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TOOLS & EQUIPMENT

Inner Vision

How many times have you wished for X-ray vision? Getting Superman on the payroll is unlikely — but buying a SeeSnake Micro isn't. This tiny waterproof camera is mounted on a flexible 3-foot cable (extendable to 30 feet) so you can see inside wall cavities and other inaccessible spaces. The image shows up on a 21/2-inch color LCD screen — which means you can show clients any problems. The camera head has adjustable LED lights and can be equipped with a mirror, a magnetic tip, and a small hook, all of which are included in the $220 kit. Ridgid, 800/474-3443, www.ridgid.com

True Grit

Suitable for one-handed operation, Porter-Cable's 371K compact belt sander is about 11 inches long and spins a 2 1/2-by-14-inch belt at 1,100 surface feet per minute. It looks like the perfect tool for fine-tuning scribes and trim. The kit — which includes a case and an 80-grit belt — sells for about $120. Porter-Cable, 800/487-8665, www.porter-cable.com

Making Space

It's tough to improve on cedar shim shingles, but Handi-Shims may be a better option for some tasks. At about an 11/2 inches square, these plastic shims come in 1/16-, 1/8-, and 1/4-inch sizes, all of uniform thickness — making them ideal for creating reveals and spacing deck boards and tile. They contain a countersunk hole in the center for a bugle- head drywall screw and break apart for applications that don't require the entire shim. A bag of 100 costs $11. Handi-Shim, 203/733-5630, www.handi-shim.com