Black & Decker 36" Accu Mark Level
This is either an interesting idea or the gimmick to end all gimmicks. For the sake of all the people who made it one of the number one holiday sellers at Amazon, we hope it's the former. The Accu Mark is a 36" level with two interesting features that separate it from the pack.
First, they have something called Geko Grips which are spring loaded pads that allow the level to be easily held against a wall with one hand, while you mark the wall with the other hand. The other new features are two gauges that slide up and down the length of the level. They are supposed to help with marking preset hanging holes, the kind that are usually found on the backs of those Pier 1 shelving units. The way it works is that you place the level against the back of the picture/shelf/whatever and line up the gauges with the hangers. Then when you place the level against the wall, you know exactly where to put the hangers.
We'll admit that dealing with this type of hanger can be a real pain, so maybe this level is a great idea. We checked the Amazon comments sections and found some good and some bad about the Accu Mark. The good stated that the level worked as advertised and the bad criticized it for being poorly made with gauges that were hard to move, not to mention the fact that geko grips are nothing more than smooth plastic plates.
The level costs $25, which isn't a bad price for a functional 36" level.
If anyone has used one of these, drop a comment and let us know how it went.
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Posted by Doug Mahoney at December 18, 2007 5:31 AM