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Choosing the Right Spirit Level

Spirit levels are incredibly useful tools that help you determine if a surface is level or if it is askew. You have a wide range of choices when it comes to choosing a spirit level for your construction project. Not all spirit levels are the same and not all of them are 100% accurate. Some are made from plastic while others are made from aluminum. Here are some things to look for when you are choosing a spirit level to ensure that you get one that is useful, accurate and functional.

A Low Manufacturing Tolerance

You want to check with your spirit level’s manufacturer to determine what quality assurance programs they use to determine the accuracy of their products and what guarantees they offer. A spirit level’s manufacturing tolerance is defined as the sum of all of the problems or faults that may occur during the manufacturing process. High quality spirit level manufacturers use quality control tests or other methods to weed out any levels that have manufacturing defects. Quality systems should be certified in accordance with the ISO 9001 protocol.

Easy to Read Measurements

You will be using your spirit level a lot and when you are attempting to work on a project, so it is a good idea to choose one that has easy to see and easy to read levels. Many high quality spirit levels come with magnified levels to make it easier for you to read them. The use of reflectors and other devices that make the levels easier to see in low light conditions are also a plus. The level’s measurements should also be able to be easily read and understand so you can avoid errors. The good spirit levels allow you to read the measurements and the levels from various angles.


You want to buy a spirit level that will last for years, regardless of the type of handling it gets around the construction site. Aluminum is strong and durable, but not too heavy. Plastic can also be quite tough. Durability is especially important for longer levels. The longer a level is the more accurate it’s going to be. But longer levels are at a higher risk of being bent or warped as time goes by, which will ruin its accuracy. Make sure you read some reviews on a specific spirit level before you purchase it to make sure it is durable enough.


A level’s sensitivity is described as how fast the bubble moves when the level is moved. If the bubble is too sensitive, you may have difficulty getting it to a place where you can see it or to get it to the middle point for measurements. More sensitive bubbles produce more accurate results, but you want to be able to handle and read your level easily. Make sure that you find the right sensitivity for your needs. You can determine a level’s sensitivity by reading the measurements listed on the level, which are measured in mm per meter. A larger liquid vial will also mean that the bubble inside of it can move more freely.

Choosing the Right Spirit Level

Getting accurate measurements for your construction projects is absolutely necessary if you want level and precise work. This means you will rely heavily on your spirit level to make sure your projects and cuts are even. If your level is not 100% accurate your work will not be precise. This could be disastrous or just annoying. Either way you want to avoid it. It is important that you take a few minutes to do a little research and read a few reviews on the spirit level you are considering buying. You should also take a moment to inspect it before you leave the store with your new spirit level.

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