Laser technology has revolutionized nearly every industry in today’s market. From healthcare to entertainment to the military and beyond, lasers are being utilized daily in order to produce results that are beyond reproach. And nowhere is this need more imperative than in construction. Builder’s levels that use laser technology have transformed our industry. Thanks to cutting edge laser technology, today’s levels such as the DeWalt laser level are capable of accomplishing any task’s ultimate conclusion with smooth clarity throughout every step of its process.
Laser levels are not simply a cut above yesterday’s levels; each measurement, every individual use of your DeWalt laser level becomes a critical means to an end. Of course, as a builder, you know that a level is only as good as its calibration. Precise calibration of your DeWalt laser level is not just important; it is a vital tool in achieving absolute precision of the measurements set forth in your project’s blueprints.
Why is calibration of my DeWalt laser level so important?
Calibration of your DeWalt laser level is not simply important; it is critical. Otherwise, there is no point in using a level, correct? A level must be, well, level in order for it to ensure precision, accuracy, and uniformity throughout your project. Imprecise calibration can result in imprecise measurements, resulting in faulty construction in any number of areas throughout implementation of your plans. Whether you are undertaking to build a small backyard shed, or tiling a kitchen floor, or constructing an impressive city high-rise, level and precise measurements at each stage of your project are vital to its sound results.
One inaccurate measurement in any part of the process could end up causing you to rip out an entire day’s work or worse. And if you do not catch the mistake until later in the project, your reputation could be the victim. Inaccurate calibration of your DeWalt laser level can cost you money, your good name in the industry, and your career.
What can happen if I do not calibrate my level?
You already know that when you calibrate a level and the result is a fail, what you end up with is an out-of-tolerance situation. In other words, during calibration some of the calibration points failed to meet the required level of tolerance, resulting, of course, in a failed calibration. But what does that mean for you and your business?
Imagine catching a mistake days or weeks into your project. Fixing your error – or errors – due to faulty calibration of your level can cost a tremendous amount of money and time, for both you and your crew. And there is a client who, most definitely, will never hire you again. Word of mouth is a vital tool for your business. With today’s online resource reviews such as Yelp and Angie’s List, word of your bungled project will spread. Your projects and your reputation are too important. From a design standpoint, imprecise measurements can produce distortions within the blueprints. From a construction standpoint, imprecise measurements can produce distortions within the very construction of your project. Do not take a chance working with an incorrectly calibrated level.
How do I calibrate my DeWalt laser level?
When you purchase a new DeWalt laser level, it is important to know that the shipping and handling it undergoes on its way to you can negatively impact proper calibration. In order to ensure its precise calibration, follow these step-by-step instructions:
First, it is important to find a room that is large enough to perform the calibration. Make sure the room you have chosen to achieve proper calibration of your DeWalt laser level is large enough to work comfortably. Your laser level must be kept from 20 to 50 feet from the wall.
Set up your level on a tripod or plane surface.
Check the model of your DeWalt laser level. Is it manufactured with X and Y coordinates? If so, aim the X coordinate to the wall. Now turn on the laser beam.
Use a pencil to mark a line precisely where that laser beam hits the wall. If your DeWalt laser level does not have X/Y coordinates, draw a vertical line on the wall, then mark the exact point where the laser beam hits.
Next, rotate your laser level 180°. Now mark the point where the beam hits. It is important to note that different models specify different tolerance levels.
Compare the two marks you made. This is where you decipher whether the difference is within the mentioned range or not. The ranges typically differ from 1/10” to 1/16”.
Next, rotate the laser level 90° in order to aim the Y axis point at the wall.
Mark the line while the laser beam is hitting the wall.
Rotate the level 180° and mark another line with your pencil.
Check the difference to determine if the vertical distance is within the range. If any of the axis fails to show intended result, you may need to have your DeWalt laser level properly calibrated at a DeWalt service or DeWalt calibration center.
Caution: Be sure to carefully read your instruction manual in order to identify the allowable error.
