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Porter Cable Infrared Thermometer

Porter Cable Infrared Thermometer

Think your old windows might be leaking out your money in the form of heat? Worried that there are small creatures living in your walls? The Porter Cable Infrared Thermometer ($50) can help you find out. Measuring temperatures from -22º to 590º F, all you need to do is point it at the area you want to check — a built-in LED will shine on the wall, glowing blue for cold areas and red for warmer spots. As for what you do when you discover a gateway to the underworld inside your home? That's up to you.

  • Bash Unbreakable Sledge Hammer

    Nope, this isn't another workout tool. The aptly-named Bash Unbreakable Sledge Hammer ($40-$160) boasts a steel-cored handle that prevents breakage, a high-visibility, drop-forged head that's flat on the end to allow it to stand upright, a textured grip, a safety plate that firmly locks the head in place to eliminate dislodging, an anti-vibration neck, and a lanyard hole on the end to secure the hammer to your wrist — although we can think of a couple of instances (working on a skyscraper and dropping it over the side) when you'd be better to just let it go.

  • Best Made Cloth Extension Cords

    Extension cords are a necessary evil — especially around the holidays — but no one said they had to be ugly. Most of them just are. Not these Best Made Cloth Extension Cords ($40), though. These eight-foot pulley-style cotton cords are woven in Massachusetts using three copper wires, each of which is stranded and left for dead covered in PVC insulation, then twisted together, padded, and braided with a cotton weave. Solid brass plug blades and rubber plugs round out the offering, which may have you looking for new reasons to string cords all over your house.