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How to choose a laser level

Today, Kapro offers a wide range of laser products to choose from. So, to make sure you choose a laser with the features you need, consider where and what type of work you will be using the laser for. The following sections help you to match your needs with the right laser product.


What is the right type of level for the job?

Today, Kapro offers a wide range of laser products to choose from. So, to make sure you choose a laser with the features you need, consider where and what type of work you will be using the laser for. Most applications fall within one of the following general categories:

• Outdoor Work

• Indoor Work

• DIY Home Improvements



Outdoor work

For outdoor jobs you will want to use either a rotary or line laser with a pulse/detector feature. This allows you to work in bright conditions at longer distances.

Rotary lasers, like Kapro’s 899 Prolaser® Electronic Rota-Line, are the best choice for:


• Laying out foundations

• Setting the grade for the top of the foundation walls before pouring

• Setting the height of retaining walls
• Laying water and sewage lines

899 Electronic Rota-Line Rotary Laser Level

899 Prolaser® Electronic Rota-Line


Line lasers
, like Kapro’s 895 Prolaser® All-Lines or 894 Prolaser® Visi-Cross™, are ideal for:


• Laying out foundations

• Setting the grade for the top
of the foundation walls before pouring

• Setting the height of retaining walls
• Laying water and sewage lines

895 Prolaser®

895 Prolaser® All-Lines

What level of accuracy do you need for outdoor construction?

The degree of accuracy you need depends on the type of job you are doing. Laser levels with higher degrees of accuracy generally tend to cost more.

Kapro's 899 Prolaser® Electronic Rota-Line is accurate to 0.1mm/m (⅛" at 100') - easily the most precise laser level on the market. If you're working on commercial jobsites that require precise measurements over large areas, this added level of accuracy could be critical.

The 895 Prolaser® All-Lines (0.2mm/m) and 896 Prolaser® 5 Dot (0.3mm/m) also provide exceptional degrees of accuracy for all types of outdoor layout jobs.

899 Prolaser®Electronic Rota-Line

What is the typical maximum distance you'll be working at outdoors?

Laser level range is usually expressed in terms of the diameter of the laser beam, but it's the radius that determines how far the beam will go in each direction. Kapro's rotary lasers have an outdoor range of up to 500' (150m) - that means up to 250' (75m) in each direction, with the detector.



Indoor work

If you're working exclusively indoors, a multiple line laser is the best choice. Lasers are widely used for the following types of indoor applications:
• Framing rooms
• Acoustic ceilings
• Plumbing
• Electrical
• Tile installation & masonry
• Carpentry
• Drywall
• Distance measuring & estimates

Framing rooms

If you're framing rooms, especially where there's a wide open interior as your starting point, you'll need a laser level to establish level and plumb lines as reference points for other measurements. With an adjustable tripod and floor to ceiling poles and wall mounts, you'll be able to do all the layouts you need without having to extend points with traditional tools.

Shooting a laser line periodically during the course of the project will also ensure that all the framing is properly aligned, and allow you to discover any inaccuracies early on.

Line lasers are the ideal choice for the job of framing rooms and decks and aligning tracks and fixtures. Kapro's 895 Prolaser® All-Lines, for instance, generates 4 vertical and 2 horizontal cross beams, and is accurate to 0.05"@20' (1mm@5m).

The 894 Prolaser® Visi-Cross™ is an easy-to-use unit for aligning borders, moldings and cabinets. Its small frame allows for easy mounting and fits into tool belt.

895 Prolaser® All-Lines895 Prolaser® All-Lines
894 Prolaser® Visi-Cross™894 Prolaser® Visi-Cross™

A Rotary Laser level can also do the job, if it incorporates the right features. Kapro's 899 Prolaser® Electronic Rota-Line can be set up for horizontal and vertical alignment jobs, and includes Plumb Up and Plumb Down points.

Acoustic ceilings

For installing acoustic ceilings, you'll need to establish a level line for the ledger, track, and tie wire. Laser levels are great tools for this because they will shoot accurate level lines without leaving marks on painted walls, a perfect replacement for the traditional chalk line.

Kapro's 888 Prolaser® Vector gives you a continuous horizontal line with two 90° vertical lines that cross the ceiling. Kapro's rotary lasers have the advantage of shooting a continuous level line around the room.

888 Prolaser®Vector

Plumbing

A line laser with a cross beam and plumb feature is the tool of choice for plumbers. It will not only allow you to mark pipe layouts, but also overhead fixture locations, like showerheads. You can do your entire layout on the floor, and then use the laser level to line up the marks on the ceiling. Your work will take less time, be more accurate, and you won't need to take measurements from walls or ceilings when you're up on a ladder. Kapro's 895 Prolaser® All-Lines is perfect for the job.

