Here's an inexpensive gadget to soup up your tape measure. It's an ingenious plastic tip that instantly snaps onto the tape's end using rare earth magnets. The Tape Tip helps solve many small measuring problems. For starters, it aids in making accurate inside measurements when you're squaring a drawer or a case, as shown at right. Put a nail through a hole in the tip's center and you can turn your tape into a compass. Turn the tip around, hold a pencil against its concave surface, and your tape's now a marking gauge. There's plenty more that the Tape Tip can do: experiment and have fun!
Lee Valley, www.leevalley.com, 800-871-8158, Tape Tip, #50K58.01, $4.