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Forum topic by Rick_M posted 10-21-2017 01:32 AM 442 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Rick_M

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10-21-2017 01:32 AM

Topic tags/keywords: chalk line blue chalk

Probably a dumb question but mine fell off the roof and broke so after asking around, I’m buying a Tajima chalk line reel to replace it and wondering if I should splurge for the Tajima ultra fine chalk too. Some guys say the Tajima is worth it and snaps a better line, some say it doesn’t matter. The blue chalk I was using didn’t stick around long, a good breeze would blow it away or lines snapped before lunch would be gone by late afternoon. Maybe it was the line, maybe it was the chalk, maybe that is normal. ??

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#1 posted 10-21-2017 02:07 AM

What’s the price difference? The only chalk line I have is a hand me down from my stepfather, and it does the job fine. I can’t imagine a “better” chalk line.

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#2 posted 10-21-2017 02:14 AM

https://www.keson.com/product-category/chalk/

Whenever I needed the chalk to stay around (on concrete) I always sprayed a clear coat over it.

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#3 posted 10-21-2017 03:12 AM

Always used Red Chalk, if I wanted it to stay around for a long time….blue was for temporary markings.

Find one of the old, metal Strait-Line chalk boxes…they don’t break…

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#4 posted 10-21-2017 03:32 AM

For roofing I used red oxide the stuff that’s used to color concrete. It will last on your paper and your hands always a good and bad side.

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#5 posted 10-21-2017 03:32 AM

My son uses a Japanese chalk line. (remodeler/trim carpenter) He tried regular chalk and hated it. Regular chalk is almost granular compared to the Japanese which is like talcum powder.

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#6 posted 10-21-2017 03:43 AM

I bet good $$ someone makes the chalk themselves with a special recipe!!! Myself I have three metal tear shaped ones my Grandfather used. I suspect the chalk I found in the drawer of his shop is older than I am..

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#7 posted 10-21-2017 02:36 PM

I wet my chaulk line and get a solid thin line mark. Maybe look for a wet one.

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#8 posted 10-21-2017 05:09 PM



For roofing I used red oxide the stuff that s used to color concrete. It will last on your paper and your hands always a good and bad side.

- Aj2

Yeah, I learned they do make different chalks for different uses, I figure since I’ll only have one chalk line that I better stick with blue, temporary.

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#9 posted 10-21-2017 05:13 PM



My son uses a Japanese chalk line. (remodeler/trim carpenter) He tried regular chalk and hated it. Regular chalk is almost granular compared to the Japanese which is like talcum powder.

- Pogo930


That is basically what someone else told me, that the finer chalk sticks to the string better and snaps a better line. One bottle will be a lifetime supply, I’ll give it a shot.

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