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    Measuring Existing Wall Angles

    Does anyone have any tools that they can recommend for
    measuring the angles of existing walls when doing remodels ?

    The tool would need to be decently accurate.

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    one tool no...but i've used a level, chalk line, square and a calculator.

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    a level, chalk line, square and a calculator.

    Oh my, not what I want to hear

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    There's a big long plastic angle guage at Home Depot, not sure what it's called, but I've seen it, two sizes I believe.
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    If you can get into a corner use a bevel square as shown the in picture below and set it to the wall angles. Then match it to something like a speed square and you should be able to get it within a few degrees...
    B and D are bevel squares....
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    It's called the angle-izer.

    I just bought one last night but it seems like it will be too big to get into some corners/angles etc.

    If it had telescoping legs I think it might have worked.

    I will probably be returning it.

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    I've been in house construction for over 30 yrs. What I found works best is to have a few straight edges of different lengths. Take the two longest ones you can use and put them in the corner with each one running along the two walls out of the corner. Then measure the distance between the outside ends of the two straight edges and calculate. This way you'll have the known length of all three sides of your triangle. The longer your straight edges the more accurate your angle will be.
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    Larry:

    Thanks for the reply, but that's what I'm trying to avoid.

    Having to use multiple tools and do calcs etc.

    I'm at the client site and I'm trying to get the photos and dims and get out within 1 -2 hours, depending on the size of the project area.

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    Take a tape meausre and measure out a distance each way from a corner, make a mark and then measure the cross corner distance between the two marks. Then either calculate the angle or figure it out in cad when you can get to it.
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    Understand your problem,
    "Excuse me ma'am, do you have a ruler?"

    Just looking around & found this. ?? just a shot.

    http://www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000HDK...B0CXXJVWGGMQR2
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    That's it !!!!

    That's what I'm looking for

    I'll be placing the order soonest.

    I was thinking of using a Sliding T-bevel with a protractor but that
    was looking cumbersome, hence my posting here.

    That combol was going to be $17 and the Digital Denali is $30
    and less hassle and should therefore be faster and easier to use.

    Not sure if it can handle wall lengths < 11 inches tho, but you can't have everything, or can you

    Thanks

    Lew
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    The thing you have to watch out for when using a protractor with short sides is that you can get a very inaccurate reading at times. Specially if the walls are sheetrock. I've seen many inside corners with a buildup of spackling compound that could change your angle reading by many degrees. So be careful, the longer your protractor sides the more accurate the angle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lgswe
    Lew
    Take a tape meausre and measure out a distance each way from a corner, make a mark and then measure the cross corner distance between the two marks. Then either calculate the angle or figure it out in cad when you can get to it.

    Oh yeah...I do this too... I do this for laying out new construction too.

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    This is another good quality tool
    http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_hi...&Go.y=14&Go=Go
    It tells you the angle and also the mitre angle at the same time
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    thanks Dan:

    I'll check them out, I haven't placed the order yet for the Denali.

    Lew
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