Measuring for Security Installation Guide

By Brian Rhodes, Published May 05, 2022, 11:58am EDT (Info+)

Accurate measurement is a fundamental skill when performing an installation, yet many installers remain novices.

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In this report, we cover the tools used for installation measurement and how to accurately use them, including:

  • Tape Measures
  • Architectural Scales
  • Laser Distance Finders
  • IPVM Design Tool/Calculator
  • Measuring Wheels
  • Estimating Using Common Features

Measuring Tapes Examined

One of the most basic tools used in security installation is a tape measure. While most know the basics of how to use and read the tape, junior installers who do not are often afraid to ask.

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Reading **** ******

*** ********* ***** ** * **** tell *** ********** *** **** ** know. ** ***** ** ************, **** minor **** ********* * ******* ** a ***** **** ****, *** **** major **** ** ******* **** * number ******* *** ***** ****** ** the *** ** *** ****.

****** ************ ******** ******* *** *** of *** **** ** *** ***** to ** ********, *** **** '*******' how **** ****** *** **** ****** out ** ******* ***** ********.

*** ********* ***** ****-**** *****, ****** how **** **** ********** ** ***** 1/16" ** ** ****, **** *********** eventually ******** ** **** */*", */*", 1/2", */*", ***. *** ***** ***** labels *** *********** ******* *** ******* inch *****:

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*** ****** ** ***** ***** ******* is ******* ******* *** **** ***********. Once *** ***** ******* ********* ** learned, ************ *** ** **** ** seconds ***** ** *********** **** *** standard **** **** *******.

****** ******* *** ** ******** **** tapes ** ****, ********* ** ***********:

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*******, *** ***** ********** *** ****** yellow **** **** *********** ******* *** easy **********. **** ******* *** ** color-coded ** ****** ******* *** ***** checks, *** *******, *** ***** ***** 16" *** ******** **** ******* ******** on **" *******.

Applications ***** **** ********

******* ** ***** ***********, **** ******** are ****** *** **** ************ *****. Especially *** ******* ******* *** ******* work, ***** *** **** ** *****, compact ** ***, *** ****** *** measuring ******* ** ** ***** *** feet.

*******, ****** ************ **** ****** **** wheels, *** ******* ****** ** **** may **** ***** ***** ********. ***** options *** ********* ********* **** *** such ************.

Tape ******* ****

********* ** ****** *** ******** ** tape ******* ****** *** *********, *** with ********** ************ ***** ***** **** compared ** ***** ********* *****. *** units **** ****** ** ******** ********** (ie: **' - **' *******) *** about $** - $** **** ***** hardware ******, *** **** ********** **** multiple ***** ** ***** *********.

Tape '********' ********

*** **** ****** *********** ***** ***** tapes ** *** ***** ** ****** the '********' ** '*****-****' *****, ***** an ******** **** ***** ** ***** under *** *** ******, ****** ******* placement ** *** ****'* *** ********* to ***** ******.

*** **** ******, '********' ****** ** commonly ****** ** **** ******** **** longer ******* ***** **** ******, ********* around ** - ** ****. **** for ************ ****** ******** **' -**' *********, ***** ** ****** ***** *** likely ** ********* **** ***** ******** install ****:

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*** ***** ** *** **** ******* how **** '********' ** ********, **** 1/2" ****** ****** ******* ******** ******* than */*" ** * */*" ***** tapes. *******, *** ******* ***** ** the **** **** ********* ******* ******.

*** ******* *** *** ********* ****** be ***** *** **** **** ***** will **** ** ****** ** ***-****** measuring ********** ** ** ***** ** feet ** ****.

*************Scales ********

*** **** **** ****** *** ******** installers ** *** ** ********* ********** on * *********, ********** ***** *** otherwise *******, **** * ****-**** ****-***** measurement. ** ********** ** ***** *** available ** ** ***, *** ******* is ******* **** **** ** ** with ********. *******, ** * *** of *****-****** ******** *** *** **** thing *********, * *********** ***** ****** a '*****' ** ******.

