hey what’s up guys it’s Kyle from
RR buildings and I’m coming at you with something that people have asked me and
that is how do you use a grade stick and how does it help you out on the job site
and so what I’m gonna do is I’m gonna show you real quickly a couple little
tips and tricks on how to utilize the great stick to make quick and easy
accurate measurements on your grade or whatever project you’re working with
this will be applicable across many different trades so most great sticks
are gonna have this zero on them and that is where you want to zero your
laser at so what I’m gonna do is this right here this threshold on the door is
my that’s what I am using as my reference point to build our structure
and find our finish floor because we want the same finished floor in our
garage as we do in the house so what I’m gonna do is I’m gonna set the grade
stick laser right at zero we’re gonna tighten that down now I’m gonna set this
right on the threshold and I’m gonna lock that in now what that
means is wherever I get that solid beam this is gonna be the grade of the
finished floor in the house now when I go out here I’m actually determining the
grade of our project which is four inches below finished concrete so what
that means is I need to figure out how do I make this zero back out at negative
four inches from this so bear with me we’re gonna actually reset this at +4
now what that’s gonna do is when I get that solid tone on this laser at this
threshold it’s going to actually zero back out at minus force we’re setting it
at +4 I want to be minus 4 so when I go – 4 it’s actually gonna be zero and I’ll
show you why I’m bringing it back to zero by doing this technique okay so now
that I’ve got this zero that plus 4 let’s go back over to the building site
and I’ll show you why I did that now that we have the grades tick zero
down at +4 when I come over to the site I want my reference point on all of our
buildings is our grade and that is 4 inches below the finished concrete so
what I did was I put the grade stick at +4 on my reference point in the house
and now I’m going to bring it up to 0 so what that is doing is when I come let me
turn this off okay so now when I bring this to my bracket I’m actually at 0 I’m
gonna move it sorry my laser is over here not the camera
I’m gonna bring it till it tones out again and now what I’ve got is I’m one
and seven-eighths now when we set these sonotubes we wanted to be six inches
below finished floor which means our grade is four inches below finished
floor so I was hoping that this was going to laser out somewhere around two
inches so that’s really close to exactly where we want to be but hopefully that
helps somebody the great stick is your friend once you have determined your
elevation and where you want your grade set it at zero and make every reference
point off of that to make it a lot easier that way you’re not having to do
math and you’re not just randomly placing your laser on the stick to find
your marks this is a quick and dirty tip and I hope it helps somebody out there
because I know for the longest time I didn’t really understand how the grade
stick worked and if you guys are looking for any other tips or tricks that I
might have to share with you go ahead and drop them down below in the comments
let me know if this helped you if this was a worthy video to do or waste of my
time so thank you thank you again and we’ll see you guys on the next video okay

What is a grade stick for?

94 thoughts on “What is a grade stick for?

  • December 10, 2018 at 1:53 am
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    no way

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  • December 10, 2018 at 1:56 am
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    I need one of those, rotary lazer level and a tape measure have been my methods..

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  • December 10, 2018 at 1:59 am
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    More confused now than when I started watching

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  • December 10, 2018 at 1:59 am
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    I just learned something. Thanks!

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  • December 10, 2018 at 2:05 am
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    Only subscribe to channel that i can learn from this is one

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  • December 10, 2018 at 2:09 am
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    Watched it twice and couldn't follow.

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  • December 10, 2018 at 2:12 am
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    Nice explanation. Surveyors call a grade reference mark a benchmark- if you want to add some new terminology. Also – I used to have some problems using a laser in snowstorms. The beam would deflect off level when it hit the falling snow. This was a while ago – maybe lasers have improved since then.

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  • December 10, 2018 at 2:12 am
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    How far does the horizontal plane extend from the transmitter module? That thing is dam cool.

