How to properly use a tape for effective measurement?
We use this tool every day for measurement.
But we bet you actually don’t know the full capacity or hidden features of a measuring tape.
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Here we are going to illustrate 4 hidden features of a measuring tape, hope you may find useful.
Feature 1 – Nail/Screw grabber
Did you see the slot on the tape as shown in below on your tape? Actually, it is a feature.
If you are the only person and no one else to grab the other end of the tape, then you can use this feature to hold the tape in position.
Feature 2 – Serrated Bottom (Zig-Zag bottom)
As you can see there is an uneven surface on the taped corner as shown in the picture.
It is actually used to make a mark on a surface, you are working on if it is not a hard floor
Feature 3 – Moving Hooks
You may notice this moving hooks on the tape. We thought it is a manufacturing defect.
But it’s not. It is actually a feature. The manufacturers provided the hook with purpose.
If you compare the first 1 inch and 2nd inch, you can see the difference. The moving hooks also the part of the measurement (1/16th ).
If you place it inside, the moving hook counts and give full 1 inch.
If you place it outside, it will move outside to adjust that 1/16th measurement to get the correct measurement.
Feature 4 – Tape Base
As shown in the picture (it’s actually not clear but you can see the measurement in your own tape), you can use your tape as a base to measure very narrow space or to measure inside measurement.
Also to avoid, tape bending, as shown in below. You can actually count the measurement with the base measurement.
If you are measuring the window height or width, you can take account of the tape base measurement and can get an accurate measurement.
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