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Unread 01-09-2004, 06:51 AM   #1
John K
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Can anyone tell me what Laser systems they are using?

I am in the market for a Laser square and I don't want no piece of crap.

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Unread 01-09-2004, 08:29 AM   #2
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Hi John K
1/ Laser square is a Levelite (old model). Has a 10" protractor base to layout for diagonal etc. It saves a lot of layout time. and no chalk lines to snap, or worry about covering up with thinset.
2/ Rotary laser is a Lasermark by Berger. 360 deg. rotation at 2speeds, and will due a 45 and 22.5 deg. arcs. This I like because if there is a mirror in the room it doesn't bounce a distorted line off the mirror. Also there is a single verticle line. (use this for centering a decoratve "centerpiece" under a light etc.)
3/ Zircon plumb line. (self level)
4/ Laserjamb pole for the rotary unit. (expensive, but the quality is there)

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Unread 02-21-2004, 08:58 PM   #3
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I use a Strait-Line Laser Level; just a cheapie model that throws a line on the floor; but, it comes in handy sometimes. It works off two AA batteries. Available at big box stores.
Another is the SL-24 Laser Square. It's not cheap. It retails around $800. You can find a better deal if you shop around. It throws two 'chaulk lines on the floor that are 90* to each other. It also will put two straight horizontal lines on two walls or a dot on two walls. It has built in rechargeable batteries. It's handy. Could use a tripod.
A rotary laser would be handy also.
And don't forget a set of digital levels.
Nothing beats griding a floor, tho'.
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Unread 02-21-2004, 10:57 PM   #4
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I found that floor lasers are 20% percent helpful and 80% percent a waste of time...think about it other then checking a room for squareness once you have the marks you will spent all your time trying to get the laser aliened...and it pretty much takes two guys to do it too. I use the levelite it is everybit as good as the SL90 at half the cost...they have the same laser in them.
Got a 49 dollar jamb pole from Lowes and a self leveling Palm laser for walls and everything else. All the laser you will ever need. You can use it as a plumb bob by turning on the vertical making your mark then repositioning the laser over a few feet and making another mark leaving an X on the cieling or the floor.

Lowes has a 99 dollar version now if anyone is brave enough.
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