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  1. Jamchiv01
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    Jamchiv01 Electrical Installer

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    Hello all, recently I was installing some new downlights in a large kitchen, and trying to measure the room width/length alone was a nightmare with a tape measure so I did some research on laser distance measures and they seem to be a good way to go.

    Has anyone ever owned one and are they as good as the internet seems to make out?


    This is the one I'm thinking of getting due to the Bluetooth connection and better display for daylight:
    Bosch PLR 50 C Digital Laser Measure (Measuring up to 50 m): Amazon.co.uk: DIY & Tools - https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00UN62Y1O?ref=emc_b_5_t
     
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    I own the Bosch GLM50C and it's a god send. I've tried the app for the Blutetooth link up on my iPad and whilst it's good, it's a bit fiddly and time consuming so I normally just measure and sketch.

    Handy for volume calcs too.

    But, for on the job use, I generally just revert to the old faithful tape measure :)
     
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    Rpa07 1000 posts only 44653 behind Telectrix! Electrician's Arms

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    Jamchiv you keep turning up like a 'good' penny. Are you too busy for us all?
    I've yet to invest as I have got away with the tape measure in 3 different lengths giving different strength of tapes.
    The Bosch range are on my radar. Good prices if you don't lose it.
     
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  4. Jamchiv01
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    Jamchiv01 Electrical Installer

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    Thanks for the review and do they work well in the daytime?

    I hop on here a few times a week to see what's going on when I'm not busy :)
     
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    SparkyChick Making a banana smoothy for my fave gorilla Electrician's Arms

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    Do they work well in the day... I don't do much quoting at night ;)

    Yes, it's clearly visible... can't say for bright sunshine, it's been lacking recently, but I've not had any problems spotting where I'm measuring.
     
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    telectrix Scouser and Proud of It Trusted Advisor

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    i rely on my laser digital size 9 feet. 5 1/2 strides = 1 pole. 4 poles = 1 chain.
     
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  7. D00DY_T00DY
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    D00DY_T00DY Gorilla Whisperer Electrician's Arms

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    Right nipple to left arm finger tips = 1 meter lol
     
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  8. Jamchiv01
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    Jamchiv01 Electrical Installer

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    So when you need to measure a ceiling you do a handstand on a piece of wood suspended, now that's just pure talent :tearsofjoy:
     
  9. stevethesparks
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    stevethesparks Electrician's Arms

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    My favourite in laser distance measure is Leica
    spec says within 1mm - whatever the distance! Excellent piece of kit when marking out down-lighters.
     
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  10. D00DY_T00DY
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    D00DY_T00DY Gorilla Whisperer Electrician's Arms

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    Always wondered how the foot prints ended up on boarded ceilings. Clear sign that tels about.
     
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    nope. left nipple to left fingertips = 2 cubits.
     
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  12. D00DY_T00DY
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    D00DY_T00DY Gorilla Whisperer Electrician's Arms

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    Think you need calibrating.
    I'm getting 2.23 on my end.
     
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  13. D00DY_T00DY
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    D00DY_T00DY Gorilla Whisperer Electrician's Arms

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    My god. They're actually units of measurement.
    How do you go about measuring a horse? How many hands in a cubit?
     
  14. mickfred
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    Laser are poor in direct sunlight tryed the Bosch outside a few weeks ago and was less than useless
     
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    Will never buy Bosch again as the stud finder was a waste of a £100 as well
     
  16. davesparks
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    You can just measure the dimensions of the room at floor level, no need to hold your tape measure up in the air or buy a laser
     
  17. Specialist
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    There you go, bragging again :)
     
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  18. D00DY_T00DY
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    D00DY_T00DY Gorilla Whisperer Electrician's Arms

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    Thought he was taking the p**s making up units of measurements :D
     
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    4.5 hands to a cubit. ( 1 cubit is elbow to fingertips).

    The cubit is an ancient unit based on the forearm length from the middle finger tip to the elbow bottom.

    from wikepedia...
     
  20. D00DY_T00DY
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    D00DY_T00DY Gorilla Whisperer Electrician's Arms

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    I don't understand these none standardised measurements because surely my elbow to finger tips is different to yours.
    These new units of measurement have blown my mind. :eek:
     
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