Laser levels must be handled with care to keep their electronic circuitry, electric motors and glass optics aligned and calibrated. But in the rough environment of a typical jobsite -- where dust and mud, rugged terrain, and harsh weather conditions prevail -- these sensitive electronic instruments really take a beating.

To protect your $1,000 to $2,000 investment, level manufacturers say you just need to use common sense and follow a few basic preventive measures:

  • Maintain the instrument's calibration
  • Keep the level clean and dry
  • Charge and store the battery properly

Training level operators in the proper use and care of the instruments will also help to keep your laser levels in the field and out of the shop.