Handy Indeed: iHandy Carpenter iPhone App

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ihandy_carpenterWorking on projects around the house? There’s an app for that.
Need to check the level on a plane of wood? There’s an app for that.
Like any excuse to whip out your iPhone? There’s an app for that.

Mentioned by both CNN and Tribune Media as a top app from 2009 is the iHandy Carpenter App. In the palm of your hand, it delivers:

– A plumb bob, the easiest way for you to verify the verticality of lines or walls
– A surface level, the best tool to level any flat surface
– A bubble level bar, exactly as you can see in carpenter tool kit shops, and more beautiful!
– A steel protractor, measuring angles from 0 to 180 degrees.
– A steel ruler, supporting both inches and centimeters. By swiping it left and right, the ruler is capable to measure things much longer than your iPhone!
– Once calibrated, the plumb bob, surface level and level bar can also be used as an inclinometer/clinometer by reading the angles on the screen.

One of the cooler aspects of this phone is that you can move it along to measure a space far longer than the phone itself – the ruler scrolls as long as the phone is in motion. Mind you, you probably wouldn’t want to measure a room with it, but it’s certainly handy in a pinch.

The iHandy Carpenter is available from iTunes for a whopping $1.99.

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About Jen

Jen (but never “Jenn”) Byck, aka the Fix'n Vixen, is a Toronto-based freelance writer and communication consultant who is undoubtedly home fixated (she is also TV fixated, really bad TV fixated and donut fixated). Her approach to home improvement has been rather trial and error, the latter of which is evidenced by the amount of spackle she buys on an annual basis.

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2 thoughts on “Handy Indeed: iHandy Carpenter iPhone App”

  1. Great! Now if AT&T had better coverage, I would pony up for the phone. Unfortunately, in the mountains out west, Verizon is the carrier of choice. But I keep hearing rumors that Apple is unhappy with AT&T’s maps as well…

  2. The iHandy Carpenter is one of the most useful apps on my iPhone (and I have pages of them). It’s actually more accurate than “real” measurement tools because it gives you both analog and digital readouts. It’s a great example of leveraging the power of the iPhone as a computer and always available practical tool, not just a phone.


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