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Old 03-31-2011, 08:20 PM   #16
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I have a rotary laser that will scope a horizontal line on a wall or turn and scope a floor or ceiling. It is super beneficial and takes less time than a spirit level trying to run around a room.

I also have a cross hair laser that will layout both a horizontal and vertical line on a wall at the same time. Love it!

I think they are well worth the money and they don't cost that much these days.

What is most important is that you have a solid mount. Some of the tripods and extendable poles leave a lot to be desired when it comes to wobble created by a rotary level.
Photographer here so I know the importance of a good tripod! And I love the fact that mine has mounts for both tripod mount screws!!!

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Actually my laser tripod is one I have had for about forty years. It is left over from my old photography days. Solid as a rock, extendable legs suitable for a sod planting with rotary head and elevator along with tilt. Makes a helluva laser tripod.
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Well count me in as one of the noobs.

Give me any examples of an advantage that a laser will give you in building walls that simple basic tools of the trade wonít.

For starters-How can you tell if a concrete floor is level without using a laser level? You think you can just drag around your 6 ft level????
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For starters-How can you tell if a concrete floor is level without using a laser level? You think you can just drag around your 6 ft level????
If the concrete floor is what it is, level or not and your building a wall on it how is a laser going to help?

I never said there is no place for lasers in construction. If you would have read the entire thread you would see that.

OP is building a few walls and thought he needed to spend a couple hundred bucks on a laser to assist in having plumb, square, and straight walls. You do not need a laser to do this and my opinion is that the $200 could be better spent on something more useful to assist with finishing the basement.

I can’t think of even one contractor I’ve ever known that uses a laser to frame walls, not to say is hasn’t been done.
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I use them to frame. Attach bottom plate to the floor. Shoot laser up to attach top plate secure and then install studs
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I use them to frame. Attach bottom plate to the floor. Shoot laser up to attach top plate secure and then install studs
You can do it any way you choose.

My answer stays the same. You donít need to spend $200 on a laser to frame a wall.
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Thanks for all the advice everyone. And after having framed everything up with the exception of a spot where I need a gas line moved, I can say this about the laser level.

Is it necessary? Absolutely not.

Did it help? Most definitely.

The big thing that it did for me was provided an easy way to lay out lines while working solo. The wife normally would be a great help, but at 8 months pregnant, she was chasing the toddler around and left me to my own destructive devices in the basement. Yes, I used a plumb bob, a 4' level, a straight 2x4, a steel square, speed square, math, sharpie and chalk line quite a bit too, but the laser line was helpful!

Now, was it worth $200?

Honestly, if I was only going to be using it for framing the basement and had help, it would have been a fun gadget, but not much more. For solo work, it helped speed a lot of things along and I'd put it as a good tool to have around, so I'm glad I had it.
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I used a rotating laser level for pipe work in my basement to get everything level - it was a pacific laser system - worked like a dream
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...doing a basement now. I work alone for the most part. Have for years. A bob, a tape, an assortment of good levels and the occasional straight 2x is all I've ever used and IMHO thats all thats required.

All this talk of not being able to build straight, plumb walls without a laser is disheartening to say the least.
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I picked up a combination laser level and rotating laser for under $100 at a big box closeout. Never figured it would be useful, but I am a sucker for tools. Well guess what. I found that rotating laser invaluable when I laid out my deck, it gave me a line I used to set the top of the footings and to cut off the posts. Of course I could have done it with a transit or a level, but I work alone most of the time, so the rotating level was great.

Here is another oddball use for a laser. I do a lot of work checking for sag in beams. Shooting a laser parallel to the beam allows me to check deflection solo, works really well. Can also be used to measure how far out of plumb a wall is by using the rotating laser in a vertical orientation. This is very difficult to do solo quickly and accurately any other way.
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You can do it any way you choose.

My answer stays the same. You donít need to spend $200 on a laser to frame a wall.

then again your level seems to spend quite a few days off
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then again your level seems to spend quite a few days off
Smart level knows... thereís no reason to show up if itís only purpose that day would be creating eyesores.
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You Techies would laugh at me using my water level...... but I would be done setting up a ceiling (or chair rail... or window sills, etc.) in six rooms before you finished getting ready to shoot the third room.

Water Level= One setup anywhere in the house, and just drag a tiny hose around to any room, anywhere. Every mark identical.

Laser= Reset every time you may not have 'line of sight'. A real pain in a cut-up house with a ton of rooms.

Lasers have their purpose, but I probably use a stick level (or water level) more.

Water levels aren't a problem to read in bright sunlight either. Some lasers are.

Also, set up that water level in a safe, undisturbed place, and just leave it sitting for days. (Like inside a linen closet) It will always be there, ready to give you the exact same elevation mark anytime, anywhere.

BTW, "Yes", I do have a couple of lasers. One is specifically for transferring a mark on the floor to the ceiling directly overhead (chandeliers)

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