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Level Buying Guide

Level Buying Guide

From plumb bobs to laser levels, each one has its own specific application. Use the chart below to choose the right one for your project.


Types of Levels

Type                                    Uses  
 
Carpenter's/Mason's
  • Finding level or plumb
  • Range from 24" to 72" in a wide variety of material -- wood, aluminum, ABS (high impact resin) or brass encased
Circular
  • Leveling appliances, work surfaces or table tops
  • Levels in all directions at once
Torpedo
  • Finding level or plumb
  • Range from 6" to 9", designed to fit in a tool belt or pocket
Line
  • Finding level on guide lines
  • Designed to attach to mason's cord or other string to determine levelness of the string
Machinist's  
  • Finding level in cross directions simultaneously
  • Used in precision metal working
Electronic Water  
  • Finding level over long distances
  • Used at distances up to 100' with hose extensions
Post
  • Finding level and plumb simultaneously
  • Used to plumb posts
Pocket
  • Preliminary surveying
  • Estimating distance
Angle Locator  
  • Finding specific angles or gradient of slope
  • Used to determine fall of plumbing drain pipes
Plumb Bob
  • Finding plumb
  • Normally used to locate posts or align wallpaper
Laser
  • Finding level and plumb
  • Auto-adjusts for accuracy

Levels & Squares