Tools used in the construction industry are fascinating. On the one hand, there are tools such as hammers that have remained largely the same for millennia. On the other hand, there are tools that not long ago would have been unfathomable, such as a utility locator. Self-leveling construction laser levels definitely fall into the latter category.
What Is a Self-Leveling Laser?
As the name suggests, a self-leveling laser is one that can automatically position itself such that it is emitting a laser completely level, even if the base of the device is one uneven ground. This is very valuable in construction and surveying. These devices can provide a guide to ensure that walls, pipes and other structures are level.
How Do They Work?
There are three ways that a self-leveling laser can work. There are two older designs that rely primarily on gravity. Wire suspended compensators have a platform that acts like a plumb bob to achieve a level emission. Pendulum and gimbal mechanisms have also been used to emit level lasers.
Modern systems are electronic. They use sensors and motors to position the laser more precisely. High-quality electronic self-leveling lasers can achieve impressive accuracy and precision, plus they are very easy to use and require minimal training.
Uses for Self-Leveling Lasers
There are many useful applications for self-leveling lasers. The most obvious is that for a structure to fit together properly, it needs to be designed with straight and level lines. A laser level is useful for establishing where those lines will be. Self-leveling lasers can be positioned and referenced with a high degree of accuracy.
Leveling is extremely important when laying pipes for utilities. For example, pipes for plumbing need to be level to ensure the smooth flowing of fluids. Any inconsistency in the level can result in clogs and other issues. A self-leveling laser makes it very easy to establish the correct line for a pipe. With the right equipment, the next time a surveyor with a utility locator comes along, he or she will be impressed by your quality of work!
How To Choose the Right Self-Leveling Laser
As you are shopping for a self-leveling laser, there are a few key considerations to keep in mind. Think about these factors:
- Precision: There are varying degrees of precision available. Choose one that is good enough for your needs without being overly expensive.
- Beam: The color, range and type of laser used can vary. Your needs will depend on your application.
- Use Case: How are you planning to use your laser level? Will it be indoors or outdoors? What space will typically be available?
- Budget: Of course, your budget is a big factor. Fortunately, there are options at many price points.
- Adjustability and Size: Finally, think about the size and degrees of adjustment. You need a level that can be properly deployed in your work area.
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