Accurately Reading a Tape Measure

A tool is only as good as the person using it.

That’s an old saying, but a true one, and something that applies to tape measures as well. They’re only effective if the person using them knows how to get an accurate reading.

In this blog post, we’re going to look at how to accurately read a tape measure.

Essential features

inch designationsLet’s begin by reviewing the essential parts of an “Imperial” or “English” tape measure:

1. Inch designations

On a tape measure that uses imperial units – as opposed to the metric system – the most prominent markings are typically the inch marks, designated by long, thin lines and larger numbers. You will see a foot designation marked every 12 inches (sometimes in a box as in the picture, or sometimes the number will be shown in red).

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Hidden Features of Measuring Tape

Fractional Read Tape Measure

Are you getting the most out of your tape measure?

That might seem like a silly question. After all, a measuring tape is a simple device with a simple – although important – purpose: to measure things.

But there’s more to this tool than meets the eye. Here are a few hidden features you will find within in your tape measure.

1. The curve

Have you ever wondered why the blade on a tape measure is curved? The concave design helps keep the blade rigid when extended. This curve allows the blade to “stand out” while measuring, helping you read the measurement.

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Oil Gauge Tape Measure Blade Styles

US Tape: Oil Gauging Tape…a little knowledge can go a long way in helping your customers choose the right one.

In our on-going informational series on gauging tapes, we previously discussed the difference between Innage and Outage tapes and how they are used. Another FAQ we have gotten is “What are the different blade styles available, and what are they used for?”

We have 4 different styles of gauging tape blades: Plated, Double Duty, Black Etched, and Etched Stainless Steel. They each have unique properties that make them better suited to use for measuring particular oils, gas, and other liquids.

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How to Properly Use a Dead Blow Hammer

4 lb. Dead Blow HammerA dead blow hammer is a mallet-like tool used to absorb tremors that occur when the hammer strikes.

It’s a useful tool in that it prevents damage to soft surfaces, while reducing the amount of rebound and improving the striking force of the hammer. They’re great tools for tapping joints together, or knocking them apart.

The head of these hammers is typically hollow and partially filled with steel shot, lead shot or sand to distribute the energy of the strike over a longer stretch of time.

And while these may not be precision tools, there is a precise way to use a dead blow hammer. Here are a few tips to make sure you’re wielding this tool safely and wisely.

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How to Use the CenterPoint Tape Measure

CenterPoint Center-finding tape measureIn honor of National Tape Measure Day on July 14, 2017, we’d like to shine the spotlight on one of our favorites – the CenterPoint tape. Let me tell you a bit about:

How the patented CenterPoint Center-finding scale works

Being in the business for a while (a bit over 140 years…) we do get asked questions about how to use our measuring tools. Today I’ll take a shot at explaining the CenterPoint center finding scale, and how to use it when working with our CenterPoint tape measures, bench tape, or rulers.

Actually, this will be pretty simple. It is very easy to use!!!

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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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