|Item Weight||1.5 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||1.7 x 9.5 x 12.5 inches|
|Item model number||WL50|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
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Zircon 58467 Electronic Water Level
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Zircon added a totally unnecessary idiot box (light & buzzer) to "help" you find the level and thereby jack up the cost of this gizmo. I couldn't get it to work with the yellow box, eventually got frustrated and removed it. The tubing by itself (and water once you get the bubbles out of it) worked great thereafter. Bottom line: do not waste your $24 on this thing. Go down to Home Depot, buy 20' of 3/8" clear vinyl tubing, clamp off the ends with a couple of those black springy binder clips from your office, and add a little food coloring to the water to make it more visible. Five bucks tops if you steal the clips from work.
The most important thing to remember is that, once you know how to use it (and I haven't time to tell you how if you don't, sorry to say), you must let the water approach the "level" point from below, and S L O W L Y. This is true of any water level, but the narrower the tubing the slower one must "go". The 5/16" tubing in this operation is the minimum. It would do better to use larger tubing.
After hitting "level" I always lower the measurement end at least once more and approach the level point again to make sure I got it right.
They could do better with more and/or better instruction, but it's difficult to tell people who aren't just a little "technically" inclined, or "very handy", about all the "ins and outs" of this simple, yet a bit difficult to apply, principle, and its application with this instrument.
My only problem with the unit is that sometimes the sonic indicator makes a high pitched, virtually inaudible indication of level (and "above level") instead of the clearly audible one it's supposed to. This seems to be when it's below about 55 degrees temperature. I'll try exchanging the unit to see if it's just a lemon.
Also the 1/16" accuracy claim is the best case scenario estimate. Most of the time I found 1/8" to 1/4" error to be more realistic, due to the uncertainty created by the faulty electronic unit. Also part of the problem is the small tubing size giving rise to a bit of capillary action which affects the accuracy, making the level insensitive to slight elevation changes.
I ended up buying a laser level.
The further I got from the main post the more off the level marks were. This makes sense in retrospect because as two ends of the tubes go further away from each other less water height is available to quickly counterweight the two ends. The two ends would have leveled quicker if the tube was a larger diameter. You could see that the tube under the clamps also did not return to their original diameter though it was open enough to let the water flow passed the crimp. This restricts the speed at which the water in the tube returns to level. There were no bubbles in the line. After I moved the tube end to the post, I marked the max and min of the meniscus as it settled over 15 seconds in the belief that the level point would lie between the two. What I should have been watching is the mean VERY slowly rise.
Unfortunately I found all of this out AFTER I thought the level was fast. Standing on a ladder keeping one end still thinking that the water column has settled only to find that it wasn't is not what I want from something a tool that relies on the simplest of principles.
If I had bought a laser level or even a larger diameter clear tube, I wouldn't have had to "re"-level my posts. Measure twice cut once only works when you have reliable tools. I threw this "tool" away as soon as I discovered the tops were not level and the Zircon REPEATED the same incorrect level.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Item description list it as a WL50, leading me to believe it will have 50' of hose. What I received was a WL25 with 25' of hose.Published 4 months ago by ROBERT J
worked fine on day one
failed on day two
returned to zircon
received new unit from zircon today
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Once I got the hang of it, it worked great. Definitely a big helpPublished 16 months ago by Nancy Shaw
works well and got us through a foundation job. my father in law was very please with the quality.Published 17 months ago by Azam