Every now and again, you might find yourself in a situation when your trusty laser level falls a bit short. This is when a tripod stand will come in handy.
Most laser levels come standard with a tripod, but some do not. Fortunately, most laser level devices are equipped with a mount thread that will fit onto most universal tripods available on the market. It might be a good idea to assess the type of project you will be working on before going out and buying a laser level. This way, you’ll know if a tripod is necessary or not before you go throwing money in the water.
Another important thing to look at is the type of laser level you need to complete the job. Will you be using a rotary, line, or dot laser level? This will largely influence the type of tripod you need to purchase.
Adjustable leg Tripods
This is the most commonly used type of tripod on the market today. Each of the three legs is adjustable, making it easy to set up over uneven terrain. Having control over each leg separately makes working on a slope or steep incline possible, while its retractable legs make transporting and storage a breeze. The three legs also make for a much more stable mount for your laser level, especially in very windy outdoor conditions.
Fixed leg Tripods
Fixed leg tripods are slowly becoming less popular due to the limited features they have to offer. Unlike the adjustable leg tripods, which can adjust each of their legs, the fixed tripods legs remain the same length and are not retractable.
A fixed tripod will only be able to perform on an already level surface which might mean having to purchase a second adjustable leg tripod to complete your task. If your surfaces are level all the way, then that’s great. But, if you run into uneven or slanted ground, you’re going to have a few problems. It might be worth your while to consider whether this is the right tripod for you.
How to use a Laser Level with a Tripod
Follow these easy steps to use your laser level with a tripod:
- Mount your laser level onto the already set up tripod
- Self-leveling laser levels are best for tripod use, but you can calibrate your laser level using a standard spirit level to make sure it is level.
- Turn the laser on and direct the beam onto the surface you need to level.
- Once you have completed your task, you can turn your laser level off and dismount it from the tripod.
- Other Important Specs
A tripod is made up of three general components. The first and most obvious are the legs of the tripod, which can be either wood, steel aluminum, or fiberglass. Wood or fiberglasses are less sensitive to temperature change, making them more accurate.
The points of the tripod provide the tripod with stability once your laser has been mounted. For outside jobs, the metal points are essential but can be removed when working indoors to not damage wood or tile floors. There are tripods on the market with a rubber point for this reason.
Lastly, there are three different types of tripod heads; Flat head, Dome head and Threaded Base. The laser level tool you’re using will be an indication of the type of tripod head you’ll need. A flat head tripod is the most universal head on the market, but please be sure before purchasing your tripod.
A tripod can greatly improve your laser level applications. We recommend purchasing a good quality wood or fiber glass adjustable tripod right off of the bat so that you can easily master those slippery slopes.