Straight Just Got A Whole Lot Easier!

ALINE-SET was recently featured in Fine Homebuilding Magazine.

Fine Homebuilding Magazine Masthead and Feature Spread

Framing with Aline-Set Photo

Better gauge blocks?

Aline-Sets are small, flat pieces of polycarbonate resin that replace the 2x blocks that most framers nail in the corners of a stud wall to secure their stringlines for wall straightening. The setup can be used with three of the plastic blocks: one on each end of a wall and a third (or a tape measure) to gauge the straightness of the wall along the length of the string. Each piece - which has notches that can hold the string at four different measurement positions - is secured with one or two nails and is easy to remove with the claw of a hammer after use.

Aline-Set Removal with Hammer Claw Photo

Aline-Sets won't bog down your tool belt and are easier to use and more accurate than old-fashinoned 2x blocks. They're great for any straightening or aligning process that involves stretching a string, from deck posts to foundation forms. A set of two costs about $7.

Roe A. Osborn (, a former editor at Fine Homebuilding

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