How to use a laser level outside

Written by marshal m. rosenthal
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Laser levels have revolutionised the way readings are taken on construction jobs and do-it-yourself at-home projects. This is because laser light provides for an infallibly straight beam. The only downside to a laser level is when using it outdoors because then the laser light becomes difficult to see or even completely invisible to the eye. Using a laser receiver is the most effective method for reading a laser level outside. Several different models are available that all work in the same fashion, regardless of the make or the type of laser level.

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Things you need

  • Laser receiver
  • Red enhancement goggles

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  1. 1

    Put on the red enhancement goggles. Put the laser level onto a tripod. Turn on the laser level and aim it at the outside wall where you want to take a reading. Lock the laser level down into position.

  2. 2

    Place the laser receiver on the outside wall using the built-in magnet or onto a tripod placed against the wall if there is no built-in magnet.

  3. 3

    Move the laser receiver around slowly until it catches the laser light and lights up a small LED on the laser receiver. Lock the laser receiver down into position.

  4. 4

    Read the light from the laser level that is striking the laser receiver and make alignment and elevation settings on the laser receiver as needed.

Tips and warnings

  • Always carry spare batteries for the laser level.
  • Never look into the beam of a laser level or point it at anyone's eyes.

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