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An Introduction to Levels


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A level is one of the contractor’s most important tools. A master craftsman can build a house with the utmost skill, but without a level the chair rail would be slanted or the door jamb askance. A contractor or do-it-yourselfer can only be as good as their level.
 
Levels are used to verify that horizontal surfaces are flat and true, and vertical surfaces plumb (straight up and down). A liquid-filled vial, called a spirit level, is still the most commonly used level in the industry, though many contractors are now using digital levels. When the bubble settles between the reading lines on the vial, the measuring surface is level or plumb. There are usually two vials, one for finding horizontal and one for finding plumb. Some longer levels often feature an extra plumb and/or horizontal vial, while some include a third vial set at a 45° angle.

Level manufacturers are on a constant quest for the most easy-to-read vial. The goal is to define the edges of the bubble through color contrast – making it easier to see. Kapro has developed the patented OPTIVISION™ feature, which creates a strong color definition around the spirit level's horizontal bubble, in stark contrast to the white vial background and clear liquid. The color contrast makes the bubble edges significantly easier to see, for fast and accurate placement between the vial's reading lines.

With the traditional spirit level design, one of the most important considerations is the visibility of the bubble between the vial lines. A direct and clear read of the vial is the only way to ensure the accuracy of the measurement. Kapro has developed and patented two innovative features that have dramatically increased the spirit level’s ease-of-use and readability:

  • Plumb Site® Dual-View™ vial feature, which offers a unique front view of the plumb vial to make vertical leveling easier and more exact.

  • OPTIVISION™ Red feature, which creates a strong color definition around the horizontal bubble, in stark contrast to the white vial background and clear liquid. The color contrast makes the bubble edges significantly easier to see.

Who needs to find perfect horizontal or vertical?

Levels are used in every building trade. Some examples are:

  • Carpenters - framing, cabinet making, kitchen construction, doorjambs/door assembly, roof rafter construction, and deck building
  • General contractors  - building plumb walls and level foundations
  • Masons and tilers - working with ceramic tile, concrete floors, bathrooms, or patios
  • Plumbers and electricians - use levels on pipe and conduit.

Levels are invaluable for anyone who requires an accurate reference of either plumb or level in any situation (i.e. machine placement, picture hanging, work-surface calibration, etc.). 
Kapro makes a full line of levels so that the contractor or do-it-yourselfer can match the best tool to the job at hand.

 

Types of Levels:



Box levels

Box levels are best suited for light to medium duty applications. They are called "box levels" because of their unique design. If you cut a box level in half, you will see that the cutaway view yields several "box sections." Box levels are some of the most versatile and accurate levels available.

Kapro’s 990 Zeus is considered the best level on earth. Its box level design includes two bridges over the horizontal vial, giving it added strength and a continuous marking line along the entire profile of the level.

990 Zeus™ 990 VISION
990 Zeus™


Cast levels

Cast levels are best suited for heavy-duty applications. Their bodies are made of cast aluminum, so they are built to take abuse and still give a high level of accuracy.

920 Shark® Mason's Level
920 Shark® Mason's Level


I-Beam levels

I-Beam levels are best suited for light to medium duty applications. They are called "I-beam levels" because of their unique shape. If you cut an I-beam level in half, the profile will look like an "I".

170 Samson™ I-Beam Level
170 Samson™ I-Beam Level


Torpedo levels

Torpedo levels, often called "Toolbox" levels, are well suited for light and heavy-duty applications alike. Because of their smaller size, they fit easily into toolboxes, drawers and pockets.

227 Toolbox Level
227 Toolbox Level 9" (23cm)


Post and pipe levels

Post and pipe levels are designed for leveling corners, posts and pipes. When the placement of a support post or wall corner is vital, a post level is what you need. If you're working on pipes or conduit, round clip-on pipe levels are the tool of choice.

340 Postrite® Folding Post Level
340 Postrite® Folding Post Level


Gradient Levels

Gradient levels are designed for measuring slopes and angles. Gradient levels are essentially modified box levels with slope measuring components.

105 Topgrade™
105 Topgrade™



Kapro also offers a mason’s cast level and box level with the patented OPTIVISION™ feature that includes gradient lines on the horizontal vial for leveling slopes.

930 Smartcast with Optivision™ Red
905 Condor with Optivision™ Red

905 Condor with Optivision™ Red
930 Smartcast with OPTIVISION™ Red


Digital Levels

Digital levels are ideal for a conveniently fast and accurate measurement of inclines. The digital displays are easy to read and exceptionally accurate, ideal for setting and transferring angle measurements, as well as finding level and plumb.

985D Digiman® Digital Level
985D Digiman® Digital Level


Construction Site Levels or screeds

Screeds are best suited for rough leveling on large-scale projects.

153-32 Screed Level
153-32 Screed Level



An Introduction to levels
How to choose a level
Checking a level’s accuracy
Kapro’s level range
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