Clever Tools of the Trade: Laser Tape Measure
Whether it is a new siding installation or replacement work; in these types of applications it requires measurement.
A calculation, a takeoff and doing a materials list is just a few of the basic components needed to estimate a siding job. If there is one tool which has withstood the test of time, it would be the steel tape measure.
Given it has a long history and almost an iconic status; it’s a classic, simple, durable, easily recognized amongst hobbyists and pros alike. I don’t think there’s a single tradesman who doesn’t carry one.
However sometimes, the task of using a steel tape measure becomes a bit cumbersome and has its limitations. It often requires two people, one to hold the tape measure and another person to read the end of the tape measure. However when it comes to efficiency it doesn’t measure up and at times could become a real challenge when siding contractors need to work on two and three story buildings.
Consider trying a laser tape measure, it will become a favorite tool.
A laser tape measure is very efficient and quite accurate and will pay for itself by saving you a ton of time and money. It doesn’t take two people to operate it and more importantly, it helps eliminate errors which often occur when reading a steel tape measure.
Typically contractors measure from the bottom of the house to the underside of the soffit. With a laser tape measurer there is no need for crouching down.
The point of measure can be from top to bottom or reversed from bottom to the top when shooting the laser. You can also tack a board on each corner of a house and shoot between them and you have the measurement you need. The numbers on the actual display is the actual number of the measurement. Read the measurement and that’s the distance you need to calculate.
The laser tape measure can increase your efficiency and productivity, particularly in the estimating and takeoff aspects of a job.