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When and How To Use a Laser Distance Measurer

Using a laser distance measurer

A laser distance measurer uses a laser light pulse to determine the amount of space between two points. It’s a handy and accurate way to measure areas that would have previously been measured with either a traditional reel-in tape measure or a walking wheel device for measuring.

This measuring device offers a lot of advantages over traditional measuring techniques. For example, results are delivered faster and with greater accuracy. And it can be safer and more convenient because you don’t have to climb or stretch to reach anything you’re measuring. Additionally, there are more ways to use it, making a laser distance measurer a winner when it comes to both functionality and versatility.


Precision and Safety

A couple measuring with a tape measure

If you’re measuring a long distance, a laser distance measurer can give you a reading that’s more precise than you get from other measuring tools. The laser results are accurate within a very close tolerance. Additionally, while a tape measure can sag or bend, which distorts the results, the laser beam measures perfectly straight across. That means you don’t get a close measurement; you get the exact one. This type of device also wins over a walk-behind wheel measurer because the wheels can give altered results by measuring vertical distances along with horizontal ones if you roll it over rocky or hilly terrain.


Easily Switch Measurement Units

Close up of a laser distance measurer

A laser distance measurer can simplify a DIY task if you need to switch between measurement units quickly. For example, if you have a set of directions that list metric dimensions but need results in standard measurements, like inches or feet, a laser measuring device does the mathematical calculations instantly and accurately. Additionally, if the results indicate a smaller increment, such as 3 millimeters or 3/16 of an inch, the laser device gives you the exact result on the readout screen. That way, you get accurate results without squinting to make sure you’re looking at the right tiny line on a tape measure.


Solo Jobs

Measuring a wall with a tape measure

If you’re working alone and have to measure across a long-distance or at an elevated height, like when working in the yard, a laser measuring device can save you a lot of legwork. Rather than walk across the area to be measured, attach the end of a tape measure, and then go back to get the length, you can simply activate the laser device and read the results. Additionally, if you’re measuring something up high, like hanging a curtain rod after sealing around a picture window, you don’t have to climb up and down ladders multiple times to get measurements. Instead, you just hold the device at the desired spot on one end and point it at the desired spot on the other end.


Assist in Low Light Settings

Man in a crawl space

If you’re working in a poorly lit area or just trying to finish something before dark, a laser measurer can make the task easier. The laser dot gives you the confidence you’re measuring to the exact spot you need, no matter how dim the lights are. The laser can measure accurately even when you’re having trouble seeing. Additionally, the readout screen can be viewed whether it’s light or dark because these devices come with bright backlit displays that are easy to see regardless of lighting conditions.


Uncomplicate Complex Calculations

Protractors and rulers

When you’re building something that involves angles and requires precise calculations, a laser measurer can save you time. These units typically come with integrated programming that can deliver results based on algebraic formulas, such as the Pythagorean theorem. That means you can get on with your DIY project with the confidence the calculations and measurements you’re working with are completely accurate.


How to Use a Laser Distance Measurer

Woman using a laser distance measurer

Using a laser distance measurer is a simple four-step process for most devices. First, hold the unit firmly against the starting point. Second, turn on the measurer and point it at the other end, to the spot you’re measuring to on the other end. Third, push the button that engages the laser. Finally, hold the device until you get a reading on the screen of the laser distance measurer.

CHANNELLOCK Laser Distance Measurers

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Using the right tool for a task, such as a laser measurer to accurately measure things, can make your life easier. And it can make DIY projects more enjoyable. These tools offer a variety of benefits for DIY enthusiasts and professionals.


While do-it-yourself projects can be fun and fulfilling, there is always a potential for personal injury or property damage. We strongly suggest that any project beyond your abilities be left to licensed professionals such as electricians, plumbers, and carpenters. Any action you take upon the information on this website is strictly at your own risk, and we assume no responsibility or liability for the contents of this article.

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