How to Use a Hawkeye Laser Level


A laser level is a helpful tool for a multitude of household projects. The Mastercraft Hawkeye all-angle laser level, sold in Canada at Canadian Tire, is designed to help users get the job done correctly and quickly. Its case is molded in blue plastic, it has a 360-degree swiveling base, laser projection from one end and can be mounted directly to a wall or other surface. As of 2010, the Hawkeye laser level sold for $19.99.

Things You'll Need

  • Tacks
  • Tripod
  • Place the Hawkeye laser level on a flat surface, such as a wall. This tool is ideal to use to hang multiple objects in a straight line. It is more effective than a traditional torpedo-style level because it can be set up once and left for the duration of the project.

  • Adjust the level until its bubbles are showing that it is perfectly level, either horizontally or vertically. Once you've leveled it, hold it firmly in place against the wall.

  • Push two tacks through the level's mounting holes. The tacks will sink into the drywall and hold the level in place on the wall. If using the level on a wall that is too hard to puncture with tacks, have an assistant hold the level in place. If you're working on a wall with metal framing, the magnetic panel on the bottom of the level may hold it in place.

  • Press the laser level's power button to send a laser beam across the wall. The laser line will provide you with a constant line, allowing you to make several nail holes to mount multiple picture frames in a straight line, for example.

  • Turn the laser level on its 360-degree base if you wish to create a laser line that is any angle other than horizontal or vertical. This application may be helpful if you wish to hang multiple objects in a 45-degree angle line, such as up a staircase.

Tips & Warnings

  • The laser level includes a bracket to mount it to a standard camera tripod. If applicable, you can mount the level on a tripod and aim it at the wall.
  • Never look directly into the laser beam, and don't aim it at anyone else. Wear tinted safety goggles while working with a laser level.

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