real pain: It requires tacking one
end of the tape to the opposite
wall, then hauling your stepladder
to the other corner, pulling your
tape tight and hoping the nail at
the other end doesn’t jerk away
from the drywall. Assuming the
nail holds, you then wrestle with
the tape to straighten out the
inevitable twists and sags so you
can eyeball what you hope is
close to an accurate measurement. Even measuring with an
assistant on the other end of the
tape is not as easy as using one
of the new precision laser range
finders on the market.
For this project, I used the
new Bosch DLR165K Digital
Laser Range Finder. Here’s
what’s involved with taking an
accurate wall-to-wall measure-
ment using the kit: Point. Press
button. Done. Talk about an
irreplaceable time saver and
the best friend of the solo work-
er, the DLR165K is among my
new favorite tools for crown
installation and much more.
With a range of 165 feet and
accuracy to within 1/16 inch,
the DLR165K uses a laser point-
er to aim the tool at the spot to
be measured. Then, with the
push of a button you have the
exact measurement recorded in
digital readout, and you’re ready
for a trip to the saw to cut the
molding to match. And the meas-
urements are always true, unlike
those unreliable (and useless)
sonar range finders of yesteryear.
The DLR165K measures in feet
and inches, decimal feet and
metric, and can calculate area and
volume ( www.boschtools.com).
EXTRA “HANDS” WITH
As I mentioned, I often work
alone. So, in the past I’ve improvised an ill-advised method of
hanging lengths of molding that
involves nails placed along the
ceiling and lengths of string
looped around the trim sticks.
The idea was to hook the string
on the nails in order to temporarily hold the trim at the ceiling
while I zapped it in with a nail
gun. Well, that took extra time,
and I always had great difficulty
hooking the strings to the nails.
And once hooked, the strings
had a tendency to then come
unhooked, with the molding
crashing to the floor. And even
when it did work, the stick of
molding was still never positioned exactly where I wanted it.
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