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How to Read a Spirit Level

Jun 06, 2018

Locate the bottom edge of the level. This rests against the surface you're trying to level.

Some models feature magnetic edges, which "stick"to metal surfaces for ease of use.

Inspect the body of the level and check for grabbing points where you won't block the vials with your hand(s).

Most levels feature a punched hole on at least one end for hanging above your workbench.

The tube vial in the center of the level helps you find the true horizontal.

Tube vials on the ends finds the true vertical.

On many torpedo levels and other specialized levels, there is an angled tube vial to find level at 45°.

If your spirit level features an electronic display, consule our guide on how to use a digital electronic level.

Our factory model 701101 can help you read it well.

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