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Pressure Washers 101:

When to use them, and why they are such a big deal.
When you look out at your concrete driveway, the last thing you want to see is a bunch of dark stains and spots. Sadly, things that are outside will, inevitably, get dirty, and the kind of grime you get on the outside of your home is much tougher than what you’ll face on the inside. Thankfully, we have a secret weapon that can literally blast away that grime in seconds: pressure washers.
Pressure washers are gas or electric powered pumps that connect to your garden hose and shoot water out at unbelievably high speeds. Most pressure washers spray water somewhere between 1,400 and 4,000 PSI, allowing them to blast away stains and grime most cleaning tools can’t even touch. This makes them excellent for cleaning hard-to-get stains away from things like a concrete driveway or the vinyl siding on a house. Plus, it’s incredibly satisfying to watch years of built up grime disappear before your eyes as your blast it away with a pressure washer. Some stains can become so deep that they can resist even the might of a pressure washer, so make sure you regularly pressure wash surfaces that need it to keep those stains from getting too comfortable. Pressure washing can do wonders for all kinds of surfaces and applications, including:
  • Gutters
  • Concrete or Tile Patios
  • Concrete Driveways
  • Garage Floors
  • Wood, Metal, or Plastic Fences
  • Vinyl Siding
  • Yard or Patio Furniture
  • Wooden Decks
You can even use a pressure washer to clean things like your car or boat! The possibilities are limitless, but there are some things to keep in mind before you start pressure washing everything in sight.
Higher powered pressure washers can remove more than just dirt, they can remove whatever it’s stuck on too. If you’re looking to get dirt off of a painted surface, like a wooden deck, choose a less powerful pressure washer to prevent damage to your paint. Higher powered washers can also damage some surfaces, chipping away mortar between bricks and denting aluminum if you unleash a concentrated stream on those kinds of materials for too long. If you’re working with a surface that you think could be damaged by high pressure water, avoid letting the stream rest on one area for too long, or consider using a less powerful pressure washer.
Pressure washing does wonders for all kinds of things around your home, and is useful almost any time of the year for nearly every imaginable use. If you’re ready to make things around your home look brand new again, stop by Action Rentals and Sales and check out our selection of pressure washers available for rent. We have you covered, from low powered machines perfect for most regular jobs to 4,000 PSI monsters that will remove stains so it’s like they never existed at all. Stop by our store at 1861 North Eastman Road, check us out online, or give us a call at 423-226-0962, and get your hands on the ultimate cleaning tool.

Planning Your Dream Wedding

When planning your dream wedding, you want to control every little detail, from how long the ceremony lasts all the way down to what color the napkins are. Sadly, there is one thing you can’t control: the weather. Bad rain or heavy winds can throw off even the best laid wedding plans, so it pays to be prepared for unexpected weather. The best way to keep mother nature from messing up your day is with a tent, but with so many options out there it can be difficult to know what kind of tent best fits your wedding. To help you find the perfect shelter, here is our guide to the different tents you can rent from Action Rentals and Sales.

What kind of tent?

There are two basic types of tents: pole tents and frame tents. Pole tents are mounted using poles at the center points of the tent, with anchors along the edges to keep it tied down. Pole tents have the classic swooping roof many people think of when they picture a wedding tent, and they tend to have a very elegant air to them. Pole tents do, however, have to be supported by the poles in the middle of the tent, which can be somewhat obstructive. Additionally, pole tents require around 5-8 feet of clearance for the stakes around the tent, so they may not be able to squeeze into tighter spaces.

Frame tents, on the other hand, have the material stretched out over a metal frame to keep it in place. This gives them a somewhat boxier look than pole tents, but this allows much more control over the layout of your tent space. You can even attach multiple frame tents to give yourself more room or a layout that best fits your taste. Frame tents also fit into tighter spaces than pole tents, so some venues may warrant the use of a frame tent that can squeeze between trees or hedges. You can, however, see the actual frame of a frame tent from inside, so many wedding planners opt to use a tent liner to hide that metal frame from view.

