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Photo: Gukzilla (Shutterstock) Most carpenters have memorized a certain number of shortcuts for measuring angles, making cut lists, or estimating distances—but thanks to technology, you don’t have to do that anymore. If you want precise and quick results when figuring out archway sizes or ramp angle, there’s an app for that. Here are some of the best. Try a simple bubble level One of the simplest apps for leveling is a digital bubble level that uses your phone’s internal sensors to level anything from a washing machine to a shelf. Set your phone down on your project, balancing the device along any of its flat sides, and the app will tell you the angle, rise-over-run slope, or percentage of tilt. For small DIY projects, this kind of level will serve you well. Keep in mind that many phones have uneven casing to accommodate cameras and buttons, phone cases might interfere with how flat your phone lays, and you are risking the safety of your device by using it as a tool. Let your phone do the math Why struggle with the math when converting inches to centimeters or calculating the necessary volume of concrete anymore? You need the Handyman Calculator app. This is a helpful tool for figuring out how much material you’ll need for a given project or even estimating how much time a project will take. The downside is that with so many different conversion and calculation tools, you might have to dig for a while to […]