Construction & Surveying Lasers FAQs
What type of surveying jobs use surveying lasers?
We know that leveling is an essential component of your surveying job. If your level is off, it could ruin the integrity of your entire project. That is why it’s important to choose the right tool for the job. Laser levels point or rotate to create an easily visible reference point in the form of a beam of light. Some levels can even project a line or plane. Surveying lasers can be used for both indoor and outdoor construction projects. However, these tools are especially useful for leveling across large areas, making them ideal for larger work areas. Especially when multiple people are working on the same construction project, this level ensures accuracy and reliability.
How do you use a laser level?
Different laser levels work differently, but each laser level comprises two basic parts: the laser and the mount or base. First, you must adjust the base to project your line across the required height. If your level is manual, make sure the bubble vials show level. Next, simply turn on the laser level. If the level is self-leveling, give it a moment to level itself. Once the level projects the laser, you should be able to see it. If you are working outdoors, you may need a laser detector to determine where the projection is. If this is the case, connect the detector to the measuring rod and secure the detector to the rod to mark your measurements.
How does a laser level work?
A laser level consists of a laser beam projector that allows you to easily and accurately measure straight lines in your construction project. Some, typically more advanced laser levels, can be mounted on a tripod. The level emits a beam of light that may be used as a visual reference point. It is much simpler and more effective than traditional levels, as it can be used across larger distances. Some levels have different leveling mechanisms. Manual laser levels work in a traditional way, meaning the user has to line up a bubble inside a vial by re-positioning the level. Most electronic levels use a pendulum and magnets plus electronic sensors to ensure accuracy. These components typically work on their own.
How do you calibrate a rotary laser level?
First, set up the level at least 100 feet from your target. Adjust the tripod, making sure the legs are flat on the ground. If you haven’t already done so, affix the rotary level on top of the tripod. Next, turn your laser level toward the target. Then, turn on the laser level and walk to your target, bringing your laser detector with you. Mark your first target using the marking notch. Go back and rotate the laser at 180 degrees. Then, repeat the same process. Rotate the laser again, this time at 90 degrees. Repeat the previous process. This practice should calibrate your rotary laser level to ensure an accurate reading on the target. If not, reassess and re-adjust as needed.