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5 Quick Tips for Laser Measuring

The Leica DISTO E7500i is IP65 waterjet-safe and dust-tight.

If you’ve been looking for a way to make outdoor distance measurements faster and easier, a laser distance meter may be the perfect solution. Here are five quick tips to help you get the most from this useful tool.

1. Give and Take
Get familiar with your plus, minus, and function keys. They come in handy when you need to measure out-of-reach facades and triangles where reflective target placement isn’t possible. For example, you could measure two halves of a long wall divided by a fence, or use the Pythagoras key to measure a roof’s slope or height without climbing up a ladder.

2. Zoom
Use your viewfinder to get a closer look at the target. This is especially helpful when you can’t see the laser over long distances outside. It’s possible to zoom up to 4x using the latest viewscreen technology – a bonus when the sun is bright!

3. Bull's-Eye
Give your laser distance meter something to shoot for. A simple target helps your aim. A piece of duct tape, a Velcro dot, or a sticky note works well for short distances, especially inside. When you’re outside in strong sunlight or measuring over 100 feet away, use an inexpensive (under $10) reflective target designed for your laser distance meter.

4. Different Strokes
Some people prefer imperial measurements while others prefer metric. Your crew may be divided on the issue. No problem. A good laser distance meter converts units at the stroke of a button.

5. Take Care
If your laser distance meter isn’t ruggedized, handle it with care. Avoid dropping it, getting it wet, or letting dust collect on it. Wipe it off with a clean rag and store it in its case. Better yet, invest in a ruggedized, splashproof, dustproof model like the Leica DISTO E7500i, which is IP65 waterjet-safe and dust-tight.

Whatever laser distance meter you use, take a few minutes to walk through the user’s manual and get familiar with your instrument. Experiment with the settings before you go on the jobsite, and you’ll save yourself time and headaches. If you’re not sure which one to buy, we’re happy to help you choose the right laser distance meter for your specific needs.