A level -- a device for finding a line parallel
to the ground -- can be helpful for small
jobs (like hanging a picture or putting up
shelves) and essential for big jobs (like
hanging new cabinets or putting a new addition
on your house). The human eye has an uncanny
sense of level and will quickly label projects
that are even slightly off level as "slipshod."
The typical level incorporates
measures in a rectangular frame.
for a level, pick a durable frame
(like aluminum) that will not
warp or otherwise
deform and make sure the levels
are securely and permanently
locked in place.
Any changes to any of the components
make the level useless.
Recently popular, laser levels
for their ease of use. The best
an internal balancing mechanism
the level line and then project
seen laser beam along that line.
We own the
Black & Decker model and
believe it is
one of the handiest tools we
have. With its
nail hook adapter, we hung up
by placing the first nail, hanging
on it, and then placing the rest
of the nails
in perfect alignment along the