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Old 12-12-2019, 01:35 PM   #1
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Outside Lazer Level


I'm a small residential contractor but starting to get into a few more additions/bigger projects. The time has come for a new lazer level we can see clearly outside.

I use a Bosch inside and currently outside,but even with the glasses, the green line can be difficult to find outside.

I would really appreciate any info/recommendations.

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Old 12-12-2019, 03:21 PM   #2
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Re: Outside Lazer Level


Not much out there in terms of visible laser in sunlight regardless of color.

We use a receiver at times for squaring buildings when laser isn't visible, but that isn't as practical for multiple stud heights on walkouts and basement walls on irregular slabs. We just fight the sun utilising shadows and time of day as best we can for those situations.

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I do my laser work outside first thing in the morning when it's still darkish out. If the sun is out I use the catcher with the PLS or I have a couple Bosch 360 lasers.
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Everyone should have a good rotary for grade and height.



For your layout level get the the receiver and learn how to use it. I use mine down in the footer where you can't pull tapes straight across.



That said, learn how to do your layout the old fashioned way too, hard to beat a set of batter boards and some long steel tapes for your pre-layout. They are very fast and 100% accurate as long as you figure your diagonals properly (easier than ever with tools on your phone now).
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Thanks very much for the input.

I'll work a little more with the targets and just get more comfortable overall.

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using the green 'target' with my dewalt helps when working further from the unit.
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We are so good at squaring up building lines with a tape and string line I'm not sure a Lazer for that would make it any better or faster. Especially with the slopes we deal with. With that said my rotary level is invaluable for elevations.

In my experience never double check anything the same way. There's almost always two ways to check something to see if you get the same end result.

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We are so good at squaring up building lines with a tape and string line I'm not sure a Lazer for that would make it any better or faster. Especially with the slopes we deal with. With that said my rotary level is invaluable for elevations.

In my experience never double check anything the same way. There's almost always two ways to check something to see if you get the same end result.

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The layout lasers are great for once you get your holes dug and footers poured.

I can get a lot closer with that than I can with tapes and a level if there isn't a full dig.

If it is a full dig, steel tapes 100% as long as I can pull them straight across.

Usually I will use the laser to get started, then either get forms up or start building wall until I'm just high enough to double check everything with tapes, and if it's off a bit we can still tweak it or shimmy some forms over.

The beeper is invaluable though, trying to do it with the target thing is an exercise in futility, unless you want to do layout at 10pm when it's dark.
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Downhill is what I'm talking about. We are spot on every time.

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(so to speak) downhill to be be able to get square on the ground with a slope. The math works perfect. Finish floor was to determine top of piers which gave us one of the numbers for the Pythagorean.



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