As we approach 2017, there is a new phenomenon happening throughout United States residential construction trades. Especially when it comes to the home construction trades, projectors are becoming very very useful.
From landscaping to home remodeling, from plumbing to electrical, contractors nationwide are figuring out how to utilize the “art of projection” for their means of precision and innovation in the construction world.
The History of Projectors in Residential Construction
The idea in its most basic form began with a young entrepreneur 60 miles east of Los Angeles in the Inland Empire in 2014. He was looking for a more effective way of completing his patio cement pouring tasks for local residents. He found it took much too long to lay out string to draw his concrete lines. The extra time this was taking, he realized, was costing him at least an extra $600 on average for labor per job. There must be a better way.
This young, outside-the-box thinker, while on his lunch break, happened to notice the projector sitting in his car. He had recently purchased it off of Craigslist, to set up his new in-home movie theater. He was attempting to set up an in-home movie theater for him and his friends. Trying to make his favorite action movies more spectacular, he figured a projector and nice surround sound system would do the trick.
But on this single lunch break, while spotting his projector in the back seat of his truck – with his ham and cheese sandwich fresh in his mouth – this young contractor entrepreneur had a magnificent idea:
Project light onto the ground, and while using drawn up templates, set up the concrete borders for pouring.
The results were incredible. This process cut down their set up time by 80%.
The Projector Method Works for Most Trades
This young entrepreneur quickly told his contractor buddies of his newly discovered “projector setup method”, and his colleagues quickly began brainstorming ways to implement this method into their respective trades.
His roofing contractor friend realized he could utilize the projector setup method by projecting onto the old roof to more quickly find where damaged areas of the old roof. This sped of time to repair the roof.
His electrician contractor friend was able to use the projector setup method by outlining the new electrical lines in the house, first with the projector, before actually laying cables. This has increased his safety and accuracy in his electrical jobs.
His plumbing contractor friend realized he could use the projector setup method for a variety of construction tasks.
- Identifying Leaks: With the extremely bright white light from the projector, he was quickly able to pinpoint where water leaks were originating under sinks, toilets, and showers.
- Water Heater Replacement: Setting up the projector to face the new water heater allows the technician to perfectly outline the new water heater lines. (Need a new water heater? Click here to find a reputable installer)
- Toilet Replacement: Again, the projector set up perfectly helps illuminate the problem area around the toilet. Whether that be for fixing leaking parts in the toilet tank, or replacing the entire toilet unit.
The list of uses for the projector for home contracting services goes on and on.
Where to find the best projectors
Believe it or not, the UK has proven itself to be to ultimate supplier for top notch projectors. In the heart of the UK, London, there is an array of state-of-the-art projector manufacturers that are competing for this niche market. Even the the projector was originally invented by Thomas Edison in 1892, the market quickly move east over the Atlantic to London.
As a result, contractors across America are loyal to British projector brands. Roofers, plumbers, electricians, and the like have found that London’s top-of-the-line LCD, DLP, and HD projectors typically outperform the older, analog projectors. Since the new London LCD projectors especially have a higher quality, precision bright light, this helps illuminate the workspace for contractors and provide the shadowing necessary to isolate and match the desired design of the contractor.
What’s needed for the ideal projector setup?
In order to properly use a London-grade projector, the contractor will need the following:
- High-grade London-built projector (typically $350-$500)
- At least 100 ft extension cord. You want to make sure you’ll have access to electricity wherever you’re working in the homeowners house (typically $20). Make sure you get the 16-Gauge/125-Volt extension cords.
- A tri-pod for the projector (typically $60-$75).
- You’ll also want to order an additional replacement lamp for the projector. Sometimes the original lamps go out quicker than you’d expect (typically $100 – $150).
Is it really worth it?
You may be asking yourself, “Are they really asking me to invest $750 just for a dang projector to project light onto my construction job?”
It may sound weird, but through all the research we’ve conducted across contractors that are already employing the projector setup method, we’ve found contractors save on average of $500 in labor cost PER JOB by utilizing the project setup method. So you’ll have made your money back in less than two jobs.
Please understand, this return is only possible if you’re a contractor that really focuses in on this method, and is willing to work out all the kinks. Especially for plumbers out there reading this article. It’s very very important that you try out the method on a variety of plumbing jobs to get the concept down.
Use your London projector on your water heater installs, use it on your toilet replacements, irrigation jobs, even your whole house repipes. Even though the average savings is $500 per job, it may take you 5 or 6 plumbing jobs to get the hang of things.
All-in-all, we hope you can see all the wonderful benefits of using projectors made in London for all your contracting/construction needs.