Laser Lines


Bosch Self-Leveling Laser Line

The right tool makes all the difference. I had taken all of one day getting the first room of my string levels pretty good but not precisely accurate. It was taking too long and strings were everywhere with little flagging tape bows on them to make it so people wouldn’t trip.

I recently brought this Bosch model for $109. In one hour I completed what would have taken me three more days at the rate I was going. I also ended up back at the beginning of the building, after going all around, with only 1mm of accumulated error. Pretty good considering with the line levels I was getting 1/2″ of error.

I wish I had gotten a good self-leveling laser line three years ago but back then the prices were a lot higher which is what held me off. Probably would have been worth it in saved time. As we get closer to the end of our project we get more and more precise.

This morning it was warm and we were inside a cloud. It was literally raining indoors in the butcher shop. The warm air came in to the structure which floats much cooler. It then condensed wetting the ceilings and upper walls where it touched and drenching the floors with the falling indoor rain. Quite the effect. Interesting, the lower half of the walls stayed dry, I think because the cloud floated in the upper warmer air of the rooms above the cool lower air. If you ever see a cartoon where it is raining over someone indoors now you know it can really happen.

Outdoors: 88°F/53°F Sunny, 2″ Rain
Tiny Cottage: 68°F/62°F

Daily Spark: It is disconcerting to open Pandora’s Box and finding Schrödinger Pussy, er, Cat.

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3 Responses to Laser Lines

  1. Patrick says:

    I got one a few years back that sits on a tripod and uses a transit pole. The transit pole has a little receiver that tones depending on how close you are to level. You need that because you cannot generally see the red line in bright light. It works over about 300-400 feet depending on how much sun is in the sky.

    If you are doing site clearing and grading on your own, there is no better way. I can clear and level a space on my own. I got other lasers that do other things (site alignment, measure, line orientation). They are huge time savers and worth their cost for even one decent job. Last year my brother and I cleared, excavated deep footers and poured a 17 YD monoslab in 24 hours to beat some weather. No way we could have done it without the little lasers.

    OK, no way we could have done it “well”.

  2. Peter says:

    It is truly practical to use these self-leveling laser levels. These precise lines with high visibility help get the job done accurately and timely, for any professional contractor or a do-it-yourselfer. You dont really have to grab the most expesive unit in the market. There are good brands out there which can give you your money’s worth. And some maybe even more.

  3. Jaime says:

    Hey Walter, I just love your reading on this issue. You are the best I mean. Thanks for your post.

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