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got to the clients house (baseboard, shoe molding install) he says set up on the back deck instead of the garage- no problem! ground level, sliding patio door- he says leave it open! ok then :D trim is right there inside the door - get to work! its getting hot, so he sets up a portable tent/shelter thing overtop my saw/work table! geez, LOL nice folks (teachers) getting really hot, so they pour me cold water with ice!
next day, workin talkin, say's me I had a leg cramp last night- wow! got a ten minute lesson on how to streach it out (husband and wife both phys ed teachers) then pour me gatoraide! man, clients like that? I'm ruined! LOL
time to pay? he had the check book out before I finished cleaning up!!!!!

I know, but this aint no fairy tale!!!! just really nice folks :) I fixed some other stuff for them, casing's that didn't reach the floor etc. just because they were such good clients :) cost me about 1/2 hr, but wow, the pr value :) He's got a contractor buddy who's so busy that he can't put trim in his own house, so his wife is gonna call me LOL I guess that work will be inspected closely!

OH, yea, measuring an inside 45 deg corner to an inside 45 deg corner- there's gotta be a a quick efficient way to do this - I'm thinkin of some sort of sliding "story" stick? dunno.. right now I cut it over length a little bit then nibble it down till it fits just right- not very efficient! any ideas on this?

thanks

Laurie.

lauriescustomfinishing.ca
 

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There may be similar products that perform just as well for less of dent to you wallet (or purse), this is just what I use.

And the free method:

Measure over from one corner and mark at 10"...from the other corner, measure over to your mark (and add the 10"), and you've got your wall length.

I've found that method to be more accurate than measuring the whole wall and bending your tape into the corner and trying to guess exactly what the measurement is.

On long walls I used a scrap cut to 99 15/16" to mark and measure to, adding the 100"....of course all this was remedied when I bought the stabila.
 

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cope the inside corners...
measure with a tape and add a smidge to the measurement.

Jay, if I showed up with a laser to measure I'd get laughed off the jobsite
 

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not when you are measuring 5 times faster than everyone else...don't get stuck in doing things the same old way, it doesn't allow for growth. I promise you, you pick up one of these bad boys and start using it, everyone will want to use it too...been there, done that :whistling
 

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Hows it work..?
you just butt one end to the wall at point/click
would be great for when trimming by myself and measuring long walls.
 

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great custom work on yer website. Crown, cabinets, etc. How long you been doin' this kind of stuff? :thumbsup:
 

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Hows it work..?
you just butt one end to the wall at point/click
would be great for when trimming by myself and measuring long walls.
Yep..you can measure a room for crown (it could be a 40' x 40' room) by yourself very quickly, basically the time it takes you to move your ladder around the room.

If you get one, I PROMISE you, you will be back here raving about it. Makes working solo, so much easier/faster and more accurate than a tape.
 

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One thing to keep in mind is get one that is capable of measuring in inches only (along with ft. inches, etc). I picked up a bosch for $99 and it wouldn't measure in inches alone, just ft.-inches....was a waste of money for me...should have taken it back, but I was lazy.
 

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A buddy of mine has the Hilti laser.It works super good.I used it to do crown once for a 3500 sq.ft. house.Very accurate.
I plan on getting one as soon as the numbers in by checking account are no longer red.:laughing:
 

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If you think using a laser measurer is silly, you are just stupid and ignorant.

I keep one in my belt at all times. There are things I wouldn't consider pulling a tape out to measure.

But hey, what do I know?
 

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I'm all for making things easier, faster.
never heard/seen anyone use one here
some people still get by without Festool tools and lasers and all the state of the art equipment but whatever floats your boat
I'll put it on my wanted list along all the others stuff
 

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oh no, not quite that easy....hold your palms face up....WHACK!!!!...alright, go back to your seat :w00t:

You do have to tell us a little bit more about your operation though, inquiring minds want to know. :whistling
I've edited this out- tmi
 
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