When you have a task such as hanging a picture, drapes, or other wall decor you need more than a screwdriver in order to do the job correctly. These odds and ends may not be a hand tool, but they are essential. So, I consider them tools that you also need to add to your home tool box. However, one of the most important miscellaneous items that you need is a smoke/carbon dioxide alarm.
Tape Measure Even though the cloth type are nice for some things, when it comes to measuring for the home, the automatic, metal type used by those who are in the construction field work the best.
Extra light bulbs- 40 and 60 watts are sufficient for light. Most lamps and other accessories are limiting the wattage to 60 watts. If your new home has ceiling fans be sure to check to see what kind of light bulbs they use. Many are using candelabra style light bulbs, but each has different shapes and the base varies in size.
Batteries You will need batteries for flashlight, smoke detectors, remote control. The most commonly used are AAA but check to make sure what and how many are needed. Keep some extras lying around. It seems like whenever you are out of batteries, you will need batteries.
Flashlights Flashlights are always needed for power outages, looking into spaces, etc where overhead lighting is not enough.
Scissors: Face it, when you have packages delivered, or want to tie up old newspaper and cardboard, you need a pair of scissors to cut the cord or those plastic ties. What if you have packages to mail out, using scissors to cut the tape will make the job much easier.
Trash Bags: It seems like when we do a home project, move into a new home, do Spring cleaning, we end up overloading those flimsy trash bags that do nothing but rip. Large, construction trash bags are extra heavy duty and thicker and stronger than the average household trash bags. .
Drywall Anchors: Drywall Anchors are used to hang picture frames, and other wall décor. Do you remember the drapery mounting brackets coming out of the wall and having to make more holes. The use of anchors is to prevent those nails, hooks from pulling out of your drywall, leaving a hole and causing you to make another hole to hang your item. There are various sizes of anchors and you should know how to install them and use them correctly.
Video will show you how to install drywall anchors while hanging draperies. You cannot always hang a photo, curtains, wall decor in the exact spot where a stud is located behind the drywall. By simply nailing, using screws to hang your item into drywall is the very reason the curtain rod, etc pulls away from the wall, leaving larger holes so that you have to move them only to have the same thing happen over again. This is why you need to use drywall anchors.