How Laser Distance Meters Are Replacing Tape Measures
Whether you’re drawing up plans for a new commercial building or taking on a DIY construction project around your home, a tape measure is an essential tool for the job. Unfortunately, these everyday items have their limitations. Find out how laser measuring tools improve on the basic tape measure design and help you get rapid, accurate measurements for your next project.
A standard tape measure takes more time. Unless you’re measuring a distance smaller than your arm’s reach, you must either hook the end of the tape measure to an edge or have an assistant hold the end. Both of these solutions take time and are less efficient than a laser measuring tool.
Attempting to hook a tape measure to a wall or edge can be incredibly frustrating. Just as you reach the other end of the wall or project, the tape measure often pulls up and immediately retracts. This can waste time and energy as you move from one side to another.
Tape measures also have limited distances. Most physical tape measures only reach up to 50 feet. Others offer 100 feet or more, but these are too bulky to be practical for DIY projects or busy contractors.
Instead, these state-of-the-art tools use a laser to give you a quick reading in a small package. Simply point the meter at a wall, ceiling or other object and turn it on. Many can be used for distances over 90 meters, which is far longer than many standard tape measures are capable of measuring.
One of the greatest advantages of a standard measuring device has always been its accuracy. Modern laser measuring tools are now accurate enough to be relied on for important commercial construction projects.
Choose a meter that offers readings within 3 millimeters for a trustworthy way to measure distances on the job site. There are several ways these devices obtain accurate readings, from time-of-flight calculations to phase-shift methods, but both can produce readings accurate enough for professional use.
For very small distances, it may be better to switch to your standard tape measure. A margin of error of 3 millimeters if you’re measuring a distance less than a few meters or feet. For most large projects, however, this small amount won’t make a meaningful difference.
Once you take a measurement, your tape measure is no longer useful. A laser measuring device, however, can be used to make complex calculations. Use the Pythagorean theorem and other calculations with the same device that took the measurement for all-in-one convenience.
If you’re taking multiple measurements, then a laser distance meter can save measurements for future use. You no longer need to carry around a notebook to mark down distances, but move from one wall or one room to another without worrying about forgetting distances or calculations.
Replace Your Tape Measure With a Laser Distance Meter
At Engineer Supply, you can find name-brand laser measuring tools and other helpful devices to make your next project easier. Shop for measuring devices and other tools today to discover modern technologies to improve your professional or DIY projects.