Everybody loves Top 10s, but not everybody has time for a Top 10 list. You’re busy, so I’ve got a Top 9 list for you that’ll save you some time so you get back to work and back to what you’re doing.
So what are the Top 9 tools that you need to have if you’re moving into your first rental house.
The time has finally come, you’re on your own. It’s time to ‘adult’ — whether you’re a first-time homeowner or renter, let’s get started with what you need.
1. Tape Measure
The first tool you need to have is a tape measure. You guys have seen this before. I recommend a 25-foot tape measure. You know you’re going to buy a sofa, you’re going to buy a bed, you’re going to hang a picture on the wall, you need to know how much space you have in your house to make sure it’s going to fit. Okay.
And you can get creative with it. This one has the Chicago Bears helmet as the tape measure. (Da Bears!) So if you’re busting out your Chicago accent, you’d say, “Da tape measure.”
Next is a pencil. You need a pencil to mark stuff if you’re going to hang pictures on the wall. If you need to measure a piece of wood that you’re going to cut, a pencil is an awesome tool and you can clean off the pencil marks pretty easily or paint over them.
3. A Level
Next is a level. You’ll want to get a level that has a bubble in the middle as well as one that has the bubble it on the side, if possible.
There’s a bubble in there — I’m going to say it uses gravity — and if that bubble is centered, whatever you hang is going to be straight across.
Or if you’re doing it on an angle it’s going to be on a perfect 45-degree angle. Or if you’re putting the level on the side of something to see if it’s plumb, placing the level up and down, the bubble will be going straight up and down as well.
Now let’s say that I’m going to hang something that has two connecting points. I’m going to use that level and mark it because I want to use a tape measure AND a level.
So check this out: you can use blue tape (we’ll talk about that in a minute) to mark where the holes are. Now you just take your pencil that we just talked about and you mark the spots for the holes. Then when you hang it up on the wall, you know how far the spacing is and you know that it’s level. Isn’t that cool?
4. Utility Knife
The next tool is going to be a utility knife. Ours is not picture worthy since it’s pretty tore up from the floor up, because we use it all.the.time. So I just found one on Amazon for you to order.
Nice picture AND a nice price! Winning!
What’s nice about these is that the blade retracts, so if you’ve got littles around the house they’re not going to get hurt. (They’d have to work pretty hard to figure out how to open it.)
But you can use it to open boxes –because you’re going to be moving and moving = lots and lots of boxes — you can use it to cut twine or string. Whatever you’ll need, it’s hand and safe to keep in your pocket.
Let’s go back to talking about hanging stuff for one second.
If you’re ever going to want to hang two pictures straight over one another and you want it perfectly centered on a wall so the frames are vertical. You can take a piece of string — in this case I’ve got a bolt on it for weight to hold it straight down — you can mark the top nail spot with your pencil and the weight of the screw gives you a perfect line straight up and down. And again we’re using gravity to find the second spot to mark the next nail hole.
5. Crescent Wrench.
Next tip is a Crescent Wrench. That’s the industry name for this thing. It’s also called an adjustable wrench because you can adjust the size of the gap. So whether you’re tightening a tire on a bicycle or assembling furniture, you have every size bolt that you can handle with this little guy.
Next on the list is screwdrivers. This is called a Phillips or you call it a “Plus” — because the end of that looks like a plus sign. See that? This one is just a regular screwdriver. And if you’re being consistent, this one is a “Minus” because it looks like a minus symbol.
The big one is very handy if you’re going to be changing lights or installing a ceiling fan, you have to have one of these.
One of each and you got it made.
7. A Hammer.
Next is your trusty hammer. Everybody needs a hammer. You got to hang stuff, you got to knock something into place, that’s going to do the job for you.
Or you can get really tricky and James Bond style if you want.
This is my favorite hammer. But wait, there’s more.
It’s also got a screwdriver.
But wait, there’s more: it’s got another screwdriver.
But wait there’s more, it’s got another little baby screwdriver.
So any project that you’ve got going on in the new rental house, if you don’t have a lot of room for tools, this guy right here gives you like five tools in one.
8. A Ladder.
If you need to put something on a shelf, and if you’re not genetically tall, this is a definite way to get around that. Or if you want to hang Christmas lights or whatever the case may be you have a ladder and you can reach new heights in your DIY life.
9. Blue Painter’s Tape.
And the last tip I have is good old blue tape. I love this stuff! Most the time you use it for masking off baseboards if you have to paint or if you don’t want to put marks on the level, we use blue tape. It’s really easy to use and pulls off most surfaces pretty easily.
Let’s say I’m measuring something and I’m not good at reading the tape measure because there’s a lot of a lot of weird numbers on here and lines and — it all means something to someone, right?
What if you don’t know what 1/8 inches or 7/8 inch or ¼ inch or 1/16 of an inch is?
Here’s another pro tip so you don’t have to worry about that:
You figure out how long the thing is that you’re needing to cut or to put into a certain space and you just mark it with blue tape to the exact length. Now you don’t have to know! You just say, “Hey! I needed it that long. Let’s make it happen.”
Here’s the link to buy yourself some of the Blue Painter’s Tape. It’s a good one to always have on hand!
You’re legit now!!
So those are my 9 tips for the ultimate essential tools that you should have if you’re renting or have moved into your first home. And now you can have your all tools set up for your first place and start rocking all the projects in your future. Get after it!
See ya next week!
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