For as much as you can learn about the best laser levels by reading the reviews, there is one thing that most people tend to gloss over – how does a laser level attach to the wall? For as little information as you can find about it, you would think that no one knows how they actually mount to the wall. However, while different laser levels mount to walls differently, all of the mounting options are pretty easy to use.
There are three primary ways that laser levels attach to walls, including:
- Suction cups
- Mounting Brackets with Mounting Threads
- Mounting Brackets with Magnets
Choosing the Right Wall Mounting
Typically you will find suction cup mounting on the very cheap and not very powerful models. As handy as it sounds, suction cups can make getting your laser level to actually be level very difficult. Often you will need to try to stick and unstick it until you get the desired straightness. You actually shouldn’t trust suction cups on heavier laser levels either since they can result in falling or even wall damage.
The most reputable mounting device is a bracket. These can vary in design depending on the brand, but they are all fundamentally the same. With brackets, you will screw them into a wall and then they will have an area to set the laser level. In heavier laser levels like rotary laser levels, this area will be like a little shelf with a holder you set the level on and screw it on there. This shelf will then be raised or lowered to make specific adjustments in height without having to move the bracket itself.
Smaller and Lighter
For smaller and lighter laser levels, you will still get mounting brackets, but instead of using mounting threads to secure the level, it will actually use magnets. This is a relatively new innovation in laser levels, but unlike suction cups, one that is catching on quickly. While magnets will never be the answer for weighty beasts like rotary laser levels, for your standard line level, they make things much easier to use. By using magnets, you can make adjustments quickly and if you have a magnetic metal surface near or on the area you need to use your level, then you don’t even need to put up the wall mounting.
As for which wall mounting is best, obviously it is probably not suction cups. Most laser levels come with wall mounting brackets to fit their specific needs. As we said, heavier laser levels will need that shelf-type mounting bracket. However, if you buy your laser level from a reputable source, it will come with both mounting brackets and specific instructions on how to mount that particular model to walls.
One final thing to note is that no matter what sort of wall mounting bracket comes with your laser level, you will need to screw it into the wall. Particularly with heavier laser levels, you will always want to find the stud first so you can get a secure hold. If you don’t, you might have an expensive pile of junk on the floor.