Hand Tools

The Sonic Tape, a distance-measuring device from AGL Lasersource can be used to determine length, width, and height and to compute area and volume. The tool has a range from 2 feet to 50 feet and an accuracy of 99.5 percent.

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By Stephani L. Miller

The handiest new hand tools tackle a variety of jobsite challenges.

Ideal's Mag-Tape 25-foot measuring tape is designed for one-person measuring, with a magnetic tip that sticks to steel or iron surfaces, eliminating the need for a second person to hold the tape. The Mag-Tape's thick rubber boot provides a non-slip grip and a nylon-coated steel blade resists abrasion and rust. Blade graphics are oversized for increased readability. 800.435.0705. www.idealindustries.com.

The Sonic Tape, a distance-measuring device from AGL Lasersource can be used to determine length, width, and height and to compute area and volume. The tool has a range from 2 feet to 50 feet and an accuracy of 99.5 percent, according to the company. Ideal for checking dimensions and measuring inaccessible objects, the device uses a high-visibility red laser pointer to locate the reference surface. 800. 643.9696. www.agl-lasers.com.

The QLT Panel Lifter, from Marshalltown's QLT by Marshalltown line of contractor-grade tools, is designed to help contractors lift all standard sizes of drywall sheets. Its lightweight, compact design allows it to be carried and stored easily, and it has a non-clogging rasp with protective guides. The tool also includes a built-in bottle opener in its handle. 800.987.6935. www.marshalltown.com.

Vaughan & Bushnell's BowJak provides a quick and simple solution for installing warped and crooked deck boards.

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