Can anyone recommend a laser tape measure for under $50? I don't need
to survey my two acre lot, just measure some room dimensions.
For that matter, are laser measurers truly useful or just a gadget?
Lowe's had two (don't recall the brand) but both had been opened,
resealed, and put back on the shelf. That led me to believe that they
had been sold and then returned by dissatisfied customers.
I've been wishing for one of those, but I can't justify the $300
pricetag. I'd love to be able to measure a 200-foot-long room to the
nearest 1/16 of an inch without walking.
In the meanwhile, I have an ultrasonic tape measure that's good to the
nearest 1/4", I think. That's close enough for estimating a painting
Even the cheap ones should be more than good enough to estimate
what you need to buy. You are going to buy excess to cover the
inevitable mistakes aren't you?
And the most expensive wouldn't be good enough for cutting and fitting.
<SNIP>the most expensive wouldn't be good enough for cutting and
You can say that again!
The cheap laser things from B&D or HFT create a nice bright red light.
But I wouldn't think of cutting my crown molding with only those as a
If it's under 50 bucks it's just a gadget--they're really ultrasonic.
For one that uses the laser for distance measurement and has any kind
of real accuracy you're looking at over 150 bucks for a Leica Disto or
one of its competitors.
One of my employees trusted the electronic type for ordering carpet,
an expensive mistake. We replaced it with an laser model from Bosch
and haven't had trouble, but it was many times that cost. (though
less than what we lost on the carpet project)
I don't know if there is such a device in that price range.
I can recommend the Leica Disto D2, but it is around $200..but a
'real' measuring tool and consistently within 1/16 when measuring
countertops and backsplashes. I have no idea how often you will use
this, but if you're making a living with it...buy it.
(I wish I would have bought the D3..but you hafta stop somewhere.
Those Leica guys make one which bluetooths to your laptop *drools*)
While we are on the subject, I have a question about measuring
"tricks" of the trade.
I am installing an old (single-panel tilt-out/kick-out) garage door in
a barn I built - taking it off the house garage and installing it in
the barn (replacing the one at the house with a new four-panel door).
The door is currently installed in a garage with a ceiling and te read
supports are hung from that.
The barn has no ceiling, just the rafters exposed with two pitches
(front part of roof is eight feet or so and the rear section about
tweleve, so the pitch at front is steeper than at teh rear and the
door spans the two (with the ridge beam off center of te door
So, I have to place the hangers and fasten them to the rafters which
are at different heights (where I need connect them to the rafters)
relative to the concrete slab below. Essentially, I need to find a
point "in space" where the hangers will meet the rear of teh
horizontal supports/wheel chase(s) the top of the door rides in when
I don't have a helper to hold one end of a tape. I have made a story
board marked to the distance the old hangers are from the existing
installation - two-by set perpendicular to the floor on a rudimentary
"stand" and marked at the 80" point as a reference.
I've placed a couple of two by six boards between the two rafters in
te approximate location to hold the angle "iron" from which the
support arms will "dangle" and leveled those surfaces so the "angle
iron will lay square relative to space and the flooring.
Thee are no interior walls - just the exposed studs at this point so
the laser levels I have light up a piece of framing here and there but
do not provide a nice clean line to followand I don't trust them all
that much when I can see them.
The door is about nine feet wide by seven feet tall.
I need to establish the mounting points before I remove the door so as
to accomplish the R&R and swap in one day lest we finally get some
heavy rains while the doors are down and the garage & barn open to the
As indicaed, I am moving along, but thought to ask here for any tips
and techniques for that second measurement before committing. I have a
six-foot level (and shorter levels as well, carpenter's square(s) ad
tape measures, plumb bob(s) and line levels. Also have a B&D laser
level thing and another that does a right angle level/plumb (one beam
out the right side, the other out the top side) and can be locked to
"shoot" a fixed right angle for "layout."
Would appreciate a Reply to Sender if you have a technique I might
Ever tried standing on a ladder and supporting eight feet of tape from
one end of the room to another? Sure, the distance at the floor should
be the same as the distance at the ceiling, but who knows.
That, and I like gadgets. Ones that work, anyway.
No, never tried that, because I realize there's no need to.
Set ladder near center of wall. Extend tape to one corner. Make a pencil
mark at four feet. Extend tape to the other corner, and measure to the
mark. Add 48", and that's the dimension.
Obtain two straight wooden slats, each slightly more than half the
length of the wall. Set ladder near center of wall. Extend slats until
one end of each slat touches a corner. Mark the point of overlap on one
Get a second ladder and a second person to hold the tape.
You can do what Robatoy suggests or measure out from one wall 2', make a
mark, measure from the other wall to that mark and add 2' to that
measurement. Solves the problem of having to guess what the bent tape is
That is definitely the preferred method. I try to do that one all the time.
But I have measured repeatedly, then cut the moulding too short. This is
followed by the obligatory profanity which is followed by a trip to the
store to buy more moulding.
About 8 years ago I did about 8 complete homes. I did the measuring, 10 or
12 pieces at a time, and cutting, my buddy took the cut pieces and nailed
them in with seldom the need to redo. You run into problems with fit when
the wall unintentionally bows in or out. This makes the measurement a tad
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