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Framing with laser levels

October 6, 2015

Rotary laser levelIn a lot of our how-to videos and articles, you’ll notice that the steps include framing out arches and lines on the floor with a tape measure. Well, we like the old school way.

Despite our preferences, contractors today have plenty of technology available to allow them to work smarter. The laser level is among the tools that make it happen. In place of plumb lines and tape measures, laser levels allow you to draw and frame level and plumb lines.

There are plenty of types of laser levels, which you can learn more about here. We’re going to take a broad look at how they can be used in framing.

Maintaining consistent window and door heights

A rotary laser allows you to cast an even line around an entire room. Good luck getting a physical measuring object to do that. This can be helpful when you’re trying to maintain a level line and correct dimensions for windows and doors so that they’re all in the right place.

Laying out complex designs without a tape measure

We’re always looking for ways to make laying out complex design features easier. Pole stands, brackets and tripods can be used to mount laser levels pretty much anywhere, allowing you to get a level line to work with.

Checking the level of your work

Laser levels can be particularly helpful when it comes to checking the quality of your work during a project. It’s not too burdensome to shoot a line and ensure that the frame you’ve put up is level. You can periodically do this during the course of the project as a sort of ongoing quality control.

Numerous household tasks

To make up for the money that you’ll spend on a good laser level, it’s advisable to use it around the house wherever possible. Whether you’re hanging pictures on the wall, getting a good level to cut your son’s hair or helping your wife hem a dress, you can get plenty of good use out of this tool.

How have you used laser levels?

Now it’s your turn. How have you effectively used laser levels in framing projects?

Comments

Toby Dill said -

Great advice for using your laser level correctly!

May 24, 2017 at 12:33 am • Reply

Marie said -

Awesome tips. Thanks for sharing.

February 3, 2018 at 3:24 am • Reply

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