How to Read a Tape Measure?

Home makers who are expert in DIY projects understand the importance of learning how to read a tape measure. That’s because measurement is an important facet of many projects to create or repair things around the home. Here is a simple step-by-step guide to make you learn this skill and be accurate doing so. So you do not mess up with your measurements next time.

Step 1: Examine your tape measure. A tape measure basically uses a specific measurement system. Some reveals English measurement (feet and inches) while others use Metric measurement (meters and centimeters). There are also some that combine the two systems in one measuring tape. Commonly a tape measure can be seen in a carpenter’s tool box. It has a housing and usually pulls out and goes back to the housing easily. Some other tape measures are popular among dress makers. They are quite shorter than the carpenter’s measuring tape and do not have any housing. The dressmaker’s measuring tape is also made of softer material. It is important that you know what kind of tape measure you are dealing with to know how to read it properly, especially in case of the measurement system in use. It also depends on the kind of project you are using the tape measure for to determine which kind or type is applicable.

Step 2: It is time to learn about the markings. Mostly, measuring tapes have significant markings for ease of use. Some parts may have black arrows, box around the numbers, or that some numbers are written in bold. Such differences in print relay significant information that would make it easier for you to read the tape measure much more easily. Usually those markings are made to signify inch and foot marks or meters and centimeters marks.

Step 3: Know your Math. Being well-informed in fraction is an important facet of reading a tape measure properly. If you know that 1/2 is similar to 16/32, 8/16, and 4/8, you are good to go. To take the most accurate measurements, every line at your tape measure counts and every line signifies a number or measurement.

Step 4: Use a visible marker. When using a tape measure, it is adamant that you make marks. Make sure that your marker is good enough to be visible in the eye. The kind of pen you should use depends on the material you are measuring. If you are marking plastic, permanent markers should be used because a simple pencil just won’t do.

Step 5: Lay down the material you are measuring on a flat surface. This is especially helpful if you are measuring a material that is not as stable as wood. If you are measuring cloth or paper or any other similar kind, you must have a flat surface to lay them down to ensure that you measure them accurately.

Step 6: Make a marking on the distance you are measuring from one end to the other end. This will help you note in which mark does your measurement went.

Step 7: Reading a tape measure is mostly about knowing how to read fractions and fractions of an inch, foot, meter, or centimeter. Make sure that your markings fall down on the right place.

Uses of Tape Measure

There are many important uses of tape measure. That’s why it is considered an indispensable that should be available for carpenters, dressmakers, surveyors, and other workers who require proper measurements in order to perform their job well. A tape measure is also indispensable for regular individuals who might just find a need to use it for anything or any project at all where precision measurement is a must.

But did you know that there are other uses of tape measure other than the ones mentioned above?

For one, a tape measure is an important tool for dieters in keeping track of their progress. Many dieting books advise to measure your success according to your measurements and not just according to what the scale reveals. Using the tape measure to determine how many inches you lost in your waistline size, for example, is much more significant symbol of success rather than reading how many pounds you lost.

For another, you can use a tape measure to create a chalk line even when a chalk is not present. You need two people doing this together to be successful. One will hold the tape measure on one end and another person on the other. A tape measure is very stable. You can make a marking with it without losing the level.

Another thing that you can use the measuring tape for is in weighting objects. It is useful when you are hanging pictures and curtains onto the wall so they are hanged in a level. Your tape measure can easily serve as your guide as to where you need to place additional screws or nails.

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