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Tips On How To Grade A Lawn With A Laser Level
Once you know how to use a laser level, there is a lot that you can use it for and grading your lawn is one of the whole lot of activities that you can use a laser level for. In fact if you are a builder, engineer or constructor there is almost no way you can avoid using this incredible device. They are various tools that you can use to grade a lawn such as a line level and tube full of water among others but the laser level stands out for its accuracy. If you are therefore planning to grade your lawn anytime soon and you have already purchased your laser level this post made specifically for you as it will be teaching you how to use a laser level for grading your lawn.
Things you need
Grading includes making different measurements and leveling which all must be done with laser level if you want to get accurate results however to get the entire job done, you will need a few more tools and these include;
- Grade rod
- Laser level
- Laser detector
PROCEDURE FOR USING A LASER LEVEL TO GRADE A LAWN
- Define boundaries for your project; because you are going to use a laser level the first thing you have to do is mark the boundaries for the area you will be working on. Find some wooden stakes and use them to create boundaries in which you will be working. While using a laser level you need to have a well defined working area in which the laser beam will be projected.
- Attach the laser level to a tripod; after marking your working area, grab your tripod and laser level and mount the laser level to a tripod. Spread the tripod’s legs wide apart equally for maximum support and to ensure that it doesn’t trip over and fall. Place the tripod right inside the boundaries that you created, most preferably in one corner of the house.
- Measure height from the ground to the laser line; turn the laser level on and measure the distance from the ground to the beam projected by the laser level.
- Set up the laser receiver; get your transit rod and attach a laser receiver, remember that the receiver increases the laser’s range. Place the transit rod at the corner or better yet any other area that you want to measure. There after adjust the line projected by the laser receiver until it connects with the laser line. Measure the distance from the ground to where the two lines meet.
- Adjust the grade; you have to adjust your grade depending on the difference between the very first measurement you made and every single one of the measurements you made after on various areas of your lawn.
OTHER TOOL YOU CAN USE TO GRADE A LAWN
A laser level is not the only tool you can use to grade your lawn, you can also use a line level and tub full water, here is how you can use those other tools besides a laser level.
Using a line level to grade a lawn
- With the help of wire flags, define your working area, it will be easier to work on a project with already well outlined boundaries.
- Plant wooden stake stakes into the ground but this should about two feet far from the wire flags.
- Put a nylon line through every wooden stake in order to identify the perimeter of your lawn
- Have someone help you hang a level line right on the middle of a string
- Keep adjusting the string by lowering and raising it until it is well leveled. After achieving the perfect level you can then do the same with the next wooden stake until you are through with the whole project.
Using a tube filled with water to grade a lawn
- Just like you did with all other tools we have looked at, start by defining the boundaries of your lawn so that it is easy for you to know where your project will start and where it will end. The best you can use for marking the boundaries are wooden stakes.
- Make a mixture of water and food color in a tin, it is best to use a color that is very outstanding take for example red and mix it really well so that the color dissolves completely into the water. Thereafter drain off into a transparent tube.
- While water moves down through the tube, shake it a little just to ensure that the colorful solution goes all the way down to the other side of the tube. This will make all the bubbles escape out of the tube so that you remain only with thee colored water but make sure that the water doesn’t end up running out as well during this process.
- Mount the tubing to any of the stakes that used to create the boundary. This should at a range of 6 inches off up above the grade.
- Move the bottom of the tube so that water is only left on the upper part of that open tube, this should b on the very first stake.
- Move to any other part of your working area that you need to investigate and plant a wooden stake on that particular spot. Push the wooden stake into the ground and the place the tube on to it but keep your finger on the open part of the tube to prevent water from flowing out of the tube. The open end of the tube should be well covered.
- Release water through the tube on your next stake, while you adjust the tube up and down feel free to take your finger off so that water flows through from whichever side. The level of water on one end will show you the grade.
When you feel like grading your lawn, don’t think twice since there are very many simple ways in which you can do it as we have just seen in the post above.