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Old 09-25-2011, 06:06 PM   #31
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Laser Level Advice

I still use a water level when working alone (no one to hold the stick) setting up decks.

I do have a laser I use quite often on walls but that’s just to see how high I can get the cat to jump.
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Old 09-25-2011, 06:14 PM   #32
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Laser Level Advice

A friend and I bought identical water levels years ago. They are 'trick' jobs with adjustable, graduated tape scales on the reading end. He just completed a beautiful masonry and wood fence down his property line with his. He set up a semi-permanent block pedestal at the center point of the fence, and just plopped his water level up there each morning or afternoon that he felt like working. Took him something like two or three months to get the thing done, but in all that time he never had to even bother to check the level position each day. (Although, I'm sure he still did.)
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Old 09-26-2011, 04:25 PM   #33
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Laser Level Advice

I can see in a remodeling scenario a laser won't bring much value to the game. In new work, we are required to furnish the builder with a State required document showing the elevation changes across a new slab in a 10 foot gradient. I use a laser for that and shoot it at a 5 foot gradient. This gives the builder the advantages of knowing exactly what the grades were before the framing starts. From those numbers, any changes in the slab can be noted across the warranty period. Sometimes we find a slab out of level over the accepted 2% +/-. Most of the builders won't let us build on a slab that's 1 1/4" out. The laser makes this easy to find. We also use the laser for the high dollar homes to straighten any crooked studs before insulation/drywall. These homes are in the million dollar bracket and the builders pay handsomely for a 100% straight wall that only a laser can provide. Same goes for cabinet blocking, just putting it in the area doesn't get it on a high dollar home- they want it like cabinet work. There's a ton of uses for a laser but you have to know how to use one. Otherwise, they are an expensive toy. My rotating unit is a Hilti and I think I paid about $3500. for it. It's paid for itself many times already.
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