Did this work? If your DeWalt laser level is still out-of-tolerance, your best bet likely will be to have your laser level calibrated by a DeWalt service center. In order to identify a DeWalt service center near you, check the DeWalt official website at https://www.dewalt.com and scroll to the bottom of the page to click on ‘Find a Service Center.’ Type in your zip code or city and state to find a service center near you. When you take your DeWalt laser level to the service center and speak with a representative about having it properly calibrated, your level will be sent to a calibration center.
Be sure to check your warranty to see what services are included. If there are no DeWalt service centers close enough to you, contact a DeWalt calibration service center directly and talk to a representative to learn how they want you to ship it to them for calibration service.
What skills do I need to calibrate my DeWalt laser level?
If you have the skills necessary to work in the construction industry, you should have the skills necessary to calibrate a DeWalt laser level yourself. However, if you feel you do not have the necessary skills, or what can be much more likely, you just do not have the time to undertake the task yourself, a DeWalt service center in your area can perform the proper calibration of your DeWalt laser level.
Are there any challenges I will need to overcome in calibrating my DeWalt laser level?
The challenges you may face in calibrating your DeWalt laser level really depend upon your own calibration skill level. Unfortunately, many shop owners and contractors see calibrating a level as a bothersome task they can either put off until tomorrow, or avoid altogether. These professionals are very familiar, however, with that out-of-tolerance situation mentioned earlier. To avoid disasters in your business, you must be able to rely on the proper calibration of your level.
Must I calibrate my level myself?
As mentioned above, a DeWalt service center near you can calibrate/recalibrate your DeWalt laser level. Visit the DeWalt official website at https://www.dewalt.com and check the locator at the bottom of the page to find a service center near you. You will need to take it to the service center and speak with a representative about having it properly calibrated. The service center will ship it to a calibration center, or you can ship it yourself to a calibration center if there is no service center near you. Check the DeWalt official website for contact information.
What factors can influence calibration of my DeWalt laser level?
This is an important question to know the answer to, particularly if your DeWalt laser level can be found in some rough conditions. Naturally, for most of us working in the construction industry, rough conditions are a necessary animal. Many jobs sites will have heavy machinery and inclement weather conditions that can all conspire against a laser level. Additionally, the means of transport used to carry your DeWalt laser level from one job site to another, or from a job site to your shop or home, also can cause faulty calibrations. Be sure to tote your laser level in any encasement it came in – this will help to ensure calibration integrity is maintained.
How often should I have my DeWalt laser level recalibrated?
Just because your level was properly calibrated the last time you used it, does not mean it is correct today. As has already been established, many factors can negatively impact the calibration of your laser level. Believe it or not, even an erratic shaft of sunlight can affect its calibration. And you already know that the elements, such as high winds or rain, can change calibration. Poor handling, improper storage, and dropping the level can also affect it. Additionally, just normal wear and tear can cause its calibration to be off the mark. For these reasons, it is important to have your DeWalt laser level recalibrated periodically.
A good rule of thumb for recalibration of your laser level is to get on a routine timetable for doing so. Test it on a regular basis to make sure it is correct. Or, if you have decided to have a service center do it, having it checked and, if necessary, recalibrated every six to 12 months is a good idea in order to avoid potential disastrous results from an improper calibration.
Safety precautions for using laser levels
As with all tools used in the construction industry, safety is paramount. Because the laser beams used in your laser level can be hazardous, be sure to follow these precautions:
Eye safety: Always use safety goggles while working with a laser level. Additionally, do not ever point the beam directly toward the eye.
Child safety: If using in an area near young children, be sure to keep the laser level a far enough distance away to ensure their safety. Additionally, do not ever leave the device unattended where little children can handle it.
Fire safety: Do not use your laser level near gases or flammable liquids.
Every construction project you undertake is your baby. You treat it with utmost care to ensure goals are met with precision and artistry. But if your level is not properly calibrated, every step of the process becomes one more inexact cog in an imperfect wheel that, in the end, never turns. After all that hard work, all your rigorous attention to the minutest of details, you cannot afford to have one small measurement off its true mark. Using the above steps to calibrate your DeWalt laser level, each and every construction project you launch can be a success.