6 Types of Laser Levels Explained

When it comes to home remodeling or additions, in almost every project of this kind you will need to use a level such as a laser level. To the homeowner who had had limited experience with these levels, he may be surprised to find a large number of choices for his selection. The information below will allow you to compare some of these levels and choose the one that will fit your special needs.

Automatic Levels

Of all laser levels available, probably the types that are chosen more often are those that are automatic. For a level that is easier to set up and use, you can't beat the automatic. These levels project a beam that will give you a high degree of accuracy and are ideal for home construction and do-it-yourself projects. 

Outdoor Use Levels

Using a level for outdoor projects is typically different because of light differences. Because laser levels project a light beam, this beam will be relatively ineffective for outdoor use if the beam is not bright enough to be seen in outdoor light. This type of level, which is designed for outdoor use, projects a brighter beam that can be seen in the brighter sunlight.

Torpedo Levels

For accuracy, these levels are hard to beat. Some are accurate to one-fourth inch at a distance of up to one hundred feet.

Interior Levels

Laser levers designed for use mostly in indoor projects are typically smaller and have less powerful light beams that may be easier to see indoor lighting. For example, in the dim light of a basement the beam from these levels will be much more useful. Some of these levels, however, have enough power to project beams that can be seen out of doors. Before buying, be sure to read the descriptions provided by the manufacturer, since not all interior levels have the power to work out of doors where the light is brighter.

Pipe Levels

Used primarily to level pipes, both above and below ground, some of these levels provide wide, self-leveling that is automatic. This makes these levels especially useful where pipe is to be installed in a variety of grades. Some of these levels offer more accurate use in conditions such as higher vibration and damp or wet conditions. In projects where pipe laying is subject to underground elements that can be destructive, such as acids, salts, and chemicals, some pipe levels are constructed of materials that resist corrosion.

Plumbbob Levels

Features that make this type of level different include the emitting of two beams. One beam is projected up, while the second is projected downward, allowing the worker to establish a vertical beam from a central location on the post or stud he is positioning. Some models provide for a single push of a button to project the beam. Most models are self-leveling, while others offer a special housing designed to maintain accurate calibrations in construction site conditions. Other models offer features such as magnets that keep the laser held to a metal pipe or track. Some models include features that make it easier for the installer to locate the beam center by providing a cross-hair beam pattern.