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Advantages and Disadvantages of using a Homemade Builder’s Profile

What are the advantages and disadvantages of using a homemade builder’s profile?

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String line around wooden post Many DIY builders and some professional builders use homemade versions of the builder’s profile. These are usually made out of a piece of wood with the string line attached. With homemade versions there is still a need to keep checking throughout the building process that the wall is plumb and level with a spirit level.


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  • Homemade profiles are much cheaper, so if you only need the tool for a single project, the costs might not be justified.


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  • They may not be as sturdy as shop-bought builder’s profiles. Being made just from wood means that any tension or changes in weather conditions could cause it to move, making the line inaccurate.
  • Homemade versions cannot be attached to the wall base as securely as shop-bought profiles, again making them less accurate.
  • Unless the piece of wood is perfectly even and level on both sides, you cannot be sure that the measurements you obtain accurate.
  • Homemade versions are not generally designed to sustain wear and tear over and over again, so you may need a new homemade one for each project.
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