For setting drainage slopes, Kapro's 899 Prolaser® Electronic Rota-Line, which incorporates a slope-setting feature, is ideal.

Electrical

A simple line laser mounted on an adjustable tripod, floor to ceiling pole or wall mount is all you'll need for marking consistent outlet and switch height. The 892 Prolaser® Plus, 894 Prolaser® Visi-Cross™ or 895 Prolaser® All-Lines are all good choices.

If you already have a rotary laser, then it will do the job as well.

894 Prolaser® Visi-Cross™ 894 Prolaser® Visi-Cross™

Tile installation & masonry

Tilers and masons can benefit from the instant grid of a laser level for laying out floors or bathroom and kitchen wall tiles. Kapro's 891, 892, 894 and 895 are all perfect for the job.

The 891 Prolaser® Laser Square greatly simplifies the job of tile layout. It projects two lines at a 90° angle over the length of the floor that are clearly visible, even over obstructions. You have no need for chalk marks that are easily smudged and disappear under your tiles.

The 891 lets you mark and check the accuracy of your layout from start to finish.

Another great option is the tough, compact and extremely precise 892 Prolaser® Plus. It's an excellent value for the price and small enough to fit in a toolbox or clip on your belt.

892 Prolaser® Plus 892 Prolaser® Plus
891 Prolaser® Laser Square 891 Prolaser® Laser Square
892 Prolaser® Plus 892 Prolaser® Plus

Carpentry

A laser level is a great accessory for marking chair-rail heights and cabinet and shelf locations and is far more accurate than measuring from the floor or the ceiling for level. With its accurate 90° angles, a cross level is perfect for these applications. The 892 Prolaser® Plus, 894 Prolaser® Visi-Cross™ or 895 Prolaser® All-Lines are all excellent choices.

For deck building, then you can't go wrong with any one of these levels. However, the 894 Prolaser® Visi-Cross™ has the advantage of a pulse mode that works with a detector, making it easier to see in the bright light of outdoor work. It also features a longer range of up to 130' (40m).

894 Prolaser® Visi-Cross™ 894 Prolaser® Visi-Cross™

 

Drywall

When doing drywall layout and stud alignment, a point or dot laser is a great tool to help you get the precision you need and save you time. A dot laser projects a point at right angles and up and down that you can use to align studs, fixtures or tracks directly over a floor point. Kapro’s 896 Prolaser® 5-Dot is a great choice for drywall stud layout and framing applications.

After you have a true frame and made your drywall measurements, it’s time to cut. Kapro has developed a laser level that slides onto the edge of drywall sheets to mark the 90° line you'll need for (freeform) cutting. The 893 T-Laser™ is an affordable tool that clips on your belt or fits in a toolbox, and eliminates the need for repeat measurements or marks on the drywall. It's great for plywood and construction board as well.

896 Prolaser® 5-Dot 896 Prolaser® 5-Dot
893 T-Laser™ 893 T-Laser™

Distance measuring & estimates

Whether it's a remodeling job or a new construction, getting fast and accurate measurements for materials is vital. The palm-size Kaprometer K4 eliminates the need for a tape measure, calculator, ladder, or that extra person on the job to help with the measuring tool.

370 Kaprometer K4 370 Kaprometer K4

The highly accurate, long-range Kaprometer computes distance, area and volume instantly. Measuring inaccessible surfaces is fast and easy with the Indirect Measurement function, which uses Pythagorean Theorem to measure the third side of any triangle.

You can also find and store to memory the shortest distance between two surfaces with the Kaprometer's Continuous Measuring function.

 

DIY home improvements

If you're doing home improvements, the high-end laser tools on the market might not be worth the expense. Kapro has a great range of affordable and very simple to use laser levels for almost any job around the house. The 892 Prolaser® Plus, for instance, is an affordable professional cross laser with self-leveling capabilities and extreme accuracy.

For home decoration - hanging shelves, cabinets, pictures and mirrors, or aligning wallpaper, tiles or trim, the Prolaser® Set-a-Shelf is a fantastic tool.

814 Prolaser® Set-a-Shelf 814 Prolaser® Set-a-Shelf
The 810 Prolaser® Nail Gripper is great for less complicated jobs. Both shoot a single laser line when held against a flat surface. 814 Prolaser® Nail Gripper 814 Prolaser® Nail Gripper

 




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