stanley magnetic torpedo level
Photo: Laura Johansen
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For: Small jobs like hanging pictures and shelves, or working in tight spaces, as when doing plumbing installations.
How it works: Vials, visible from front or top, can show both level and plumb. Some models have magnets for sticking to metal pipes; this one has a built-in light to make reading the bubble easier.
Shown: Stanley magnetic torpedo level; about $9;
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