Ducts aren’t always easy to see, but you can often find them exposed in the attic, the basement and crawlspaces. Repair places where pipes are pinched, which impedes flow of heated air to the house, and fix gaps with a metal-backed tape (duct tape actually doesn’t stand up to the job over time).Ducts also should be vacuumed once every few years, to clean out the abundant dust, animal hair and other gunk that can gather in them and cause respiratory problems.

4. Reverse fans
Reversing a ceiling fan is a small, yet effective tip that people don’t often consider.  By reversing the direction from summer operation, the fan will push warm air downward and force it to recirculate.  As you look upwards, the fan blades should be turning clockwise.

5. Check alarms
If you didn’t check the operation and change the batteries on your home’s smoke detectors at the fall time change, now is a great time to check.  Detectors should be replaced every 10 years. 

For more tips on how to get your house ready for winter, come by and see the experts at Action Equipment Rental and Sales.  Stop by our showroom at at 1861 North Eastman Road, Kingsport, TN, call us at 423-246-5181, or check us out online at actionrentalkpt.com

Final Post in Wedding Tips Series!


Here are some final tips to make your big day easier and
stress-free!

 

1. Provide Accurate Driving Directions

This one is crucial.  It is imperative that guests
know where they’re going. As easy as online map programs are to use, sometimes
the directions are wrong — or there’s a quicker, less traffic-prone route to
take. Ask your ceremony and reception sites for printouts of recommended
driving directions, which they often keep in stock for weddings and will give
to you for free, and test out the routes yourself.  You do not want your
guests arriving late or being frustrated when they arrive due to traffic or
poor directions.

2. Paper Trail

It is important to get any nonstandard changes to your
agreements in writing or send the vendor a confirmation email saying,
“Hello, just confirming that you’ll keep the venue open until 2 a.m.
versus midnight.” As much as you want to take people for their word,
don’t.  By the time your wedding comes around, your contact may no longer
be working there to vouch for you.

3. Plan for Setup

Make sure there’s ample time for setup. If you’re renting
a venue and bringing in outside help, ask, “What time can people come in
to set things up?” This will help prevent any setup timing issues!

4. Learn About Marriage Licenses

Make sure to check your state’s license requirements
online, but also confirm with a call to the county clerk’s office to see when
they’re open. Even if they are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., they may issue
marriage licenses only during slower times like, say, Thursdays from 2 p.m. to
3 p.m. Also, as a precaution, give a copy of your marriage license to your mom
or your maid of honor (just in case you lose yours during the final days before
your wedding).

5. Review the Rules

Always be prepared! Ask the manager of the house of
worship or site where you’ll be married for the list of restrictions (if any).
For instance, is flash photography or bare shoulders prohibited? Or, if you’re
exchanging vows outdoors, are you allowed to plant tent stakes in the lawn
(which is often a no-no)?

6. Classify Your Cash

Wedding budgets are all about balance. Start your budget
planning by making a list of the crucial details, (music, your wedding gown,
the invitations, the flowers, and the photographer,etc) and assign a number to
each — one being the most important and three being the least. Invest your
money in all your number ones and cut corners on your number threes. However,
just remember, that everything can’t fall into the number one category! 

7. Help Guests Pay Attention

It is imperative that you make sure your guests can see —
and hear. If people are seated farther than 15 rows back from your ceremony
altar or podium, consider renting a mic and a riser. This could range anywhere
from $50 to $100, depending on the equipment used. You’ll need to coordinate
the delivery and setup with your ceremony space, so put your wedding planner or
best man in charge of this task.

8. Write Down Your Digits

Make sure to carry an emergency contact sheet on your
wedding day. Keep the paper with names and phone numbers of all your vendors in
your purse — it may come in handy in case your limo driver gets lost or you
decide you’d like your photographer to take some behind-the-scenes shots.

9. Call the Fashion Police

Don’t go dress shopping on your own — all the gowns will
start to look the same after a while and it will be harder to recall which
style you really loved. But be careful about who you do bring. If your mom or
sibling can’t make the trip, ask a friend who is truly honest. This is the time
when you really need to know which dress looks best.

10. Be Realistic With Your Time

When it comes down to the last month of your planning (and
when you’re particularly frazzled) look at your mile long to-do list and cut
three things. Yes, cut three things. Not crucial things that you just don’t
feel like doing, such as picking a processional song or confirming final
details with all of your vendors. Eliminate only the over-the-top tasks like
hand-painting “Just Married” signs, or baking cookies for all of the
welcome bags. After cutting them, make a pledge to not think about them ever
again.

If you are planning a party and need some help making it come to life, let the team at Action Rentals help make the event easy for you and memorable for you and your guests!  Give us a call today at 423-246-5181 and let us see how we can help! 

