Like any other technical tool, laser level also needs to be cared and handled properly. This device might look minute and tiny, but it consists of many smaller units inside it that makes the tool function. A Tiny defect due to careless handling can cause whole lot damage to the laser level. One should be very careful not only while using the laser level, but certain care should be maintained even when storing it. Maintaining the laser level properly prevents any damage to the tool and it also increases its durability and makes the tool last longer. We will provide you some essential laser level maintenance tips and tricks.
Laser level must be handled with most care while it is being used. Mishandling can cause a lot of damage to the tool.
- The vital part of laser level maintenance is proper calibration. For better efficiency it is very important for the laser level to be properly calibrated. Though most of the laser levels require very little adjustment if handled properly, but in case the laser level is dropped or knocked down, the calibration should be inspected and it must be made sure not to exceed the recommended tolerance.
- The laser level should be handled carefully and it should never be shaken, dropped or knocked down. Rough handling of the laser level can cause the internal units in the tool to break down, leading to permanent damage of the laser level.
- The tool must be operated only by a skilled or trained person. This will not only ensure that the laser level is being handled in the right way, but also lessen certain risks and dangers that can be caused by the device.
- You should never open the parts of laser level or disassemble it. A Non-expert trying to open the tool can cause damage to the device, which can void the offered warranty.
- While setting up the laser level on a tripod, you must make sure that the base is wide enough. Narrow base can lead the tripod to blow and knock down along with the tool on it, which can break the device or affect its functionality.
- If used in a construction site, do not set up the instrument too much close to the concrete pour. The concrete may splash onto the laser level, causing certain damage.
Temperature is one important factor to keep in mind if you have a laser level. It should be taken care when the laser level is being used as well as while storing it;
- Do not store the tool in hot areas or use it near any objects that are heat emitting source. High temperatures can shorten the life of the laser level, damage its batteries, and warp or melt certain plastic parts of the device; permanently deforming it and making the tool lose its functionality forever.
- Never store the laser level in extremely cold areas. When the device has been stored in a freezing temperature and later warms up back to its normal operating temperature, the moisture can condense inside the tool, where it may damage the circuit board of the laser level.
- Always use and store the tool in the recommended temperature.
There are certain natural elements that can damage the laser level when the tool is exposed to those;
- If the laser level is not water proof, never use it outdoors when it’s raining. The laser level case must never be placed near any wash-up area, as this can lead someone to spray water from the hose during work. This can cause the case to form moisture when the tool is placed in it.
- If the laser level is water resistant and it is exposed to rain or water at times, it must be dried off after use. The device should be taken to the service center for purging at least once in a year. Purging is a process in which the laser level is pressurized and cleaned with dry nitrogen, which removes the moisture inside the tool.
- If the tool is not dust or dirt proof, never use the tool at dirty construction sites. Even if the laser level is dirt and dust resistant, it must not be stored in a dusty or dirty area for very long period. This can cause damage to the functionality of the internal moving units of the tool and also cause corrosion.
- Though few of the laser levels have very strong construction and can bear vibration. But it is recommended not to use the device in areas where there is heavy vibration source too close.
As laser levels are used in various fields, it is obvious that some laser levels need to be transported to different work site. For transporting the tool, some points should be remembered to have the tool carried undamaged and safe each time;
- Before moving or transporting the laser level, the tool must be turned off.
- Always put the laser level back to the case before transporting the device for long distant job sites.
- Never transport the laser level on the bed of a pickup truck along with other construction materials. Doing so can make the tool knock around or damage may be caused by other onboard objects knocking over it.
Battery of the laser level also affects its durability. The battery should be maintained in order to avoid unnecessary issue or expense;
- Check the batteries of the tool regularly to avoid deterioration of the batteries within the device, which can damage the unit.
- Remember to remove the batteries from the laser level if the unit is not going to be used for a certain period of time. The battery can be kept inside without use for maximum of three months. If kept more than that, the batteries may deteriorate.
Charging the battery of the laser level is a must to be considered in maintaining the tool and the life of battery depends on how the charging is being maintained;
- Almost all the laser levels use NiCad batteries. This type of battery must be deeply discharged and fully recharged. By doing this you can make your battery have maximum durability with longer lifespan.
- Try to avoid overcharging of the battery of the laser level. Overcharging can lead to overheating of the battery, which can ruin the tool. You must make sure to check the charge level indicator regularly while charging the laser level. Look at the manual that comes along with the device; it can provide you the information of how long the unit can be kept connected to charger, after the battery is fully recharged.
- The batteries need to be cycled at least once in a month.
The laser level gets dirty when used regularly and periodic cleaning is a must. One must be very careful while cleaning the laser level and follow certain instructions;
- Try to keep the laser level free of dust and any kind of liquid. Use a damp cloth dipped in mild soap and water to clean up the outside casing of the tool. Avoid using any kind of solvent when cleaning plastic parts, as most of the plastics are susceptible to effective damage from varieties of commercial solvents available at the market and may be damaged by their use. Use only those which are recommended on your unit’s manual guide.
- The aperture windows of the laser level should be kept clean by wiping them periodically with cotton swab that has been dipped in isopropyl alcohol.
- Never use harsh chemicals or strong detergents to clean the laser level.
- If it is necessary to clean the laser lens of the laser level, you should only use a soft cloth or a cotton swab that have been moistened with few drops of glass cleaner.
- Never dip the laser level into water directly, no matter how dirty the tool might be.
- keep in mind to never at any time allow brake fluids, petroleum-based products, gasoline, penetrating oils or other types of similar chemicals come in contact with plastic parts of the laser level. This type of chemical can damage, weaken or destroy the plastics, which may also result in some serious personal injuries.
Last but not the least, storage of the laser level should be done with great care, especially if the unit is not going to be used for a very long period;
- Before storing the laser level, make sure that the tool is turned off and the battery is taken out.
- Always store the device inside its original case. The case should be dried out before placing the unit, and must not contain any moisture.
- The unit must always be stored indoors and not at extreme temperature.
- The laser level, all of its parts and accessories should be stored out of reach from children. They may play with the tool and break it.
- The unit within its case must be stored in a dry place.
Laser Level Maintenance Conclusion
A good maintenance and proper care is the key to longer durability of the tool. Anything that is not handled properly hardly lasts. So if you want your tool to last for lifelong with no much problem or hassle, then handle your instrument with care and never entrust it to any untrained individual.