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  • December 10, 2018 at 2:12 am
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    Need hearing aides now, thanks so much… 😛

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  • December 10, 2018 at 2:13 am
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    Great video as always. But I have a ? Do you or have you used a water level? Is it accurate?

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  • December 10, 2018 at 2:13 am
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    Thanks for the demo I had know idea about how that all worked.

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  • December 10, 2018 at 2:14 am
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    good day we have in Russia is stable 2000 dollars it is very expensive to use the funds that my grandfather used

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  • December 10, 2018 at 2:14 am
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    Just to clarify….Everyone of our jobs that has a concrete floor, the top of the concrete is 4" above "grade" . We want our concrete floor to be the same as the front doors thresh hold. therefore when we set out receiver at +4 and then zero it out…the receiver will get a solid tone at 0 on the grade stick when it is 4" below the finished concrete. Then I slide the stick up when resting it on the bracket and the number it tells me is the offset difference I use when making my columns. Hope that clears up some questions

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  • December 10, 2018 at 2:16 am
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    Thx

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  • December 10, 2018 at 2:18 am
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    Thanks Kyle. I think it would be helpful for more examples. I am just starting to get the gist of it, but as a newbie , more would be helpful.

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  • December 10, 2018 at 2:19 am
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    I really enjoy the content, but please turn down the tone volume when working with devices that have tones. Thank you. Otherwise I get yelled at by my roommate (wife).

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  • December 10, 2018 at 2:25 am
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    Great video.

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  • December 10, 2018 at 2:25 am
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    that is almost cheating!! 🙂 helpful, yes.

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  • December 10, 2018 at 2:50 am
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    👍👏👏👏👏🏻

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  • December 10, 2018 at 2:52 am
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    Where can I get the grade stick and does it come with the slide?

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  • December 10, 2018 at 3:00 am
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    It's also worth noting that when you are looking to purchase a grade stick that you need to make sure you buy one that is scaled in the right unit of measurement that you need. My dad always had fractional inch grade sticks… but when I went to work for a utility contractor suddenly I found myself working with a grade stick that was in tenths of a foot :O

    A tape measure can turn any piece of lumber into a grade stick when you need it to be one too. I'm sure you know that though.

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  • December 10, 2018 at 3:00 am
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    Can you post a video of your Site cleanup? your jobs don't look trashed!

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  • December 10, 2018 at 3:07 am
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    Who makes that grade stick.

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  • December 10, 2018 at 3:25 am
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    I still don't get it… But then again I was in the slow classes… god dammit

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  • December 10, 2018 at 3:39 am
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    Video suggestion: What is grade, How to establish grade, How to use grade?

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  • December 10, 2018 at 3:44 am
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    I didn’t understand anything

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  • December 10, 2018 at 3:48 am
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    thanks Kyle i have a better understanding of this now

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  • December 10, 2018 at 4:11 am
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    Piece of cake. Great idea no figuring but the one time. Great content

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  • December 10, 2018 at 4:14 am
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    Hi Kyle, worth it! I was a bit fuzzy, I had the basic idea this just set it for me! Thanks, you guys do great work !

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  • December 10, 2018 at 4:19 am
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    I learn something every time I watch one of your videos. Thank you, sir!

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  • December 10, 2018 at 4:22 am
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    couldnt get my head around this till a fella drew me a diagram of what was happening. might be worth including this in a future video. Just a thought.

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  • December 10, 2018 at 4:27 am
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    You confused most everyone watching!! 20+ years as a carpenter/re-modeler and you almost lost me at 4+", don't use grade sticks often enough to stay sharp on them.
    Let me try to explain; his finished grade is 0" (door threshold). Since he wants his unfinished grade at 4" lower, its set at 4"+ on the stick, lower on grade means moving the receiver higher on the pole which is positive direction. He wants his sonatubes set 2" below unfinished grade so they are set at +6" (4" plus 2"). Hope that clears the waters, I know its pretty muddy.

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  • December 10, 2018 at 4:31 am
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    So up is down and down is up?

