How to calibrate a laser level

Updated February 21, 2017

Laser levels are commonly used as a part of surveying in preparation of ground work or setting the location of floor joists in building projects. It is important when using a laser level that the level is calibrated correctly. A level that isn't calibrated can create inaccurate readings, which can cause the outcome of the project to be compromised. Laser level calibration can be completed in just a few minutes.

Place the level on top of the tripod and position the tripod at a distance of 32 feet from the marking pole.

Make a measurement from the tripod to the top mark on the marking pole and mark the measured point.

Turn the tripod so that the laser is pointed at another marking point at 180 degrees from the first marked measurement.

Move the tripod so that the laser is only 3 feet from the second marked measurement. Adjust the tripod so that the laser level is in line with the marked point.

Turn the tripod back around to face the first marked measurement. If the laser doesn't line up perfectly with the first mark then the degree of the level needs to be adjusted until the laser lines up with the first mark. Adjust the degree that the level is displayed at by turning the knob on the side of the laser until the laser lines up with the first measured mark

Things You'll Need

  • Laser level
  • Laser tripod
  • Marking pole
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Lynn Rademacher started writing in 2001, covering technology, family and finance topics. Her writing has appeared in "Unique Magazine" and the "Ortonville Independent," among other publications. Rademacher holds a Bachelor of Arts in mass communication from South Dakota State University.