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Old 01-11-2012, 10:10 PM   #21
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i have a fatmax 72" which works great. though i dont have to worry about it taking abuse. its strictly for hanging doors

i have a 48" fatmax, and a 48" fm extreme, along with a 24" fm extreme.. before i boiught my fme last spring i had a empire for all of 6 months.. idiot on the crew kicked d it off the 4th level of staging doing a shiplap siding job and it bent up like an accordion.. the genius kept setting it on the staging deck which was compltely in the way.... since then no one but me uses my levels on staging

im debating spending the extra coin on some stabila's next time though
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i have a fatmax 72" which works great. though i dont have to worry about it taking abuse. its strictly for hanging doors

i have a 48" fatmax, and a 48" fm extreme, along with a 24" fm extreme.. before i boiught my fme last spring i had a empire for all of 6 months.. idiot on the crew kicked d it off the 4th level of staging doing a shiplap siding job and it bent up like an accordion.. the genius kept setting it on the staging deck which was compltely in the way.... since then no one but me uses my levels on staging

im debating spending the extra coin on some stabila's next time though
I think at this point, I'm leaning between a Fatmax or Johnson and the Stabila. Ideally, I'll probably do both and keep the Stabila close at hand (mine) and only for interior work and cabinet sets.

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I like my stabilas painted green. Same warranty 30% less $
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If you have a good crew stabila for them. If bulls they get the depot..
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I like me some Stabila's
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I have 3 of the 7to12' extension stabilas. Best level there is. I couldnt see forkin out big $ for a 4'evel as i rarely use one for anything that needs to be dead on. The plate level is the one that needs to be perfect. If your going to get an adjustable vial the levelution levels are good. There a quality level like stabila.
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Have any of you guys that have been using stabilas for a long time that the bubbles have become smaller over the years?
My 15 year old levels had bubbles that span from line to line. The modern version does not, it leaves too much margin for my liking.
Too often I notice guys with the newer levels being happy with anywhere between the lines being "good enough" instead of centering the bubble with an equal gap on either side.
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I always try to center the bubble
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I have 3 of the 7to12' extension stabilas. Best level there is. I couldnt see forkin out big $ for a 4'evel as i rarely use one for anything that needs to be dead on. The plate level is the one that needs to be perfect. If your going to get an adjustable vial the levelution levels are good. There a quality level like stabila.
3 of the 7to12' stabilas? I only have one and if I remember correctly it set me back somewhere around $300. This level is more closely guarded than my children were when they were little
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Have any of you guys that have been using stabilas for a long time that the bubbles have become smaller over the years?
My 15 year old levels had bubbles that span from line to line. The modern version does not, it leaves too much margin for my liking.
Too often I notice guys with the newer levels being happy with anywhere between the lines being "good enough" instead of centering the bubble with an equal gap on either side.
I think the worst thing that can be done to any level is to leave it in direct sunlight for extended periods of time. I have noticed the bubbles changing in size, but it's directly related to temperature. I suppose it's possible for pressure to build within the vial and some fluid to be lost to a failed seal, but I've not actually seen it happen.
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Stabila for me as well, but I gotta say I bought a 4' sands level about 5 years ago and it is still perfect. You don't save much if any money with the sands.
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3 of the 7to12' stabilas? I only have one and if I remember correctly it set me back somewhere around $300. This level is more closely guarded than my children were when they were little
Yep 3
One is in pretty rough shape since my brother left the tailgate down and drove off with it in the back of the truck, I found it in the middle of the road. He paid for half of the new one.
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Stabilas are the best.

It used to be the contest between Stabila and Levelution levels. Levelution was bought out and shelved.

There's also Crick, but I don't trust wood levels.
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Stabilas are the best.

It used to be the contest between Stabila and Levelution levels. Levelution was bought out and shelved.

There's also Crick, but I don't trust wood levels.
I wondered why you don't see levelution any more. There good levels, I just like the convenience of an extension level for framing.
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Stabila is fantasitic. I bought a set and love them. Just tell your employees don't use them as a pry bar. (No warranties if bent).

After I bought my 4' crick i realized that you have to put raw linseed oil on it regularly. Too much work.

I think the folks at Stabila have it down to a fine science. Get the magnetic ones too.
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I wondered why you don't see levelution any more. There good levels, I just like the convenience of an extension level for framing.
Because Irwin bought them out specifically to put them out of business.

I have a full Levelution kit in addition to a bunch of Stabilas & it's become a prized tool. No one but me is allowed near it.
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I wondered why you don't see levelution any more. There good levels, I just like the convenience of an extension level for framing.


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Does anyone remember the heavy old Red and Silver cast metal Sands levels with the words “Tell the Truth” embossed in the brace webbing separating the rails? Those were pretty good.


I use extension levels for plumbing walls, (6’-14’). I check every “T” and corner as I walk by to find the errors that need immediate attention too. I will choose plumb windows over plumb corners if they all read the same but are slightly different than the corners. With Framing, rarely does everything read precisely the same.


When using green bottom plates and white tops it can be fun getting everything plumb since the widths of the materials is rarely equal. On exterior walls the level should be read from the interior plate line of the walls since that is where the lines where popped.


I check the level every time I pull it out. I have rarely found a level to be unusable. (If it can be adjusted, then why not?) I had an old wooden Stanley 4 footer that had both ends and all 4 brass corners removed and nicely rounded-off, the glass was gone and the factory bubble lines were gone. If a customer had a question about plumb or level . . . “Reads good with this.” I’d hold it up to something I knew read perfect and use my sharpie to insert new plumb/level lines on the bubbles. “See, it reads perfect.”

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I have the 4' Sand's. Heavy but damn good level.

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