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Can you recommend me a Laser Level ?

Discussion in 'Tools and Materials' started by compact, 26 Oct 2012.

  1. compact

    compact

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    Completely renovation my house, have seen quite a few Laser Level's on Your tube video's and think they may be very useful.

    So can you recommend a good one for a DIYer?

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  2. Norcon

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    We use Leica. Though not sure if they do entry levels for diyers. Probably not.
     
  3. RF Lighting

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    What's your budget?
     
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    There are many types of laser level, all for different purposes, so what type are you after?
     
  5. compact

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    Good questions.
    Completely new to the idea of laser levels.
    I would have use measuring tape and spirit levels in the past.
    So not exactly sure what they can and can't do.

    I saw a video of a guy using one for tiling on a wall and another getting sockets level in a room, so got me thinking.
    As for budget, not too sure I would say average (what ever that is).
    I'm of the opinion if it a tool is worth buy, might as well get a good one (my drills are Makita)

    Cheers
     
  6. ^woody^

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    Well is that what you want to do?

    There are rotating lasers, line lasers (horizontal and vertical) or spirit levels with dot lasers, ones that fit to tripods, or freestanding, or hang off walls.

    You need to define what you will use it for.
     
  7. RF Lighting

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    I've got a dewalt self levelling laser. Its great for general use including levelling tiles and sockets as well as studwork walls, floor joists, pipe runs, all sorts really.

    They're down to £150 now and well worth it IMO.
     
  8. JobAndKnock

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    First off a laser won't replace your tape measure or spirit levels or string/chalk line. There are some jobs which can't be done any better (or even as well) with a laser, such as installing door casings. What a laser can and will do is to allow you to set-out over longer distances with a great deal less hassle than you'd get using any altrnatives; think setting the level on kitchen cabinets across both sides of a galley kitchen (although you still need a level to check that the lower cabinet tops are dead level.....), or setting sockets level, or installing floor timbers , or running a picture rail round a room, or for that matter framing a new ceiling and so on.

    If you define your requirements a bit tighter then it will be easier to advise you; maybe you should set a budget, too, as a basic DIY cross line can be had for under £100, a more prfessional one will run yoy £150 to £200 but a rotary is much, more expensive. Whatever you go for I'd recommend getting one which is self-levelling and comes with a pendulim lock. A pendulum lock not only keeps the self-levelling mechanism safe in transport but also allows you to throw straight lines which are off level, e.g. for ramps/tapers, etc

    I've had a DW and used the PLS180 - don't like either (no pendulum lock) - currently have a Leica Lino L2 (replaced by the Lino L2+) and a Bosch GLL3-80P - both excellent, especially the GLL3-80P (although that is nearer £400). A mate of mine has the Bosch GLL2-50 - good little laser and a lot brighter than the Bosch DIY lasers
     
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    Thanks for all the great replies.
    It seems they are pretty useful,

    I was thinking about £99 max, but that doesn't really seem enough for an ok one
    Will stick with spirit level, tape measure and string for the time being.

    Cheers
     
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    Bought...
     
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