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Dial Caliper (for small distances)

Best for: Measuring outside and inside diameters of pipes, screws, and drill bits.

Look for: 6-inch caliper, which can handle most household needs; dial readout that gives measurement in sixty-fourths or hundredths of an inch (metric models also available).

Shown: 6-inch dial caliper, from General Tools; about $44; generaltools.com
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