Make a layout tool

Discussion in 'Seal Coating Forum' started by joeE, Mar 5, 2006.

  1. joeE

    joeE LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 286

    These are a must have tool for anyone that works alone and they make a 2 man crew more productive when laying out a parking lot.If you just need it for chalking a line on driveways, you could use a one piece handle ( seen on left) it wont hold the extras but it is very handy. Your chalk line ring will slide over & down the handle so the string goes under the weight with little effort.
    Most of us have enough scrap around to build one or two. It took me about
    3 hours to build two of them.

    Weight...2" x 16" solid shaft (anything that sits flat,is 6"x6" & 14-15 lb will do)

    Rail...3/8" or 1/2" x 27" steel rod or rebar

    Handle... 5/8 or 3/4" x 12" rod or rebar

    Tape holder...1/4" x 3" rod or bolt

    Crayon holder...1" pipe x 3"

    Wood dowel...3/4 x 28" (painted red)

    Rubber hose ...3/4 I D x 6"

    Put three 45 deg bends in the handle as shown. & weld to rail.

    Put 45 deg bend on tape holder about 2" out. & weld to rail 16" up from bottom.

    Cut 1" x 3" pipe to 2" & 1" pcs. weld 1'' pc to back of handle. Weld 2" pc to weight.

    Weld your weights together (if needed)

    Weld handle/rail assy to weight & paint. I drilled & taped the first one, that took to long & was hard to get stright without a drill press.

    I used elect tape for the stripe. Use 6" hose to hold crayon to dowel.
    18 lbs total.

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  2. lampeslawnservice

    lampeslawnservice LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 323

    dumb question, but is this set up for line painting, if so how is it used
  3. joeE

    joeE LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 286

    It holds the end of your layout tape or chalk line for you. So you can pull it tight.
  4. Mdirrigation

    Mdirrigation LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,792

    I just welded a piece of pipe to a brake rotor and glued rubber to the bottom so it wont slide on pavement , weld a couple hooks to hold the tape or chalk line and your done .
  5. joeE

    joeE LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 286

    Wow, I bet a heavy rotor would do a most excellent job. I wonder what other things people have used for the weight.
  6. RayGauthier

    RayGauthier LawnSite Member
    Messages: 72

    Why not just put a nail in the pavement ?
    It's fast and easy to remove and doesn't take up room in the trailer.
    This is just what I think.
  7. joeE

    joeE LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 286

    Our job is to seal the surface, not polk it full of holes.
    Carry layout tool in left hand, set it down on left end of stripe. Carry chalk line in right hand, stretch out ck line to right end of stripe & snap. Dont reel up line, let it drag, go pick up LA tool, move to left end of next line.
    Much faster than the average nail.
  8. RayGauthier

    RayGauthier LawnSite Member
    Messages: 72

    sound good to me !!
    I was thinking to snap your line .
    Have you thought about a laser (nice strait lines)
    but your way seems to work well .
  9. joeE

    joeE LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 286

    Yah, been looken at lasers, havent got one yet.
  10. RayGauthier

    RayGauthier LawnSite Member
    Messages: 72

    Up here in Canada we have a store called Canadian tire and they sell the same laser that Speedflo sells on there Powrliner for $216.92 I can get it a Canadian tire for $40.00 so all I can say is look around.
    :canadaflag: :clapping:

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