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  • December 10, 2018 at 4:37 am
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    Worthy!

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  • December 10, 2018 at 4:48 am
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    Thank you for helping me understand how those work and how useful they can be!

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  • December 10, 2018 at 4:50 am
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    Will you show how you install grade board around the building corners over the brackets? how would you build different if the floor was going to be gravel? very informative videos. thanks.

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  • December 10, 2018 at 5:22 am
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    You did not really explain how to use a grade stick because I still don't know after watching your video.

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  • December 10, 2018 at 5:25 am
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    I am worried about all the folks complaining about this thing being loud. I don't hear a thing, even with headphones on!

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  • December 10, 2018 at 6:34 am
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    Thanks bro.

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  • December 10, 2018 at 7:44 am
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    I would of just left the finish floor on zero and moved it up 4 inches in the yellow.
    You guys are true craftsmen and enjoy your videos.

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  • December 10, 2018 at 8:02 am
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    thanks man very helpful

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  • December 10, 2018 at 10:05 am
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    Showing a close-up of the sliding of the stick and actually seeing the offset difference would be nice and what number that you are marking on the steel bracket . Just want to thank you for taking your time from work to explain that level for dummies like me . Never was good in school math .

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  • December 10, 2018 at 10:11 am
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    great tip my stick is different then that one no zero mark to set to but im going to find that one it makes it much easier

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  • December 10, 2018 at 10:28 am
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    So, when you said you are "1- 7/8", were you saying that the bracket is 1-7/8" below the finished floor?

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  • December 10, 2018 at 10:33 am
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    what is last word? 4:18

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  • December 10, 2018 at 10:54 am
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    Absolutely taught me something i had no idea how the grade stick worked thank you

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  • December 10, 2018 at 11:16 am
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    Loved it thanks Kyle!

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  • December 10, 2018 at 11:29 am
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    Need to get me one of these and a square layout laser

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  • December 10, 2018 at 11:52 am
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    Respect the Mega Deck…out in the cold?

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  • December 10, 2018 at 12:04 pm
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    Great information on laser grade tool. What if you have the old school system passed down to you? Could you pass on information on that or where we could get information?

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  • December 10, 2018 at 12:47 pm
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    👍🏻👊🏻

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  • December 10, 2018 at 1:06 pm
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    Whattttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt????🤤🤤🤤🤤🤤

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  • December 10, 2018 at 1:12 pm
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    Excellent video Kyle very informative as always! This is a little off this topic from this video mate mate but i was wondering if you could maybe – sometime in the future – do a video on how you find/bid for your work/projects/contracts? Do believe this would be interesting and very encouraging for a lot of the folk that watch your fantastic content to see how you go about this, I’m from England and typically find work though sourcenottinghamshire.co.uk or delta esource, thanks mate! Already very much looking forward to your next video, Hurray it’s tuesday tomorrow!!😉

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  • December 10, 2018 at 1:15 pm
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    Could you do a video on a water level? Just thinking for the guys that don’t have a grade stick, but want to build their own building.

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  • December 10, 2018 at 1:17 pm
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    Still don't understand why you're using the top of the bracket on the grade stick and not the middle where the sensor actually reads the laser at. Guess it doesn't matter where you read the stick from as long as you are consistent?

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  • December 10, 2018 at 1:20 pm
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    Interesting stuff. I'll never practically use that information but as a draughtsman I like to know how site guys think as it helps me know what information will be most useful to them on my drawings. That made perfect sense to me, thanks for taking the time sir.

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  • December 10, 2018 at 1:25 pm
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    I think you had an easier to follow explanation in an earlier video.

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  • December 10, 2018 at 3:05 pm
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    Another great video,Thanks again

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  • December 10, 2018 at 3:35 pm
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    Kyle, love watching your videos. Could you do a video on the process/steps you have to go through before you even arrive onsite?? Such as designing the buildings, material takeoffs, ordering of materials, and possibly your estimating costs for projects. Thanks for sharing your passion!

