As it turns out, I’ve been doing things the hard way for wayyy to long : ) We recently moved into our new home and I finally got the chance to start hanging up some of our old pictures, framed achievements, and so on. Believe it or not but I have a freakishly good eye for hanging pictures on a nice even lay-out without the need of a tape measure or level. However, even I miss the mark occasionally. : ) Fortunately, I have just the tool for such work; it’s the Cross-Line Laser Level from Bosch.
Since the Bosch name has been associated with quality tooling for years, I expected good things from this cross line laser level right out of the box. So far, it’s lived up. After unboxing it, I clamped the laser level to my camera tripod so I could easily adjust the height I was aiming for. The mount on this laser level is pretty clever.
The mount works a lot like the modern “RAM” mounts in that it basically has two spheres that are joined together through a compression link. This allows for loads of adjustability in nearly any direction you want. That sphere and link assembly is permanently attached to an adjustable C-clamp that will grab onto anything from a 1/2” to a 2-1/2” piece of material.
Although I clamped this unit to the tripod, I later realized the laser body itself features a standard 1/4-20 female thread on the bottom side which jives with all of my current camera mount gear. Total win! Nonetheless, a camera tripod is not always around so I am sure I will make more use out of this clever clamp assembly.
So how about the actual laser level portion? As far as I can tell it works flawlessly. It has a one button design to turn the unit on and to choose the operating mode between horizontal, vertical, or cross line. There is also a handy pendulum lock which keeps the leveling pendulum from banging around during transport.
This unit is accurate within +/- 3/16” at 30’. I’ve yet to push that tolerance but definitely see myself getting close once I start installing cabinets in my new shop I’m building. The laser worked best indoors. I attempted to use it recently when setting up a foundation for a small building and was unsuccessful simply due to the bright light outside. The sunlight washed out the laser line making it very difficult to see clearly.
As you can see, the laser is very vibrant when casted on finished drywall. Before mounting these diplomas, I simply pointed the laser at the wall, adjusted my tripod to height, then used the vertical line to establish my separation distance. Now that I’ve used this clever tool, I will definitely be reaching for it the next time I have a need for a solid horizontal or vertical reference.
This laser level would be ideal in a large variety of creator’s tool boxes. Cabinet makers, carpenters, tile installers, and general DIY’ers like myself could all benefit from its ease of use and versatility.
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