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Hand Tools

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    Tajima Tool Chalk-Rite Jam-Free CR301JF

    Tajima's Chalk-Rite Jam-Free CR301JF holds 3 1/2 ounces of chalk — enough to snap 689 feet of lines, says the maker.

     
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    Kapro 303 Hole Marker

    The easiest way to avoid inaccurate measurements is to not measure at all.

     
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    Wixey WR 525 Remote Digital Readout

    There's a better way to measure bit height than balancing a ruler on end above the hole in your router table.

     
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    Fluke 566 Infrared Thermometer

    If several thousand dollars for an IR camera isn't in this year's tool budget, consider an infrared thermometer like the Fluke 566.

     
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    Bacharach Telescopic Mirror Set

    For my money, small telescopic mirrors are among the most useful inspection tools out there.

     
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    Flir Systems BCAM SD Infrared Camera

    One of the most important diagnostic tools in the building-forensics toolbox is an infrared camera.

     
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    Porter-Cable 371 Compact Belt Sander

    There are few things more satisfying than scribing a piece of trim and having it fit perfectly on the first try. Porter-Cable's 371 belt sander should make such precision scribing a lot easier.

     
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    Rod Chomper RCBE-6

    Trade professionals often talk about 'the right tool for the job.' When it comes to cutting and bending rebar, Rod Chomper's hydraulically operated RCBE-6 is that tool.

     
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    Jimmy T Tools Stake Puller

    Pulling out steel-form stakes isn't anyone's idea of fun, but a neat tool promises to make the job a little easier.

     
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    Turning Monster Posts on a Shop-Built Lathe

    When a local remodeler approached me about reproducing five porch posts for a 140-year-old house in Boulder, Colo., my interest was piqued. Despite the fact that I didn't have a lathe — much less one that could turn 10-foot posts — I took the contract, figuring I could build my own to do the job.

     
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    Toolbox

    Ridgid dual-bevel miter saw; planes; material handling

     
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    Letters

    More power for dump trailer; pricing custom work; in search of drywall shims; source for layout stick

     
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    Tool Test: Hardware Nailers

    Dedicated nail guns that will pay for themselves quickly.

     
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    PacTool International Siding Gauges

    Hang fiber-cement siding by yourself and guarantee the right exposure with a pair of Siding Gauges from PacTool.

     
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    Cooper Hand Tools Vertical Snips

    Protecting your hands from razor-sharp edges can be tough when you're cutting aluminum or steel siding with conventional aviation snips.

     
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    Malco Products Sider

    If a speed square is a framer's go-to layout tool, Malco's Sider is the equivalent for vinyl-siding installers.

     
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    Dude Tools Bolt Marxster

    Laying out anchor-bolt locations on a mudsill is quick and simple with the Bolt Marxster from Dude Tools.

     
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    Klein Tools 25-Foot Tape Stop Power-Return Rule

    Fans of auto-locking tape measures should check out the 150th-anniversary version of Klein's 25-foot Tape Stop Power-Return Rule.

     
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    Lufkin Pro Series Fiberglass Long Tape

    Available in 100-, 200-, and 300-foot versions, the Lufkin Pro Series Fiberglass Long Tape has three interchangeable end hooks.

     
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    Leica Geosystems Disto D2 Distance Meter

    Sized to fit in a shirt pocket, the Leica Disto D2 is the smallest distance meter available and the simplest to use, says the manufacturer.