I am building a floor and the first step is attaching ledger boards to existing studs around the perimeter of the room. The joists are JITs that will then be put in hangers attached to the ledger boards. . The problem is that it is essential that the ledger boards be perfectly flat and parallel with each other, otherwise the joists will not be level. The dimensions of the room are 23' x 17'.
How can I ensure that the tops of the ledger boards are flat and level with each other?