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Time To Get An Lmd (i Think)

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After many years of being satisfied with my trusty cheap plastic 100' reel tape ( or, I should say tape(s), as I learned long ago to carry several such $2.95 Ollie's specials as they have a habit of falling apart), a 30', 1" Dewalt retracting tape measure and a bit of on-the-fly arithmetic, I have finally decided that technology and my own growing decrepitude may call for the adoption of some more current measurement tools.
Because by first attempt at this was not so productive (I bought an ultrasonic device and then was given a device that had a laser, but was basically the same thing; both went into a drawer long ago), I would like to make sure I know just what the current devices can do.
Are there any on line resources where I can get an idea of just how I would use one? My basic reason for choosing an LMD (laser measuring device) would be to be able to stand in a spot removed from the dwelling and get an accurate distance between two points on the house that I can point a laser at without the need of placing a target, reflector or other device. While some accuracy is nice, I really have no need for the millimeter standards I read bout in some descriptions. And I certainly have no desire to spend several hundred dollars for such accuracy (or a need for being able to upload a 3d model to the cloud that is derived instantly from my measurements.
I have looked at the ads on the web site and their product links, but they seem to all concentrate on their extended, rather than basic features. By basic question is: Are the lower priced LMD's able to allow me to accurately (+/- 1/2 foot) get the distances between all the interior and exterior corners of a home from locations distant from the home? My concept would be to make my measurements of a home with all 90 degree corners from four or five spots around the home, maybe 15 to 20 yards away (similar to the places where the exterior photos might betaken).
 

gregb

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You are looking for a laser with a pythagoras feature:

 

Tom Woolford

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Price just doesn't reflect features, it also represents quality and durability. My Disto's have survived some things that would have completely destroyed cheaper ones.
 

Terrel L. Shields

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Price just doesn't reflect features, it also represents quality and durability. My Disto's have survived some things that would have completely destroyed cheaper ones.
I have a cheap one and I have a Disto. Both are 10 y. old and work fine. I still keep an appraisers tape in the car. The cheap one is less bulky, does everything I do normally.
 

Mr Rex

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The more expensive ones have brighter lasers so the dot is visible on bright sunny days. The cheap ones work fine in the shade, not so much when its really sunny.
 

JTip

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The more expensive ones have brighter lasers so the dot is visible on bright sunny days

Disto is the way to go.

Point and shoot. It's really that easy. Practice on your own house a couple times, you will get the hang of it in 5 minutes.
 

Elliott

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I'm sticking with the 65' loggers tape, until I can say, "Alexa, measure side."
 

TRESinc

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Disto is the way to go.

Point and shoot. It's really that easy. Practice on your own house a couple times, you will get the hang of it in 5 minutes.


i could not agree more with this statement. i've been on my disto for many, many years and love it. when you are ready to buy go here http://www.appraiserslaser.com/laser-distance-meters/disto-distance-meters.html?dir=ASC&order=price and then call them to place the order. typically they give 10-20% off the retail price.

if you don't want to spend a lot and only want the basic point and shoot you can get the E7300 for around $150. if you want bluetooth the lowest model is the new D2 and it goes for around $165ish.

that being said i would suggest the E7500 as it comes with a camera which can be very helpful on bright, sunny days. for a little more you can get the E7500i which is the same unit but includes bluetooth.
 

miktay

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(copied and pasted from my last LMD thread comment)

I am glad I ditched the tape measure over 5 years ago.
Paid about $80 for a Bosch DLR-130 and it has worked great.
I've done about 600 homes with it so far and still works well.
(about $0.13 per home, and getting cheaper after each measure...)

Rexies comments about the brightness of the red dot are true.
 
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