“ Brand: B&Q / Product Type: Hand Level „
I am not one for DIY - my husband usually takes care of all the jobs around the house but one thing I have a bit of an obsession with is ensuring things are level. I check items whenever I think they're not looking quite right and I also love to move our pictures around the house constantly and like to check that they're hanging straight - I can never tell by eye alone. As it's only used for small jobs in our house, we never saw the point of paying much for a spirit level - choosing this one from the B and Q value range, which currently costs £2.98 online and in store. It is a torpedo level that can be used to check three different planes, horizontally (level), vertically (plumb) and diagonally (45 degrees).
The torpedo level comes in what I'd describe as B and Q's advertising colours - the colours that essentially represent them, being bright orange and dark grey. The colours don't bother me all that much, but ideally I would have preferred it to be in more discreet colours if I had a choice. It isn't as heavy duty as other (more expensive) ones I've seen, being made of plastic, but the concept is exactly the same and for small jobs like ours it works perfectly. The plastic is also pretty strong as we've owned ours for a few years and it still looks good as new. The torpedo level is about 22cm long so it's not that big either making it easy to keep in our tool box. There is a hole at one end of the plastic frame and I've never been entirely sure of what it's there for - all I can think of is that it could be used to hang the spirit level up in the garage if preferred?
It is very simple to use for checking things are horizontal - as with all others, it just needs to be placed on top of the item that you wish to check. In the grey part there are three tubes (the technical term is apparently vials) filled with a very light green liquid that moves. Each of the tubes has two lines towards the centre that are around 1.5cm apart. For checking things are perfectly horizontal, the middle tube is the one to look out for, When the liquid settles in it, a bubble appears and to ensure that the object is straight, all you need to check is that the bubble falls exactly between the two lines on the tube. If not, the item can be adjusted slightly until the bubble falls exactly in the centre of the lines - once it does, then you know the item is where you want it to be. The middle tube is the only one I use - I've never needed to use the others although they work in a similar manner being liquid filled and have lines where the bubble should settle between.
This little tool is perfect for our requirements although proper DIY-ers may want to spend a little more on theirs. For our quick uses it's great though and never lets us down. I've rated it five stars as I feel it deserves no less!
Thanks for reading :o)
I'm a real stickler for things not being level, so this spirit level gets used not only for DIY tasks getting shelves level but also for checking if pictures, mirrors etc are level on the wall on a fairly regular basis!
The level has three bubbles/tubes to check 45, 90 and 180 degrees to measure 45 degree slopes, horizontal and vertical straights. Each tube has two marks in between which the bubble should completely lie when either the 45 degree angle or a perfect vertical or horizontal straight is achieved. The tubes are clear, filled with a yellowy liquid and the marks are bold and black - reading this level is very easy.
What I like about this level in particular is its literally 'handy' size. It's only around 20cm long and made from tough but very lightweight plastic. So it can be easily manoeuvred into position with one hand whilst the other hand is holding whatever-it-is in place. When you've got your bubble lined up, it will slip easily into a pocket so that you can make your pencil mark or whatever.
The level has a nice flat bottom to it, which is about 15mm at its widest point, so it will sit assuredly on top of a picture or batten whilst you use both hands to adjust the item to a level position. Being so lightweight, it doesn't exert any downward force at all, so sitting it atop the item doesn't affect the accuracy of the reading. This is great for straightening pictures - simply pop the level on top and use both hands to level the picture up until perfection's achieved!
The compact size also means it takes up little space in the toolbox meaning it's always to hand. It's probably one of the most used tools in my toolbox, and at just £2.98 it's a great buy.