Chris_Kelly

measuring roof overhangs

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Does anyone have a good method of measuring the overhang of a roof when it's out of reach? I can eyeball it close enough, but it can be kind of important to get it right when you are putting on a new roof on an addition. Any tricks with a laser tape maybe?

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Take a picture and use either Chief, a smart phone app, a PDF editor, or some other method to simply use the image along with a know dimension and scale the overhangs appropriately.

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Just get a bigger ladder and do it right.  At some point in time it will have to be done right.

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We use the Leica DISTO S910 and have never looked back

example:

https://youtu.be/n9wPoxXUdJE?t=17

 

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When doing as built drawings for a reno, I don't go overboard on being detailed and precise.  I do my best work on the building perimeter, floor heights, room sizes, window and door sizes and spacing, etc.  But like Michael said I use elevation pictures scaled to a known dimension to determine a lot of the unreachable parts.  I will need to charge a lot more money to buy a truck and drive it to a client's home with ladders and laser measuring tools to document the entire building to a T.

 

The interesting part is that most builders have a truck, a few ladders, and laser levels and a number of measuring tools, not to mention someone to hold the dumb end of the tape.  My drawings specify that the builder is to verify all dimensions of overhangs, eaves, roof pitch and heel height, among other critical dimensions around the building, to ensure the dimensions match within tolerances.  He communicates this to the truss designer, but if the tolerances aren't acceptable he will report the actual dimensions to me and I will update the plans.  Sometimes this calls for a small change order, but very rarely.

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Use a Leica DISTO S910 and you will never have to climb a ladder again. Well almost never.  You will need the whole kit with the special tripod as well.

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11 hours ago, Doug_N said:

Use a Leica DISTO S910 and you will never have to climb a ladder again. Well almost never.  You will need the whole kit with the special tripod as well.

 

You mean to say it will clean my gutters for me?  :P

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