Levels come in handy for various DIY projects around the home. Whether you are hanging pictures or your favourite artwork on the wall and you don't want them to look slanted, or you are working on any other projects that require precision, levels are the perfect tools you need. However, one of the major challenges that standard levels pose is that it can be quite hard to get the job done when you're working alone. Trying to hammer or drive nails into a wall while holding your level on your own can be quite challenging. That's why you need laser levels. They are more advanced, comprising laser beam projectors, which you can affix to a tripod to make your work much easier and accurate. However, they come in various types and finding the right one can be hard. Here is a quick guide on the standard options available.
Line lasers or line laser levels are some of the standard options you will find in the markets. They are mostly needed for vertical and horizontal levelling applications. If you are working on projects such as tile installation, cabinet repair or installation, etc., line laser levels are a perfect choice. It is worth noting is that line lasers are available in two primary options: a straight line or forward and rotary lasers. Straight-line lasers project directly onto the surface you are working on in a single straight line, which is ideal for applications such as tile installation. If you are installing cabinetry on all four walls of a room, you will need rotary lasers. All you need to do is mount the laser level at the centre of the room, and they will project all four walls.
As the name implies, these laser levels project a single or a series of reference dots on your work surface. Spot lasers are usually ideal for applications that require you to measure distances between different points on your working surface. Generally, spot lasers are perfect for electrical, plumbing, and HVAC installation or repair applications.
Manual and Self Levelling Lasers
Laser levels can also differ in their mode of operation. Manual laser levels are usually the least expensive and require you to operate them on your own. You will need to set the controls and adjust settings to your preferred range. On the other hand, self-levelling units adjust themselves accordingly based on your preferred levelling range. They may cost you more, but they are easy to operate.