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How To Use a Laser Level

Blog How To Use Laser Levels Ever since their debut on the market, critics have been claiming laser levels are a gimmicky fad. If that was so, they wouldn’t be this popular this long after their initial release, and they probably also wouldn’t have the kind of innovations the market has seen in recent years. Today, you can choose between digital and non-digital models, as well as self-leveling devices.

A Self Leveling Laser Level?

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It’s not uncommon, but it does surprise some newcomers to carpentry to learn that self-leveling is an option. Models that can do this start at about $80, and they can typically change back and forth between self-correcting to project a level cross line and giving you the plumb line for the device’s current resting position. This lets you see how far from level the surface it rests on is as well.

Calibrating Your Own Laser Level

Learning how to use a laser level that does not self-correct is a little more complicated than just switching on the self-correction and then double-checking the projection is true. It involves some manual adjustments that can take a little time to fine-tune, but with practice it isn’t difficult, and it doesn’t take long. These instructions assume you are using a basic torpedo level, and you will need to adjust the technique for 3 or 5-point levels and rotating devices.

  • Put the laser level on the surface and manually adjust its position using the traditional bubble-level on the device
  • Turn on the projection to get a true line where you need it
  • Mark the surface as needed, you might need a second person on large projects
  • Reposition and relevel the device to double-check marks before working
For self-leveling devices, you basically just need to mark and then double-check the measurement, it’s just that simple.

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Digital vs. Non-Digital

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You might be wondering about the cost difference between digital and non-digital models. While you will pay a little more for a digital device just like you would a self-correcting device, the more accurate readout ensures you a better, more accurate measurement. This translates into having an easier time making sure your final product lives up to your skills, without worrying about whether you will get to the end and notice something just a little off from square. For options as you shop laser levels, check out the selection at EngineerSupply.
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