The AV2 Flooring Spacer might spare you the hassle of hauling a bucketful of shims from job to job. The business-card-sized spacer block adjusts with the turn of a dial from 5 to 20 mm (3/16 inch to 13/16 inch) to create a precise expansion joint between the floor and the wall, or to compensate for a wavy sole plate. To remove the spacer, you just turn the dial again to release the pressure. A four-pack costs about $10.

Bessey Tools North America, 800/828-1004,

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