How to Use a Laser Level for Indoor Tasks
by XiaoJuan Li on Sep 03, 2021
One of the best advantages of having a laser level in your toolbox is that it can be used for various tasks. Whether you’re involved in a major construction project or a simple DIY project, a laser level will surely come in handy. Another advantage of having a laser level is you can use it indoors and outdoors.
What’s great about using a laser level indoors is that you won’t have a problem finding the beam. Since there’s no sunlight affecting the visibility of beams indoors, you won’t have to use a laser detector to intercept the beam.
If you’re working on a home renovation project or simply beautifying your interiors, using a laser level can help you get the job done efficiently. Here are some indoor tasks in which a laser level can be used.
Using Laser Levels Indoors
Unless you want a Leaning Tower of Pisa style of installation, you should ensure that the frames or curtains you’re hanging are perfectly aligned. One does not need to be a perfectionist to be frustrated at crooked frames and curtains. While mounting objects on the wall seems easy, the task is far from simple. To make the job a whole lot easier, you can use any type of laser level. However, most people make use of line laser levels as these are enough to project visible, horizontal beams.
To hang a frame or curtain with a laser level, you have to determine the height of the top of the frame or curtain first. If you plan to install a curtain rod, you might want to measure around 4 inches above the window. After measuring the height, make a mark on the wall anywhere within the measurement.
Second, turn on your laser level. Adjust its laser so that the beam horizontally runs through the height you have marked on the wall.
Third, level your laser. Adjust its bubble if it is a manual laser level, or allow it to self-level if it’s an automatic self-leveling model. After leveling your laser level, secure it on the wall using suction cups or a mount.
If you’re hanging a frame, measure the distance between the top of the frame and its hanging mechanism. Mark this measurement on the wall using the projected beam as a reference line for the top of the frame. Then, drive a nail into the mark on the wall. Lastly, hang the frame and align its top with the laser beam.
If you’re hanging a curtain rod, the process will be simpler than hanging a frame. You only have to measure the width of the curtain rod. Finally, install the brackets at the ends of the width and along the projected beam.
For cabinet installation, a cross-line laser level can make the task quick and easy. This laser level can project a vertical line and a horizontal line at the same time. Because of this, you can use it for both transferring stud locations and aligning cabinets. Before using a laser level for cabinet installation, secure the laser level on a tripod a few inches away from the wall on which your cabinets will be placed.
Anyone who has ever installed kitchen cabinets understands how marking stud locations can be time-consuming. With a cross-line laser level, however, you can finish the task in no time. First, locate the studs using a stud finder. Then, mark their centers. After that, turn on your laser level and align its vertical beam so that it runs through the stud mark.
Next, measure the height of your kitchen cabinet, from top to bottom. Then, mark that measurement on the wall. Align the horizontal beam of your laser level across the marked bottom part of the kitchen cabinet. After that, mount a ledger or support rail below that bottom line and screw it into the stud marks.
Finally, align the horizontal beam of your laser so that it runs through the marked top of the kitchen cabinet. Place your cabinet on the ledger and align its top with the horizontal beam. You can then screw your cabinet into the stud.