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  1. llevram

    llevram Active Member

    Location:
    London
    Hello all

    I'm in the market for a 600, 1200 and 1800 set of spirit levels.
    I've gone through all the cheap ones trying to save a few quid but that time has come for a proper set and the cheap ones like forged steel from screw fix don't last two minutes.
    Any suggestions people have or what they use would be great full.

    Cheers
     
  2. 3_fall

    3_fall Administrator. Staff Member Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    SW London
    Empire spirit levels.
    Guaranteed for life, as long as you don't bend the frame.
     
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  3. Kyle Knowles

    Kyle Knowles Professional Tiler

    Location:
    Widnes
    Stabila make a entry level set double vilest for about 80 quid for the set of three 600 120 1800
     
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  4. Kyle Knowles

    Kyle Knowles Professional Tiler

    Location:
    Widnes
    Or stanley fat max are 120 ish for the three in a nice bag
     
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  5. Adey1980

    Adey1980 Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    Caerphilly
    Stanley fat max, I think you can get all three from b&q, cheaper if you got a trade card
     
  6. jcrtiling

    jcrtiling Professional Tiler TTA Member Top Contributor

    Location:
    Salisbury
    I like the smooth stabilas . Easy to keep clean . Oh by the way buy a laser level
     
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  7. llevram

    llevram Active Member

    Location:
    London
    Cheers guys. I'm all laser levelled up! The days of entry level sets are over now. Think I'm going to go for stabila 96-2 models or the stanley fatmax box beam levels. Anyone had both or know what's better ? The empire levels look handsome but bloody expensive !
     
  8. LEE MAC

    LEE MAC Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

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    Also consider Sola levels, they come highly recommended by one of our esteemed TA's @antonio@antonio ;)
     
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  9. RayTheTiler

    RayTheTiler Professional Tiler

    Location:
    Bedale
    smooth stabillers and fat max and ox are the ones we use
     
  10. antonio

    antonio Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    italy
    I confirm all :=) ahahh
     
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  11. llevram

    llevram Active Member

    Location:
    London
    I've never even heard of sola as a brand, good then I guess ??
     
  12. 3_fall

    3_fall Administrator. Staff Member Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    SW London
    I've an ancient sola 600, still good.
     
  13. 3_fall

    3_fall Administrator. Staff Member Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

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    What I would say is buy it in person, not on line.
    Check,check, and check for accuracy.
    Keep spinning it until you know it's 100%.
    If you're gonna invest in a higher standard, take your time and get it right.
     
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  14. llevram

    llevram Active Member

    Location:
    London
    So me searching amazon and Ebay an what not for the cheapest deal is not the best idea, buy it in person and check
     
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  15. 3_fall

    3_fall Administrator. Staff Member Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

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    I would say so, I went thro 6 Stanley Fat Max's in a store last year before I found one that was accurate.
    If you don't mind sending them back then that's kool.
     
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  16. Localtiler

    Localtiler Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    I recently got a good deal on stabila 196-2 levels From eBay, I think there great. I haven't checked the level with a telescope but I've tiled a few rooms with it and none of my tiles have been wonky so I guess it's right!
     
  17. JulianSidney

    JulianSidney Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler

    Location:
    ramsey, essex
    so being used as a straight edge then, not as a level
     
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  18. jcrtiling

    jcrtiling Professional Tiler TTA Member Top Contributor

    Location:
    Salisbury
    Just don't buy the ones that plasterers use when they try to get window reveals plumb
     
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  19. Localtiler

    Localtiler Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    I don't use any lasers, just spirit levels. What's the correct method for checking them, I'll check em tomorrow
     
  20. LEE MAC

    LEE MAC Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

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    Andy you can have my avatar!
     
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  21. LEE MAC

    LEE MAC Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

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    That's just one of many ways to check.
     
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  22. Localtiler

    Localtiler Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    Haha! Lee, I've thought about it, and the more I think about it the less i want a laser, I mean, why would I? Potential to get knocked and loose line, standing in front of it and blocking the line, very expensive. What's wrong with a spirit level, draw a line and work to it, next wall draw another line!
     
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  23. 3_fall

    3_fall Administrator. Staff Member Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    SW London

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  24. 3_fall

    3_fall Administrator. Staff Member Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

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    Errrrm how long you got? Haha
    Being knocked is a lame excuse tbh Andy.
    You only need to make one pencil mark at the correct height and each time you move or pack it away it takes moments to put it back against the right mark.
    My laser gives me cross hairs on EVERY surface at the same time. So no need to lay floors first and tile off them to get your bond correct.
    I'll stop there.......but there's more.
    And unless you got a level that alters in length to exactly what you need, a six foot level is a bitch to get behind a hand basin. Haha
    I'm exaggerating of course, well a little bit. :p
     
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  25. Localtiler

    Localtiler Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    Tell me more, I'm still not convinced:)
     
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  26. LEE MAC

    LEE MAC Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

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    Surely your now taking the pi*s? o_O
     
  27. Localtiler

    Localtiler Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    Ha! I know what they are all about, but I don't need or want one
     
  28. LEE MAC

    LEE MAC Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

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    Andy I promise you that if you tried one you'd understand all the benifits of them. They're like the wheel or a dishwasher, you don't need them but after having one there's just no way you'd wilfully do without them.
     
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  29. LEE MAC

    LEE MAC Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

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    @Localtiler@Localtiler do you use levelling clips or a wash boy?
     
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  30. Tom Astley

    Tom Astley Professional Tiler

    Single person water level....top tool
     
  31. LEE MAC

    LEE MAC Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

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    Yep they have they're uses, but around multiple soil stacks etc or for cubing a room I'll stick with a self levelling multi line laser.


    Don't get why some people are reluctant to embrace technological advancements but yet on the other hand use tile adhesive lol
     
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  32. Localtiler

    Localtiler Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    I use a wash boy on large floors and clips only with tiles over 600x600
    If they were cheap I would possibly give one a go but I'm not spending hundreds on something like that
     
  33. peteablard

    peteablard Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler

    A lazer pays for itself very quickly with the amount of time it saves. I also take it when pricing floors, it takes seconds to check how flat a floor is and whether I need to use slc or allow for an extra couple of bags of adhesive
     
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  34. jcrtiling

    jcrtiling Professional Tiler TTA Member Top Contributor

    Location:
    Salisbury
    As said saves a lot of time setting out wall tiling . Also as @peteablard@peteablard I also use mine for surveying floors I just use the laser unit on a window sill and measure to the floor you can soon see what is going on . If my van was stolen and I was replacing kit the laser level would be one of the first things to be replaced .
     
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  35. LEE MAC

    LEE MAC Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

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    Lasers are as revolutionary as clips and washboys are to our game, they just make our work so much more easier, accurate and as already said they save you so much time. They pay for themselves in no time. I'd be very surprised if a poll was ran if nearly every tiler on here didn't have a laser.
     
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