Laser Level: Types and Applications
A laser level is a construction tool generally used in surveying and construction work. It is a control tool consisting of a rotating laser beam projector that can be affixed to a tripod. It measures levelness according to the accuracy of the device and projects a fixed red or green beam in a plane about the horizontal and/or vertical axis.
Small size laser levels can be used for in and around the home DIY projects, while the bigger size used for more industrial types are best suited for outdoor and construction job sites. Home DIY projects such as hanging picture frames or laying down carpets benefit tremendously from incorporating a laser level.
A good quality laser level cuts down on the amount of measuring one would normally do and it takes the guesswork out of knowing whether a surface is a level or not. The important thing to remember is that these are lasers and should never be directed at another person’s eyes. Most laser levels are manufactured with a low-intensity diode and are battery operated, allowing you freedom of movement without tripping over long extension cords. The level needed will very much depend on the size of the project on hand or whether it is indoors or outdoors.
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Types of laser level
Laser levels do not come in the one-size-fits-all category. Just as there are many different types of jobs that require a laser level, there are three types of levels that you can choose from. Unless you don’t know all the types of laser levels, you won’t be able to select the best one for you. These include:
Line Laser Level
This is the most basic form of a laser level. Once it has been placed on the wall or surface of choice, it will send out a single level line on the surface. It provides two types of projections; a 360* projection and a forward projection. You can observe their difference by projecting a line using each on one wall. While the forward projection would only give a line on one wall, the 360* would do the same on all four walls of your room. This can be used by builders for construction works.
Applications of Line Laser Level
Line laser levels are generally used for more complex jobs by electricians, contractors, carpenters and glaziers for various leveling tasks.
• Home contractors can use the line laser level for initiating projects like drywall installation, HVAC, leveling ceiling joist and alignment of the rafter, hanging wallpaper or painting, sprinkler installation and tiling of walls and floors.
• Electricians use this type of tool for installing electrical outlets and switches, aligning conduit and wiring and tracking lighting.
• The line laser levels can even be very useful for Glaziers or the glass craftsmen in installing glass curtain walls or shower walls. This type of laser device is usually used by them in installing glass windows.
• Many carpenters use this tool for finishing their carpentry tasks such as alignment of cabinet and countertop, installing soffits, alignment of closet shelves or doors, leveling chair rail or trimming to equalize the rail and paneling or wainscoting.
Rotary Laser Level
Although Rotary Level Lasers are not common as line lasers, they are equally efficient. However, the big difference is that these levels will put a line on every wall within any given room. This makes it simple to make sure that everything in a room on every wall is completely level.
A rotary laser level is an ideal tool for large sites or complex projects where you need to dig down or build up a large area. It shoots a horizontal or vertical beam in a complete 360-degree circle like the Hammerhead Self-Leveling 360-Degree Cross Line Laser. This type of laser level is particularly used for laying or grading a foundation and in drop ceiling installations.
Applications of Rotary Laser Level
- Rotary laser levels are used for accomplishing various leveling based projects. This type of laser level is usually used by large site contractors, electricians, home builders, deck builders, farmers and landscapers.
- Large construction site contractors use this tool for leveling, checking cut and filling, measuring concrete pours, setting foundations and footings, measuring concrete pours, excavations of septic tanks and basement and establishing acoustical ceiling and drywall.
- Home builders use this device for aligning or plumbing walls and metal stud and wood framers management. Deck builders use it for leveling deck floors and establishing diagonals and footings for decks or patios.
- Rotary laser levels may also be very useful for outdoor use. It can be used by farmers for accomplishing counter farming and also managing drainage, which is one of the most important basics of farming. Also, landscapers can use this device for different leveling projects such as terracing and retaining walls.
Dot Laser Level
A fixed point laser level, also known as a dot laser level, sends out a series of dots in a level plane. These dots can be level, plumb or square-shaped which can then be used as a reference point to hang whatever it is that you want to keep level. It is typically used for home improvement projects such as HVAC, electrical work, and plumbing installation. This tool is used by casting a spot of light on a surface which can be moved from one point to another just by shifting the tool’s head.
Applications of Dot Laser Level
The dot laser levels are commonly used by electricians, fencers, small contractors, carpenters and masons.
• Small contractors use the dot laser level for doing several home alignment jobs like setting foundations and footings, interior walls layout, leveling of concrete platforms, room additions or installation of partition, installing sprinkler systems, plumbing and installing pipes, HVAC, machinery establishments.
• Electricians mostly use this sort of laser level for installing various electrical fundamentals like electrical outlets and switches, conduit and wiring, track and canned lighting.
• Masons or brick craftsmen can use the dot laser leveling device in crafting the bricks by using the tool for squaring up batter boards and aligning bricks.
• Those fence making enthusiasts and professionals can use this device in various fence making works like aligning fences, plumbing posts and pickets.
• Carpenters can also use the dot laser levels for finishing their carpentry tasks such as aligning 90° joints and edges of the objects, leveling cabinets, shelf and counter tops installation.