I know that many tools do die. Or get stolen, misplaced, damaged, etc. I
have three levels I bought at least thirty years ago. I haven't had to use
them much for a few years. I bought a small torpedo level to fix some
bookshelves, but the other levels have help up fine over the years.
Well, I have a project now that needs the levels. The cheap one "lost its
bubble". I tossed it. I grabbed another much better one. It would allow a
vertical line in some places on the wall, and a few degrees off on another
part of the wall. No matter what I did, it just would not put up consistent
Sooooo...., off to the store to buy another level. I don't know why I should
be surprised. I figured if they lasted this long, they would last even
longer. I have tools that I bought over 40 years ago that are still doing
fine. But levels, apparently, die of old age. I guess I share that trait
with levels. But not just yet!
How about you guys? Do your levels die? Do you need to replace them on a
semi regular basis? I never used mine that much. So I thought it would
last. Apparently not.
If it's just the vials and not actually bent, they'll replace it. From
"The vials on all STABILA levels will not fog, leak, or become
inaccurate. If they do, you will be given a new level. Bent frames void
You can keep track of them? I've got a 24" level somewhere around here
that's been missing for months. Maybe it's just that level, but it just
seems to get used, then get lost, found, used, and lost again.
I've done better with my 48" level. It usually gets put back on its hook.
Yeah right!!! The always lost 24" level is a bright yellow. (Not bright
bright yellow like neon, but standard bright yellow.)
I'm going to have to get one of those remote finders next time I find the
24" yellow level. With my luck, the batteries would die and the level
would be lost again.
On 10 Jan 2010 03:48:04 GMT, the infamous Puckdropper
My 24" sees the most use and gets banged around, but it keeps coming
back for more. My 48" with the angle guage seldom gets used and is
well kept, and my 72" is -always- put back and is well taken care of.
I really should get a piece of pvc pipe to house these things...
Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional.
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I Have couple that my father bought in the late 50's there still good. I was
told many years ago by a master carpenter that levels have to be treated
very gently (no droping or hard knocks) or they would go out of level.
On Sat, 9 Jan 2010 15:49:25 -0700, Lee Michaels wrote
Yeah, usually goes something like this.
Year one, 4-foot level gets placed inside a custom wood box after use.
Year two, level occasionally gets left out of its box, usually found leaning
against a wall.
Year three, box is now used to hold fly rod sections, level has been dropped
several times by now.
Year four, level occasionally used as a straight edge for cutting plywood or
Year five, level (now full of nicks and cuts) gets used as a scree for tile
thinset since I can't find my scree.
Year six, level gets left behind wall (at least I think that is where it is).
Do I want to tear out the drywall or get a new level, hmmm....
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