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Old 08-18-2010, 04:45 PM   #1
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A friend of mine crinkled his nose when he saw my various levels. There are scratches and ink marks all over the edges where I have used them for drawing straight lines. Am I misusing the tools?

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ovahimba....they're tools, they're made to be used. He'd love my 4' level....shot a nail thru it. Works as good as it did when it was new.

Crinkle your nose at him for having pristine tools that dont get used.

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A friend of mine crinkled his nose when he saw my various levels. There are scratches and ink marks all over the edges where I have used them for drawing straight lines. Am I misusing the tools?
That’s want mine look like.

I probably use them as a straight edge as much or more than I do a level.
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As long as the scratch mark doesn't gouge the material & throw it off
My levels are used a lot & show it
Best straight edge I have usually
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Thats what I thought, that most guys don't baby their tools. I do draw the line though when my two year old tries to help me pound nails with my stablia torpedo level.
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I'll usually throw a piece of blue painters tape over the top of my level before I start a project. I also like pencil marks, etc but I don't like having to remember which mark was from which project.
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Sometimes, I like to think of my beat up,old tools; as having history and Character.

Most of my old tools are actually in pretty good shape
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Don't think of them as old and beat up.

They are well trained---and highly experienced!!
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Tools are meant to be used in any fashion you need to, not hung up to be admired. Have to admit I've shot my 4' with a nail too.....

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