I'm installing a drop ceiling in my basement using a 3' level. I've done it twice now and both times the lines don't line up. I draw a level line, line up my level with that line and repeat this process as I circle the room. Any suggestions? BTW, I'm doing this by myself.
Nov 26, 2013, 04:03 PM
You're doing it the hard and inaccurate way. Google "how to make a water level "I'm telling you to do a search because telling you how to do it would take more time than I am willing to devote to it But a water level works on the principle that water seeks its own level and a simple tool will find the level you need. Using the tool, you can find a level line anywhere on the wall and measure up to the point that you want the ceiling to be. That way you don't need to work off a ladder Another method is to use a laser level, but that's more expensive
Nov 26, 2013, 04:08 PM
Or.....Announce at work, or in emails or facebook that you would like to borrow a laser level for this project. Offer to share a pizza dinner with someone who has one and can help you use it?
Nov 26, 2013, 04:19 PM
I'm with Conrad - if you can get your hands on a laser level you'll not say $$*@ any more. Two minutes and you have a perfect line all around the room.
The reason your 3' level doesn't work is that a bubble level like that can be slightly inaccurate. Over the length of the perimeter of a room you could easily be off by a couple of inches.
And if you really want to cheat but make it easy take a look at your existing ceiling or ceiling framing. Does it show level with your 3' level? If so, then just take a drop measurement from the ceiling down to the line of your drop ceiling at each corner of the room. Make a mark there and connect with a chalk line.
Nov 26, 2013, 05:11 PM
Unfortunately no one I know owns a laser level. What seemed to work well was measuring up from the floor and marking that spot, repeat that process at another point and use a chalk line between the two points. Thanks for the suggestions.
Nov 26, 2013, 05:42 PM
ahhh, but is the floor really level and true?
that's why a laser level is now the go-to tool for this. many are not.
you can scarf one that will do well enough in the $50-60 range. center the bubble level on top, start it spinning, and the job is almost done for you.
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Nov 26, 2013, 06:03 PM
Actually if you did put the word out to relatives, neighbors and others...you might be really surprised at who has one or has access to one (by knowing someone with one). It is one of those tools that is seldom used, but is so darn handy. I would still not easily negate the option of finding one to borrow.
Nov 27, 2013, 07:37 AM
Since you have an idea of what you are striving for by attaching screws in the corners and stretching a taut twine by trial & error you may level up all your lines. Sounds like it may take time but you will always see the results good or bad every time you walk into the room. A helper is a must with this old fashioned method....This message has been edited. Last edited by: CommonwealthSparky,
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Nov 27, 2013, 09:30 AM
You could get somewhat better results with a longer level or by using a 2x4 steel stud to extend your 3' level. The steel studs tend to be truer than a wooden one and are pretty light and cheap to buy.
Any advice given here is general in nature and is not necessarily valid for your given area. If in doubt check with your local codes enforcement department for what is required when doing electrical, plumbing or structural work on your house. Permits may or may not be required in your area and home owners may not be able to DIY some tasks. I have no way of knowing if you have the skills needed to complete the tasks you are asking about, when in doubt seek professional assistance.
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