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JFairman JFairman is offline
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Here's a couple accurate and inexpensive beam type torque wrenches I found with a quick search.
A 3/8 drive one at Sears for less than 20 bucks: Sears.com

And this 1/2" and 3/8" drive one with free shipping: Neiko Classic Needle-Style Torque Wrench - Dual 3/8-Inch & 1/2-Inch Drive, 0-150 ft-lb, SAE & Metric - Rakuten.com Shopping

Only a snob would call you a chump for using one of these and I know some old school mechanics that prefer these to the clicker type ones because they don't need to be recalibrated periodically to remain accurate and instead of listening and feeling for the click to know when to stop tightening the fastener you see the torque read out on the pointer.
When using a beam type torque wrench you hold the pivoting handle so neither end of the handle touches the beam to keep the distance from where you're pulling on it from the pivot point in the middle of the handle to the socket drive constant.
They are very easy to use.
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