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When I first got my Beny I did believe it was a unique tool that would come in handy for many of my projects. However, the promise to save me time and money would need to be proven before I could consider this tool a staple in my everyday toolbox. The idea of being able to keep my hands-free while getting a plumb and level reading on various building material seemed logical and advantageous but I needed to experience it for myself.
The first project I used The Beny on was a porch and deck reconstruction. I would be working alone on this project and would have The Beny and a 3-foot and 5-foot conventional box level available throughout. The project called for the complete removal & replacement of three of the four walls including 7 windows and two 8-foot sliders. In addition, much of the floor framing had rotted out and needed to be replaced. On the deck, much of the decking and handrails needed to be replaced and the 4-foot wide stairs were to be replaced with an 8-foot wide staircase.
Once I started the project, the advantages of The Beny became evident very quickly. There were numerous times throughout the project where it was invaluable to have my hands-free to complete the task at hand while working alone.
The Beny became my go-to level, using it to; level a temporary brace on the floor joists and corner roof supports, plumbing the wall framing, leveling the floor joists for the decking, leveling the footers for the stairs, leveling the custom cut stair stringers, and plumbing the custom cut handrail and balusters. In each of these cases, the Beny’s unique ability to allow me to keep my hands-free or to turn a straight edge into a level was hugely advantageous. The only place where the conventional box-beam level would have been a better choice was in leveling the seven footings for the stair stringers. However, an 8-foot level would have been the ideal level and the Beny solved this by allowing me to convert an 8-foot 2×4 into an 8-foot level.
I found The Beny to be an extraordinary tool that surpasses its promise and can lend a hand to any person or crew that is looking to work more effectively and efficiently.
Day one, I was a friend of the inventor. Mike Esposito.
Day Seven, I knew this tool was unique and valuable to all contractors.
Today, I am a partner in the Beny, LLC
Our level was developed to allow users to keep their hands free to be more productive while needing a level and plumb reading on countless items. Every day we are hearing about new and creative ways The Beny owners are utilizing the world’s most versatile level.
Below are just a few of the things you can do with The Beny.
- General wood framing
- Plumbing gable ends
- Plumbing studs
- Leveling headers
- Leveling beams
- Plumbing lally columns
- Screeding concrete, gravel & stone dust
- Installing scaffolding
- Erecting steel structures
- Setting fence posts
- Building wood decks
- Installing play structures
- Leveling picture frames
- Setting string lines for masonry wall construction
- Plumb & level forms for concrete foundations
- (Bonus Idea) Convert a normal 2×4/2×6 into a level
From The Lowell Sun
Ex-Wilmington High football star’s invention is on the level
By David Pevear, firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated: 08/03/2014 01:50:05 PM EDT0 Comments
LOWELL — He points to a knee, to a shoulder, to an ankle, to his neck. Having just been asked which injuries from his football glory days still pain him, 61-year-old Mike Esposito keeps pointing to body parts.
“It’s a sick game,” says Esposito, a former star running back at Wilmington High and Boston College who played three NFL seasons with the Atlanta Falcons before his career was ended by a flunked physical in Houston because of his injuries.
After providing his listener with a quick tour of crushed vertebrae, numb fingers, long-gone cartilage and long-ago touchdown runs, Esposito points to a funny-looking plastic device on a table in front of him.
Esposito, who studied history and marketing at BC while rushing for 2,844 yards and scoring 27 touchdowns from 1972-74, channels his inner Thomas Edison; he describes an idea that came to him in his sleep after another day when he and a friend hobbled by Lyme disease labored to keep their construction projects straight and level.
Why isn’t there an easy-to-use hands-free bubble level that attaches onto anything regardless of shape?
Old aches and pains became the mother of invention. Such a device, “The Beny,” was born late last year. Esposito named it after a friend’s father.
One of Esposito’s old college teammates, Tom Ward, a marketing coordinator for a private-equity firm, is in on the ground floor.
NT Medical in Wilmington manufactures Esposito’s design. The level retails for $39.95 and is sold at a handful of lumber, masonry and hardware stores, including Martignetti Enterprises in Lowell. “The Beny” website already teems with testimonials from satisfied users. An infomercial could be in the works. The patent is pending.
Dennis Scannell, former head football coach at Lowell High and UMass Lowell who is president of Lowell Iron and Steel on Tanner Street, rolled his eyes when Esposito, an old friend with a million ideas, first tried to explain his invention to him.
“I’m thinking, ‘What is this? A part to a still? What is he getting me into?'” recalls Scannell, who back when he played football at Villanova, once caught BC’s Esposito from behind at the 1-yard line on a kickoff return.
Scannell now sounds like he is auditioning for the infomercial, “It’s better than I ever could have imagined,” says Scannell, who has used Esposito’s invention on numerous projects, including during the construction of the Richard P. Howe Bridge.
There must be something about the football mind that is always searching for the next way to beat the blitz, defend the screen, keep the Howe Bridge’s steel level. Tennessee Titans safety Bernard Pollard, a notorious Patriots-killer who as a Kansas City Chief took out Tom Brady’s left knee in the 2008 season-opener, recently patented a tray he invented that fits into sinks and is designed to alleviate clutter.
Football players think analytically when playing,” says Esposito. “It’s all training from sports.”
Esposito’s name is prominent in any discussion about this area’s greatest high school football players ever. Injuries his senior year in college caused Esposito to slip into the seventh round of the 1975 NFL draft. He began his senior season at BC projected as a possible first-round pick.
Esposito, who was Billerica High’s head football coach from 1983-89, lives in Hampton, N.H. with his wife Lee. They have two grown daughters and one grandson. Esposito has a company called Rockman Construction and two more construction-related inventions he is keeping secret until he applies for patents.
Football taught Esposito to be inventive and daring. He certainly had to be daring while running down on special teams during his NFL career.
He became more daring and inventive while serving as Paramount Pictures’ consultant for the filming of the football scenes in School Ties, a 1992 movie shot locally that starred Brendan Fraser, Matt Damon and Chris O’Donnell. The film dealt with anti-Semitism. Bitten by the movie bug, Esposito wrote a screenplay for a football-theme movie set in Boston during school desegregation.
“Five producers read it,” says Esposito. “But you have to be out there (in Hollywood) trying to push it for it to really have a chance.”
Esposito wondered whether any business venture could ever ignite that heightened passion he felt when playing football.
“At (age) 61, here it is,” he says, admiring “The Beny.”
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