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  1. Jamchiv01
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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 2000 posts - only 46379 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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    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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    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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    by new units do you mean them metres and centipedes. they confuse the [email protected] out of me.
     
  22. D00DY_T00DY
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    D00DY_T00DY Gorilla Whisperer Electrician's Arms

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    I did mean New to me. Phrased it badly.
    My dad uses yards being a roofer and i have no idea. Same as how he struggles with meters I suppose.
     
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    your dad is bang on. yards, tons, fortnights, sod metres,kellogs,seconds.

    only concession i ever made to metric is weighing the pups at birth. too small for proper weights. had to weigh them in grammes.
     
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  24. Specialist
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    Nope: He's serious, they're old fashioned units of measurement. I know, my grandad used to tell me of such things.
     
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  25. D00DY_T00DY
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    D00DY_T00DY Gorilla Whisperer Electrician's Arms

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    Yeah I googled them wondering if he was making up words for measurements :D
     
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    40 poles = 1 furlong
    4 poles = 1 chain
    5.5 yards = 1 pole
    8 furlongs = 1 mile.
    10 chains = 1 furlong
    6 feet = 1 fathom
    15 fathoms = 1 shackle.

    and.... 3 barleycorns = 1 inch
     
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    and, just out of interest. ther's 240 pence in a £1
     
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  28. D00DY_T00DY
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    D00DY_T00DY Gorilla Whisperer Electrician's Arms

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    How do they all fit in?! :D

    If you listen carefully you can hear my mind being blown.
    I don't get how you remember all them.
    With centipedes it's to the power of 10.

    Not saying you should use meters just makes more sense to me; then again vise virsa.

    Feel like my world's been turned upside down with all these units being used I had no idea existed:D
     
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  29. Specialist
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    Aah the good old days, I remember them well. The days when money was real;)
     
  30. Specialist
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    That was back when money & measurements were done in real units, not the sissy metric system we have now.:) Gotta say: Tel's memory is way better than mine.
     
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  31. D00DY_T00DY
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    D00DY_T00DY Gorilla Whisperer Electrician's Arms

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    How do you order your cable? ;)
    "Big drum... can't bring myself to say met... nope. Can't do it.. 109.361 yards of 2.5 please" :D
     
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    How do they all fit in?! :D

    @doody.because in them days a £1 was worth a £1.
    for £1 you could get 20 loaves of sliced bread or 20 pints of milk or 4 gallons of 4 star petrol.
     
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  33. D00DY_T00DY
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    D00DY_T00DY Gorilla Whisperer Electrician's Arms

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    Were you referring to 1/2pences and shillings and all the other malarky or inflation.
    Don't get started on old currency! I'm still trying to wrap my head around furlongs, yards, poles and shackles!
    Don't think my brain can take anymore:D
     
  34. Specialist
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    Yeah: 10 Bob (50p) in your hand & you could have a few pints, fish & chips supper and still have change.
    Stop it, your making me all nostalgic now
     
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  35. D00DY_T00DY
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    D00DY_T00DY Gorilla Whisperer Electrician's Arms

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    Haha, may have to start ordering my 100M drums of cables as "109.361yard of etc" to see the reaction :D
     
  36. Specialist
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    Would love to be a fly on the wall if you did that, they'd probably have you certified. Now that would be a waste of a promissing spark ;)
     
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  37. D00DY_T00DY
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    D00DY_T00DY Gorilla Whisperer Electrician's Arms

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    Bloke at my local screw fix quotes the price as "one thousand and etc... pennies please" throws me off everytime. Stood there like :eek:

    Fully expect the older bloke at my wholesalers to be like "ah 100M of course" :D
     
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  38. Specialist
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    It's a terrible thing, but I still find myself working in Imperial & then converting to metric sometimes
     
  39. HandySparks
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    I have had a Makita LD060P, bought 8 years ago. Now replaced by other models. Checked to be good to around 1mm against a tape. Very accurate and consistent, and doesn't suffer from droop, unlike a tape.
     
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    Got a Suaoki one on ebay. It works fine.
     
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    aldi £9.99. and the real ales are well cheap as well.
     
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