Must Have Tools for Your Apartment

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Whether it’s your first time out on your own, or if you’re a seasoned renter, there are a few things that every apartment needs. You may not be doing big jobs around the apartment, but you’ll need the basics to help out with assembly projects and everyday accidents.

  1. Flathead and Phillips Screwdrivers: Not only should you have both of these types of screwdrivers, but you should have a few different sizes. You’ll need these for everything from hanging pictures to installing outlet covers and assembling new furniture. You’ll find ways to use these tools that you never expected.
  2. Hammer: It’s a basic tool that is necessary for every home. You may not use it often, but it’s imperative for the times that you do. No other tool can take its place. You don’t need a heavy duty one to do the job. You’ll find it perfect for placing studs in the wall to hang heavy pictures. You may need it to install some joining pieces in furniture as you put it together.
  3. Level: Crooked picture frames are a quick way to have a lopsided looking apartment. If your pictures have wires, place the level on top to make sure that the frame is sitting correctly. These are especially important for frames that require 2 or more studs to hold in place. You can’t trust your eyes when it comes to measuring placement on the wall. It also is good for other stationary furniture to know if there is a slant. You can place something underneath a leg to make the table top level again.
  4.  Tape Measure: When buying shelving and other pieces of furniture, you’ll need to know if it’ll fit correctly in your new space. Measure your wall and floor space with a tape measure to have confidence when buying.
  5. Wrench: Wrenches are especially useful for plumbing. If you want to change out your shower head unit, you’ll need a wrench to loosen and tighten the fixture on the spout. You may also need it for securing nuts and bolts on furniture pieces.
  6. Cordless Drill: A small handheld drill is worth its weight in gold. It makes any project lightning fast with very little effort. Save your elbow grease for another day. Use different drill bits to make guide holes in the drywall for your hanging needs.
  7. Step Stools: Avoid any slips and falls by using the correct tools to get up and down. A fold out step ladder should give you the perfect height that you need to get up to the top of the cabinet shelves and storage spaces. Tuck it away in a closet when not in use.
  8. Flashlights: Not only does it come in handy during a power outage, it also can help in situations when you’re looking for something you misplaced. Always keep a flashlight nearby in case of an emergency.

Find a kit that has all of these things and more at your local hardware store. Keep them all together in a box or a carry bag that is easy to find. Tuck it away in a closet so that you always know where everything is.

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