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    Default Anyone use an angle finder to check for 1/4" per foot slope?

    Seems to me it would be way easier to check it with an angle finder instead of a 1" block attached to a 4 ft. level? A 1/4" block attached to a 1 foot level would work too, but the angle finder seems so easy?

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    Another way would be to use a line level. That is a level with hooks on each end that hook over a stout cord. Drive stakes at each end of the run and measure the distance of the run. This will tell you how much fall is needed for that section. Now stretch the cord from one stake to the next with the high end on top of the beginning point When level is located, tie the cord off and measure down the stake the distance you have determined is needed for the slope.

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    On most torpedo levels the is a second line which is 1/4" slope.

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    What is your definition of an "angle finder"? There are many types of "slope/pitchlevels" to give pipes the proper grade.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hj View Post
    What is your definition of an "angle finder"? There are many types of "slope/pitchlevels" to give pipes the proper grade.
    http://www.digipas.com/DWL-280 Specs.html

    Something similar to http://www.amazon.com/Digi-Pas-DWL-2.../dp/B002IQ8W2C
    or http://www.amazon.com/iGaging-Digita.../dp/B002LL0BIC

    anything to put on top of a pipe to see what angle it is.

    BTW, the angle in degrees that I came up with for 1/4" per foot is 1.19348942 degrees, can anyone confirm or deny if that is right?

    You'd just plop the digital level on the pipe, look for 1.19 degrees and you're good! The only drawback is it's hard to find one with a degree of accuracy better than 0.2, I'm sure it'd be at least as accurate as a 4 foot bubble level?
    Last edited by Terry; 08-31-2011 at 12:23 PM.

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    Get a multi-pitch level like a Johnson 1410-0900 torpedo level; it has a vial that reads in 1/8, 1/4, 3/8, and 1/2 inch per foot pitch gradations. Costs $10-15 and much less hassle than a digital level.

    http://www.johnsonlevel.com/levelsBy...4&cid=5&pid=13
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    1/4" per foot is 2.0833 percent
    .25 / 12.0
    Code books say 2%

    That looks like a nice level though.
    I'm used to using a simple level and just looking at the bubble.
    They last for years and years and don't need battery changes. But gadgets are cool too.
    Last edited by Terry; 08-31-2011 at 12:04 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jadziedzic View Post
    Get a multi-pitch level like a Johnson 1410-0900 torpedo level; it has a vial that reads in 1/8, 1/4, 3/8, and 1/2 inch per foot pitch gradations. Costs $10-15 and much less hassle than a digital level.

    http://www.johnsonlevel.com/levelsBy...4&cid=5&pid=13
    That's what I'm looking for!!! Thanks

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    IF you are working with plastic pipe, it is seldom "straight", so your digital level or angle finder is only going to measure the grade of a 12" section of pipe, unless you "slide" it along the ENTIRE length of the pipe. A 4' level distributes the inaccuracy over a longer distance and is thereform more accurate.
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    When I designed and built my house, I calculated the slope along with all the drops I needed for turned elbows etc. working backwards from the septic field and then worked off the drawings measuring to the level structure. The torpedo level was used more for confirmation. I calibrated the torpedo level by placing it on top of the 4 foot level.

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    In"commercial" work, I use a transit to set grades, but few homes need that accuracy.
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