How to properly use a laser level? Whether you are a novice or an expert, the laser level should be part of your toolbox. Whether it is for hanging frames, moldings or any other decorative accessory, the laser level will be useful for you to accomplish various tasks and in a much more efficient way than the spirit level.
The operation of the laser level consists of using the technology of the laser beam to project a very straight and level line, both horizontally and vertically. Not sure which one to choose and how to use it? Here is a guide that will answer your laser level questions.
1. The different types of laser levels
There are several types of laser levels, each designed for a specific use. So be sure to establish your needs before choosing a laser level. Here are the most popular:
Dot laser level: This type of laser level is the simplest and is used to make markings or calculations in the same plain where it was placed. This laser level is ideal for making squares thanks to the light points it projects.
Cross line laser level: This type of laser level is more advanced than the one mentioned above. However, like the dot laser level, this type of laser level is primarily intended for indoor home use. The cross line laser level is handy when you want a vertical line and a horizontal line, projected onto a wall or flat surface.
Line laser level: Particularly useful for laying paintings, baseboards or moldings, it is just as easy to use as the dot laser level. It is often a favorite of casual DIYers because its line is more visible than the dots.
Rotary laser level: More often used by construction professionals, the rotary laser level uses a laser beam and mirrors to project a line at a 360 degree angle. The projection unit rotates at high speed to project the beam to all sides. This means that if you use this laser level in a room, you will see an even line drawn on all walls, making it ideal for leveling windows and doors.
Laser level for laying tiles: This laser level is mainly used for installing floor tiles. It can project a laser line in front of the base of the device, making it easier to center and align tiles.
Most laser levels can be mounted on a tripod or pole, just like a camera. To make your job easier, and to obtain the best results, it is strongly recommended to place the laser level mounted on a tripod on a stable surface, and perpendicular to the wall or the surface to be measured.
3. Using the laser level
It is very easy to use a laser level, and it only requires a few steps:
- Install the laser level on its tripod
- Operate the laser level and point the light beam at the opposite wall
- Adjust the height of the light line
- Draw your marks in pencil, which will be useful if the laser level should move during your work
All you have to do is start working!
4. Use a laser level for laying a ceiling
Whether you need to install a suspended ceiling (false ceiling) or drywall, your best ally will be the rotary laser level. Just install it on its tripod, direct the beam so that it is at the right height, and start it. Draw your marks and voila, you are ready to start laying the ceiling.
5. Use a laser level for tiling
To tile a floor or wall, you will need a laser level specifically designed for this purpose. Also called floor laser, it ensures perfect horizontality. Here are some tips for using the laser level for tiling:
- Place the laser level on a flat surface
- Install the laser level in the corner of the room or somewhere in the middle of the room
- Activate the laser level
- The level will cast lines between zero and ninety degrees that will allow you to properly line up your tiles.
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