Reading *******************

** **** *****, * ****** ***** will ******* ** ** ** ********* ruled *****, **** **** **** ************* to ****** ********** ******* ******. *** example, * *** ** ********** *** be ******* **** **** */* **** of ****** ****** ** ***** ********** 1 **** ** ******** ******. ******** are ****** **** ** *** ** sheets ** *****, *** ***** *************** correct ** ********** **** **** *******, window *********, ** ********** ***** *** all ********** ***********.

** ***** ** ******* *** *****, use ** ******* ** * ***** with *** ********* ** '****' ******** offset ** *** ****, *** * full ***** *** ** ***** ***** to *** ****. **** ** **** so **** ********* ***** ****** ***** can ** **** ****, *** *** minor ******* *** **** *** ********* lengths ** *** *** ** *** measurement.

****** **** ******** ****** *** ***** into *** ***** ** **** *** scale ** ******* ****** ** *** the *********** *******:

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******* *** ******* ***** ** *** is ******** ******* ** *** ******* to ** ********, ** *** ***** block ** **** **** *******, **** the ******* *****:

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*** ***** *****, ******* ** **** ********** *** ******** Projects***** *** ** *** ****** ******** in ********** ** ****** **********:

Architectural ***** ****

****** *** ********* **** ********* **** common ******, ********* ****** ****** **** ~$**-$****** ******** ** ******* ****** ******. Because ****** *** *** ********** **** for ****** ************ ****, ******* ********** share ****** ** *** ** **** one ** ********* *** **** *****.

Laser ******** ******* ********

*** ********* ****** **** * **** measure *** ******, ***** ******** ******* are ****** *** ***** *** ** used ** * ****** ********* **** 'point & *****' ****.

Using *** ******* ***** ******** *******

*** ****** ** ********* *** **** distance ******* ** ******: *** **** it ***** ***** ** ****** *** be **** ** ********* ********. *** longer ** ***** *** * ***** to ****** *** ** * ****** target *** ****** ** *** ******* point, *** ******* **** *** ****** is *******.

***** ******** ******* ** '************' *** ********, *******-******* ******* **** use **** ********* ** ******* ********. These ***** **** * ***-***** ***** matched ** * ********* ********* **** measures ****** ******* ** ********* *****. A ******* ***** ******** **** **** thousands ** ***** ** * ******, and *** **** ***** ** ********* to **** ** * ******** ******* on *** *****'* *******.

Laser ******** ****** ************* *****

**** ** * ***** ***** **** introduces **** **** *** ***** *** basic **********. ***** ***** ********* *** vary **** **** ** ****, *** function ***** ** ****** ** **** tools ** *** ********:

Common ********

***** * **** ******* ** ****** exist, ******** ****** ** **** ***** can **** ** ***** ** *** example *****:

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******** **** ******** *********** ******** (******* exceeding ***' *** ******), **** ************, memory ********, *** ********* ********** *** influence ***** ****. *******, *** **** security ********** *** *****, **** *********** models *** **********.

Applications ***** ***** ******** *******

******* ** ***** *********** *** ****-*****, laser ******** ******* *** ****** *** most ******* ***** *** ********** ***** ranging **** **** **'. *** ******-****** operation ***** **** **** ** *** and ***** ************ *******, *** ** many ***** ***** **** ******** ***** are ****** ** ******.

*******, *** ***** ********** ******* ***** units *** **** ******** ** *** higher **** *** *** **** *** batteries. ******* ** ***** *******, *********, non-electronic ***** *** **** ****** *** significantly **** *********.

Laser ******** ****** ****

** *******, ***** ******** ******* *** between ~$** - $*** ****, **** a ******* ******* ***** ********** ******. Units *** *******, *** ***** ******** and ******** ** ***** ** ********* can ******* ******* **** *** *** swing ********* *********** **** ** *** simpler *** **** ********* **** ********.

Laser ******** ****** ********

*** ******* ********* ****** **** ***** Distance ******* *******:

**** ** *** ** ****** ********:*** **** ****** ********* ***** ***** laser ******** ******* ** **** ******* the '***** ***' *** ** ********* in ******** *** *****. ***** *** ambient ********** *** ************ ** *** affect *** ******** ** *** ****, it ** **** ** **** *** dot ******** ** ********-******* *****. * variety ** ***** ***** ** **** reduce **** *******, ********* '***** *********** glasses' **** **** *** *** ****** more ******* ** ********.

