Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 8
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Creepy Perfect for aligning and centering support posts.
The first plumb bob was probably made with sinew and a rock, this one works much better. I very quickly was able to find a center point for several porch support posts. The posts were centered and pinned in place while being vertically aligned. I was able to do the job by myself in just a half hour or so. I do not need this tool very often but it is ideal for finding the vertical plain on support posts and for transferring a mark from a top plate to a bottom plate.
December 15, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by kenny The perfect "Tool" for the Job
The brass plumb bob was the perfect tool for getting a center measurement
October 13, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Harley502 Plumb Bob
Fits in your pocket and is very easy to set up for use.
October 16, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Cappy Can't get the cap off, I'm sure I'm not the only one
Getting the cap off, do I use a knife, do I torch it to loosen it, do I use pliers and mark it up
January 11, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Paul Make it plumb, Bob!
I'm tired of hanging a rock on a string and squinting.
King Tut's guy had a better plumb bob than I had.
If a structure is EXACTLY in-line with gravity, it stays up better.
In recent centuries, the spirit (bubble) level has taken much of the work we used to do with plumb bob and square. And now we got lasers. But levels and lasers must be correctly aligned to show true vertical. With a plumb bob on a string, gravity naturally forces the string to Exact Vertical. It really can't go out of alignment.
But if you use a rock or old wrench as your weight, you can't transfer a point above onto the floor except approximately.
So bob weights are made symmetrical and pointed. If truly symmetrical, the line of the string "hangs" to the point of the weight and you make your mark exactly. The metal lathe makes truly symmetrical shapes easy.
So this is Empire's half-pound brass plumb bob. The only "modern innovation" is a replaceable tip (in case you bung-up the sharp end, which you should try to avoid). Does exactly what a plumb bob is supposed to do. 1 year warranty, but what could go wrong?
Plumb bobs have been made of everything, but "plumb" really means Lead because it is heavy and easy to work. However Lead is too soft to hold a sharp point. And today we know that Lead is not good for the body. Brass is considerably harder, and prettier, and is a classic plumb bob material. Ironically this product carries one of those over-cautious warnings "Wash hands after use". Brass cuts easier on the lathe if there is a trace of lead in it, so they have to tell you to wash-up.
One thing to note: this is just the bob. No string is included. This makes sense, because each worker will prefer a different type and length of string. Cotton for constant handling, nylon to shed mortar, whatever. So be sure you have string before you check-out. It might be a nice gesture if they threw-in a couple yards of starter-string, just so you don't get home with nothing to hang your bob on.
February 11, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by jeff great item, worked well
Used this for centering my ballisters worked great
February 26, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by silverado Affordable and high quality tool!
Needed to replace a sketchy plumb bob and have found this plumb bob to be extremely easy to use, high quality and affordable.
February 28, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by TO21702 Great precision tool. Always need a good plumb bob to do the job correct & accuratly.
I am a project superintendent for a GC. I am always amazed at the lack of proper tools by some trades. I enjoy taking time to instruct young tradesmen on the "proper tool"
to use. They are funny how they react to a new way of doing it "right."
December 10, 2013