Precise laser layout tools are standard gear for window and door installers, tile setters, and carpenters who make a living mounting cabinets and countertops. But these super accurate beam machines typically cost hundreds of dollars, with enough accuracy to satisfy a city surveyor. That’s what makes the Bosch Self-Leveling Cross-Line Laser GLL 2-15 such an exciting addition to the hardware aisle. Even with its relatively low price tag, the AA-powered tool is plenty accurate – it’s only off 1/8 inch at up to 30 feet away, and the half-pound tool can self-level from a 4-degree tilt. It can fire horizontal, vertical, or crosshair lines, and it comes with a magnet-footed mount that you can clamp onto just about anything. There’s even a threaded opening to fit a standard tripod bolt. This is the ideal tool for anyone tiling a backsplash, framing a door, or planning a furniture installation. Done with the job? The laser’s also handy for driving the cat crazy. [$149; bosch.com]
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