DIY water level

How to make a water level Table of contents:

  • 1 manufacturing process
  • 1.1 Choose the diameter of the hose
  • 1.2 Determined with hose length
  • 2 practical application
  • 3 videos

All construction professionals (literally from mason and electrician), often used in their work water level (spirit level). It’s not necessary to go for his purchase in the store, a much-needed tool you can to make yourself, the main thing – you need to understand the principle of it actions. Making a water level is good we have known from school the law of communicating vessels, which It is recommended to use during construction work. Otherwise, you simply cannot perform correctly measurements.

We suggest you try to make a water level with your own hands, but before you start making it, you will have to familiarize yourself with the theory.

Manufacturing process

The main part of the water level is the hose. Wherein it is completely optional to use transparent flasks that you saw more than once in ready-made level models, sold in building materials stores, since at low the temperature of the hose with these flasks, as a rule, flies, and water typing into flasks is quite inconvenient (extra ones appear bubbles).

Choose a hose diameter

Transparent polyethylene hoseTransparent polyethylene hose

So, what is still needed to make the water level? You need only plain tap water and clear, thick-walled polyethylene hose that will not break when bending. It is in such a hose that water moves freely and quickly along the entire length, and in a hose of a small diameter, water flows slowly, and you have to wait a long time for the moment when a level will be set, and it will be possible to put a mark (besides the level water in such a tube is poorly visible). The main problem of thin Hose are the smallest air bubbles that form during filling it with water.

It is best used to make a hydraulic level hose diameter from 1.2 to 1.5 cm.

Over time, the hose begins to get cloudy, and as a result worsens visibility of the water level inside. UV for polyethylene is destructive.

Determined with hose length

Choose a hose lengthChoose a hose length

The hose length must be selected based on the size of the room. Typically, the length of the rooms is equal to the length of the floor slabs, i.e. is approximately six meters. Therefore the maximum length the hose used to make the water level may be no more than ten meters. If the hose is short, then you have to make transitions, and this increases the likelihood of occurrence mistakes.

The resulting home-made level is slowly filling tap water. Be careful not to air bubbles formed. If you notice their appearance, then wait a while until the air escapes. This rule is it is necessary to observe that the results of measurements of the water level, crafted by your hands were accurate.

Practical application

Application of the water levelWater application level

It’s difficult for one to work with the hydraulic level, measurements are better for builders to do together. The technology is approximately as follows. To advance applied initial mark (for example, at a distance from the floor – one meter), the first worker applies the end of the level, but at the same the second time combines the opposite end of the tube with a new place marks.

Application of the level on the example of floor screedLevel application on the example of floor screed

Water at the second end of the tube and should show the exact level, which will need to be marked with a pencil. Such marks applied in each corner of the room. Then using roulettes, you can refine the measurements and make further calculations.

How to use a water levelHow to use water level

As you can see, it’s not difficult to make a water level yourself, even interesting, plus to everything else you will reduce cash spending by acquisition of the required tool.


The following video shows an example of use. Homemade water level without flasks:

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