Properly Maintaining Your Tape Measure

US Tape measures

“Take care of your [fill in the blank], and it will take care of you.”

We’ve seen that sentiment applied to everything from cars to employees to the human body.

Today we’re going to – pardon the pun – extend that idea to tape measures. When you treat it with the proper care, it will provide you with accurate, reliable measurements. Here are a few steps for properly maintaining your tape measure.

1. Control the blade

It is never a smart idea to let the tape measure blade whip back into the case. This can cause damage to the inner workings, the end hook and the blade markings. It’s also dangerous: you can injure your fingers, eyes and the people around you.

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What’s the Difference Between Innage and Outage Oil Gauging Tapes?

Oil Gauging Tape Measurements

We’ll be presenting a series of posts exploring answers to some of our most frequently asked questions (FAQs). Some will be useful to our distributors in determining what products to order for specific applications, or to educate their customers. Some will speak to the professional user who needs information on key features and benefits, or best practices in the use of a tool. Some will help our end-users to get the most out of the tool they just purchased. Some answers will simply be ‘fun facts to know and tell’ about measuring products.

This post will deal with a FAQ from our Oilfield sector regarding oil gauging tape.

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Happy New Year from U.S. Tape Company!

Happy New Year! Wishing you all the best in 2017 from all of us at U.S. Tape
Wishing you all the best in 2017 from all of us at U.S. Tape

Happy New Year from U.S. Tape!

As 2016 shortly comes to a close, we are reflecting on a good year and thankful for our loyal customers, and our new customers too!

We’re looking forward to 2017 which will present new opportunities and challenges for our company. Some of our product lines will be invigorated with new or redesigned items. Some of our processes will be improved through updated technology.

As always, our production, customer service, and corporate leadership personnel will be looking for ways to make U.S. Tape Company even stronger, and more responsive to the needs of our customers.

We wish you all a very happy, healthy, safe, and prosperous New Year!


U.S. Tape Company Anniversary

U.S. Tape Company is celebrating it’s anniversary. We are marking our 140th year in business.

Early History

Roe & Sons factory on Main St. in Patchogue, NY
Roe & Sons factory, Main St. Patchogue, NY

Founded in 1876 by surveyor, civil engineer,  and inventor Justus Roe, the company started in a small building on Main St. in Patchogue, NY. At first, the long surveyor’s tape measures that were sold were actually manufactured in larger factories in Brooklyn and NYC. The tapes could reach 100′ in length, so the factory had to be longer than that to accommodate the board that was used to inspect the tapes when laid out full length.

When demand for these measuring tapes became great, Justus moved the manufacturing operation to a larger factory in Patchogue and began producing tape measures there so orders could be handled from start to finish in one location.

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This is a happy DuraWheel user

DuraWheel measuring wheel user
John E., Calvert’s Paving, Inc.

We received this awesome testimonial from a happy DuraWheel Pro measuring wheel user. Thanks, John!


As discussed I treasure the US Tape wheel I have.

I have had many measuring wheels in the Last 10 years and all have failed. Some have in fact cost us quite a bit of money from miss measurements. This wheel has outlasted the other wheels and show no sign of giving up.

I got tired of less expensive wheels letting me down at the worst time especially when  I am out of town.

Lastly you should know that I do not loan out my wheel to people in the office as I treasure it that much… I realize that doesn’t help you get more sold but this one is MINE.


Click here to learn more about our line of DuraWheel professional grade distance measuring wheels, or to purchase one of your own.