I'm a second year apprentice carpenter, with most of my experience in
residential framing. As such, I used a chalk line quite often. Now that
I'm more involved in renovation, I still find uses for my chalk line, but
I'm finding I can't overlook a couple of problems which simply didn't
matter when I was working outdoors.
First, although I get a nice, clean and sharp line when I snap, I also
get a sort of cloud of chalk along both sides of the line. Also, when I'm
pulling the line out, I get a major spray of chalk from the opening of
Although I realise this may not be the best group to approach for a sort
of "rough carpentry" kind of question, I think there is a reservoir of
experience and wisdom . . . well, blatant flattery sometimes works!
The reel is a Tajima, and works well in all respects: I really like the
smooth action on the rewind. The chalk, if I recall correctly, is likely
to be a Dewalt branded product. I realise that's rather vague, but I'm
more than open to recommendations, even to the point of cleaning the
existing stuff out of the reel as well as I can.