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Spirit level raises real estate construction quality

Tool keeps framing, brickwork from going awry
Published on May 21, 2004

Level, meaning perfectly horizontal. Plumb, meaning perfectly vertical. These are two words you hear a lot in construction, and they're vital to a quality, finished product in everything from rough framing to fine finish work. A single tool – technically called a spirit level, better known simply as a level – is the workhorse in the industry for checking plumb and level, and a good spirit level belongs in every toolbox. THE BASICS When shopping for a level, you'll find several different styles, materials, lengths, features, and price ranges. Fortunately, levels are not terribly expensive and a good one will last you a lifetime with proper care. By the same token, a bad one will cause you no end of grief, so shop for quality. When choosing a level, the design and the material are two of the most important things to look for. At the low end, you'll find simple I-beam designs – they look like an "I" when viewed from the end – that are made of hard plastic. Bett...

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