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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