I was talking to an electrician on the weekend and he was telling me about a
"laser / level" that a friend of his had bought to layout tile. As he
explained, it sounded like one could hang the laser system on the wall and
then adjust the tile angle and size to project a grid onto the floor. I
tried to google it but only came up with laser squares. The more I think
about it I wonder if such a system could even exists? since the height and
location of laser would cause the laser image to "keystone" as it got
further away. THOUGHTS?
It would be possible to compensate for the keystoning. Projectors for
conference rooms do so. Maybe you could point a projector at the floor?
That combined with a graphics program like Illustrator or Freehand
would let you plan and project some really complicated pattern. Could
be fun for a tile- and computer- loving geek. (No offense meant by the
term 'geek', btw.)
I use a laser square when I am setting tile. Using measurements and a
chalk line I set my first column, but from there I use the laser square
to project a straight line down each column and row of tile. It really
helps keep the tile super straight and keeps you from wandering as tile
isn't always perfectly square or sized consistently.
The other advantage is that as you lay down thinset (or mastik) the
laser still shows where chalk lines disappear.
I have a tripod laser but not a nice laser square. In the past I've screwed
down a piece of 1x4 and then worked off of that, I can normally 2 or three
rows at a time and use it to butt my tiles against. Since I've been laying a
lot of tile lately and messing my knees up I'd be more than willing to
invest in the machine. I do this after I finish my desk hob each day and
every job my price has gone up and the customers are still more than happy
to pay so I think I'll just keep going for now.
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