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Laser Levels

Discussion in 'off topic' started by jagdesign, Nov 25, 2021 at 5:59 PM.

  1. jagdesign

    jagdesign pfm Member

    Another black Friday purchase advice thread :D

    Has anyone got any advice or experiences they can share on laser levels? I'm hoping to be doing a fair bit of house renovating/ garden room/workshop build over the next year or two, so keen to get something decent. I'm just not sure what 'decent' entails at the moment!

    - 3D vs cross
    - Price
    - Useful accessories - tripod/mounts etc
    - Amazon unknown brand vs standard power tool brands, Bosch/Dewalt etc
     
  2. Tony Lockhart

    Tony Lockhart Avoiding Stress, at Every Opportunity

  3. colinp

    colinp pfm Member

    After watching this:


    I bought the same one.
    Price seems to change quite a bit, it was £53 when I bought mine 2 months ago. Works a treat.
     
  4. Cav

    Cav pfm Member

    A transparent plastic tube and water is as accurate and more versatile than a laser and cheaper.
     
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  5. jagdesign

    jagdesign pfm Member

    @colinp good to hear, I watched the same vid earlier which got me looking at 3D options.

    I just worry about the support with some of the lesser know brands - would like to have something that'll last 5 years+
     
  6. jagdesign

    jagdesign pfm Member

    Sounds like a spirit level? I'm not sure it's quite as versatile or time efficient as a laser level, but interested to hear your thoughts.
     
  7. Sonority

    Sonority pfm Member

    I needed one for a very specific use to start with (they were red lasers then!) and now - would not be without it.
    If you fancy setting out kitchen worktops, plug heights, light switches - all around a room, perfectly, then use it for finding verticals for wallpaper - just incredibly useful.
    How one uses a piece of tube and some water for that, (and no, they are not 'more versatile' IMO, and would be a right pain to use) well good luck to you. You will not be as accurate as a decent laser and tripod - I used one for levels round a 12m room, for loads of things.
    Depends on what usage you intend (it will end up being used way more than you imagine) on what you get, mine is Bosch, and would certainly buy again.
    But I do use it regularly.
     
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  8. hifinutt

    hifinutt hifinutt

    Earlier this year I worked with a German friend of mine who used a laser level to do a sleeper raised flower bed . Never seen one used before. Precision engineering
     
  9. martin clark

    martin clark pinko bodger

    It's an aside ,but what can be accomplished with just a hosepipe and water and patience astonished me when I was a young sprog in the N Borneo Ulu and that's ..what we had.

    From leveling founds... to happy Client: about 1996:

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    check the reflections - that is a level floor!
     
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  10. misterdog

    misterdog Not the canine kind

    Indeed the Pyramids are only around 50mm out of level across what 50 Metres, they didn't even have plastic tubes.

    Are water levels less accurate during a full moon I wonder ? :D
     
  11. HarryCrumb

    HarryCrumb pfm Member

    I remember helping someone build some decking and we used the tube of water method for levelling. It was great for that. Lasers aren't great in daylight.
     
  12. misterdog

    misterdog Not the canine kind

    Insert stakes and mark out at night ;)

    Building work isn't a 9-5 job.
     
  13. Nero

    Nero Call me 'Goose'

    I bought one of these a few years ago. I don’t remember it being so expensive so I must have got a deal. Does the job nicely. Used it for some waterlines on a couple of boats, and it seems to be as flat as the water, so that’s a good sign
     
  14. MUTTY1

    MUTTY1 Waste of bandwidth

    People have been getting things level for ages but a laser is very convenient and can be used by fools. A friend is handy to mark that dot.
     
  15. stevec67

    stevec67 pfm Member

    It's a different tool, it will do some but not all of what a laser level will do. What you're saying is like saying that you can dig a hole with a garden fork so you don't need a spade. Maybe, but if you want to cut turf, a fork is nearly useless. A spade less so.
     
  16. blossomchris

    blossomchris I feel better than James Brown

    nowt wrong with water levels for sure they work, bit of faffing though. think a laser possibly more accurate if you you can determine an exact pin point. a laser beam mark/incication ime is fairly wide so difficult to be 100% spot on.
    if i was building a house again, a laser or water level.
     
  17. Simon Dawson

    Simon Dawson Angry, Ill & Ugly

    That sounds more like vampire hunting!
     
  18. Barrymagrec

    Barrymagrec pfm Member

    Based on the one I`ve recently inherited - don`t leave the batteries in it.
     

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