Align Fence Posts with a Laser Level

Having a good quality fence doesn’t just improve the curb value of your home. It also provides much needed privacy and security, especially if you’ve got small kids and/or pets.

There are many different styles of fencing and it’s easy enough for do-it-yourselfers to put up their own fence. Perhaps the trickiest part of the whole job is making sure that the fence posts are perfectly straight.

So, before you head over to the lumber yard to pick up your wood you’re going to want to make sure that the spots where you care going to excavate and install your fence posts are in a perfectly straight line.

The best way to do this is with a laser level. You’ll need a few other pieces of hardware too.

Here’s a list of the gear you need to use a laser level to allign fence posts.

  • A Sensor Bracket
  • A Laser Level
  • A Hand Level
  • Wooden Stakes
  • A Construction Tripod
  • Safety Goggles

Always remember to put on your safety goggles before using the laser level or laser tape measurer and avoid pointing the laser at anyone’s eyes.

So, now that you’ve got all the geat that you need, here’s a step-by-step guide to putting up perfectly straight fence posts.

Step One.

Set up the construction tripod at the point where you want the line of fence posts to start. To make sure that the tripod is level use a hand level. Once the bubble’s in the middle you know that the tripod’s level.

Step Two.

Attach the laser level to the tripod in the vertical position. With your goggles on (this important point of safety can’t be stressed enough) you can look directly at the laser. It should appear sideways as it marks a straight line along the ground.

Step Three.

Tighten the laser level to the tripod with its threaded ball attachment to prevent the tripod from falling over.

Step Four.

Once it’s secured to the tripod, turn on the laser

Step Five.

Wait for 30 seconds as the laser self-levels itself along the vertical plane.

Step Six.

Put the laser level into rotate mode.

Step Seven.

Fasten a sensor bracket to a wooden stake and hold it at the position where you want the next fence post to go.

Step Eight.

Move the wooden stake from side to side until the laser hits it and the sensor bracket beeps and presents a straight line on its display screen.

Step Nine.

Making sure that the vertical line in the sensor bracket’s display stays straight, carefully place another wooden stake )not the one with the sensor bracket attached to it) in the ground.

Step Ten.

Move the stake/sensor bracket to the next fence post location and repeat the process.
That’s all there is to it. Once you’ve decided on the best laser level in your price range you can start familiarizing yourself with its use. Having a laser level or laser tape measurer is like having a grout removal tool —this is a tool with a multitude of applications, and after your fencing project is finished you’ll likely find yourself using your laser level again in the future. travelling with acne

How To Prevent Acne Breakouts While Traveling

When it comes to travelling, skin care is more often than not neglected. This neglect has several consequences including blotchy skin, sunburns and loss of elasticity as a result of dehydration.

One of the most serious of these consequences is acne breakouts.

By definition, a breakout is an eruption or inflammation of the skin. When acne pimples are involved, there are usually different factors at play whether it is hormones, diet or climate change. Whatever the cause, the result is sudden appearance of numerous painful and sometimes itchy pimples usually on the face.

Below is a bit more information on what causes these breakouts when traveling and what can be done to prevent them altogether.
How Does Travelling Facilitate Acne Breakouts?

Having understood what acne breakouts are, it is important to understand what it is about travelling that brings them about. Below are 4 reasons why travelling acts as a foundation for acne breakouts.

  1. Sleep depravation
  2. For most people, vacations are all about fun and adventure. This is not in any way a mistake. However, there is usually a risk of sleep deprivation associated with the good time. When you do not get enough sleep, one of the main organs that suffer is your skin. Insufficient sleep is associated with clogged pores that result in acne breakouts commonly seen among vacationers.

  3. Altitude and climate change
  4. Another common cause of acne breakouts while travelling is change in altitude and climate. As far as altitude is concerned, studies have shown that at higher levels such as those experienced when on a plane, the skin tends to lose water a lot faster. This in turn results in skin flakiness and subsequent clogging of pores resulting in acne breakouts.

  5. Change in diet
  6. Another common cause is change in diet. Most people settle for unhealthy snacks and fast food while travelling simply due to convenience. This is a major cause of breakouts especially with high fat and carbohydrate diets. The body eliminates some of the excess fats through sebum with the natural oils resulting in pore clogging and acne.

  7. Time zone changes
  8. Finally, change in time zone has been proposed as a cause of acne breakouts while travelling. This change alters the (circadian rhythm) ( with subsequent hormonal imbalance that eventually results in skin breakouts.

3 Ways To Prevent These Breakouts
With so many factors working against your skin while travelling, it is important to take skin care seriously. Below are 3 simple steps you can take to protect yourself from acne breakouts during your trip.

  • Regular skin cleansing
  • When travelling, body washes are the best way to prevent breakouts. These ensure that all excess dirt, natural oils and dead skin are cleared to prevent clogging of pores.

  • Skin nourishment and hydration
  • Eating right and drinking plenty of water will also go a long way to ensure that your skin stays clear throughout the trip. It is also a good idea to consider taking vitamins supplements especially those rich in antioxidants. These include vitamin A and vitamin E supplements.

  • Rest and relaxation
  • Finally, it is important to get sufficient rest and relaxation while on your trip. This helps prevent acne breakouts associated with sleep deprivation and altered hormonal balance.’s Special Places: Lewa Safari Camp

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Why? Lewa Safari Camp is outstanding game viewing at it’s best. The Conservancy is home to about 10 percent of Kenya’s black rhino population, and the single largest population of Grevy’s zebra in the world- both endangered species. With the whole of the eastern half of the Conservancy to itself, and with strict limits on tourism numbers with the Conservancy, guests can enjoy the feeling of a private game viewing experience. With over 70 recorded mammal species within the conservancy, the wildlife experience is unrivalled.

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