Laser levels provide a way to get the best results on a home improvement project that needs a perfect line. Laser levels work with both horizontal projects, such as hanging a group of photographs, and vertical projects, such as installing a mounted bookshelf. Before you begin to use a laser level, keep these tips in mind to ensure the success of your project.
Begin with safety. Lasers seem harmless, but they can be dangerous if you look directly into them. Anyone who is in the room with the laser level should wear safety glasses. Pointing the laser level at anyone or turning it on while someone is standing in front of it could cause permanent eye damage. Special laser glasses work well to protect the eyes from the level’s beam, and they are something that anyone doing heavy work with laser beams should consider.
Using the laser level requires understanding how to calibrate the laser’s beam. Instead of just turning on the laser level and assuming that the machine is sitting on a level surface, verify the level’s position before you begin. Just because something is on a desk or shelf does not mean that the ground under it is level. All laser levels have some type of ball or moving speck that you need to get into the right spot. Take the time to get the ball at the “level” mark before starting your project.
Laser levels need to be sitting on something sturdy with a clear view of the area where you need to point the level before beginning. If the space between the laser and wall is not entirely unobstructed, the laser beam will not be accurate. Laser levels work well in odd spaces, even in corners, and still remain accurate. The key for you is to make sure that nothing else blocks the laser or alters the way it projects onto the wall.