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Old 05-15-2013, 11:58 AM   #1
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I'm still working on my 18' x 30' second story deck and I have a question. I have poured the four footers w/ the J-bolt. I have also installed the ledger on the house band and properly flashed it. What is the best way to establish a level line across posts that is even with the bottom of the ledger? I would like to notch the posts to install the (3) 2x12 beam. I was thinking of using a self-leveling, rotating laser on a tripod.

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water level works ..... I know it's not high tech, but cheap and easy

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sorry, I have to ask ......

how high above the ground is the deck and what size and spacing are the columns?
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sorry, I have to ask ......

how high above the ground is the deck and what size and spacing are the columns?
The deck is 9 ft off the ground and the 8x8 columns are spaced 9 ft 11 in.
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good!

just wanted to make sure it was 17' off the ground with 15' spans and 4x4's ......

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Those water levels are awesome. I use washer fluid because it is easier to see.
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Those water levels are awesome. I use washer fluid because it is easier to see.
Washer fluid... great idea!!! My hands, and sometimes my shirt/pants and hands often come back with food dye all over them when I space out and forget to cap it.

I feel so much more confident with the water level verse the laser levels, or even a good transit and the accompaning mesurement transfer.

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Tried and true----I still use one for siding and foundations----I can't afford a good enough laser for use out in the sun----
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Can you elaborate a bit more on using a typical level? I assume you are referring to just putting a joist in a hanger on the ledger and placing the level on top of the joist and guiding it up or down the vertical post until the "bubble is in the middle" and mark.
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check out the video it should help ..... http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=...=0&FORM=NVPFVR

not a typical carpenters bubble level, a water level.
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check out the video it should help ..... http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=...=0&FORM=NVPFVR

not a typical carpenters bubble level, a water level.
I have not seen that before. It looks like redneck engineering but, I guess it works!

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A water level is just a roll of clear plastic tubing filled with water ( or window juice)

I get the size that fits my wet saw so I can reuse the tubing----
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I have not seen that before. It looks like redneck engineering but, I guess it works!

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If ya think about it, many of our most usefull tools are the simplest/redneck.

Keep the bubbles out though.
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A water level is just a roll of clear plastic tubing filled with water ( or window juice)

I get the size that fits my wet saw so I can reuse the tubing----
I like the 3/4", fill it with Jack Daniels, and empty it at quitting time...... Hey.... guess it is a little redneckish
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