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Old 12-03-2010, 12:37 PM   #1
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Does anyone have an easy way to check if main beam is level in crawlspace i have a fairly new home 26x 70 ranch 2x12 joists in 16 centers with main carry beam is 4 2x12 nailed together( with 2 inch side being on top and bottom ) there are concrete peire every 8 foot with 8x12 concrete blocks stacked to bottom of beam and shimmed with oak boards , I want to see if it is running level down the whole house .any ideas thanks for your help

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Old 12-03-2010, 12:45 PM   #2
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you can use a string line and three spacers, but I'd get a cheap laser and set that up. Measure from the laser beam to the top of the beam at every point the beam is supported. Take notes of the measurements at each point you check.

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The beam supports should be on a concrete pad. They should be adjustable steel posts or lally columns cut to fit with metal plates to and bottom
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The laser works well if it can be set up and seen. If that is not possible, you can make accurate measurements using a fluid level. I have one made by the Zip Corporation, it is accurate to about 1/8 inch. I believe they can be rented.
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Is that the same kind of laser they use for like suspended ceilings it spins and leaves line around the room,thann measure down what the 11 7/8 set laser or what thanks for the help ,i have a very deep crawl from bottom of joist to ground approx 48 in or so

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Old 12-03-2010, 02:30 PM   #6
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I feel sort of silly suggesting this, based on the other suggestions (not that there is anything at all wrong with them), but unless I had cracked drywall, or something else that indicated a problem, I would just take a 4' or 8' level, a tape measure, pencil, and paper down there first. Check between each set of piers, and if it's anything other than center of the bubble, jot down how much it is off, and compare your notes when you are done. Then, if you see a concern, buy a water level, or rent a laser.
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Old 12-03-2010, 07:17 PM   #7
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Is that the same kind of laser they use for like suspended ceilings it spins and leaves line around the room,thann measure down what the 11 7/8 set laser or what thanks for the help ,i have a very deep crawl from bottom of joist to ground approx 48 in or so
There's all kinds of lasers. I have a PL300 which just gives straight lines. More accurate/reliable than a level or a water level
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Thanks for all the help i will try bubble level first ,I will also take the advise and replace blocks with jacks post that will make leveling easier, this all came about becase i seen blocks cracking and contractor came back and replaces but i think he has that area a little high thanks agian

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