Plumb Bobs and Levels: An Essential Guide

Build straight and true with less effort

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Chalk line
  • Level
  • Cordless drill
  • Stepladder

You'll also need a laser level, a torpedo level, a magnetic level and a plumb bob.

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • Shims
  • Masking tape
  • Playing cards
  • Spacer blocks
  • Straight boards