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Old 12-11-2013, 10:36 PM   #1
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I've done a lot of work in my house without the use of a laser. Having a new house built right now and I will have a lot of projects coming up (finishing bare basement, building stand-alone garage, building a "whole wall" bookcase, large multi-tiered deck, among other things.

Every year I'm grilled about Xmas and can never thing of anything. I have most tools I can think of. Circular saws, table saw, miter saw (although I need to upgrade that one), router, jigsaws, drills, oscillating tool, Sawzall, impact driver, squares, speed squares, 1'/2'/4'/6' levels etc.

I don't have any lasers, but I've never used one either to know what different types there are or things they do. Homeowner that works alone for the most part.

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I suggest looking at the PLS Lasers site. They make multiple units that will do anything you need for construction. You can see all of examples there. Their units are rugged, commercial quality. You can find DIY grade units more economical at the box store or tool retailers.

I use point to point or continuous line lasers to transfer pipe holes at floor level to the next floor, maintain pipe grade and straight lines down hallways. For slabs, I use rotary lasers to set drain elevations in relation to finished floor.
One of the biggest advantages is you eliminate an extra hand when using a laser. Around the house- a simple model will do

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I use my self leveling laser a lot.
http://www.cpotools.com/cst-berger-57-lm30pkg-lm30-wizard-horizontal---vertical-dual-beam-rotary-laser-package/cstn57-lm30pkg,default,pd.html?ref=msn&utm_source=msn&utm _medium=cpc&utm_term=cst+berger+57lm30pkg&utm_cont ent={AdID}&utm_campaign={OrderItemID}

Leveling floors
Marking chair rail height
Setting rim joist, marking post to be cut off at the same height on a deck.
Setting starting point for starter strips when doing siding.
Marking out for suspended ceilings.
Checking footings and foundations.
One time we even used it on a boat yard railway that the ballast had wash out from under the rails and they had a 37' boat stuck in the middle of the road because the drive wheels where just spinning.
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I use a laser layout tool to save time when doing tile work----rather a luxury for a home owner.

I used lasers when piping factories---they they pay for themselves quickly---
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Marking Kitchen cabinet reference lines.
Finding the high and low spots in the kitchen.
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I love my Bosch GLM50 laser measure.

I was skeptical at first, but I thought it'd save me some time and it does. Mostly because it automatically writes the measurement down for you so you don't mix the numbers up in your head as you walk back to the saw.

It really makes working alone easy. It's supposed to be able to measure out to 165 feet accurately. I've only tested it at around 30-40', but the first several times i double checked the measures with my tape and it was spot on.
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Whole lot cheaper and more accurate with a tape measure and a note pad.
Might be ok for some rough estimates on square footage.
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Whole lot cheaper and more accurate with a tape measure and a note pad.
Might be ok for some rough estimates on square footage.
It depends... If you're working alone the tape is less accurate.

And there's the factor of time value of money. If it takes you twice as long, was it cheaper? That depends.


Now where it will get expensive is when I put it somewhere and then can't find it, like what happens with my tape measures.... Which is why I have like 6 of them.
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i use a rotary laser for leveling footings and icf foundation walls.. along with stick framing purposes.. setting a grade for siding and deck ledgers. for large rooms with several windows we set all the sils at the same heigh with the laser as well

i own a bosch 5 pt laser which i use for hanging interior doors. i can plumb the jamb via the laser line along with setting all my headers at teh same height if i have several doors in a hallway all very close together
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Sharks as killing instruments...?



Seriously though...using one right now to level a drop ceiling.
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Thanks for the ideas; I will do some more looking into them. Sounds like I will have a use for one then.

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