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HOW DO TRIPODS FOR LASER LEVELS WORK?You will need a sturdy, well-designed commercial industrial strength tripod to support your instruments. The precision of your tasks depends on reliable equipment, including a tripod to secure and level tools at the right height.
The best way you can understand the importance of each part is knowing the components of each tripod and the ways they function to assist your jobs. Once you are familiar with tripods, you will know how to use them with laser levels.
THE SURVEYING TRIPOD
A surveyor's tripod is a three-legged stand used to stabilize and support surveying instruments, such as levels, transits, theodolites and total stations. Tripods are typically lightweight, portable and durable for taking to job sites. There are two primary types of surveying tripods: adjustable-leg and fixed-leg.
Adjustable tripods allow you to adjust the length of each leg. They are the most commonly used tripods for construction projects because they provide ease of use on uneven terrain or steep slopes. Fixed-leg tripods have legs that stay the same length.
WHAT ARE THE PARTS?
HEAD: The tripod head you require depends on the instrument you will use. The three types of heads are dome, flat and threaded base. You typically need a flat head with a 5/8 inch thread when using a laser level. This component is at the top of the legs, providing a stable surface for attaching leveling tools. Check the thread measurement of your leveling tool to see if you need a different option or an adapter.
LEGS: Tripod legs support and stabilize your tools. Manufacturers utilize various materials to make these devices, such as aluminum, wood, steel or fiberglass. Each material has different benefits. While fiberglass and wood resist temperature changes, aluminum offers lightweight portability. Steel makes an excellent choice for a heavy duty tripod, but it is also the heaviest option.
POINTS: All tripods have metal points at the end of the legs to help secure the item outdoors. These enable you to provide a sturdy, level, stable surface for your leveling instruments regardless of the ground's slope or unevenness.
HOW DO YOU USE A TRIPOD WITH A LASER LEVEL?
Set up your tripod with the legs pulled apart at your desired height. Push each metal point into the ground to ensure steadiness. After confirming that your tripod is level, adjust the head to create a flat and level surface. A lockable leg stabilizer with tripod floor clamp provides increased stability.
Attach your laser level onto the head. Use the spirit tube and bubble to calibrate your instrument unless you have an auto-leveling tool. Find the laser line using the beep function and mark where you need them.
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