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Hand Tools

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    Handcrafted Levels

    Crick Levels are made of laminated wood and stainless steel

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    Lenox Tubing Mini Cutter

    The Tight Space Tubing Cutter is a knuckle-saver

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    Nonmarring Pry Bar

    Stiletto's new stainless steel flat bar

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    Cleanable Nut Driver

    Removing metal shavings from a magnetized driver bit has never been so easy, says DeWalt

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    Crawlspace Caddy

    A plastic mortar pan screwed to a piece of plywood fitted with wheels makes an effective crawlspace tool tote.

  • Paint Brush for Low-VOC

    This brush makes it easier to produce a high-quality finish, says the maker.

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    Electrocution-Preventing Tools

    Circuit Alert Voltage Sensing Tools let workers know if a circuit is live.

  • Miter Finder

    Don’t let its Rube Goldbergian appearance fool you: The Bora Angle Master is basically a T-bevel that determines both angle and miter settings.

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    Rule of Three: Milwaukee M18 Fuel Cordless Tools

    Three new technologies come together to maximize performance in this cordless tool line.

  • Scaffold Builder’s Multi-Tool

    The WrightGripScaffold Ratchet is designed to lighten the load for scaffold builders. It features a 7/8-inch socket wrench, a 7/8-inch open-end wrench, and a nonsparking hammer with a replaceable plastic face.

  • Do-It-All Saw

    According to Irwin, the new Universal Handsaw is the only saw you’ll ever need.

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    Hyde 14-in-1 Painter's Multi-Tool

    Handy 14-in-1 tool for painters

  • I-Mark Self-Marking Tape Measure

    Measure, press on the case, and you've made your mark

  • 3-in-1 Laser Level and Measuring Tool

    Bosch's new GLM 80 laser features a unique "two-axis tilt sensor" that can determine the height of distant objects and perform straight-line measurements.

  • Rental Paint Sprayers for Pros

    Graco says its RentalPro Airless Paint Sprayers have been designed to stand up to the rigors of the rental market.

  • Forever-Accurate Levels

    Though best-known for clamps and layout tools, Bora also makes a full line of spirit levels, which it says can take anything the job site dishes out.

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    Reflections on Reconstructing an Old Barn

    The materials for this project arrived on the job the usual way — via truck delivery — but that was pretty much where any resemblance to a normal job ended.

  • Powerful Pliers

    Channellock says its new 8-inch High-Leverage Lineman’s Plier (#368) requires considerably less cutting force than the competition, thanks to increased leverage achieved by moving the rivet forward, closer to the cutting edges.

  • Reinforcing Straps For Compromised Framing

    The next time the plumber goes berserk with a Sawzall, it might not take so long to repair the damage.

  • Tough Masonry Drill Bits

    If you accidentally hit rebar with a SpeedHammer Power SDS-plus Masonry Bit, you might be able to keep the cursing to a minimum.

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