A laser level is a control tool that emits green or red light along the vertical or horizontal axis. They are used to transfer a level from one place to another if required. You can use it to hang picture rails or dado rails to your wall with the laser level.
There are many laser levels depending on their type. Generally, they consist of a device, which includes a pendulum or spirit level. It works with a laser beam to find out a constant level line over a specific distance. Let us have a quick look at the different types of uses of a laser level.
What Should You Consider before Picking a Laser Level?
- Multiple lines lasers are used for aligning kitchen cabinets or framing a picture in a small and enclosed room. You can use a laser square to level tiles and masonry.
- Uneven surfaces and long distances are leveled by rotary and line lasers. They include a pulse/detector, which works great for in this case.
- Laser levels work based on their RPM ( Rotation Per Minute). Low RMP indicates bright and visible laser light but they do not go far. High RMP laser can travel a long distance but the light is too dim.
- Laser levels are fitted with pins or suction cups. Try to avoid the pin laser levels while paneling or hanging wallpaper.
- A manual laser level works well for indoor projects. But, if you need to fix uneven outdoor surfaces, a self-leveling laser level will work better.
How to Use a Laser Level?
For General Purposes:
- At first, set up the laser level on a tripod or flat surface.
- The bubble vials must show a level if it is a manual level. Find small screws near the vial and keep adjusting them until they show level.
- Start the laser level device.
- The self-level models take a few seconds to level themselves.
- The unit emits a laser beam that is seen on both sides of the wall or across an outdoor workspace. (The beam could be a dot, multiple line or rotary laser showing level depending on the type of the laser level. It shows level at 360 degrees vertically or horizontally).
- Place the laser level on a tripod or flat surface.
- A laser detector is used to cut off the laser in case there is no wall to ‘catch’ it. Establish a connection between the detector and the measuring rod.
- Adjust the detector up and down the rod until you hear a beep. The beep indicates that the detector has found the laser.
- Once the level is found, secure the detector to that rod and take necessary measurements.
For Outdoors Purposes
- Wear glasses that are included with the laser level kit. It is necessary to see the laser beams clearly in an outdoor setting.
- Set up the laser level on a tripod and turn it on to start working.
- Project the laser beam to that point where you want to take the reading. After selecting the point, lock the laser level to that point.
- Place the laser receiver to that point for the reading. Use the magnet, which is included with the laser receiver. Otherwise, place it on a flat surface at the same height with the laser level. Using the second tripod would be a good decision.
- Move the laser receiver slowly to detect the laser beam from that level. Once found, lock the receiver into position (if on a tripod/ grade rod) or make it steady (if it is attached to a flat surface by the magnet).
- Use the level and receiver to get the right alignment or state of level as per your requirement.
For Hanging Pictures
- Find out a suitable height for the top of the picture frame.
- Put a mark anywhere at that height.
- Turn on the laser level and line up the laser with mark along the horizontal direction of the wall.
- Adjust the level to place the bubble in between the black lines on the wall. Do it by pivoting around the point where both the mark and laser meet.
- Once you find the level running though the mark, lock into that position and strongly attach it to the wall. The level may use suction cups or putty.
- Take the measurement from the top of the picture frame to its unique hanging mechanism.
- Measure the distance between the laser and the mechanism where it meets the wall.
- Put an indication mark there.
- Punch a nail aiming at the mark.
- Now, place the top of the frame on that nail and line up the top with that laser.
For Setting up the Grade
- Place the laser level on a tripod and keep it on a firm dry ground. The tripod must be stable over the ground.
- Turn on the laser level and give it some time to level itself.
- Determine the initial height of your grade. The pitch of the grade starts sloping down from here.
- The bottom of the leveling rod should be placed at your desired height.
- Adjust the level detector by moving it up and down. Continue it until you hear a beep.
- Secure the detector to the rod.
- Determine the distance of fall from the top of the grade to the bottom. For example, take 10 inches as the distance.
- Now, take the detector 10 inches up the rod and secure it.
- Walk until you reach the bottom of the grade.
- Use the laser detector to find out the level. It depends on the workspace if you need to lift the rod (most likely) or dig into the ground.
- The bottom of the leveling rod indicates the bottom of the grade.
- Mark the spot by putting a stick in the ground to show the desired height.
To wrap up, we have provided you with three different types of usages of the laser level. If you look at them closely, you will understand that each of them has a systematic process. If you follow them accurately, you will be able to use this power tool efficiently!