1.1 – Laser Distomat + Spare Batteries
A laser distomat is much more useful than a standard tape measure. A laser doesn’t sag over long distances and can be used to measure features quite far away.
We recommend using a good quality brand such as Leica. We have found these lasers to be extremely durable and reliable. They are often shockproof with accidental drops no problem.
At THS Concepts we use the Leica X310 laser. Amongst a lot of other features, a really useful element is that it can measure vertical angles which makes measuring between floors a much easier task!
1.2 – Tape Measure
Like the laser distomat, we recommend using a decent brand of tape measure to ensure your measurements are reliable and accurate. A poor quality tape will eventually let you down. We recommend a 5m tape which is a little easier to put in your pocket than an 8m tape measure.
1.3 – Notepad
A quality A4, hard-backed notepad from a brand such as Black N’Red is highly recommended. The hardback element is important as throughout the survey you will need a hard surface to measure and draw up your notes; often properties are empty with no tables to lean on. Additionally, using a squared notepad makes life a lot easier when it comes to drawing the property. The squares act as good guides to get a reasonably accurate sketch drawn out.
1.4 – Mechanical Pencil
Use a good quality mechanical pencil that won’t break the moment you apply a bit of pressure to the nib. We use mechanical pencils with a rubber on the end so that elements can be easily rubbed out and re-drawn.
1.5 – Multicolour Pen
A multicolour retractable ballpoint pen (the kind you had in school!) is really useful. The various colours can show different measurements such as ceiling heights, long dimensions, floor heights etc. Distinguishing these on your survey notes is important as your sketches get more and more complicated.
1.6 – Camera / Phone
Having a quality digital camera or phone capable of taking good quality photos is important. Taking plenty of photos and sometimes videos on site are helpful when it comes to drawing up. Used in combination with your survey notes it will jog your memory when it comes to the complicated areas of the survey.
1.7 – Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Depending on the site you may need some health and safety equipment. It would be worth checking the type of property before you arrive. If the building is residential and in use, it will be safer than a building site and you will need to carry less equipment. Where PPE is required, it is usually a minimum of steel-toe-capped boots, high-visibility yellow vest and an approved hard hat. If you are working on a particularly dusty construction site sometimes it is suggested or required to wear safety gloves and glasses.