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Landscapers-who have bigger projects and more of them than average do-it-yourselfers, lay
out the shape and grade of their projects with a builder's level. It's a simple tool to master,
accurate, quick to use, and available at most rental centers. Unless you lay out work
frequently, renting is more economical than buying. A builders level is often called a transit,
even by those who ought to know better. The scope on a builder's level turns from side to
side. A transit has a scope that can be angled up and down as well as turned from side to sidea feature you don't need for patios and walks. A builder's level is also less expensive to rent
and less confusing to use.

12 Steps
1. SET UP THE BUILDER'S LEVEL
2. DRIVE STAKES AROUND THE EXCAVATION
3. FIND THE HIGH END
4. MARK THE FIRST STAKE
5. MARK THE SECOND STAKE
6. MARK THE LOW END
7. SET UP THE BUILDERS LEVEL

8. DRIVE STAKES AROUND THE EXCAVATION


9. FIND THE HIGH END
10. MARK THE FIRST STAKE
11. MARK THE SECOND STAKE
12. MARK THE LOW END
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Step 1
SET UP THE BUILDER'S LEVEL
Put the level near the middle of the excavation. Level both the tripod and the scope.

Step 2
DRIVE STAKES AROUND THE EXCAVATION
Drive stakes every 4 feet about 12 inches beyond the edge of the excavation.

Step 3
FIND THE HIGH END
Have your helper stand next to a stake at the high end of the excavation while holding the
levelling rod. Turn the scope so you can see the rod, and note the measurement in the
crosshairs. Repeat at the other stakes at the high end. The stake with the smallest
measurement is the highest stake.

Step 4

MARK THE FIRST STAKE


Have your helper stand next to the high stake with the telescoping leveling rod. Mark the rod
with a piece of tape to indicate the reading in the crosshairs. Then make a mark on the high
stake to show where it meets the 6-inch line on the leveling rod.

Step 5
MARK THE SECOND STAKE
Have two helpers stand at another stake along the high side of the excavation and lift the stick
off the ground until the tape marker is in the crosshairs. Mark the stake at the 6-inch mark.
The marks on the two stakes are now at the same level. Repeat for all the stakes at the high
end.

Step 6
MARK THE LOW END

Without moving the tape marker, repeat the process for the stakes at the lower end. These
marks are level with each other and those at the high end. Measure down at the low end by
the amount you want the patio to slope (1/8 to1/4 inch per foot). Make a second mark, as
shown in the inset. Snap chalk lines between this mark and the mark on the corresponding
stake at the upper end, and mark any stakes in between.

Step 7
SET UP THE BUILDERS LEVEL
Put the level near the middle of the excavation. Level both the tripod and the scope.

Step 8
DRIVE STAKES AROUND THE EXCAVATION
Drive stakes every 4 feet about 12 inches beyond the edge of the excavation.

Step 9
FIND THE HIGH END
Have your helper stand next to a stake at the high end of the excavation while holding the
levelling rod. Turn the scope so you can see the rod, and note the measurement in the
crosshairs. Repeat at the other stakes at the high end. The stakes with the smallest
measurement is the highest stake.

Step 10
MARK THE FIRST STAKE
Have your helper stand next to the high stake with the telescoping levelling rod. Mark the rod
with a piece of tape to indicate the reading in the crosshairs. Then make a mark on the high
stake to show where it meets the 6-inch line on the leveling rod.

Step 11
MARK THE SECOND STAKE
Have two helpers stand at another stake along the high side of the excavation and lift the stick
off the ground until the tape marker is in the crosshairs. Mark the stake at the 6-inch mark.
The marks on the two stakes are now at the same level. Repeat for all the stakes at the high
end.

Step 12
MARK THE LOW END
Without moving the tape marker, repeat the process for the stakes at the low end. These
marks are level with each other and those at the high end. Measure down at the low end by
the about you want the patio to slope (1/8 to inch per foot). Make a second mark. Snap
chalk lines between this mark and the mark on the corresponding stake at the upper end, and
mark any stakes in between.

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