**** ** *** ** ******* *********:***** **** **********, ************ ******** * 'laser ***' ** ******* ******* *** be *********. *** ******** ** *** laser *** ** ***** */*" ** less, *** **** ******** ** ****, it *** ** **** ********* ** locate. **** '****-***' ******** ******* ******* a *****-** ****** **** **** ** help **** ****. **** ***** *** opt ** ********* * '******', ** we *********** ** *** *****, **** simply ******** * ****, **** ******** target ** ****** * **** **** in *** *****.

******** *** **** *** ****** ********:******* ************* ********** *** ****** **** performance. *** *******, **** ********** **** divergence (********* **** ********) **** ******** and *** ******* *** ****** ** beam ******. ***** **** ********** *** be ** ********* ****** ******, **** a ***** ****** *********** *** ****** in * *********** ******** *****. ********, high ******** (*** ******** ** ******** in *** ***) *** **** **** the ***** *** *** ********* ******* enough ***** ***** ** ********* ***** error. *** **** ******** ** **** to ******* ***** ****** ** ** read *** **** ******** *** ***** the ***** **** ****** *** *********** parameters ******* ** *** ************.

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******* ****** ** *** ****'******* *************** ****** ***** ** ****** **********, scale ****, *** **** ***** ************ of ******* **** ***** ** ****** features **** *******, ******** *********, *** cables. *** ***** ***** ***** ** overview:

*** ******** ** **** **** *** its *** **** - ** ** included **** **** ****** - *** it ** **** ** ***** *** use ******** ** ***** *******.

****'* ********** ** *** * *********** for * *** ******** ******* ******* of ******* ** ***** ************, *** the **** **** ** ****** *** faster ** *** *** ******** ******** 2D ************ ******* ******* ***** ********* tools, **** ******, ** *********** ********.

Measurement ****** ********

*** ********* ********* ******** ******** ** feet ** ****** ** **** ****** irregular *****, ******* ******** ******* *** be *********. ********** **** ***** ************, a ***** *** **** ****** ** measuring ***** ***** ** *********. ********* Wheels *** **** *** **** ***** application:

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Using *** ******* *********** ******

*** ****** ** ********* ****** ** simple: **** *** ***** *******, ** integrated ******* ***** ***** ** *** exact ******** *** ***** ************* *******. While **** ******, *** ****** ** reliable *** ********. *********, ********** ********* work ** *** **** *********, *** reading *** ********* *********** ** ***** similar, **** ******** ****** ** *** tenths ** **** ** ******.

*** ******** ******* ** ********* ******* on *** *** ** *** *****, but **** ******** ****** *** **** a ******-******* *******. *** **** ** distance ******** ****** **** ******** (***.*) to **** ** ********* (*****) ** feet/meters. *******, ****** *** ***** ** measure ****** **** ** ****** ** the *******.

Measurement ***** ****

**** **** ****** ******* **** **** $50, ********* ****** *** ******* **** long-distance **** ******** ** *******-********* ********* like ***** ******** *******.

Measurement ***** *********

*******, ***** ****** *** **** *** inexpensive ** ***, *** **** **** have *********:

"***** ****":* ****** *********** ** ********* ****** is **** ***** ******* **** *** ground **** ** ********** ** *** times ******* ** '****-********' ** '***** skip' **** *** ************ ****** *** distance ********.

***-****** *****:*** **** '***** * ** ***** B' ************, * ******** **** **** be ******. ***** *** ***** ******* the ******** ******** ********, ** *** path ** ***-****** ** *******, ******** readings *** ** **********. **** ****** is ** ******* ******* ** ***** surveillance **** **** ******** ********* *****, wire ****, ** ***** ** **** calculations.

***** *******:*****, ******, *****, *** ***-***** ******** all **** ***** *********** *********. *** only ** *** ******* ********* ***** come **** ****, *** *** ***** itself *** **** ****** ***** ** damaged **** ********* ***** ********.

******* *** *******: *********, *** ******* *** *** wheel ** ****** ** ** **** the ****** ** *** ****, ***** requiring *** ******** ** **** **** and/or **** ** *** *** ******* measurement.

