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Stopped by the Habitat Store today looking for filter ideas for my dust collector, but found this instead. Even tho protection glass was broke on the other side, it is very well made and is in extremely nice condition. Vials are all good, accurate and still have their color. It's an 18 incher.
 

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Looked lightly to find replacement glass for the broken out side of the level. All 3 are broke out. I have a cracked lense on my old 24 incher too.
If I could find a scource, it would be easy to make this one as pretty as new.
 

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That would probably work. Levels aren't use as hammers or pry bars very often. ...not by me anyway 😄
 

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Looked lightly to find replacement glass for the broken out side of the level. All 3 are broke out. I have a cracked lense on my old 24 incher too.
If I could find a source, it would be easy to make this one as pretty as new.
thin plexiglass works really well...
 
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Great find, Randy! Is it possible to get the old glass out without disturbing the vials? Sounds like Stick's done this before (VoE?)...
use a holesaw w/o the mandrel or power tools..
turn it by hand (mostly in reverse) to scrape out the bulk of the putty to the metal...
finish the clean up w/ a chisel...
install a new clear plastic bezel bedded in a Butyl rubber type caulk and very little of it..

plastic bezels are more shock/break resistant and the butyl acts as dampener...
make your own bezels using a pilot bitless HS...
polish the edges of the bezel to get rid of it's nick sensitivity...

bore a hole w/ your HS through a piece of wood...
remove the pilot bit...
sandwich the plastic between this piece and a piece of scrap...
clamp it all together...
use the bored piece as the guide for the HS when you cut your bezel...
this operation can be done using a hand drill or a DP...

remember, the finished bezel will be the diameter of the inside open dimension of the HS...

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Mayes is a pretty good brand. I have a Mayes framing square that's been my go to for years. 18" is an interesting length, usually you go from a torpedo to a 2'.
 

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Mayes does a lot of 'trowel trade' stuff. My drywall tee-square is theirs.
Randy's has double vials and no plastic end caps; two thumbs up!
 
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