One of the most important tools for any home improvement project is your laser level. It can help you get everything straight and level, and it’s a lot more accurate than just eyeballing it. This article will show you how to use a pipe laser level with some step-by-step instructions, so read on if you want to learn more about this useful tool!
What Is Pipe Laser Level?
A pipe laser level is a device used to transport liquid or gas through pipes. Laser levels are powered by electricity, batteries, compressed air, or hydraulic fluid.
Types of Pipe Laser Levels
There are two types of pipe laser levels: standalone and portable. Both have a receiver, transmitter and reflector that make up the system. The parts work together to provide accurate measurements both horizontally and vertically from one point to another.
Most manufacturers recommend using only their branded lasers for best results with certain detectors or receivers designed specifically for them alone.
Standalone units can be mounted on top of an existing structure but they don’t produce readings while in motion because it requires multiple reflective surfaces along its path, which is difficult when pipes stretch across long distances such as highways or railways.
Portable models measure accurately at any position within the pipe during movement without needing extra equipment like tripod stands or tripods.
Pipe Laser Level Uses
Laser levels are used primarily in the utility and construction industries to determine whether a pipe is level or plumb and other positions such as angles for machine parts and equipment settings.
It can also be used before welding pipes together without having to physically measure each one separately. Pipe laser levels provide an accurate guide that can reduce downtime caused by inefficient processes which result from inadequate measuring tools.
Portable models work best for rugged conditions like those found on oil rigs because they don’t require extra support stands or poles when moving along pipelines over uneven terrain and their beams of light travel through foggy air with less interference than lasers mounted onto stationary structures.
How To Use A Pipe Laser Level
To use a pipe laser level, here are the steps:
Step 1: Mark and measure the first point
Mark and then take measurements of where you want to start your laser level so that it’s aligned with the centerline of the pipe. For example, if you are doing a horizontal job, such as installing cabinets or shelves along one wall in a room, this will be the front corner closest to where both walls meet at 90 degrees.
Use a permanent marker for PVC pipes or spray paint on metal ones. Make sure no materials get in between the receiver sensor and transmitter lens when marking points because this can lead to inaccurate readings.
If possible, use two different colors, so there is less chance of mixing them up during installation.
Step 2: Set up station number two to align pipe levels
Place the laser level at station number two and make sure that it points toward point one you marked earlier. Make any fine adjustments to ensure accuracy before locking down the system in place.
Step 3 Install pipe as instructed by installation manual.
Install your pipe according to manufacturer specifications from points one through whatever, then lock into place using a torque wrench or ratchet up until it reaches recommended tension for both metals and PVC pipes.
Double-check measurements along the way against steel tape measures, leveling blocks, or bubble levels on flat surfaces such as walls within rooms where ceilings are inaccessible because this is where you will be hanging wall art later after installing shelves. Keep an eye out for uneven spots caused by rocks or dips in foundations that could throw off your laser level readings.
Make sure to test the system after installation is complete by rotating the pipe or moving it up and down slowly, watching for any changes in distance between points one through whatever on both the transmitter lens of station number three and receiver sensor at point two.
Pipe Laser Level Maintenance
Maintaining a pipe laser level involves keeping dust, dirt, moisture, or condensation from getting into its components which can cause corrosion that leads to rusting over time.
Even if you use it only once every few months, this can still happen unless precautions are taken, such as storing it inside an airtight container where no water vapor gets near electronic parts because even small amounts of moisture entering them eventually lead to circuitry damage requiring replacement.
Consider buying a case with foam inserts that won’t let water in through any gaps if you are transporting it often. Keep track of your warranty expiration date to ensure that you can still get parts replaced if they break for free or at little cost before taking advantage of the lifetime service agreement offered by some companies.
Pipe laser levels are easy to use and can save you time, money, and headaches over the long run by providing more accurate results than other methods of leveling, which require guesswork using only your eyesight.
You can check our next post about reusing PVC pipe fittings and how to solder copper pipes in tight places if you need more information before getting started with your next home improvement project.