Thank you to our Veteran’s

My heroes are those who risk their lives every day to protect our world and make it a better place– police, firefighters, and members of our armed forces.”  Sidney Shelton

As we approach another Veteran’s Day, all of us at Action Rentals and Sales want to thank those who have given so much of themselves to protect and serve our nation, military, police and firefighters.  Without these brave men and women, our nation would not be where we are today, so thank you for your dedication.  Also, we are thankful for the families of our Veterans.  The sacrifices that Veterans make is also made by their families with missed birthdays, missed celebrations and worry, so thank you to the families as well.  Please take time over the next few days to thank a veteran or current service member for their service and dedication.  

Your guide to choosing the right tent!

Weddings are one of the largest and
most important events if a person’s life. Because they are so important,
planning a wedding can often times be a complicated adventure. One frequently
over-looked component of a successful, stress-free wedding is the tents.
Choosing the best tent option is easy when a few things are kept in mind.


HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT TENT

As a tent’s primary function is to
provide shelter, make sure that the construction is sound.  Tent rentals for a wedding are an
essential part of the planning process. 
With the unpredictable nature of weather, tents provide not only shelter
for your guests from heat, rain and other elements, but also help with the
overall atmosphere of your wedding. 
A majority of wedding tents are white, so that they provide a blank
canvas on which to paint a beautiful and memorable event.


WHAT TYPES OF TENTS ARE THERE?


There are a variety of tent types
that Action Rentals offers, below are some of the most common!


Frame Tents

The ease of use with frame tents
makes these a winner in the tent world. Easy to move and assemble, frame style
tents do not need to be staked to the ground. Their sturdy construction and
rigid frame allow easy hanging of lights and décor.


High Peak Frame Tents

When looking at the tent options ActionRentals has to offer, choosing the high peak frame tent is a great choice.
These tents have majestic peaks and will make a great addition to the grounds
of your wedding or reception lending a sense of royalty. Add some cathedral
style walls with windows and these tents can host the ceremony. They don’t need
to be staked to the ground and come in various sizes to accommodate one’s
imagination.


Pole Tents

These are the most traditional type
of tents with the stakes and side poles. The preferred choice for windy days or
unpredictable weather, pole tents are versatile especially when walls are
added. If it’s nippy out or windy, the walls can roll down to shelter the
guests and maintain a comfortable temperature. Remember though, pole tents will
require extra room around their perimeter to allow for staking space.


Selecting the right size

One of the most common mistakes
people make when it comes to wedding tent rentals is renting tents that are
either too small or too large. If a tent is too small, guests will be crowded
and uncomfortable. If the weather turns wet or cools off, there won’t be enough
room to hold everyone. Too large and it feels impersonal and cold.

Logistics and Design Ideas

Using satellite tents around the
main tents will add to the luxury and convenience for the guests and the happy
couple. Here are some ideas…

  • Bride/ Bridesmaids’ tent.
  • Provide child-care with a nursery and play tent.
  • A baby tent for changing, nursing or just a quiet
    relaxed place to calm a little one.
  • A separate bar tent can provide a cozy lounge
    atmosphere.
  • An outside tent for people to get some fresh air or
    cool off from dancing.
  • Outside weddings often rely on portable restroom
    facilities, supply guests with a tented powder room and a sheltered place to
    wait their turn.
  • Have extra pop up tents handy in case of space
    emergencies.


When looking for wedding tent
rentals keep these important points in mind, come by Action Rentals and let us
help you choose the perfect tents to compliment your wedding.  Action Rentals is available to assist
all East Tennessee, Eastern Kentucky, Southwest Virginia and Western North
Carolina.


Come see us at :


1861 North Eastman Road, Kingsport TN 37664

423-246-5181

How to choose the right linens for your event.


Wedding
planning is exciting. You’re pulling all the pieces together to celebrate one
of the biggest milestones in your life. But let’s face it. Wedding planning is
also hard work. At Action Rentals, we’re here to help. Our experienced event
personnel have years of success in helping brides-to-be choose just the right
items for their wedding ceremonies and receptions.

One
of the key decisions for a reception is the choice of linens. Like much of the
wedding planning process, linen selection is very subjective, and it’s focused
on aesthetic appeal. At Action Rental, we carry a broad selection of colors and
styles. Whether you want a solid or a pattern, traditional white or a color to
complement your other decorations, we can help.

If
your event has a color scheme you would like to match or complement, please
bring some examples of pieces featuring your chosen color for your linen
selection appointment. If you are earlier in the selection process, or if there
isn’t a set theme, please bring along items with colors, textures, patterns,
etc. that appeal to you. These could be magazine pages, postcards, photographs…
anything that really speaks to your sense of color.

With
a little insight into your preferences, our team can show you options that
coordinate or complement your selections. The important part is that the
decision is always yours. We can provide as much or as little input as desired.

So
as you prepare for your big day, please keep in mind that the professionals at
Action Rental are ready to make your event unforgettable! To schedule an
appointment, please visit http://www.actionpartyrentalkpt.com/feedback.asp
or call  
1-800-8RENTAL.