Been pondering, prompted by a number of things that will need to be
level/plumb in the bathroom - stud, work, tiles, shower enclosure etc.
etc. if a laser level would be useful enough to be worth getting.
Maybe something like the Stanley Fatmax CLLi ?
Experiences, thoughts? useful, too cheap? am I just suffering from
On Sunday, November 3, 2013 11:33:43 AM UTC+13, chris French wrote:
They are very cheap. I have one and have used it a lot. Mine does not auto level, so certainly get an auto level.
I can use mine outside for 30 or more metres if I put some reflective tape on the target.
On Sat, 2 Nov 2013 22:33:43 +0000, chris French wrote:
Very useful for getting things "level" around a room. Note that
"level" is in quotes. Real absolute level may not work very well in a
real non-square, non-plum, non-level room. So although auto leveling
might be nice to have how useful it actually is might be variable.
I've used mine (*) for getting plumb verticals onto a bowed wall for
wall papering. One of our walls is 1" back at the top, has a buldge
about 2" high 1/3 from the bottom and then goes back again. Bit of
weighted string is useless...
Also for putting a border all the way around a room with ends meeting
back up and having it run under the window sill.
(*) It's a cheapy one, ordinary straight level with a laser module in
one end, supplied with cheap tripod and a three thumbscrew leveling
and manual rotating base. Fiddly to set up but does the job. Also has
some difraction gratings that turn the spot into a line. The line
mode is probably easier to work with than spot. One that has a motor
drive thus moving the spot into a "line" wouldn't need the gratings.
chris French presented the following explanation :
I paid £20 for an auto level, with tripod many years ago, but didn't
expect it to be very accurate. In fact it was much more accurate than I
was able to check, even with a water level and plumbob. I used it for
the wood strip (?) around the hall and to get a workshop extension i
built level outside in the garden. It was a matter of doing it in the
dark wearing a head torch, but it saved so much time laying it out.
It has a head, which fits on an adjustable height tripod. Once in
place, you release the laser inside to swing freely and turn it on. It
offers horizontal level, vertical level, or a combination of both. I do
though suspect mine happened to be a one off so far as its accuracy
My concern would be it is only =/- 4mm that is not very accurate ...
My 2m level is 0.1mm
I use that with a 4m straight edge ....anything longer I use my
surveyors level (=/- 3mm over 30m)
I used an £800 self levelling laser when setting out screed levels for
all of the ground floor ... this had accuracy of 0.1mm per M
Even that was still not very bright ... so be wary about how bright the
line will be.
Well, that is 4mm over 10m, which compares well to the what seems a
typical average (from a quick google) spirit level quoted accuracy of
0.5mm/m. which suggest that is accurate enough for the tasks I intend
to use it for.
I think your spirit level is rather more accurate than the typical one
I'll be using it indoors, in rooms upto about 5m or so square, I think
it'll be fine for that, goign on others experiences with cheap laser
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