Swivel Adaptor for Laser Level

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 12-14-2014 09:40 PM 2471 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a level I need for making a deck in Arizona. I need to level along a lot of irregular surfaces and this will do it better than the string I usually use. I bought this level years ago and always wanted to have it leveled and then swivel. I had a lot of ideas and even was going to make a 3 plate set up for real fine adjustments but first I tried this on my camera stand which has adjustment in 2 directions. It worked out good and I checked the line on the wall with a level and it was right on. Once I level it in two directions. I can spin the level around for 360 degree coverage.

I first mounted a bearing to the bottom of the level for smooth swiveling. Then I bored out a hole for the bearing in a piece of 1” thick jarrah and put in a brass bushing with a 1/4-20- thread like in the bottom of a camera. I added 2 knock out holes in case I ever wanted to remove the bearing. I put it on the tripod and it works real slick. It will be packed off to Az.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 12-14-2014 10:31 PM

I have issues with some of the levels available, even antique levels.
If I want a truly accurate level I will use a water level.
This is where you use a piece of clear tube, fill it nearly full, hold one end to a wall and have someone hold the other end to the wall a distance away. Mark on the wall where the level of the water is in the tube on each end then check it with your laser. If they match, the laser is accurate. If not, work on it some more!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#2 posted 12-14-2014 11:06 PM

Looks good, Jim… Sounds like you’re getting ready to migrate to AZ for the winter! :) ?

Dallas, does that Tube go all the way across the room to the other end? Not sure how you’re orienting the tube… What if the tube bends as a result of the water weight?
What size of tubing do you use?

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#3 posted 12-14-2014 11:18 PM

Hi Dallas, I used one of those when I put in my pool years ago. They are very accurate because water always seeks its own level . This one will do what I need for laying out the deck height everywhere.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 12-14-2014 11:44 PM

Good idea Jim. Should make things easier. Those eyes just ain’t what they use to be….

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#5 posted 12-14-2014 11:58 PM

Nice solution! That looks like it will be a lot of fun to use.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#6 posted 12-15-2014 12:10 AM

Joe, it doesn’t matter what size and how far apart the tube is. Just remember, water always finds it’s own level and crap doesn’t flow uphill.
The tube only needs to be clear and cannot be full.
A full tube will always leak until it reaches a level with the lower side.

Water levels have been used since before the pyramids were built. You cannot get much more accurate because just about everywhere you go, you will find it reads the same way.

BTW, The egytpians didn’t use clear plastic tube, they used gut or leather made waterproof. They filled the tube until if overflowed and watched it until it stopped. Dropping the high end would bring the water to the top of each side and where ever that was was completely level.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#7 posted 12-15-2014 12:40 AM

Jim, You havim really good thinker hat. It’s really great to have the tools to make these mods.

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#8 posted 12-15-2014 03:06 AM

Nice solution Jim .
Being able to make it out wood and metal sure makes it look professional .


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#9 posted 12-15-2014 03:49 AM

Very useful, I like home made tools.

-- "The Cedar King"

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#10 posted 12-15-2014 11:24 AM

Great idea Jim, you never cease to amaze me with your wonderful ideas.
The level that I bought when we moved back to Kalbarri has a swivel base, so I didn’t need to do what you have done.
Thanks for sharing this.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#11 posted 12-15-2014 03:29 PM

Well done Jim. I used the hose level when I built my basement in our old house and that worked fine, but I think it must be a lot easier with the laser and your use of the camera tripod was very good. How do you make sure that the tripod is perfectly level before you use it, or can the leveling be done on the laser instrument itself?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 12-15-2014 07:13 PM

That’ll get the job done mate, well done, BTW you are allowed to have a day of now n then :)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#13 posted 12-15-2014 11:58 PM

Thank you all for the nice comments.It is a crude adjustment but If I can hti level in 2 directions, the swiveling does not disturb the set up all all and it just might work!!

Hi Jim. I modify almost everything to make it work better!

Hi Pete. I don’t get many days off. Only if I’m sick which is not too often.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#14 posted 12-16-2014 01:06 AM

Wow!!!! Amazing Project!!!!!!



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#15 posted 12-17-2014 01:52 PM

Makes perfect sense to me. Gr8 invention. You should patent this one

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