Using a water level correctly can in the long term, save you so much time and heartache, so lets look at how to make a water level, after all, knowing what levels your site or job area is is absolutely critical, especially for water run off and any kind of drainage.
Using a water level is a skill in itself, but is one that is easily learnt and can be applied to so many different jobs that now I can’t do without it.
Here is a video I made a while ago and it shows you how to make a water level. Using a water level is something I do all the time now to set out my work sites, I can use it when I am on my own, and it never fails me. No batteries, No high tech devices and most important… It’s cheap to make.
To start off with a level it taken for what is known as a DATEM. This is just a level and a mark that all the other levels will be compared with. It can be the top or bottom of a brick, a peg placed in the ground, providing it will not move during the course of the work, or something to that effect. When concreting for example, I will often determine the level of the top of the concrete slab, put a mark on the staff, and use that as my Datem. Then all the other levels I need over the work site will be governed by that mark on the staff.
If the water level in the tube goes HIGHER than your mark… then the ground level is LOWER
And if the water level in the tube goes LOWER than your mark… the ground level is HIGHER
Hope this will help you and you are able to make one, you will be able to get a better idea of what levels you dealing with when considering your landscape projects, and the professional looking result is just around the corner.
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