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Want to lay a fence? Do you wonder why the side gate door doesn't shut anymore? Does the shed look like its leaning? Well, buy a spirit level and, hey presto, you can find out just how straight everything is! Watch the bubble and when it sits correctly in the middle of the window you can be sure with this Stanley tool that you have a straight object.
I have fun with mine because no more do I have to fiddle with picture frames, and mirrors, on my walls, or bug everyone with, 'Is that straight now?' There are no more arguments of 'Yes, it is' and 'No, it isn't' because, without a word, or checking in with other pairs of eyes, I can use my Stanley torpedo and know the answer.
The well renowned Stanley torpedo is a tool of accuracy. Its extra bonus feature is that it can be read from above as well as clearly from the sides.
Mine is eight inches long and in a horizontal and grooved plastic frame. It has not one but three vials, horizontal, vertical and one set at a forty-five degree angle. It's not heavy, probably because of the plastic, and can just about slip into my pocket if I need to have my hands free up a ladder.
Don't store this tool in excessive heat because that will mess up the accuracy and you'll have wonky everything.
I must admit to never having used the forty-five degree angle because I have no idea on what occasion I will want to use this or even how!
Hurry to Amazon for the absolutely fantastic price of £3.74 with free UK delivery included. That is instead of £6.42. Go on live a balanced life and invest in a Stanley spirit level.
When I moved into the house I live in now, I found that there was a surprising lack of storage. The rooms aren't exactly large rooms either, meaning that everything has a tendancy to look cluttered if it doesn't have a place to go. I went to my local car boot sale a few weeks after I moved in and found there was a stall there selling shelves for £1 each. How could I say no to that? It seemed like the perfect solution! Of course, that then presented me with one final problem; getting them to sit straight. It was for that reason that I went out and bought a spirit level.
The one that I decided to buy was this one, which I bought from Homebase for £8.99. They're currently on sale in Homebase for £6.99, although their full price now appears to be £9.99, so I can only assume it's gone up since I bought it. I thought that this was a reasonable price considering that you get to check things are level as many times as you want to then; it's not like it's a one use only product. I bought this one because it was a decent length (23cm) without being too large to store somewhere. It's not even as big as a ruler (although obviously it's thicker) so storing it really isn't that much of a problem as it just slots into a drawer without any difficulty at all. And for anyone that's interested in how much it weighs, Homebase's website reckons it's 140g. So it's also lightweight, too.
I found that the colours, which are fairly typical for a device of this sort, meant that it would stand out if it ended up getting buried in the bottom of the draw as well, although I'm sure the colour is more to do with Stanley, the brand, more than anything else as these colours are ones that they typically use for their products. I think that the yellow does make it stand out though when it's buried in the drawer, so it's definitely a good thing, even if it is rather bright and would stand out if you left it lying around the house.
When it comes to actually using this spirit level, it's not really any different to other spirit levels. For those of you that don't know what they are, or how to use them, though, they essentially consist of a bubble that floats, within a liquid, much like air bubbles do in water, towards the highest point. In order to test whether or not a surface is level or not, you place the spirit level onto the surface. If the surface slopes, the bubble will float to the side that is highest, allowing you to know that it needs to be lowered. If it is level, the bubble will hover in the middle between the two guidelines on the surface of the tube that the liquid sits within. It's a fairly simple tool, but it sure is handy!
The Stanley Torpedo Level that I bought is especially handy because it is able to measure vertical and diagonal angles, as well as the traditional horizontal angle that most will measure. This came in handy for the shelving because I was able to make sure that they were completely level and not tilting, which was more than my old spirit level that only measured horizontally could do. I think that the three together work well because they ensure that there is no real margin for error and shelves end up looking straight every time.
While I originally bought this for the shelves I wanted to put up, I have since also used it to make sure that a fence I built was straight, to fix my cupboard in the kitchen back up when the shelf decided to collapse so that the food didn't keep sliding to the back and getting lost and to level out my dining table when one leg seemed shorter than the others! To be fair, it's a pretty versatile thing, even if it only has one real use; measuring angles.
I've had this for about a year now and it's doing well. It's got no scratches or signs of wear and tear, so I would definitely be able to recommend it for light use like mine has had. Obviously I can't comment on more heavy duty use though, having not used it in this way.
We all like things at right angles or straight lines and that is why having a device that makes sure things are level is a necessary item in the tool box. I bought one recently (despite trying to use the spirit level app on my mobile phone!) because I was hanging some pictures and a mirror and I just could not judge it by eye. My boyfriend said we should just go out and buy one so I agreed. We went to b & Q and picked up this rather handy mini tool.
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The cost of the spirit level was around £6.50. This is a good value item and made by a reputable brand so you get a good guarantee with it.
The device comes in yellow as with all Stanley products. The level is small and light so you can stick it easily on top of a picture to check the level. It is around 25 cm long and it is constructed from thin aluminium. There are handy little feet at the end that create a safe and level base for the device to work from. In the middle of spirit level there is a special vial that has two lines on it and a little bubble that floats from left to right depending how you angle the spirit level. The aim is to get the bubble to sit neatly between the lines, if it does this then you know you have it on a level base. If the bubble tilts to the left then you need to tilt the item to the right to try and level it up. In the level there is also a gauge vial vertical so you can check the level if you are short of space or need to check that the side is straight. There is also a gauge to check to 90 degree right angles and this is something that I have yet to measure.
This is a nifty little item and it is so light. The casing that the yellow liquid is in is plastic so there is no risk, or a decisively low risk in it breaking and smashing. I could not manage many of the DIY tasks without it now, I certainly would have ended up having an argument with my boyfriend as I kept saying the picture was wonky and he disagreed. Through buying this, we now have an expert opinion! This is a great tool and I recommend it.
"Shockproof Torpedo Level with rubber end caps and aluminum body construction for maximum durability. Features: High Visibility Reversible Vials: Horizontal; Vertical & 45; Aluminum Plate with V-Shaped Metal Groove; Protective Rubber End Caps."