previous
  • Remodeling in Action
    Remodeling in Action
  • All about Roofing
    All about Roofing
  • The Passive House Build
    The Passive House Build
  • Basement Remodeling Tips
    Basement Remodeling Tips
  • 7 Small Bathroom Layouts
    7 Small Bathroom Layouts
  • The Hobbit House and More
    The Hobbit House and More
  • Tips & Techniques for Painting
    Tips & Techniques for Painting
  • 9 Concrete Countertops Ideas
    9 Concrete Countertops Ideas
  • Shorten a Prehung Door
    Shorten a Prehung Door
  • Play the Inspector Game!
    Play the Inspector Game!
  • 7 Trim Carpentry Secrets
    7 Trim Carpentry Secrets
  • Deck Design & Construction
    Deck Design & Construction
  • Clever daily tip in your inbox
    Clever daily tip in your inbox
  • How to Install Housewrap Solo
    How to Install Housewrap Solo
  • Electrical Articles & Videos
    Electrical Articles & Videos
  • Read FHB on Your iPad
    Read FHB on Your iPad
  • Energy-Smart Details
    Energy-Smart Details
  • Magazine Departments
    Magazine Departments
  • 12 Remodeling Secrets
    12 Remodeling Secrets
  • 7 Smart Kitchen Solutions
    7 Smart Kitchen Solutions
  • Buyer's Guide to Insulation
    Buyer's Guide to Insulation
  • Master Carpenter Videos
    Master Carpenter Videos
  • Video: Build a curved step
    Video: Build a curved step
next
Pin It

Using a Builder’s Level

Find the high spots by comparing measurements taken at different points along the foundation

hvt044.jpg

Commonly though wrongly called a transit, a builder’s level rotates only horizontally (a transit rotates both horizontally and vertically). Jim Anderson, Littleton, Colorado, framing contractor and author, says that looking through the level is like looking through a rifle scope, crosshairs and all. Properly set up, the magnification is great enough to read a tape measure held 100 ft. or more away.

In this video, Jim demonstrates the proper way to set up the level and explains what the measurements signify.

For more on framing techniques, read Jim’s article, Mudsills: Where the Framing Meets the Foundation.


From Fine Homebuilding 157, pp. 63-67
September 1, 2003


Become a Fine Homebuilding Member

to view this video

Learn More