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Old 09-20-2006, 09:14 PM   #1
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String levels, should they be checked at the outer edge or in the middle of the string? All i have at this time to level up for an equipment shed I'm building this coming spring. Want to add shale now so it will settle good before I get started

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Middle of the string and make sure the string is super tight.

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Gotta disagree with you on this one Daryl. The string does need to be tight, but if you check in the middle the weight of the level will tend to pull the sting down and will likely read level when it's not. it's also darned inconvenient often to check it in the middle as opposed to where you are when you attach the string.
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Old 09-20-2006, 11:06 PM   #4
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Have to say, Bradley, have you used a water level? Garden hose full of water with clear plastic pipe on the ends? The water in the ends will always be level. There is nothing more accurate than that.
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Old 09-20-2006, 11:11 PM   #5
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I have just about given up on string levels completely for anything other "somewhat close". Seems a lightweight and very taught string is the only thing that will work "OK".
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String levels are junk, but for very short distances, or where it doesn't really matter, they are OK. You need to put the level in the middle of the run, though, for any degree of accuracy.
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Old 09-21-2006, 01:22 PM   #7
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After messing with strings and line levels in the rain one weekend, I could not wait for Monday to plop down the dough on a sight level.
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Old 09-21-2006, 02:06 PM   #8
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Water levels are great. Buying one will not be a waste, they are not expensive and you can use them for lots of things. Ive heard that if you put a little bit of dishsoap in the water, you can minimize the miniscus and make it easier to read too. String levels do suck. The might be somewhat useful for projects where "close" is good enough. LIke my friend recently used on to install a fence in his backyard. the fence was strictly for the dog, and the backyard is by no means attractive to start. He just wanted to get done quickly.
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Old 09-21-2006, 04:09 PM   #9
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I use to always use string levels in the middle. Used to use two strings on spans of 20 feet or more. If you're really uncertain rent a laser.
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Thanks guys for all the feedback, I sort of agree with Bonus, no matter how tite the string is , if it even has the slightest sag in it the level will still show level in the middle. I'm in the market for a building level, but haven't decide which one yet (hopefully something under $400.00). Any help would be greatly appreciated. Also checking on a good water level.
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I paid $280 for a CST/Berger that seems decent. We have a chain of stores called "Tool Town" that carrried it.
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Old 09-25-2006, 07:37 PM   #12
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I go with "Bonus" on this one, a water level setup is dirt cheap , easy to use, and it's accuracy is gauranteed by the laws of nature. The idea of a 3 inch long level hanging on a piece of string is ludicrous to me.

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