"Frickin' Laser Beams": Laser Tech For Home Improvement

"Frickin' Laser Beams": Laser Tech For Home Improvement

Jason Yang
Dec 1, 2011

Perhaps Dr. Evil saw the future full of lasers and was right, although not mounted on sharks but rather in home-bound tech. Hand-held building and home improvement tools are all over the place and extremely handy. We highlight some great laser levels and other tools to help you get started on that project you've been putting off all summer.

Black & Decker BDL100AV All-In-One SureGrip Laser Level
$23 (free shipping)
We've been seeing commercials for this puppy and lusting after one, regardless of already owning a laser level. But ours doesn't hang on the wall by itself, we have to actually hold it there with our own bare hands! The SureGrip's rubber suction cups use magical sucking power to stick to the wall on its own without leaving any scuff marks. A red light switches to green when the line is level and it even provides an audible alert to let you know you're lined up and ready to go. Now go mount that picture!

Stanley 77-188 S2 Laser Level Square
$35 (free shipping)
Sometimes it's hip to be square, especially during construction. Uneven walls don't always make for the best houses. A laser level square projects horizontal and vertical laser chalklines up to 30 feet in two directions. Multi-dimensional lasers! An alignment guide lets you calculate and turn anglees in 5-degree increments. It also looks like a B-2 Bomber in this photo.

HDE Temperature Gun Infrared Thermometer w/ Laser Sight
$12 (free shipping)
Get instant and accurate temperature readings with this handheld gun. Included is a red laser pointer for precise aiming at targets from afar. Automatically shuts off after a period of inactivity, so no worries about flipping the thing on and off.

Bosch DLR130K Digital Distance Measurer
$82 (free shipping)
This distance measurer uses lasers to give you precise and accurate measurements in length, area, and volume! It reports in feet, inches, decimal feet, and metric units. With a 2 inch to 130 foot range, it's perfect for the home job. It continuously adjusts your measurements as you move forward as well.

DEWALT DW087K LaserChalkLine Self-Leveling Line Laser (Horizontal & Vertical)
$148 (free shipping)
This self leveling line laser provides the perfect chalkline without the mess of real chalk. It's built-in magnetic pivot bracket allows you to easily mount it to metal surfaces. This baby even goes vertical with its lines! Accurate to 1/8 of an inch at 30 feet away!

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