laser levels look cooler .. lots cooler !
I cant think of one other reason why I use my laser level, but it was a
bargin at 3 quid and its cool
I defy anyone who is handed a laser level not to turn it on and put
thier finger in front of it.
Its like an in built pavlovs dog response. You KNOW you couldnt use it
to cut Sean Connery in half , but you have to check anyway.
Your right , string, level etc work just as well, they are a gadget,
but I'm a sucker for any gadjet that had large red buttons :)
Each to his own I suppose
High tech string, of course. Don't have any? It is fantastic! Point
the free end at the destination point, squeeze the ball and it unwinds,
extends free end out to where you want it, rolls the excess back onto
the ball and maintains correct tension to place a straight line along
it's length. It comes with free accessories - a levitator, so you can
mark without holding the ball of string, and a carrying case, with lock,
so it doesn't jump out and scare the neighbors.
How do you level the string, how do you obtain a single 'correct'
reference high by using string, yes I know it is possible to do it
with string, tape measure and bubble level but it's a lot easier to
use a laser and stand!
They look better in the dark.
Seriously though, there are many uses when it's just 'easier' to use
one over the other.
For example, whilst plasterboarding a ceiling recently I set the the
laser level on the floor marking out where the centre joist was... with
the board then in position it was a simple task to then screw down this
line. Sure, I could've marked the position of the joist at both ends
and drawn a line across, or lay some string between the two points, or
even just judged it by eye, but my cheap-and-cheerful laser level made
it a no brainer.
Horses for courses at the end of the day...
Another thought, which may be pushing things a bit too far, is that a
piece of string suspended between two points is never going to be
perfectly level (in terms of being straight) - there will always be a
slight curve in it no matter how tensioned the string is (particularly
so over longer distances). Of course, in practice the curve may not
make any difference to the task and indeed my cheapo laser prism may
not be any better!
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