How to Use Different Type of Construction Laser

It is very easy to use Construction lasers, and thanks to the many models and designs available in the market, there will always be a style to suit your application.

Manufacturers develop different designs of construction lasers for different purposes, but you will always find two similar components in best laser levels: a laser and the leveling base that allows it to sit well balanced on a surface, be mounted on a wall or attached on tripods.

The base helps the user to project light to the correct height. Laser leveling also requires a precise mechanism, there is a bubble vial and pendulum or special magnets attached to electric sensors.

We will take a close look at these mechanisms later on in this post. The laser enclosure, or packaging case, is made from durable plastic or metallic material that’s sturdy enough for good performance on the construction site.

Construction lasers find “a level” in using various methods. There are the traditional lasers that use manual mechanisms: where the user will line up the bubble in the laser on a vial by either repositioning the vial or turning button on the laser.

These kind of lasers are perfectly suited for typical DIY jobs, not to mention that they are quite affordable and require very little battery power compared to the self-leveling laser model.

Self-leveling construction lasers are a great choice for a better accuracy. They are used when places of a surface that is “almost level.” A bubble vial can be used to level the laser manually before you can get the laser to self-level itself.

This laser has its component hanging like pendulums inside the unit. The magnets inside work together with gravity to get the pendulums at a still point so that the beam can be projected via the prism of light.

There are some construction lasers that come equipped with electric self leveling feelers that improve reliability and accuracy, and these are the best picks for the busiest outdoor construction sites.

For an indoor job, where the level is expected to be on the move most of the time, a self leveling mechanism will help you save time and improve reliability.

Planning on conducting an outdoor construction job? A construction laser can be difficult to sight in daylight, and sometimes impossible to see, using a naked eye.

Luckily, most of the modern construction lasers come accessorized with a red or green tint glass or goggles that will make it much easier to see the beam outside, during the daytime. There are special models that are specifically made for these kinds of situations.

Do you have an indoor construction job? What you need is a dot laser for your drywall jobs, or a cross line laser that can display vertical and horizontal lines across all the walls in an enclosed space.

Wondering how to use a construction laser on your job? Not sure which is the best laser model for your project? Keep reading for a few useful insights.

How to Choose the Best Construction Laser

Construction Laser

For an indoor construction job:

A multiple-line laser will work perfectly, especially if you need it for aligning cabinets or precise framing of pictures in a small room. You can use a laser square for masonry and tiles.

For an outdoor job:

The line and rotary lasers that come with a detector accessory will work just fine for your uneven surface long-distance projections.

Think about the size of the room or the distance to be covered by the laser. Construction lasers with lower rotation rates per minute (RPM) are often more visible and bright, but they can’t be used for long-distance projections. Higher RPM lasers can travel far, but their laser is faint.

Consider the wall type too. Construction lasers are attached using pins and suction cups. Stay away from push-pin lasers for paneling and wallpapers.

Consider how stable your job is. For indoor jobs, the manual laser will be okay to use. You need a self-leveling construction laser for outdoor jobs where the surfaces are uneven.

How to Use a Construction Laser

Make sure your laser is set on a flat surface or tripod

If you are using a manual laser level , ensure that the bubble vials show the level. Look for small screws located close to the vial. Shift them so that the bubble vial shows level.

Turn on your laser

If you are using the modern self-leveling laser, give it a few minutes to self-level on its own.

You will see a unit that emits a laser to show the level on a wall or across a specific workspace (depending on the laser you are using, the pointer could be a dot, many lines, or a rotary pointer showing a 360 degrees level vertically or horizontally).

A laser indicator can be sued to interrupt the pointer if there is no wall to point on (this is applicable outdoors). The detector should then be connected to a measurement rod.

Shift the indicator over the rod so that it can start beeping. This is to show that the indicator has connected to the laser.

This means the level has been found successfully. Tie the indicator to a rod and carry on with your measurements.

Using a Construction Laser For Outdoor Jobs

Put on your tint goggles that come as a package together with the laser. These are required for a good sight since the laser point is invisible in daylight.

Place your laser on the tripod and switch on. Aim your laser to a point where you want to take measurements. After locating the pointer, lock your laser in a good position.

Place your pointer receiver where the readings will be taken from. With the laser magnet that came with the receiver, place the pointer on a flat ground making sure it is the same level as the magnet. You can add a second tripod at this point.

Keep moving the laser receiver slowly until it connects with the beam from your laser. After connecting with the beam, maintain the receiver’s position or make it steady especially if you had attached it using a magnet.

Using the receiver and laser, find the correct alignment keep it at a comfortable.

Using a Construction Laser to Frame Pictures

Construction Laser

  • Look for the most ideal height for the top of your picture frame.
  • Mark somewhere along with the height
  • Switch on your construction laser and line it up with the mark in a horizontal position on your wall.
  • Keep moving the laser so the bubble sits still on the vial’s black lines, pivoton the meeting point of the laser, and your mark.
  • Make sure the laser pint is level and runs through your mark, before attaching it firmly on the wall. You can use pins or suction cups for this.
  • Determine the length between the top of your picture frame and the hanging place
  • Get this length on the wall, starting from the laser point down to the picture hanging position on the wall
  • Mark a point here
  • Drill a nail on the mark
  • Hang your picture frame on the nail and position the frame using the laser.

Using a Construction Laser to Level a Ground

  • Set the laser up on tripod on a stable surface.
  • Switch on your construction laser
  • Leave it for a few minutes to level itself
  • Using a comfortable height, find a spot on the ground
  • Fixyour laser detector to the measuring rule and station it on the exact point
  • Keep moving the laser through the rod. Until you hear a beeping sound, meaning you have located a level
  • Fix the detector firmly on the rod
  • The base of your rod is the most appropriate ground height.
  • Look for a differentground spot and locate a height where your laser meets the detector.
  • Make a mark on a wall orpile up some dirt to the most appropriate height
  • Repeat the process until there are several reference marks for the ground area

Setting Grade Using a Construction Laser

  • Set the laser up on tripod on a stable surface.
  • Switch on your construction laser
  • Leave it for a few minutes to level itself
  • Using a comfortable height, find a spot on the ground
  • Fix your laser detector to the measuring rule and station it on the exact point
  • Keep moving the laser through the rod. Until you hear a beeping sound, meaning you have located a level
  • Fix the detector firmly on the rod
  • Determine the right amount of a fall from the grade’s top down to the bottom. Say a 10” fall,for this particular example
  • Shift your laser detector on the rod about 10 inches, then attach it firmly
  • Go to where the grade’s bottom is supposed to be
  • Look for a perfect level in line with the laser. You might be required to lift your rod or maybe make a hole in the ground,in case you have an appropriate work station
  • The bottom of your leveling rod will show the bottom of your grade.
  • Stick a small rod to mark this pointon the ground to show the best height

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