Gallery: C.H. Hanson Precision Ball Level

The classic level gets a whole new dimension

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Instead of a tiny inscrutable bubble, this tool uses a two-inch wide ball so you can quickly determine level and plumb without squinting.

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Modeled after a cockpit's horizon indicator, the ball sits in a mineral-oil-like fluid and indicates the pitch and angle of the slope.

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A brass weight inside keeps the ball anchored toward the earth as it rotates 360 degrees, so the level can check two directions when laid on its back.

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The fact that this level can check two directions while on its back makes it perfect for setting tile.