Make it Yours

Once you know the basic type of tent you need, you can start to customize that tent to suit your venue and the look you want. One very unique tent we offer at Action Rental and Sales is our clear top tent. With a see-through roof, the clear top tent section works with most frame tent frames and gives your guests a chance to enjoy the scenery around them and some natural light within the tent. If you need to close up the sides of your tent, sidewalls will be your best choice. Sidewalls can work with both pole and frame tents, and even feature see through “windows” to let light in as well.

Whether you want your tent to be the centerpiece of your wedding, or if you just need it around in case the weather turns sour, Action Rentals and Sales can help you find exactly what you need. To see examples of some of our tents in action and see the options we have available for rent, check out our website, or swing by our showroom at 1861 North Eastman Road. If you have more questions about tents, or are looking to rent one of ours, give the experts at Action Rentals and Sales a call at (423) 246-2552.

Planning Holiday Parties

Are you hosting a family get together for Thanksgiving and/or Christmas this year? Whether throwing a small, casual dinner or a large, formal feast, advance planning will make sure everything goes smoothly and doesn’t wear you out! Some things to consider ahead of time:

The Guest List – Make a list of guests, including the number of children, and inquire in advance about any food allergies or restrictions or alcohol preferences to avoid unexpected and unpleasant surprises.

The Menu – Plan your menu, review recipes and prepare your shopping list. Plan what you can make and freeze ahead of time, what needs to be made when and schedule accordingly. Don’t forget to re-stock any bar items needed.

Seating and Serving – Do you have enough tables, chairs and linens? Check your inventory of your china/dishes, flatware, stemware and glasses to be sure you have enough for all guests. What about party equipment you may not have on hand, such as a champagne fountain, chocolate fountain or margarita machine? Let our experts at Action Rentals help!


For more tips on holiday party planning in your home, come by and see our experts at Action Rental and Sales at 1861 N. Eastman Road in Kingsport, TN, call us at 423-246-5181, or check us out online at actionrentalkpt.com

Winterize Your Home!

Fall is the perfect time of year to winterize your home, or perform maintenance that will keep your home in the best shape to get through the colder winter months and save on heating costs. Here are some helpful tips.

Starting on the outside, check the condition of your roof, gutters and downspouts. Clean out the gutters and install leaf guards if not already in place. Use a hose to spray water into the downspouts to remove any debris. Check the flashing and replace any loose or worn shingles or tiles to insure water cannot enter your house. If you have fireplaces, be sure to cap or screen the top of the chimneys to keep animals out. Hire a chimney sweep to remove soot and creosote from the chimneys. Inspect the dampers for proper opening and closing. And, don’t forget to stock up on firewood!

Next, inspect your foundation and seal up any cracks or holes. Secure crawlspace entrances. Clear all leaves and debris away from the foundation. Insulate any exposed plumbing pipes to prevent freezing. Check all exterior doors and windows for tight seals. Seal/caulk any cracks and replace any cracked or broken window glass. Switch out summer screens with the glass replacements. If you have older model windows, consider covering them with plastic to keep warm air inside and cold air out. Install weather stripping around doors to prevent cold air from entering your home. If you have ceiling fans in your home, now is the time to change the rotation direction: counter-clockwise rotation produces cooling breezes and clockwise rotation produces warmer air.

Finally, if you have central heat and air, get your furnace and ducts inspected and cleaned by an HVAC professional. Remove any flammable materials from the area surrounding your furnace. Be sure to change your furnace filters each month. Purchase smoke and carbon monoxide detector batteries and change them out when daylight savings time ends on November 1. If you don’t have these detectors, purchase, install and test them to assure your family’s safety during the coming colder months.

For more tips on how to winterize your home, come by and see our experts at Action Rental and Sales at 1861 N. Eastman Road in Kingsport, TN, call us at 423-246-5181, or check us out online at actionrentalkpt.com.

