The Renters’ Toolbox
a few tools will make your life a lot easier
Toolbox: Duh. But a nice one with a handle is incredibly useful, because if you don’t know where your tools are, they aren’t helpful.
Reversible drill with a bit set: Infinitely useful for fixing up furniture, tightening bolts, and getting to all those other projects you’ve been putting off.
Hammer: Look for one that’s heavy with a fiberglass shaft and a rip claw.
16-foot tape measure: Get one that locks and take it with you furniture shopping.
Set of screwdrivers: A good mixed set includes flat and Phillips head screwdrivers, maybe even a magnetic head.
Needle-nose pliers: If you can find a pair with a wire cutting blade, grab ’em.
Safety glasses: Don’t start a project without these.
Utility knife: Look for replaceable blades and keep some on hand.
Duct tape: For quick repairs and emergencies.