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  • December 10, 2018 at 4:06 pm
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    Very helpful thank you kyle

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  • December 10, 2018 at 4:20 pm
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    I like these tips videos. Keep them coming

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  • December 10, 2018 at 5:28 pm
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    Now compare, for us, how accurate this is compared to the water level measuring technique. haha

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  • December 10, 2018 at 5:39 pm
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    Grrrrrrreat!!

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  • December 10, 2018 at 5:42 pm
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    The minus 4" is the finish grade under slab. The +4" is top of slab

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  • December 10, 2018 at 5:46 pm
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    That is the same math I use when I am Billing. I always add 4 when you want it to come down 4 so that gives me your bill. LOL.

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  • December 10, 2018 at 6:22 pm
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    Thank-you v much. Still a bit confusing after only one viewing. The pluses and minuses get confusing. Will watch again.

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  • December 10, 2018 at 7:55 pm
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    You lost me at "Hey. What's up guys"

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  • December 10, 2018 at 11:29 pm
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    Clear and concise explanation! If anyone is confused just watch the video again!

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  • December 11, 2018 at 12:56 am
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    Is the measurement taken on each support bracket used to trim each wall post length? That way each post will be the same height and all your pre-measured markings will be level for the wall perlins

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  • December 11, 2018 at 1:09 am
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    Chinese arithmetic is easier!!!!

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  • December 11, 2018 at 1:14 am
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    this helped me

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  • December 11, 2018 at 1:51 am
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    Just put that pencil anywhere!!!! Very easy to underdstand.

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  • December 11, 2018 at 3:22 am
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    I love your videos and I have learned a LOT from you. I must confess that I had to watch this one several time to get it all sorted out in my head. Thanks for all the effort you put into these, you are helping a lot of people to step up their skills.

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  • December 11, 2018 at 5:24 am
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    Look, let me say that I admire your work, love your videos, learn something on each one and look forward to every new one…but you did a less than stellar job on this one, even though it's clear you know what you are doing….this minus 4" plus 4" stuff was just confusing…..here's what you meant to say…..

    You first find out what you want to be your reference point, in this case, the threshhold (the floor) of the house. You did that. But you then tell us that the project is always 4" below that (or whatever)….so to save doing math in your head (as you said) you LENGTHEN THE STICK BY 4 INCHES. That's important and I think you were going too fast…(So far, no one sees any savings yet, so that's confusing – but wait.)That means that when the solid tone is heard out on the project, given that the stick is 4" longer, the zero is telling you that the placement of the rod is 4" below the finished house floor…. (Here a pause was needed….)……..that's just the long and the short of it….pun intended. Now here is where the savings come in….Since we are (re)set at zero, any variation from 0 ( a -4" from house grade – depending on whether it is higher or lower from the set point) can be read directly and then just noted on the form or support or whatever ….as you show at the end…. You can then reset the stick, variously over the project space for other direct read measurements. Of course you don't have to reset the stick. (Which would have been a great example.)You could leave it at whatever and then when you are placing it out on the various project points you would then be subtracting, for example 4.5" from 3.25" and that's just nuts…(which is what your video was intended to show) so that's where the math savings come in….and btw, since most contractors (based on my experience) don't use a grade stick, I think it was a good idea that you made the video…..and it's not, by any means an easy subject on first exposure….hope this helps and not confuses and certainly not intended to insult………

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  • December 11, 2018 at 6:23 am
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    I found your channel just over a week ago. I have literally just finished watching every single video you made. I live in Ontario Canada if I ever win the lottery I’m flying you here to build my shop house. I have a crazy idea for a shop/house that I guarantee no one in Canada has. Your Channel has gave me so many ideas.

