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Shop our selection of levels and transit levels. Many different users from land surveyors, builders, swimming pool contractors to concrete pros and anyone wanting to work from a level reference can benefit from using a level.

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Auto Levels vs Theodolites

What are the differences between auto levels and theodolites? The two tools have some functional similarities, but you’ll need to understand their differences if you want to be fully prepared for your next surveying or construction project. Not all theodolites and levels are created equal!

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How to Choose a Construction Laser Level

With the large selection of construction lasers available these days, it can be a tough job just shopping and deciding on a model to purchase. The task of researching the various models is more than most people want to deal with or have the time to spend.

We will attempt to explain which features do what and which product best fits your needs. Basically speaking, the first thing you should do is figure out what jobs you plan to accomplish with your laser. Do you intend to work only indoors, only outdoors, or both? Do you want to install pipe underground, chair rails in a dining room, fence posts, and construction site grading? These are the questions that will define the features you will want to look for and buy.

What are construction lasers used for?

They are used in a variety of jobs where layout is performed and an accurate, level reference is needed. Jobs such as, installing ceiling tiles, installing chair railings in a dining room, installing receptacles for power within a home under construction. Some tasks are small, such as hanging pictures in a level fashion across a living room wall. Some tasks are large, such as installing sewer pipe or handling a site grading plan for a new building.

Indoor Applications of Laser Levels

  • Align and plumb your walls
  • Leveling floors
  • Attach your laser to a wall or ceiling mount for easy drop ceiling installation
  • Easily check door or window heights
  • Installing drop ceilings
  • Install chair rails and wainscoting in your home
  • Align shelves, cabinets and trim
  • Use a tripod for easy installation and alignment of cabinets, chair rails, etc

Outdoor Applications of Laser Levels

  • Any type of basic surveys
  • Lasers easily check and level posts and beams on decks, fences and porches
  • Masonry alignment
  • Site layout
  • Easily check land elevations
  • Lasers with a slope capability can set grade for proper drainage and irrigation
  • Align fences, posts and decks
  • Establishing grades
  • Contour farming or drainage
Shop Levels and Transit-Levels

These levels are many times called by various names such as; Optical Levels, Surveyors Levels, Transit Levels, Builders Levels, or Builders Transit Levels. We carry CST Berger Transit Levels, David White Levels, Futtura, SitePro, and Northwest Instruments Levels. Some are sold in Kit form which includes a grade rod, level, and tripod, and some are sold by the instrument only depending on your needs.


  • Grade Levels: Used for Determining grades and elevations, rough angle turning, laying out and leveling building foundations, setting forms, leveling walls, setting lines, setting offset stakes, and other construction jobs.
  • Transit Levels: In addition to the level, used for Plumbing walls, setting slope, truing forms, aligning poles, fence posts. Transit Levels are used more for vertical alignment tasks.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is a Transit Level?

Transit levels use a telescope to find a level line across a long distance. Survey transit leveling is a common option for landscaping, construction and surveying. There are many different types of transit levels, but most use a tripod base, calibrated rod and eyepiece.

What Is the Difference Between a Builder’s Level and a Transit?

The main difference between transit and builder’s levels is how they are used when not locked into place. Once you unlock a builder’s level, you can use it to move in a full circle on a horizontal plane. This convenience gives you more views as you explore building options on your job site.

How Do You Use a Transit Level for Grading?

First, you need to set up the tripod on stable ground. Next, securely attached the level and tighten the leveling screws. Line up the telescope over a pair of screws and use the screws to level the spirit vial bubble. Check your grading for level using the transit tool and adjust as necessary.

What Is a Builder’s Level?

A builders level functions similar to a transit option, but with a few distinctions. This level can be unlocked and travel around on a horizontal plane, so it can be adjusted as necessary for building projects. Use the strada lines on the eyepiece to locate the distance of the object and use the spirit level to ensure your tripod is level with the ground.

What Are the Types of Leveling?

Surveying uses simple, differential, fly, precise, profile and reciprocal leveling. These can be achieved with a builder’s or transit level. Each one involves placing your level at one or more points and adjusting your target points based on the different readings. These types of leveling can be used to alter the grade of a job site or to detail the existing grade of a hill.

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