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Old 07-30-14, 07:54 AM   #1
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I never really thought about it, but with as much chinese junk tools that are out there this might be an issue... Has anyone ever had an issue with bad levels? Other tools?

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Old 07-30-14, 08:24 AM   #2
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The worst part of a cheap level is that it falls apart, we have one at work that went out of plumb without warning.

I have a nice Stabila level that was well worth the money.
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Easy way to check levels (in winter). Put the level on an area of water that has frozen. I learned years ago that many cheap levels are NOT level and one of my projects is not "on the level".

I also like levels that have a resolution of < 0.01 degree. These are not found at Lowes/HD/Menards, etc. These higher resolution levels have two bubbles - a coarse one and one that has a tiny curve - and that tiny curve gives you accuracy and precision.

Yeah they cost a bit more, but a good level lasts.


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Old 07-30-14, 09:59 AM   #4
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I use this level
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It will beep when you are level. it is very useful leveling pinball machines.

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Float a foam board on water.... then check with the level placed on it differently.
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I never really thought about it, but with as much chinese junk tools that are out there this might be an issue... Has anyone ever had an issue with bad levels? Other tools?
Bad levels certainly do exist. I usually don't have an issue, but I always check my levels, no matter how seemingly insignificant the project. The difference between what most people consider level, and what I consider level becomes apparent the further the level line is run from the origin. I've used specialized tools to carry level lines miles from the point where the measurement originated. South Florida is so pancake flat that moving water down a simple neighborhood curb becomes an expensive disaster when you don't check your tools. Not setting the finish floor grade properly on a multi-million dollar mansion is a liability expense I never intend to eat. I was taught to check my tools every time I take them out of the box.

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