It’s Used For More Than Drawing On The Sidewalk. Here Are 7 Reasons You Should Use A Chalk Line
Did you know that one of the best ways to ensure accuracy and save time on a construction project is to use a chalk line?
This handy device allows you to skip the man-and-string efforts and cut to the chase with straight, long lines defining your work and goals.
If you’re iffy about the necessity of this useful tool, here are 7 reasons you definitely want to use a chalk line to mark your next major construction project.
1. Greater Accuracy
Even kindergartners know that drawing straight lines gets harder the longer the line you must draw. Hence, the need for an accurate tool to help you make sure your construction project doesn’t go wonky.
Using a chalk line ensures you don’t end up with a wobble or bending line of work.
No need to find a wood plank long enough or a hard ruler. You can save time and money as well by having one man marking concrete, wood, or other materials you’re planning on cutting into.
Simply pin one end down, pull the line the distance you need to mark and snap. It’s really that easy.
2. Perfect for Painting Projects
If you’re working on a project that needs large amounts of paint, but you need to clearly define where certain colours go, or mark areas for stripes, a chalk line will be your saving grace.
It can take hours to mark just one wall for stripes when painting. Think how much time you’ll save if you’re working on an entire building.
Chalk lines make it easy to create boundaries and paint over them when the time comes. They can save you on having to use up yards of painting tape or other markers in many cases.
Chalk lines are especially useful in urban projects where various colours may be used in a more artsy way on the exterior of buildings. They can help you and your team know just where the burnt orange paint ends and the grey paint must begin.
3. Mark Professionally
In the construction industry, you are bound to have lines so long that you’re unsure if, despite its accuracy, a chalk line will be visible. Luckily, chalk lines can be versatile and give you great accuracy and clarity even in the largest of projects.
One method for using a chalk line to mark extremely long lines is to stretch your chalk line the full distance you need. Then, with a steady weight, weigh down the centre of the chalk line right in the middle of your line.
This breaks your chalk line up into two separate lines so you can snap your chalk line twice. Snap one time on each end of the weight.
Doing this makes sure that your now very straight line is marked in a darker, more clearly defined line of chalk.
4. Wood Cutting
For projects involving wood, there is great room for human error when cutting. Instead of using a ruler or wobbly measuring tape to try and mark cut-lines on plywoods, use a chalk line.
Chalk lines are particularly helpful if you must mark angles on plywood.
Keep your angles even for cutting by using a small nail to hook one end of the chalk line and stretch it to your second point. This method can keep your team from marking uneven angles by doing it freehand with other tools.
5. Use for Cutting Drywall
Another great use for your chalk line is to mark up your drywall. To make sure your angles are even before cutting and placing drywall, make a small slice in the drywall at one end of the angle line you plan to cut.
Then, wedge your chalk line into the small slice. You then stretch the chalk line across the desired length of your angle and snap.
Be sure to make the slit a little higher than your angle mark line so that when the chalk line is extended right before snapping, the tension of the snap will bring the line down to hit the mark dead on.
6. Cutting Hard Materials Like Brick, Stone, Concrete, etc.
As any construction tradesmen knows, cutting irregular surfaces, or hard materials like concrete can present a real challenge. If you are in the middle of laying shingles on a roof and have an uneven surface, it’s nearly impossible to mark a straight line by hand.
Chalk lines can be wedged into small cut marks on shingles to show you where that cut needs to occur to lay shingles perfectly on a slanting rooftop.
You can keep a line totally straight by snapping a chalk line across laid brick or concrete blocks. No more need to worry about misshapen lines caused by the bumps or cracks between bricks.
Chalk lines are also an effective method for marking stone or any other irregular construction materials.
The powdery, but clear, mark a chalk line gives you is caused by the tension between your two points. It is much easier to keep a chalk line straight than to draw a mark by hand with spray paint or pencils.
7. Create the Perfect Room Frame
During projects that require you to build a room frame, a chalk line helps you mark the walls to indicate the frame outline. Frame angles are also easier to see with chalk marks indicating their placement.
Your project will end up with a clean, perfect look if you use the chalk line to mark the levelness of your frame before building and inserting the frame.
This tool helps you mark angles to guide the frame into place without error.
Chalk Lines are Just the Beginning
Chalk lines are the perfect tool for large construction projects that require perfect accuracy. Finish with a professional look and avoid dangerous mistakes by creating perfectly straight lines and angles with a chalk line.
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