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Old 08-23-2007, 09:04 AM   #1
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Questions RE: concrete grid layout

Hello all, I've been looking around for a couple of weeks and now I have a question: I work alone and am wondering if there is any trick that you all use to hold one end of your chalk line when trying to mark a concrete slab. I know it must be simple, but I don't know how to do it. Please advise.

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Old 08-23-2007, 09:11 AM   #2
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Caleb,

I feel ya...I work alone as well. Tie something like a big nut on the end. Set a block on the string. When you pull the other end, the nut will keep the string in place.

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Old 08-23-2007, 08:51 PM   #3
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Thanks Brian, good tip. I should have thought of that myself.
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Old 08-23-2007, 09:26 PM   #4
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How have you been doing it so far? It must be working fairly good otherwise you would have come up with the answer already.

OK, OK I know... Make your two marks, then lay the slightly exposed line on one mark and place the edge of your 5 gal clean-up water bucket to hold the line. Adjustments are simple, then walk to the other mark on the floor and you know the rest.

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I wrap the line around a brick, or block or two.
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Old 08-25-2007, 09:25 PM   #6
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Thanks for the input. Jaz, I've been using a straight edge up until now (only works well in small rooms). Plus, I seem to have been running into more concrete slab in the past few months (going more into new construction than remodel). Sometimes I've had a helper, but now I work alone (quality control). Thanks again for the input. I was thinking about trying one of those laser squares, but I have concerns about the accuracy.
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