Picture this: you're trying to hang a curtain rod above the window. You have the curtain rod in one hand and a hammer and a nail in the other. Of course, you'd probably want that curtain rod hung in a straight line.
So you then decide to take out your spirit level and realize that you can't. Your hands are already full—literally.
Maybe you resort to the traditional method of using a pencil, ruler, and spirit level to mark a straight line on the wall. And once you’ve mounted your curtain rod, you can then erase the marking on the wall.
While that makes sense, there's a tool that can make the leveling job a lot easier: a laser level. It's a tool that projects a level beam toward the wall, floor, or other surfaces. Simply put, a laser level allows you to level or plumb hands-free.
Whether you're a construction professional, framer, or DIY home renovation enthusiast, a laser level is definitely a godsend for tasks that involve leveling. It's a must-have in your tool chest. But if you've ever gone online and searched for the “best laser level,” you may have faced tons of results and various types of laser levels on the market, making choosing one extremely overwhelming.
So we've made it easy for you.
You might be trying to hang a set of pictures along a single wall, but you don't want them to look lopsided. With a standard leveling system, you could have a problem. It's impossible to hold your level against the wall while you're hammering a set of nails. You would need an extra arm, and you don't have one. So, you would need to have a second person to help you with the job. Laser levels make it easier to do these tasks. And in many cases, they don't require a second person.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are you looking to invest in a new laser level but are unsure which to pick? More often than not it can be hard to tell all the laser level technology options apart. Here at Position Partner's, we know we're guilty of using technical language which is one of the reasons we're writing this, to help you understand exactly what our lasers do and how they can help you.
If someone has recommended you use a cross line laser level but you don't know how it will benefit your project, or even how it is different to all the other lasers on the market, then you've come to the right place. As major suppliers of laser levels to the Australian, New Zealand, and South-East Asian markets we've become experts at all things laser levels.
To put it in short terms, a crossline laser level is able to produce a horizontal and vertical laser line, either individually or at the same time. This enables you to line up the exact horizontal and vertical coordinates of your project with ease, making your job quicker and easier. The crossline laser level is a popular laser level choice for all industries and applications and often competes against the rotary laser, which we discuss more in our step by step guide for using a rotary laser.
The crossline laser is an evolved version of a line laser and the way it works is very similar to the technology deployed in a line laser. The device projects a laser through an optical lens to project the laser as a line instead of a point. If that overcomplicated your understanding, a simple way to understand how it works is thinking of a piece of glass that is flat on one side and curved on the other. When you shine a light or laser through it, it instantly stretches it.
Crossline laser levels have specially built optical lenses that allow them to project two lasers, one vertical and one horizontal. This gives you the choice between having both on or just one. This choice is particularly important depending on the type of work you are doing, as at times it is more of a hindrance than a benefit to have both lasers on.
Applications for Laser Distance Meters
Laser distance meters quickly measure distance to a target using the unit's laser spot, and can also do a quick calculation of area and volume.
Here's a collection of 101 great ideas on where to use a laser distance meter:
Laser Detectors & Receivers Construction
With all of the types, makes and models of rotating laser receivers on the market, make sure you understand the basics of laser receivers so you can make a wise purchase decision. Laser Receivers (sometimes referred to as laser detectors) receive rotating laser signals at great distances. They are sometimes hand held, but most often attach to grade rods with sliding brackets. Laser receivers annunciate distinctly with light, sound and sometimes readable information to indicate when a laser receiver converges on and locates a rotating laser beam. A rotating laser may be visible for a few hundred feet indoors and much shorter distances in daylight, so when used with an appropriate laser receiver the operating radius is extended out to the laser operating range (which, depending on the laser transmitter, can be 175m, 300m, or even up to 500m). A receiver is generally required for outdoor use and for indoor use when there are very long working distances involved. Special receivers are required for line generator units (or other non-rotating lasers). Machine control receivers are addressed separately.
Hand held or rod mounted construction laser receivers range from very basic to very sophisticated, with prices starting at around $150 and ranging up to $500, and up to $700 for the new digital grade rod receivers. More advanced features are available on the more sophisticated units which, as one would expect, have the highest cost.