snapping line

snapping line

snapping line
A cord used to mark a straight line in laying out masonry, carpentry work, etc. Chalk is applied to the cord along its entire length, and the cord is held taut between two points on the surface to be marked; when the cord is raised and snapped, it leaves a chalk line on the surface.
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Don't bother snapping lines for the starter shingles; just overlap them 3/4 in.
You've got cell phones and computers but you're still out on the job holding tapes, snapping lines and swinging plumb bobs.
Indoors, if you're snapping lines on a blue painted wall, consider using violet or white chalk.
The chalk won't stick to dry sand, so you may have to mist the sand with water before snapping lines. Then snap layout lines directly on the sand using a standard carpenter's chalk line reel.
When I went to the hardware store to buy chalk for snapping lines, I found three colors--blue, red and white.