What would be a good 24" level for doing small around the home projects?
My first and most useful level was a 24". Later a 12" or less, most recently
a 48". Aluminum is generally better, and can be used more conveniently as a
straight-edge to mark your work, altho Aluminum can leave marks on
walls.Don't try to save money. I got a top of the line Craftsman 40 yrs ago
and it works fine today. Once you decide on a model, take all the stock off
the shelf, find a place that measures level, then pile 4 or 5 levels on top
of that one to check agreement for both vertical and horizontal. There is
often at least one that tells its own story, has probably been slammed, and
should be rejected.
I just try the level, and then turn it end fo rend, and see if it reads the
I use my 24 inch level quite a lot while installing furnaces. that and a
sharpie, can mark a level line on a duct. Just the cats nuts for installing
Correct. A level that reads the same when spun end to end is dead on. The only
other difference is sensitivity. They can vary the amount of curvature in the
tube to make the level more or less sensitive. Some might read level just
because you are in the ballpark whereas others will be very particular. That
means two levels that read different could still be accurate according to the
spin test, and yet read different.
I'm somewhat partial to Stabila but any quality level will do...I don't
(personally) like the platic, but others swear by them...if you have any
metal frames at all, the magnetic is a nice feature, otherwise little,
if any value...
Personal preference, really. They just don't "feel/look" right...almost
purely subjective opinion as I've not owned one, simply looked at them
and used others' on the rare occasion on cooperative builds, for
example. Probably significant that I'm over 55, too... :)
In alt.home.repair on 19 Dec 2004 03:04:54 GMT firstname.lastname@example.org (LG1247)
When verifying that it reads correctly vertically, place it against a
post or a wall and look at how it reads. Then twist it 180 degrees
and, like they say, it should read the same. This works even if the
post is not vertical.
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If you want accuracy over distance, get a 20 foot long 3/8" clear
plastic tube. Fill it with water and ask your young son as a helper to
mark level. He'll learn something. The longer the tube the more
accurate over distance.
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