No matter what laser level you use, knowing exactly how to use those is very important for doing an impeccable measurement task in carpentry. There are laser levels available in different sizes for a variety of tasks.
However, in this article, we are going to discuss how to use a laser level for floors. Before diving deep into the topic we would share some information about laser level, some common types of laser levels and how to set up a laser level.
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What is a Laser Level and Why You Need One?
Laser levels use laser beam technology to draw a line in both the horizontal or vertical axis. It comes with a rotating laser beam projector that can easily be set on a tripod or floor. Laser levels are efficient and perfect tools for surveying and construction jobs.
You can either use them indoor or outdoor. Though the laser levels at the beginning were bulky and too expensive, they are no more so nowadays. The modern laser levels are easy to carry and do not cost much.
The price depends on the size and purpose of the use. You can use the laser levels of different kinds to align the wall, level the floor, measure the window and door height, align cabinets and shelves, plumb the wall and install a drop ceiling.
If you need any of these work get done, you should consider buying a good laser level that suits your needs.
How to Use a Laser Level for Floors
Be it hardwood or ceramic tiles, using a laser level helps to get those set accurately. It is because the metal levels or rulers might fail to ensure accuracy in the tile setting. Even there is a risk of a crack or gap inside the hardwood and ceramic tiles that might make noise after you are done with tiling.
So, we suggest you use a good laser level for your floors (even if it is a bit costly) so that you do not regret later on. Here are the steps you should follow to use a laser level for floors:
- The first thing you should do is measuring the floor to find the number of tiles you required to cover the floor completely. You can use a laser tape in case you want to get this done quicker.
- Prepare your floor by extracting any objects that might cause trouble to lay down the tiles impeccably. You have to make sure that the ground where you will set the tiles is completely plane.
- Place your laser level in an appropriate place. It can either be on a fixed ground or tripod.
- Now, it is time to turn the laser level on. You will see that a line of 180 degrees is drawn over the surface.
- Try to adjust the laser level until you find the highest point on the floor.
- Use a marker to mark the level.
- Have a look at all parts of the room to check all the levels. Note that the spot is usually supposed to be ¼ lower than the main level.
- When you find the main level, mark it correctly.
- Use the marker again to spot the concrete floor precisely.
- Finding a lower leveling mark than the laser line implies that you have ended up with a low spot and you need more work on that point.
- Finding a higher leveling mark means that you have found a high spot.
- Use the remote control to rotate all around the spot.
- Once you have laid some tiles in one corner, you will see a laser line from the level. Use that line to verify the position.
- You have to place the mortal of the laser within a small area as per the direction and requirement.
Types of Laser Levels
We have mentioned earlier that there are a variety of laser levels distinguished by their purpose and set up. However, we are now just going to introduce with you some of the most common types of laser levels carpenters and DIYers use in day to day work:
Point or Dot Laser Level:
When you need to mark from only one dimension, it is Point or Dot Laser Level that is enough for you. You can use this to make markings or calculations from the plain ground.
It is very easy to position it on the ground and most importantly cheap to buy. Point or Dot laser is made for simple tasks like hanging curtains and checking the alignment of pictures in the wall.
Due to its simplicity, it does not come with many versatile features compared to the following ones we are going to discuss.
Cross Line Laser Level:
It is slightly more advanced than the point or dot laser levels. However, it is also used mostly for home or indoor work. It is handy and works smoothly for both projecting both vertical and horizontal lines on any wall or plane surface.
You can use a tripod to set mount this laser level effectively. The uniqueness of this laser level is that distance is no big issue here. You can easily set it on the distant ground if you wish and get your picture hanged correctly without any metal rulers, levels or pencils.
Rotary Laser Level:
Rotary Laser Level is way advanced because of its ability to throw a laser beam at a 360-degree angle around the level. The beam projection on all sides of the corner is ensured by the dedicated projection unit which spins from one angle to the other.
You will see one uniform line drawn to be projected on all the walls around. You can easily control the laser level as required. For leveling doors and windows, nothing can help you more than this laser level.
However, when you go for buying one, you have to be careful choosing the one that can ensure better output at work.
Tile Laser Level:
Tile Laser Level is popularly used for installing floor tiles. To make sure an easy centering, it throws a laser beam in front of the laser base. However, it is required to set it either in the middle or at the corner of the room on a flat surface.
Note that, if you set it over a slanting floor, there is a chance that you can end up spoiling the alignment and level of the tiles of the entire room. You can use it indoor comfortably. By the way, when it comes to using it outdoor, it works well in the mild light.
But, you will find it tough to understand the laser level beams when the sunlight is way too bright.
Now that you know how to use a laser level for floors, we hope that you are no more in confusion about the steps that you should explore to get the tiles set properly on the floor. A laser level might be costly, but it saves you time and ensures accuracy in your work.