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Laser Level

Discussion in 'Tools and Materials' started by Jupiter01, 2 Feb 2020.

  1. Ryler

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    Not in need of any here. Have a Hilti, a Bosch and a Topcon.:mrgreen:
     
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    i just st treated myself to the dewalt and tripod as well. it be a bit of a faff setting it up but I think it’s awesome
     
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    When building my garage about 20 years ago I purchased a water level. It was unvented and at £20 a complete PITA and waste of money. I resorted to using long straight(ish)bit of timber and a spirit level.

    Being unvented, the air would move to one end and prevent the water from finding a true level.
     
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    the one I have used with great success is vented at both ends, you have to make sure the air bubbles are out of the tube which is time consuming, but the accuracy is as good as it gets. For a one off job it is a very cost effective solution, if I needed one on a weekly basis I would invest in something more user friendly
     
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    Water always finds a true level.
    As long as the air is out, you won't get a more accurate or simpler level.
     
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    Given that mine was un-vented it was far from simple to use. In principle I would have need to get the two vials level then open the caps on the top of each vile and let the water settle which is kinda self defeating.

    That said, I assume that the vented versions can be used by one person on their own.
     
  9. JobAndKnock

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    Yes, providing you have some way to secure both vials to the walls. TBH whilst reasonable quality ones (e.g Stanley Nivachoc) were quite affordable and very accurate, they could be a bit of a faff to use single handed and they were ever so slow to use, as well as potentially messy. That's why there probably isn't a single tradesman out there in the UK today still using them, and why the only quality model now generally available is the Stsbils one. All the other ones around seem to be cheap, shoddy Chinese tat. Lasers, on the other hand are smaller, less messy and far faster to use, not to mention being able to direct read (water levels often needed an offset stick to get the required true level) - albeit slightly less accurate and more prone to reading errors of a few millimetres
     
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    This pic was taken in 2015 of a single handed water level I made about 25 years ago . I have since replaced the 5 litre container with a pump up sprayer which gets rid of air bubbles quickly . My Son borrowed it to lay drains and do the foundations on a barn conversion a couple of years ago and ive not seen it since...good job ive got the laser:)
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