For some homeowners, buying new tools is part of the enjoyment of a home improvement project. But when it comes to masonry projects, there are some tools you won't ever need again once the job is done. If you need a tool only once, renting it makes more sense than buying it. Don't pay for idle time: Rent a tool only when you're ready for it.
Here are some of the tools you may need to rent for the construction of your patio.
- Excavating equipment to clear the site.
- Hammer drill to install masonry anchors in a brick or stucco wall.
- Power auger to dig holes for footings.
- Power mixer to prepare concrete.
- Reciprocating saw to make cuts where a circular saw can't reach.
- Bull float for large concrete slabs.
- Sod cutter to make sod removal easier.
- Rototiller to break up soil for excavation.
- Wet saw or snap cutter to cut large amounts of tile or other masonry materials.
Common finishing tools, left to right: Grout bag; Striking tool; Rubber mallet; Edger; Bull float; Wood float; Magnesium float; Jointer or groover; Finishing trowel