Levels, Weights & Measures

These renovation tools yield such satisfying accuracy.

The saw cuts quickly through stock lumber, plywood, laminate, and PVC.

1. QUICK CUTTER
Cut cleaner and faster on the pull stroke with the new Multi-PullSaw Pro. This flush-cut carpenter’s saw includes a ruler guide on the 12″ blade. The saw cuts quickly through stock lumber, plywood, laminate, and PVC. A quick-release button permits easy blade changes. $29.99. Roamwild, (614) 985-5600, roam-wild.com

The green-on-matte Nite Eye version offers high visibility in any light.

2. DOUBLE-SIDED MEASURE
Two new Lufkin Shockforce tape measures offer double-sided blade design and metal roll bars to protect the lock button from sharp impacts. The green-on-matte Nite Eye version offers high visibility in any light. In 16′, 25′ and 35′ lengths: $25 to $35. Crescent, (800) 621-8814, crescenttool.com

Use with brick, tile, lumber, laminate, etc.; create arches and more.

3. IRREGULAR ANGLES
Measure awkward angles and hard-to-get-at places by sliding the four joined rulers into the right shape, and tightening screws. Use with brick, tile, lumber, laminate, etc.; create arches and more. With laser-etched measurements, the ruler folds down to a compact 10″ length. $12.99. Amenitee, amazon.com/amenitee

In 2 and 3 lb. sizes, these weights permit the hook to slip on only when the weights are in the right position.

4. BALANCING WEIGHT
Correct a balance problem in a weighted sash window with linkable hook-and-eye weights. In 2 and 3 lb. sizes, these weights permit the hook to slip on only when the weights are in the right position. $1.90 per pound. SRS Hardware, (401) 954-9431, srshardware.com

The compact 9″ level is made of extruded aluminum with a magnetic edge; a V-groove edge fits on pipe or conduit.

5. PINPOINT ACCURACY
The Empire Blue heavy-duty magnetic torpedo level accurately measures plumb, level, and 45° angles in 10 working positions. The compact 9″ level is made of extruded aluminum with a magnetic edge; a V-groove edge fits on pipe or conduit. $9.99. Northern Tool & Equipment, (800) 221-0516, northerntool.com


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