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Old 03-22-2014, 04:20 PM   #1
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Leveling perimeter ceiling L-channel:


I'm installing a Ceiling Link drop ceiling in a small basement family room (11' x 20').

The first step is to attach the L-channel around the perimeter. I've got everything worked out except establishing a continuous level line around all four walls.

I'm working with a very limited budget, and I don't have a laser level or 6 foot carpenter's level (I do have a decent 2' level.)

I'd appreciate any good DIY tips on how to pencil in a continuous level line around the room. TIA.

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Old 03-22-2014, 04:35 PM   #2
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Google has all kinds of ideas on how to make a water hose level. Just don't ruin a bucket by drilling a hole near the bottom like one ignorant did when siphoning over the top works just as well.

http://www.finehomebuilding.com/how-...ter-level.aspx

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Old 03-22-2014, 06:21 PM   #3
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Measure up from the floor on two corners and run a string like between these two points.Use your two foot level to check the string and adjust to level.Not the best but zero cost.
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Water level
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Old 03-25-2014, 08:06 PM   #5
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Just measure down from the floor joists. Snap a line or use a couple marks and a straight edge(straight 2x4, 1x?). The ceiling link system attaches directly to floor joists so that is what you need to be level with. If the wall is parallel to floor joist lay a 2x4 perpendicular to floor joists and touching wall then mark the wall. Being perfectly level is not required but you do want straight lines meaning no sags or humps.
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Rent a laser level, $25 for the day or so. Best $25 you will ever spend.
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How about a string level and a chalk line. Pretty low cost.
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Just measure down from the floor joists. Snap a line or use a couple marks and a straight edge(straight 2x4, 1x?). The ceiling link system attaches directly to floor joists so that is what you need to be level with. If the wall is parallel to floor joist lay a 2x4 perpendicular to floor joists and touching wall then mark the wall. Being perfectly level is not required but you do want straight lines meaning no sags or humps.
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Home Depot has many laser levels that work well for leveling ceilings. Most are less than renting a laser level. I have used one many times have been happy with the results.

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