There are several pros and cons for each of the three most common measuring devices used in the field today.
The top three tools include:
- Tape Measure
- Laser Measuring Device
- Wheel Measure
Let’s review each one individually—simply click on the image for further details.
A tape measure is the most common method of measuring.
- Easily maneuverable—measuring around corners or curves
- No power/batteries needed
- Distance is usually no more than 100 ft.
- Larger homes/buildings require a stake, marking flag, or second person
- Sagging or slight angle of the tape can interfere with accuracy
Laser Measuring Device
Laser tape measurers allow for easy and individual measuring.
- Fast / Time Saver
- System memory—stores previous measurements
- One man job
- Magnification features are available
- Energy saving
- More expensive
- Requires batteries or power source
- Need steady hands for precise reading
- Not as effective when measuring short distances
- Light conditions and good weather are important
Measuring wheels are a fast, practical way to measure distance—indoors or outdoors.
- Various sizes
- Manual or Digital
- One man job
- No measuring tape; simply a calibrated wheel
- Rough or soft terrain can reduce accuracy
- Obstacles in the path may reduce accuracy
- The diameter of the wheel provides different advantages/disadvantages
Whether an inspector/adjuster is using a Tape, Laser or Wheel Measuring Device, each device has its own unique qualities and capabilities. The most important factors are to understand the features and limitations of each, and to choose the tool that best suites the needs of the client, location, terrain and structure.
Be safe in the field.
CIS Group Quality Control Supervisor
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