Stuff We Love: Low-Cost Laser Level

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Laser levels aren't just a "pro" tool anymore. This small, capable and affordable laser will up your DIY game in a big way.

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Low-Cost Laser Level

Years ago, my first laser level set me back almost $400. Today, you can get the same accuracy and convenience for a whole lot less.

The Skil Red Cross Line Laser Level kit projects a cross pattern, up to 50 feet away, that’s level and plumb, so you can hang pictures, install shelves, or set backsplash tile without holding a level in your hand. The locking switch protects the laser during transport and lets you tip the laser to achieve a straight-line reference at any angle. You can find the kit, which comes with an adjustable clamp arm, at home centers and online.

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Bill Bergmann
“Bungalow” Bill Bergmann is an associate editor at Family Handyman. He’s been a licensed contractor/builder for more than 20 years. For him, there’s nothing better than taking out a few walls to make people happier in their homes.