When you arrive at a Mounting task, there are several “checks” recommended by taskers to make sure you’re set up for the task at hand.
First, let’s start with the must-have tools, those that you couldn’t live without on a Mounting task:
Personal protective equipment
- The best form of preparation is safety! Taskers suggest bringing the following items to ensure safety on a mounting task:
- A face mask rated N95 or higher, as these have a strong filter to help protect from dust that can come from drywall drilling.
- Eye protection.
- If drilling through concrete, ear protection.
- A stud finder
- One of the most important items you could have on a Mounting task–more formal than the tried (but not always true) knuckles-on-the-wall method.
- Drill and bits
- Be sure you’ve brought the appropriate drill and bits. Different wall types will require different drills and bits, which makes understanding your wall type all the more essential.
- Mounting hardware
- This refers to bolts, drywall anchors, and screws.
- Tape measure
- Spirit level
- Tasker Isaac recommends getting one with a laser, which helps you stay as accurate as possible with alignment.
- A strong magnet
- In the case of troubleshooting finding studs, a strong magnet will be your lifesaver.
Not as essential as the first section of tools, but our Elite Taskers also recommend having the following items on hand:
- Useful for marking the spot where your items will go on the wall.
- Unless you’re using picture hanging nails, hammers aren’t generally needed but are good to keep on hand, just in case.
- Extra mounting hardware
- For certain items, it’s good to prepare yourself with extra pieces of mounting hardware to anticipate missing or broken pieces.
- Blue painter’s tape
- Another great way to mark your item’s placement; an alternative to a pencil and can help you avoid cracking the wall.
- A multi-setting stud-finder
- Great for finding pipes or metal in the wall.
- To fill in any unwanted holes.