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Why do Contractor Levels have two vials with the same orientation?

It seems to me that having multiple vials in the same orientation is redundant, but many levels seems to include this feature. What am I missing? There has to be some reason.
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How to properly level / build a fence for in my back yard?

I'm building a fence in my backyard it's about 300ft of fence and this is my first time doing a project like this. I wasn't 100% sure the best method for leveling, my yard is mostly flat no big ...
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How curved is a horizontal string line? [closed]

I plan to build a raised planter from 2 courses of concrete blocks. The long dimension is about 9 meters. I staked the corners, and then stretched a string the entire length as taut as I could without ...
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Ideal approach to level a 6x8 ft bathroom?

I am in the slow process of remodeling a small bathroom. The room is roughly 50 square feet. I am down to the bare joists and have 3/4" plywood that I'm about to screw down with 3" screws. After that, ...
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Track Sagging Floor Over Time

We recently moved some furniture around in our 100+ year old house, and it's drawn attention to the fact that some of our floors aren't 100% level. I can't really tell if this is something that's new,...
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Sump pump water now high. Where’s it coming from?

We moved into a new house in June. I didn’t pay a lot of attention to the sump pump to start but the water only sat about 2-3” full in the sump pit. It’s now always at the level of the first inlet ...
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Leveling a sinking 1st floor addition that is about 4' off the ground [closed]

First time home buyer looking for good advice about possibly raising a sunken 2 room addition ourselves. Wood frame, the sill is in good shape no rotting. No warping or "cupping" of the rooms. The ...
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How to check if floor is level

Is there any way to check if a floor is completely level without having any advanced tools? I want to be sure that a bookcase would not need extra support
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How do I fix tile issues that may be caused by a poor substrate?

I am repairing tile in my kitchen. They are long tiles 6 in wide and 36 in long. When I pull the tile out I can see the cement board attached to ply wood is damaged. It looks like there was a repair ...
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How should I level the concrete foundations for my fence's CMU block pillars?

I'm getting ready to build a fence, consisting of CMU pillars spaced every 10 feet, with wooden pickets or latillas between them. For the block pillar foundations, I plan to dig holes in the ground, ...
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Is there any sensor device which measures precise variable water level? [closed]

I'm aware that there are plenty of baloon type water/liquid level sensors which can be bought around couple of bucks. Those usually trigger when water level reaches it. Bellow image shows one of that ...
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Levelling across multiple garden grids or concrete path tiles

I'm trying to create a level, sturdy space outdoors, where I can ultimately set up a heavy workbench with various tools. This needs to be 2.5m wide, and 1.0-1.2m deep, giving sufficient area to both ...
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Is this level 5?

We got involved in a spec house about half-way through the build. We paid up for "Level 5" drywall throughout. Initially, it looked beautiful. The walls still look great, and most of the ceilings too....
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Does a toilet have to be level front to back if the toilet doesn't rock and the flange tilts too?

I am swapping out a toilet. The old toilet, a round bowl with a squared front, was shimmed like crazy to get it perfectly level. I dry fit the new elongated bowl toilet to the flange to see what I ...
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Shimming a Floor Joist

I've got a floor joist that is low between 3/16 and 1/2 in. Because of its position, I can't sister it. How can I level it? Can I rip a 2x4 and glue and screw it to the top? Would it be stable or ...
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Lowering a room…digging into foundation?

My husband and I recently purchased a home in Orange County, CA (note: earthquakes). The home was built in 1981, and is two "levels" if you will. The entry way, living room, all bedrooms, and a couple ...
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How should I lay ceramic tile in a room where one side slants?

I am going to replace the tile on my kitchen floor. Part of the kitchen floor (~25%) covers an area by a sliding glass door, that was added onto the kitchen. This area used to be a porch, and has ...
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Can I sink existing concrete?

We got a house where it has a one foot strip of concrete that is 20 feet long besides a patio that is in good condition. On this 1'x20' strip there are two spots where the concrete has risen about ...
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Leveling Uneven Subfloor

BACKGROUND: Doing a kitchen remodel on our own, trying to open up existing kitchen into formal dinning room. As soon as the non-load bearing wall is gone, I have this small issue as shown in the ...
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How worried should I be about unlevel floors/vibrations?

we bought a house about 6 months ago. The house is 50 years old this year. Passed main and termite inspections with only minor issues (many of which we've already addressed), and also had an ...
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Best way to level a room and lay temporary flooring

I need to lay some temporary(about a year) flooring in a room. The house has a crawl space under it and the floor droops slightly, about 1/2 an inch in the center. It was suggested to me to that I ...
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main wood floor unlevel

my house was completely remodeled about 8 yrs ago. a L beam was installed in basement with 2 house jacks as support. The main wood floor was even, but as time had the house resettle the main floor is ...
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What leveling precautions should one take with plywood subfloor for engineered hardwood nail down installation?

I installed the nail down engineered hardwood downstairs and did an OK job as far as leveling the subfloor is concerned. I sanded a few high spots down and even used a planer on an especially stubborn ...
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What should I do with this broken toilet flange? Is it glued in?

I bought a house (foreclosed one) - and found a basement toilet was completely disconnected from the ground. So I picked it up and moved it away - and I'm gonna get a replacement toilet. But should I ...
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How to create threads in leveling feet

Due to uneven floor, part of the oven does not stay parallel to the counter. I tried to tighten up the foot of the oven but it still does not fix the problem. This is how the foot looks like: Is ...
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How can I permanently fix a sagging floor?