****: ***** *** **** ** **** straight, ***** ***** ****, *** **** down ** ***** *** ***********, ********* one ***** ****** **** *** ********* wheel, ****** ** * **** ****-********* process **** ***** * ***** ******** finder.

Estimating ***** ****** ********

********* ********* *** ** ********** ******** using ** ***** ** ***. ****** building ********, ***** ***** **** ******** dimensions ** ********, *** **** ********* distance **** ** ** *********** ***** are *********.

****** ******** ****** *** *********** *******:

  • ******* **** *****
  • ****** *******
  • ***** ******
  • **** ******
  • **** **** *******

********* ** *** ********, *** ********** and ************ ******* ** ********* ****** a ******* ** ************ **********. *** example, ***** ************ ** ***** ********* onto ******** **** **** ********. **** tile ********** * ******** *********, **** the * * *-**** ***** ** the ******* ******* *****:

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***** ***** ***** **** **********, *** number ** ***** *** ** ******* and ********** ** *** ******** **** dimension ** *** * ***** ******** estimate ** *** ****** *****. ** the ******* *******, *** ***** *** useful *** ******* ***** *** * feet ******* ***** ********, *** **** is ~** **** ** *****, *** so **.

**** *** ******* ****** ** ************ completeness, ** **** *****, ******* *****, joists, ** ********** ***** ****** *** be **** **** ** ****** ** later ******. *******, ***** ******* ** these ******** ****** ******* ****-**** ** prebid ***** *** ** ******* *** tabulating ***** ************ **** ** ***** at ***.

[**** ***** *** ************* ******** ** 2022 ***** ***** ********* ********* ** 2018.]

Comments (4)

**** ** * **** ***** *** tools *** *** ** *** ****, but ** *** **** * ***** for *** ** *** *** *** necessary ************? * **** **'* ******** a "**** *** ****** *****" *********, but ********** ****** ***** *****'* ****. The ****** *** **** **** ** our ***************************** ** ** ******* ************. ***** I ******* ** ** ** ****, they *************** ** ******* ****** *** trying ** **** ** ***** ********* **********. ** ** ***** ***,none ** **** ******** ***** if you forget to measure a room and don't have any way to estimate it from other measurements.

********** *** **** ******* ******* **** kinda ***** **** *'* ******* *****. It's **********, ** ** ******** **** differently **** ******* *** *** ***. You *** **** * ***** ** lines *** **** ** *****, *** they'll **** ** ****, ***** ***** "undefined". *** *** **** **** *** move **** ****** ******** *** ****, because **** **** ** ********** ** where ****'** ******** ** **. *** when *** *** ********** *** ********* (perpendicular, ********, ***.), ****'** ***** ******* black *** *** ***'* **** **** because *** ********* **** ******* ******* where **** *** ** *****. * really **** ***** **** * **** like **** **** *** **** ***** use **** ********* *********.

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**** ** * ***** *** ** I ** **** *** **** ******* or **** *** ****** **** **** all ** ****. ** *** *** most ** *** ***** ** **** architectural ***** **** ******* *** *****. When **** **** *** **** * struggle ******* **** *** ** ****. I ***** **** **** ** *** a *****, ** ** ******* ** one, **** **** **** ** ******** hardware *** * *** ****** ******* door. *** ** ****** * ****** is *** ***** * ******** **** most.

* **** ** **** *** **** the ***** *** ***** * ****** give **** * *** *** *** if ** ** ******** ******** *** measuring * **** ** ****.

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** ******* ** *** ******* *** want ** ** **.

*'** **** ************* **** *** ************* app ** ** **** ***. ** does *** *** *** *** *** (limited) ******* **** * **** ** draw * ******, *** *** ***** (or *** ********** ** ** ****), beat *** **** ***** **** ** speed.

* **** ******* ****** * ***** map ** *** ********** *** *** a ***** ******** ****** ** ***** ceiling *****. **** ***** ** '**** enough' **** ** ** **** ** estimate ***** ******* *** ********* ******.

* *** *** ********** ***** *'* that ***** *** **** ***** ****** (part **) *** ****** ** **** notes ** ***** ***** * **** visit.

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* ******* *** **** **** *** waste *** ******?

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