Tool Tests and Reviews

  • January 27, 2015

    The Gecko Gauge

    This tool makes it faster and easier to install siding and won’t mar prefinished material.Read More

  • September 30, 2014

    Bosch GLM 15 Laser Distance Measurer

    This small tool is just enough: simple enough, accurate enough, and inexpensive enough for those who do not need a full-featured LDM.Read More

  • August 01, 2014

    Bosch Laser Measurer With Bluetooth

    The measurements you take with the GLM 100 C can be wirelessly transferred to your smart device.Read More

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    February 16, 2012

    Tool Test: Affordable Line Lasers

    For this article, my crew and I tested 11 self-leveling line lasers that can be purchased for $300 or less – an amount any tradesperson should be willing to spend for a tool that can pay for itself. Our pricing came from reputable online dealers; you may pay more or less based on when and where you...Read More

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    July 05, 2011

    Tool Test: Combination Lasers

    My first encounter with construction lasers was 20-plus years ago on a commercial job site, where a subcontractor was using a rotary laser to level the track for a suspended ceiling. The tool obviously saved a lot of time, and even though it could only shoot level, I was jealous that my company...Read More


Product Briefs

  • Leica L2G+ Green Beam Laser

    Greater range and better visibility in a small package.

  • Spectra Precision LT56 Three-Line Laser

    The layout tool can survive a 3-foot drop, and its battery provides up to 50 hours of power on a single charge.

  • Hilti PR 2-HS Rotating Laser

    A shock-absorbing casing helps the laser withstand being dropped from standard tripod height, and the lithium-ion battery provides 30 hours of power per charge.

  • General Tool Palmscope

    Measuring 5 1/2 inches by 3 inches, the inspection scope has a 2-foot probe with four LEDs at the end.

  • Leica Disto E7100i Laser

    The laser tool measures and records dimensions, then sends them to your cell phone or tablet via a Bluetooth connection.

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