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DIY: How to Use a Laser Level Like a Pro

DIY: How to Use a Laser Level Like a Pro


*Disclaimer: This tool should be kept out of the reach of children.

Keeping a new DIY project on the level has never been easier with a laser level. These hi-tech devices emit a perfectly straight light to help you hang shelves, pictures, mirrors and much more. Before you jump into your next project, check out these tips on how to make the most of this helpful tool.

What You'll Need:

how to use a laser level

Step 1: Pick a Spot on the Wall

Decide on the height and placement of where you want to hang your item. A tape measure can come in handy to find the center of a large space. With a pencil, make a light mark on the wall of where you want the item to go. Using a hammer, gently tap the hook, nail or picture hanger into the mark on the wall until secure.

Step 2: Put on Safety Glasses

Before turning on the laser, put on your safety glasses. Never look directly into the laser beam and make sure the level is kept out of the reach of children while you’re working.

Step 3: Align the Laser Level

Turn on the laser level, and align the laser beam across the top of the frame or shelf. Mount the level by using a tripod, stable piece of furniture or securing it to the wall with suction cups or wall putty.

Step 4: Make Sure the Level is Level

Locate the leveling bubble and ensure that the bubble rests between the two black lines. To adjust the bubble, manually reposition the level or use the positioning knob until centered.

Step 5: Plan Out Your Spacing

When hanging more than one picture or shelf, use the tape measure to evenly space out where you want each thing to hang. Following along the laser line, make a mark on the wall with your pencil where the hole should go.

Step 6: Check Your Work

Once your item is securely hanging on the wall, take a few steps back and double check that everything is perfectly level with the laser beam. Adjust the item if necessary.