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Yes, you read it right — the Spot-Rite torpedo level has male pipe threads on both ends so you can screw it into a 1/2″, 3/4″ or 1″ pipe fitting to check level, plumb, and 45°.

So, how do you fit three different thread sizes on two ends? Since it’s hard to see in the picture, we’re assuming either one end has a stepped thread, or the level comes with a thread adapter.

Pricing for the Spot-Rite level starts at $22. Both the Summit and Allied sites say that this is a torpedo level and gunner nipple in one tool. Can anybody shed some light on what exactly a gunner nipple is?

Spot-Rite Level [Summit Contractor Supply]
Spot-Rite Level [Allied Rubber & Gasket]

10 Responses to A Torpedo Level With Nipples

  1. Ben Granucci says:

    From http://www.urbandictionary.com:

    (Pipe-fitter, or)Any pipe trade term for a short piece of pipe, only valuable for leveling or measuring. When used as a finished piece, it represents poor craftsmanship.

  2. Jerry says:

    Pictures do not always equal a thousand words. Is this thing made of plastic? Sure looks like it. All it takes is one time of an apprentice twisting it too hard/too far to eat those plastic threads trying to get it to the exact spot he wants it for easy reading. I’ll have to leave it on the store shelf to gather dust – especially for the price.

  3. ShopMonger says:

    Jerry: I would agree if and only if we know what kind of plastic it is…some plastics are stronger that aluminum……

    However, i like the idea of the level ..


  4. Josh says:

    How can the 45 degree level be at all useful? Won’t its accuracy be directly impacted by how accurately you can line it up? For example, in the picture, if you turned the level screwed into the 45 degree fitting through another 180 degrees of rotation, the level would be vertical, and the bubble useless. Therefore, if you accidentally turned it 10 degrees past where it should be, you’d either get an incorrect reading that you were level when you weren’t or an incorrect reading that you weren’t level when you were.

  5. David Bryan says:

    Korit.com has them for under $20. I went to the manufacturer’s site (itwbuildex.com, they’re part of Illinois Tool Works) and can’t find much information about them there, but I like it. You’d recognize a lot of ITW Buildex products.

  6. Thanks for the info David Bryan.

    I investigated the Illinois Tool Website when I was writing this post, but I didn’t connect that they were the manufacturer, because the only link they have for the Spot-Rite Level brings up what looks like a catalog page.

    I can see on the bottom of the PDF that opens that Spot-Rite Level was their trademark as of 2003, but they must have let it lapse because it’s not listed on the US patent and trademark site.

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  8. Winston Elliott says:

    I am a sprinkler fitter and have had one of these for years. They are an absolute godsend. They are durable as all get up and the threads do not eat up you get quite a few turns before it gets tight. Highly recommended it for any fitter especially doing tee runs.

    • Thank you sir. If the people on here need to say if u don’t line it up right the bubbles are useless they rant smart enough to own one of these level or any other. The level is bad ass and handy as another seat of hands

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