2-4-6-8 Who Do We Appreciate? It’s Tailgating Time

Before you know it, football season will be upon us! If you want to throw an awesome tailgate and cheer your team to their next victory in a comfortable setting, make sure to check out our checklist for all your tailgate needs. Don’t stress over purchasing big-ticket items, rather rent and let us take care of all your needs.

Chairs – Make sure to have plenty of places for your guests to sit and enjoy food, company and the game! We have many styles to choose from, including, folding, cushioned and even child sized!


Tables – Keep your tailgate fun and functional with a variety of tables. We have 6 foot, 8 foot, round, square, rectangular and a wide variety of other sizes to meet your needs


Linens – We can help you support your team by showing their colors with our wide variety of linen colors and choices.

Canopy Tent – Beat the fall heat and provide your guests with a shaded tailgate with a canopy tent in a variety of sizes.


Food – Need a grill? Hot dog steamer? Popcorn machine? Snow Cone maker? We’ve got them all available for rent!

Inflatables – Provide some entertainment for the younger members of your tailgate crew with an inflatable.


For help planning your next tail-gate, stop by and see the experts at Action Rental and Sales! We look forward to showcasing the wide variety of party rental items we have. From chairs to china to lighting to tents to linens and more we have everything you need to have the best event in town! Stop by our showroom at 1861 Eastman Road, visit our website at www.actionrentalkpt.com or call us at 423-246-5181.


Keep Your Home Looking Great With Pressure Washing



Every day you take actions to keep your home and car looking their best. Whether it is mowing your yard, washing your car, cleaning the inside of your home, trimming your hedges, sweeping your sidewalks or vacuuming your carpets, you take care of your property. However, one thing many people miss is pressuring washing the siding of their homes.

If you regularly pressure wash your home, it is much easier than you may think.  The longer you let dirt build up on the siding, the harder it is to clean.  Pressure washing is a quick and easy way to refresh your home’s exterior and make it look new again. In addition to your home, pressure washing your sidewalks and driveway help immensely.


One things that stops a lot of people is that they don’t have the right equipment. However, Action Rentals can help and be your stop shop for pressure washing equipment. From your basic equipment to extra hoses, daily or weekly rentals, we’ve got what you need to make your home have that fresh, clean feeling once again!

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 at www.actionrentalkpt.com, visit our showroom at 1861 Eastman Road, or give us a call at 423-246-5181.

Don’t forget the tables!

When planning your wedding, it is sometimes easy to overlook minor details such as the guest book table or favor table. When you think of tables at your wedding, odds are you think of the tables in which your guests will sit or the tables where your food will be served. Don’t forget to consider renting a few more tables to add to the feel of your reception. Here are some helpful ideas!


Guest Book Table

Whether you have the traditional guest book or a unique way to remember your guests, you’ll more than likely need a place to put it. It’s easy to think you can just set it up anywhere, but consider allocating a special spot and adding a floral arrangement or even candles to make the guest book table feel a part of your special reception.

Favor Table

Because the favors of your wedding will most likely take up the majority of this table, not many decorations are needed. Add a pretty linen tablecloth and a chalkboard or sign instructing the guests to take a favor home.

Cocktail Tables

During cocktail hour at your reception, more than likely guests won’t be ready to sit down so have a few raised “bar-like” tables for your guests to stand around and chat to enjoy their beverage. Add some candles and smaller floral arrangements.


Gift Table

It is sometimes easy to forget you do receive gifts at the wedding from those friends or relatives that do not make it to wedding showers before the big day. Add a pretty basket or box to collect loose cards and also an area for gifts to be placed on the table. Consider adding a framed sign of you and your hubby as a nice added touch.


For help planning your next party, stop by and see the experts at Action Rental and Sales! We look forward to showcasing the wide variety of party rental items we have. From chairs to china to lighting to tents to linens and more we have everything you need to have the best event in town! Stop by our showroom at 1861 Eastman Road, visit our website or call us at 423-246-5181.

Build a Deck!

It’s almost summertime, which means more evenings will be spent taking in those mild summer nights. Enjoy those evenings on a brand-new deck…and what’s more, build that brand-new deck yourself with the help of equipment rentals from Action Rentals!