I have a home I purchased roughly 18 months ago. The house is a traditional 2 story cape code (3BR 1BA) and is structurally very sound and extremely stable. However, on the primary floor of the house,...
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How to attach mounted flat-screen TV to the wall so that it lines up perfectly?

As you can see the TV in the following pictures has been attached to the wall behind it but it does not line up in a straight manner with the furniture below it (the piece of furniture is perfectly ...
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How can I adjust for an uneven exterior door threshold?

What is the most appropriate way to adjust for an uneven threshold on an exterior door? In the image below you can see the gap that exists on one side of the door. We have considered taking up the ...
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House slightly uneven floors almost everywhere

I recently purchased a 2050 sq ft. house 1 story, built in 2000, in North Dallas. We had a general inspection done on it, and the disclosure didn't mention any foundation issues, also all the doors ...
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How does one fix an unlevel, poorly-supported floor when you can't access it from underneath?

I recently bought a new home. Also on the property is an accessory building which I am using as an office. The building is finished on the inside and has a cheap parquet floor. I'm not sure what's ...
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How do I hang drywall where the wood is uneven?

I need to hang some drywall; my ceiling has a couple spots of uneven-ness. There's a few spots that are about 1/4" out of whack and another spot where joists+hanger are a little less than 1/2" down. ...
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How to level bathroom plywood subfloor before tiling?

In a bathroom remodeling project, I noticed the newly installed plywood sub-floor is flat but not level, which may cause issues when installing the shower and the sink cabinet (water evacuation and ...
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How can I level my bed?

I have a very uneven floor in my bedroom, and a metal bed frame (non-leveling feet), soon to be a wooden bed frame. I'd like to level my bed. What are some good ways to do this? One approach is to ...
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How can I get 2X6X12's cut at a slight angle so I can build a level floor?

Here's my question - I am turning a friends small garage into a guest room and I need to place a wood subfloor on top of the cement floor. The room is 7.5' wide by 12' long and it slopes at a slight ...
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Leveling basement floor while keeping it sloping to the drain?

I am having similar problem with the basement slope being exceptionally steep around the floor drain (similar to this: How do I level a basement floor but not the slab underneath?). The discussion ...
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Second floor leveling question

I have just recently purchased a business that has a large house on the property built in the 20's. Over time due to settling and likely some botched repairs the floor on the second floors slopes ...
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How would I go about leveling a sagging floor?

I had all my kitchen cabinets refaced last year. I than decided to replace the counters with granite. When the guy from the counter company came out he did some leveling test. I am putting counters ...
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How do I level a sloping floor that has been tiled?

We have a large room that we want to use as a bedroom and it has been tiled, over a concrete slab. On further inspection we now realise that there is a slope of approximately 5cm from one end of the ...
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How to tell if a carpeted floor is level enough for laminate flooring?

We want to install laminate flooring in our family room, and had someone out to measure the room and bid on the job. He claims that there's a hump in the floor that makes it impractical to install ...
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How to level sloped concrete ceiling, and is it worth it?

I want to remove popcorn ceiling in a 7' by 14' room and turn it into a smooth ceiling. I have just built this room. The walls are not yet painted, so now is a good time to do the ceiling. I know how ...
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Technique to level a patio for concrete and tiling

I currently have a large patio which has brick paving. unfortunately the paving has started to sink in spots and gathers rain water. I will be removing the brick and laying a slab of concrete, in ...
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I did a bad job pouring a cement walkway, how can I fix it?

I poured three 4'x4' slabs to make a walkway beside my house. The first two look alright but the third one is a half inch lower than the one next to it and slopes up at the open end where I want to ...
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Need help leveling part of a floor

We had an 8 foot square hottub in our bedroom for 10+ years. Because of the weight, the floor has sagged in that section. The tub is gone now and we had carpeted around it, but now there is a big ...
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How do I flatten my uneven concrete floor?

We have an old Victorian house with a concrete floor throughout the ground floor. The ground floor is partitioned in two by a dividing wall and french doors. From the front of the house to the doors,...
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How far can laser level dots be seen outside in the sun?

I am building an CEB (like adobe) home and would like to buy a laser level to help make sure the top course is level. There is no roof yet, and this will be outside, and in the sun. The house is ...
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What is the best choice for patching and leveling concrete before tile install?

We have a small area of concrete foundation that we need to patch and level prior to ceramic tile installation (12×12 tiles). It is concrete that we chipped the old tile mortar off of, so there are ...
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Should I triple up 2x6, or 2x8 to help level a floor? [closed]

I want to level my first floor dining room. The joists supporting the floor is 2x8", 13' long on that side of the main support beam. They are spaced between 16 to 19" apart, there was some moisture ...
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What should I do to level an uneven floor with a potential load bearing wall above?

I'm trying to level the first floor in my 90 year old house. The floor joists are held up by a wooden beam composed of 5 2x8s, which is held up by two steel columns. In the middle of the wooden beam ...
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How can I level this concrete floor so I can install laminate?

I did a rough sketch up of what I'm working with in Google Sketchup. I'm laying laminate flooring in my basement living room and have all of the necessary preparations (Plastic layer and padding) My ...
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What is the best way to level a tree log?

I'm making an end table/floor lamp from a 3 ft cut log. What's going to be the easiest or best way to level the bottom and top of this piece? I thought about throwing it up on some saw horses and ...