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Unread 05-05-2014, 08:51 AM   #46
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I've heard checking for accuracy mentioned here a couple of times. You can check any level for accuracy to within a thousandth of an inch. Just hold it level on a wall and make a knife mark at each end. Then rotate the level end over end and hold it to the marks. The bubble should still be dead centre.
FINALLY!!! lol...I've been doing this to test any levels I have or want to buy for the past 20 years. I thought everyone that used levels knew this trick. But I'm constantly running into tile setters saying "I think my level might be off....I'd like to know if it is or not"
And others saying "Oh...just go to a store that carries a real expensive level and check it with that one...." etc, etc.

Check it against itself! Done.

As for which level? I like the plane-jane, cast steel that Johnson makes. $50 at Home Depot for the 4'. Nice sharp edges and easy to clean.

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Unread 05-05-2014, 09:06 AM   #47
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Yes, that's what I have too. One 24", one 27" and a couple of straight edges.
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Unread 05-05-2014, 09:09 AM   #48
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We started selling Stabila exclusively. They are a great value and built like a tank.
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Unread 05-05-2014, 09:39 AM   #49
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I'm a stabila fan through and through. Love them!
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Unread 05-05-2014, 01:40 PM   #50
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Another vote for the Stabilas. Got about 6 of them.
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Unread 05-05-2014, 03:29 PM   #51
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Not a fan of stabila. They feel weird in my hand and the vials are terrible. Good build quality, though.

As far as why wood, the oldtimers around here use wood. Well oiled wood is easier to clean cement off of than aluminum. I also prefer a heftier tool- I'm a hefty guy. Also, there is something to be said for the ability to have a set of levels built exactly how you want them; extra vials, 45° vials, vial color, magnets. To top it off, few tools can beat the beauty hardwood level polished by years of handling and being rubbed clean with oil.

Reliability hasn't been a problem for anyone I know. No warped levels or loss of accuracy, and a couple guys have Cricks well over 25 years old. They do require attention though, oiling and such.

I'm thinking of five lamination maple and purpleheart with brass binding. Add a couple extra vials and some engraving and we have a winner.http://smithlevelcompany.com/LevelChoices/level2.html
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Wow, that's quite nice.

I was wondering what to do with my purpleheart


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You got excess Purpleheart you just send it to CX. Problem solved.
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They have a 14 foot 2x12 of it down at the local hardware store (only 24.99 per board foot) I've owned cars cheaper than that one stick.
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Ordered a new Stabila at Coverings. Eagerly waiting for it to come in the mail.
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I have a stash of purple heart and black walnut, cut from a felled tree by my inlaws....one of the few bonuses living in PA


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Came in the mail today from Coverings.

Now that I know the pool table is off by 5/100 of a degree it will get adjusted this weekend.

I knew something was causing those missed shots !
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me likes stabila also but find the old johnson everybit as durable and accurate. Thats my experience.


One thing I dont like about stabila..last I checked the only thing close to a masons level they had was the "measuring stick".(which I brought) All the levels I saw have handles and plenty of places for cement to get stuck to. If I work with cement I want a nice smooth masons level to clean not a carpenters level..I mean is it really that hard to grip a level that we need two big handles in it?

Not easy to find smooth masons levels.

Also I usually end up cutting the tapered ends off on my wet saw. Why have tapered ends when leveling around inside corners.

also not sure if this was mentioned but you can also lay a level flat and it will work
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Jim, the ends are snap in - snap out
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