Give your backyard a makeover. Create an “outdoor room” that is a great place for entertaining friends or letting your toddlers play.

Not only do you need to select the structural materials, and the decking type, there are post options and caps that can add elegance and personalize your deck.


Follow these tips to ensure the smoothest building process:

  1. Foundations needs to be deeper the higher the deck is off the ground.
  2. For ground-level decking, go below the frost line.
  3. Post holes should be at least 24 inches deep. (Don’t forget the post-hole digger).
  4. Deck shape can be easily adjusted to any requirement with minimal woodworking skills.
  5. Decking boards can be straight, run diagonally, or you can create more complex chevron or square designs.
  6. Trim edges with a power saw or jig saw to create curves. You may need to use double joists to enable you to fix more complex designs.
  7. Newel posts need to be at least 36 inches high and support the balustrade at least every 6 feet. Railings are mandatory if the deck is over 20 inches off the ground.
  8. The frame for raised decking is constructed from pressure-treated lumber.
  9. On a concrete base, posts can be adhered to the ground using bolt-down post brackets.
  10. Safety first! A raised deck requires a handrail.

For help with this and any other DIY project, come see the experts at Action Rental & Sales in Kingsport, Tennessee. We have the tools and expertise to help you finish your “To-Do” List. Stop by our showroom at 1861 Eastman Road, visit our website or call us at 423-246-5181 for a complete listing of products and pricing.

New Additions to the Action Fleet!

Spring is here and with it comes some new equipment for the Action Rentals Team!

The newest addition to our forklift crew is the 5519 Genie Forklift! With easy maneuverability and convenience of service, the 5519 Genie Forklift comes with a variety of rugged attachments accompanied by compact telehandlers to meet the needs of most construction, masonry, landscape and farming applications.


A new member of our work platform group is the NiftyLift SD50. The SD50 combines the best of many self-propelled and trailer mounted ranges. With impressive reach capabilities, yet still maintaining a lightweight drivable base, the SD50 is a great fit for a wide range of projects and varying site conditions.


Need excavation? Check out our new 35N Mini Excavator. With an impressive 26.5 horsepower water-cooled diesel engine with variable displacement piston pumps and two speed travel, the 35N is a great fit for your next project. The 35N comes standard with an A-F quick-change valve, a 10’ 4” digging depth, and an open-cab. For your next excavation project, consider the 35N Mini Excavator.


For all of your project needs, come see the experts at Action Rental & Sales in Kingsport, Tennessee. We have the tools and expertise to help you finish your “To-Do” List. Stop by our showroom at 1861 Eastman Road, visit our website or call us at 423-246-5181 for a complete listing of products and pricing.

Spring has Sprung!


Spring marks the start of a new social season. With everything from graduation parties, Cinco de Mayo parties, Derby events, and many more, spring is chock full of exciting opportunities to celebrate! Let the professionals at Action Rentals help you create memories that will last a lifetime!

If you are planning a graduation celebration, don’t forget to make it kid-friendly with our wide selection of inflatables and games available for a day or for a week! With everything from bounce houses and obstacle courses to basketball hoops and dunk tanks, Action Rentals has everything you need to help all the kids and kids at heart have a memorable event.

Be sure to book your festive-colored linens, tables and chairs for your Cinco de Mayo event. We have a wide selection of colors, sizes and styles. If you have questions, our experienced professionals can help you select décor that is sure to impress!

For a Derby party, with the warm weather and sunshine, check out our extensive selection of tents to provide shade to your group. Also, we have tables and linens that will complement your decorating theme!

Our showroom is located in Kingsport, Tennessee. We look forward to showcasing the wide variety of party rental items we have. From chairs to china to lighting to tents to linens and more we have everything you need to have the best event in town! Stop by our showroom at 1861 Eastman Road, visit our website at www.TheTentKing.com or www.actionrentalkpt.com or call us at 423-246-5181 for a complete listing of products and pricing.