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  1. naylorpd
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    naylorpd EF Member

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    I'm toying with a digital distance measure for my Christmas pressie for me...had one a few years ago but I never trusted it and always ended up checking with a steel tape.

    So...do you use a digital tape measure, and to what extent do you trust it?
    Over how long (or short) a distance do you use a digital one rather than a steel tape?
     
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  2. sparkdog
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    sparkdog sparkdog Electrician's Arms

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    Got one a while ago , only used it a few times, quicker to get out the tape measure.
     
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  3. telectrix
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    telectrix Scouser and Proud of It Respected Member

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    i use a piece of string with a knot every fathom. never got round to determining if they are digital knots or analogue.
     
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  4. ruston
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    Same as you , didn't trust it . Near enough for non critical , but couldn't bring myself to rely on it.
     
  5. telectrix
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    telectrix Scouser and Proud of It Respected Member

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    useful in certain situs. e.g estate agents measuring rooms because they are too thick to use a tape measure.
     
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    mydigitalhome Regular EF Member

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    Buy a Leica Disto cost more but worth it.
     
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    telectrix Scouser and Proud of It Respected Member

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    does that come with rice or chips?
     
  8. ruston
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    If the job justifies the cost you are spot on with that brand.
     
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  9. pirate
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    pirate Regular EF Member

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    Tel! you are cruising...
    estate agents too thick to use a tape measure?
    Nuff said...
    Leica Disto 2, if you are too thick to use it, don't buy one!
    It does so much more than simply measure a distance!
    I love mine!
     
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    SWD Gender neutral Electrician's Arms

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    Pirate, give telectrix his login details back and stop taking the pee pee out of him.......
     
  11. pirate
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    Ha! What does Tel know?
    A fathom is 6 feet, always has been, always will be...as a Pirate and seafaring man I know this!
    Thus, fathoms are Imperial measures, and a knot, in a piece of string, is simply a knot...unless it is a hitch, or a bend...but that's a whole different story.
    However, a knot, as a measure of speed, that's a different thing altogether. A mile is 1760 yards, a nautical mile is 2006 yards approximately, so 1 knot speed is about 1.1 mph.
    Proper nautical charts show depths in fathoms and fractions...the new-fangled crappy ones use metres...so 2 metres is a bit more than 1 fathom...took me ages to "fathom" that out!
    To be fair, Tel...I do need to get out more...
     
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  12. GMES
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    GMES Hairy and proud Staff Member Admin

    Wouldn't be without my Leica now, I use it most days.
    I was measuring a factory out the other day for traywork and cable the factory ended up at 89m long by 45m, that would have been fun with a tape measure although that's how I used to do it, that or a wheel.
     
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  13. Gavin John Hyde
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    Gavin John Hyde Electrician's Arms

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    I use one for pricing up and quotes mainly. Useful for working out long cable runs. But for finer measurements such as downlights i find good old tape, long ruler and pencil comes out top for me.
     
  14. telectrix
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    telectrix Scouser and Proud of It Respected Member

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    to measure the speed of a ship in knots, a piece of wood tied to a rope with knots in was thrown overboard. the knots ( spaced at 47ft 3 inches )passing through a sailor's hands were counted over a set time thus giving the speed in knots. a knot being 1 nautical mile per hour or 6080 ft/hour.
    and i need to get out more also.
     
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  15. naylorpd
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    naylorpd EF Member

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    So now I know how long is a piece of string...
    Thanks, sounds like I don't need this!
     
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