When it comes to technology, sometimes more advanced tools aren’t always better. While shutting yourself off completely from innovation is just making things harder on yourself, sometimes there are classic tools that don’t seem like they need any innovation, like the level, for example.
The old bubble level is a tried and true staple in a tool box, and you better believe that it will always have its uses. That is why you should think of laser levels as not so much replacing the old standard level, but merely excelling in certain situations where the bubble level comes up a little short.
When to Use a Laser Level Instead of a Bubble Level
Situations in which you will be glad you have a laser level are basically any situation that requires you to check the level of a large area, like flooring, or any project that requires you to have two hands free for other tools.
A regular bubble level only had a range of about a yard at its maximum. This means if you were checking for levelness across an entire drop ceiling, for example, you would need to check in yard-long increments. Even if you were doing something as simple as trying to make sure two pictures were aligned, you couldn’t hang that picture without putting down the level first. A laser level can solve both of these things.
Laser Levels – More Than Just Grading
Even relatively modern craftsmen believe that laser levels are still for surveyors or those that want to grade land easier than the more traditional means. Now laser levels come in every shape and size from bulky rotary lasers that one uses for grading to small hand-held models.
As laser levels have vastly more range than even a tape measure and many have internal mechanisms to assure that the beam is always level, you can use them for a number of tasks, not just grading. Landscapers can use it as a visible marker for where to trim bushes. Interior decorators can hang a whole home gallery in a fraction of the time. Tilers can discover if a subfloor is level in a fraction of the time it would take older methods. It doesn’t matter what industry you work in or if you are just a DIY enthusiast, a laser level should be in your tool box.
Like every tool that ends up in there, you won’t think you need a laser level right up until the moment where you are pain-staking checking the straightness, flatness, levelness, or even squareness of a surface by hand with a traditional bubble level and realize by having one or two beams for this job would be a whole lot easier. Don’t wait until that moment. Traditional levels will always have their tasks, but laser levels are the future, especially if you are starting major jobs like creating a lawn, building a house, or even just turning a field from an endless expanse into something wonderful.