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  • December 11, 2018 at 5:33 pm
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    Do you guys come to jersey

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  • December 11, 2018 at 9:05 pm
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    This grade stick is a lot different from what came with my Bosch rotary laser. This one seems like it works much better

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  • December 12, 2018 at 1:04 am
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    I think the bulk of the confusion for me comes from 1:00 to 2:00 in the video. Clarifying certain things like "we set out receiver at +4 and then zero it out." don't make a lot of sense, it sounds like you're moving the laser to a 4" mark, then moving it back. Thing is, you're adjusting two different things. First the grade stick expands/contracts into itself, second the receiver slides up and down the stick, I missed that first time through somehow. I don't have a grade stick, and I've not used one as of yet, maybe that's part of my problem, a lack of hands on knowledge.

    I was able to understand it after the second or third watch and I think it's purely a case of certain terms being ambiguous. It's like saying him, him and her. instead of John, Grace and Gregg. You're talking about grade and +4 -4 but you have the house grade, and the project grade, concrete grade and gravel grade. So "grade" becomes ambiguous. Adjusting +4 -4 is another sticker, clarifying exactly what you're adjusting might help. The other thing that caught me up was "it, it, it" What is "it"? It was the grade stick, the receiver and the grade at times.

    After writing this I think I've got it all clear in my head now lol. Hopefully next video I won't need to do such a deep dive into what your saying haha. Maybe this will even help you clear it up for me in future how to videos.

    Love watching the content you put out. I want to build a new shop and your experience and attention detail is very valuable. You manage to make it hella entertaining too. Keep it up!

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  • December 22, 2018 at 12:53 pm
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    Can you make a tutorial for making your own columns, aka laminating 2x6s?

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  • December 22, 2018 at 11:13 pm
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    Interesting. I guess I never realized that the bottom of the column was under the concrete and the concrete was poured around and encasing the bottom of the column. Is that required by building code in your area or just considered best practice?.

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  • January 1, 2019 at 12:34 am
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    Can you please tell me what laser detector holder you are using.

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  • January 19, 2019 at 4:08 am
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    What brand and model number is your grade stick? Your videos are great to watch. I own a excavation company and work with Contractors all day long your professionalism is top notch. Thanks

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  • February 3, 2019 at 1:43 pm
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    Just remember that up is down and down is up and will work fine ^^

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  • March 27, 2019 at 6:19 pm
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    good vid

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  • April 1, 2019 at 3:51 pm
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    great channel

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  • May 5, 2019 at 3:24 am
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    Makes a lot more sense after you have tried to use one! Helped my in-laws put in an in ground pool and this video really helped me make sense of how to use it when I actually had one in my hands. Great work!

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  • June 4, 2019 at 4:59 pm
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    I bought a laser when I set the stick on hub and it gives me beep where do I set the numbers too

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  • June 5, 2019 at 3:17 am
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    How do you like that laser?

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  • June 6, 2019 at 4:41 am
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    Cool stuff

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  • July 25, 2019 at 4:52 am
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    Hey Kyle, can you do a tools day video about the Stabilla LAR350, and walk us through the whole process? That grade stick video was helpful, but i still have questions. I am a deck builder and would use the LAR350 to level all my posts out. I am about to purchase one, and I’m sure I could figure it out, but your walk through videos are money! Thanks Kyle!

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  • July 30, 2019 at 3:58 pm
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    Thanks for the videos! Just became a member. I want to built a workshop so I need all this information. What do you think of kit buildings? Do you design all of your builds?

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  • August 27, 2019 at 5:02 pm
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    Not sure if you'll respond to this question as this video is older. I've been looking at getting another new Rotary Laser, I currently use a TopCon HL4. How's the Stabila 350 treating you? Good for Hardscaping? Not much in field info on that laser. Thanks

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  • August 31, 2019 at 11:05 pm
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    You lost me at 0!

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  • September 22, 2019 at 3:45 am
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    I really appreciate you taking your time to explain this to me.

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