Definitely -- we found a cheap one for $50 and it worked great to build our
OTOH if the OP doesn't want to spend $5 on a bucket, he probably doesn't
want to spend $50 (or more) on a tool that would make the job a whole lot
I tried to do this with just a hose when installing an oval above ground
Halfway through the installation I decided to buy a water level that had a
sensor on one end. You set this sensor at the desired height and when you
raise the other end of the hose, when the water raises to the right height
it activates an alarm back in the sensor at the other end of the hose. This
was much more accurate. The water level in the final pool is within 1/4" of
the top of the pool wall all the way around. good enough for me!
I made a similar water level to get our foundation forms level when we
built our house. I used a large bottle I had sitting around and about 100
feet of clear tubing. I stuck one end of the tubing into the bottle, and
used a plastic "zip" tie to secure it to the handle so it wouldn't slip
out. Just be sure not to squeeze the tubing tight enough to compress it.
I then filled the bottle about 2/3 full with water and set it up in the
center of our building site. Ideally, it should be slightly higher than
any area you are checking. I set mine on a couple of bricks.
Before you begin, lower the open end of the tubing and let the water run
out to get the air bubbles out. You may have to suck on the end a bit to
get the syphon going if this is your first time to use it.
Once the air bubbles are out, hold the end of the hose up and let the
water settle. This is your level reference point. Measure down from this
line to whatever you are trying to level. When the measurements are the
same everywhere, the site is level.
Be sure to hold your finger over the end of the tubing as you get up and
move around. This will prevent water from leaking out the end of the
tubing (if you lower the end), or draining back to the reservoir and
overflowing it (if you raise the end). If you lose water, your reference
will change and you'll have to remeasure from the beginning again.
When you're done checking your level status, stick the open end of the
tubing back in the bottle. Then you can just pull it out again, re-
establish a reference measurement, and check the level of other areas.
It works very well, is accurate, and can work around corners or other
obstructions (something transits and laser levels don't do).
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