I've found that literally *every single time* I have checked the system by hand, the float is stuck at the highwater mark and evaporation has taken the level much lower. I mean within 15 seconds done. I bought another base thinking it would hold these size trees NOPESo this year, the day I bought the tree I shopped amazon looking for one that would make all this stop.We got home, we fought, the tree was up, 2 days later I get a photo, no text, of the tree fallen over, water everyplace. This easily holds my Home Depot 10 foot tall ~125lb tree where previous stands wouldn't come close to holding (e.g. So nice. Feels so sturdy. If you’re buying blinker fluid from the auto store, you’re probably going to break it, it ratchets and double locks it in place.