As a remodeler, not a day goes by that I don't have to do some kind of plumb or level layout. Usually this work takes place indoors, but sometimes — such as when I'm framing or trimming an addition — it happens outdoors. So when I tested the PLS180 a few months ago, I was able to give it a real workout.

This small line laser — which projects visible plumb and level beams — is unique in that its horizontal beam fans out at more than 180 degrees. Although the vertical beam has a slightly narrower fan angle, it can still project a plumb beam up the wall and across the ceiling to a point behind the laser. If you put the PLS180 in the center of a...

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