There are different laser levels for a variety of tasks, may it be menial or skilled. Weekend warriors and construction experts alike can benefit with the use of laser levels. It can be used both indoors and outdoors, making it an indispensable tool for your toolbox.
When the task at hand revolves around grades for landscaping and buildings, there is no other choice than using a reliable laser level. Determining grades is a dead serious task and there’s no room for errors and compromise.
Grading is an essential procedure performed in every construction or renovation project to guarantee that a firm foundation is set and a level ground is ensured. When done properly, it helps restrict water that flows towards the new foundation along with its surrounding foundations. For existing foundations, grading is done to improve its drainage system. With the help of a quality laser level for the job, the grading process can yield excellent results.
If you’re ready to venture into the world of grading, you need a few more things aside from a laser level to successfully complete the job. That includes a helping hand to ensure accurate readings. Here are the rest:
- Laser level
- Laser detector
- Grade rod
Once you’ve got everything you need, this step by step guide will come quite in handy so you can establish a level grade.
- First things first, place the tripod on solid, dry land to make sure that it stays stable and won’t be moved easily for accurate results. Spread the three legs of the tripod in equal distance and press the tripod’s pin firmly into the ground, not doing so may lead it trip over and damage the laser level.
- After that, you’ll need to check the tripod’s stability and mount the laser level on the tripod.
- Next, turn on the laser level. For self leveling laser levels, allow it time for self-leveling. For manually leveling laser levels, use the adjustment screws and ensure the bubble is at the center.
- Once done, determine the initial height where you’d want the grade. This step is best done with an assistant. Have him/her place the bottom of the grade rod at your desired height.
- Then, shoot the laser beam at that spot and request your assistant to adjust the position of the laser detector so it connects with the laser beam by moving the laser detector up and down, until a constant beeping sound is heard. If the detector is too high or too low, it will produce an intermittent beeping sound so you’ll need to adjust the detector to achieve the constant beeping sound.
- Position the grade rod at different locations of the construction site and take the reading of each location. In this step, you may need to lift the rod or dig into the ground to get the original reading.
- Lastly, the base portion of the grade rod represents the bottom of the grade itself, just use a stick to mark the spot by inserting the stick in the ground to achieve the desired height.