Monday, January 10, 2011

Product Review - Laser Level

When Red and I installed my new kitchen shelving this past September, ( ) I purchased a Ryobi laser level.  It was a small hand held model, self levelling, that could be mounted on a tripod or adhered with a suction cup to a vertical surface, and it sold for $49.  It worked like a champ -- I was very pleased.

I was pleased, that is, until I took it out for my living room cedar picket project.  The suction portion worked, but the red laser was a no go.  We tried new batteries, but alas, dead.  A trip to Home Depot got me a speedy refund, and I purchased a different type of lasel level:

This one is by Johnson, and it came with it's own hard cover carrying case, tripod, batteries and -- you'll be jealous -- red tinted glasses.  It's a manual (you have to level it) rotary level, so it will give you a single dot or a solid line -- horizontal or vertical.  It sells for $69.00.  So far, so good.  It worked well for the project, and although it felt a little cheap when it rotated, it did the job nicely. 

I liked the Ryobi model better, but obviously it needed to work for a longer period of time than it did.  I guess the real test will come when I pull it out for the next project...!

1 comment:

The Daily Rant said...

Hey there! Thanks for stopping by and commenting. How fun to take a road trip with a girl friend - I've been wanting to do that for so long with my best friend.

Just to be clear, the "hard wood flooring" in our truck is actually vinyl that LOOKS like hardwood. They lay it on top of actual wood, so when you step on it or tap it with your food, it kinda sounds real - has a very sturdy feel to it. It's very deceiving, but easy to clean. :)

If you ever see us on the road, be sure to come up and say hello! And be safe on your road trips. By the way...I like your blog...VERY cool to be retoring an old home. Don't know that I'd have the dedication or patience to do it, but I love watching the progress of others who do!