Levels

Box LevelJohnson knows levels have been around for hundreds of years but that doesn't mean common knowledge is always common.  In "How Levels Work", you will find descriptions for the most common types of levels.

Levels 101: Spirit Level Vial Quiz

Questions Q1: Why is a level called a spirit level? What is a spirit level? Q2: Is the shape of the level vial a cylinder shape or a barrel shape? Q3: How big is the bubble in the level? Q4: What is the bubble in the spirit level or bubble level made of? Q5: Why do some levels, particularly woo...

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Hand Sight Levels

Hand Sight Level Definition and Uses A hand level (also called a sight level or hand sight level) is a tool used for ‘rough leveling’ – that is, estimation and not precision. A hand level is essentially a spirit level inside of a telescope. The device is generally used by grading ...

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How to Use the Billet Level Table for Offsets and Kicks

Proud Johnson Level billet level owner, John, in Red Bluff, California asks: Just bought your magnetic billet torpedo level and noticed table of offsets and kicks, and reference to your web site. Found the table, but could not find an explanation of what, why or how to use the table. What have I mi...

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Box Levels | Box Beam Levels

Box Beam Level Overview Box beam levels or box levels are a type of spirit level and are called such because of the shape of the level frame. If you were to cut the box level in half, you would see the aluminum is formed (extruded) in the shape of a rectangle(or box)and is generally hollow in the m...

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Hultafors Group Acquires Johnson Level & Tool

Press Release: April 30, 2018 Mequon, WI. – Today, Hultafors Group of Goteborg, Sweden announced the acquisition of Johnson Level and Tool Mfg., Co., Inc. of Mequon, WI. For over 70 years Johnson Level has been supplying innovative solutions across a broad spectrum of customers in the Layout...

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String Line Level Information

How to Use a String Line Level How to Use a Line Level for Pavers How to Use a Line Level to Level Ground Shop all string line levels and other special purpose levels from Johnson Level. Line levels (or "string" levels) are a special brand of spirit level used for leveling across longer...

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Post Level

A post level is, simply put, a spirit level that finds both level and plumb in a post or other type of 2x4. It has a simple, easy to use design: two-sided molded plastic forming a 90° angle, a height of 5.5 inches and 3.5 inch width on each side, and three spirit level vials. The inside edg...

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Wood Levels

  A wood level is specific type of spirit level. It can be made either of a solid piece of wood, like birch or mahogany, or can be a slow growth lumber laminate, which means several pieces of wood strips are pressed and glued together.  Laminates are much stronger than solid blo...

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I-Beam Levels

I-Beam Level Overview The I-Beam level is a specific type of spirit level. If you need a primer on how to use a spirit level, see our online guide. I-Beam levels got their name from their shape; if you look at the level on its end, you can see it looks like the letter "i".  I-beam levels ...

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Spirit Levels Vials, Pitch Level Vials, Bubble Level Vials

Typically levels are referred to as spirit levels or bubble levels.  Where does the name “spirit level” come from?  The name “spirit level” comes from the liquid inside the level vial.  This liquid is a mineral spirit solution with additives which give the vial...

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Q&A on Levels

Q:  Does the Johnson Level & Tool limited warranty apply to items purchased on on-line auction sites such as e-Bay? A:  No. Our warranty states "Seller extends the following limited warranty to the initial purchaser and first end-user only..." We consider anything sold on auction web ...

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Spirit Level Information

How to Read a Spirit Level How to Use a Spirit Level How to Check a Spirit Level for Accuracy How to Level a Scope with a Bubble Level View all spirit and bubble levels from Johnson Level. A Spirit Level is a tool used to indicate how parallel (level) or perpendicular (plumb) a surface ...

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Torpedo Level

How to Read a Torpedo Level How to Use a Torpedo Level How to Use a Magnetic Torpedo Level View all torpedo levels from Johnson Level. A torpedo level is a spirit level designed for use in tight spaces. Johnson Level offers torpedo levels made in the USA in lengths ranging from 6 to 12 i...

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What’s the Difference Between I-Beam Levels and Box-Beam / Box Levels?

Before looking at the differences between these two popular types of levels, it’s important to know the similarities. I-Beam and Box-Beam Level Similarities Serve a common function Strikingly similar appearance Spirit levels (bubble levels) — they use a bubble to determine i...

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