Video:How to Choose and Use a Levelwith Steve Crider
Unless you like crooked shelves and pictures, a level is a must-have for any toolbox. Learn how to use a basic household level to achieve professional results on your do-it-yourself projects.See Transcript
Transcript:How to Choose and Use a LevelHey, Steve Crider here for About.com Home and Garden. Maybe the two most important words in the construction dictionary are plumb and level. Without those two words the whole world my look something like this.
Definition of Plumb and LevelPlumb simply means up and down or perfectly vertical. Level on the other hand means perfectly horizontal or side to side. You check these two measurements with a plumb stick, otherwise known as a level.
Choosing a LevelLevels come in all shapes and sizes. It seems like there is almost a different level for every job. A good all purpose level to have around the house is a 24 inch or two foot level. A two-foot level is perfect for household just like leveling a shelf, plumbing a window jamb or installing mini blinds. The trick is learning how to use the tool.
How to Read a LevelReading a level is a simple concept. What you want to do is adjust your work until you get that bubble centered between the two lines. Out of level. Perfectly level. Level and Plumb. Simple concepts, but knowing how to use a level can get you professional results on your do-it-yourself projects just like on this shelf.
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