In addition to functioning like a standard 25-foot tape measure, the Johnson Stud Squared can assist with framing layout. Its housing is square and there's a slight lip along one edge, so you can use it in place of a layout square when laying out plates. Its size – 1-1/2 inches thick by 3-1/2 inches square – matches common framing dimensions, and it has extensions for laying out on wider stock. This tape won't help with complex rafter cuts, but it can reduce your tool load for basic wall framing.
¦ Price: $20. 262-242-1161. www.johnsonlevel.com.