FAQs

Below are answers to some of the questions you might have about using or ordering tape measures, specialty tools, and measuring wheels from U.S. Tape.

We will remove the shipping charges from your final invoice on any order over $75. Any promotion for Free Shipping is only valid for “GROUND” service and delivery to addresses in the contiguous United States (no AK, HI, or Int’l deliveries).

We’re sorry, but at this time we are only able to ship to U.S. and Canadian addresses.

Yes. If you are a reseller or distributors with a Resale Certificate you can call the corporate office for details of how to purchase from us: 215-541-1850, or you can download our Distributor Credit Application here. Fill it out and fax it to: 215-541-1760 or email to: [email protected] along with your Resale Certificate. Please be advised that there are minimum order requirements and we must have a copy of your company’s Resale Certificate on file in order to deal with you on a distributor level.

The patented center finding scale is truly simple to read. Just measure your object using the top edge scale, then find that same number on the bottom edge scale. This is the center of your object.

CenterPoint Blade

Here. We have Adhesive backed Bench tapes in sizes from 4ft. to 100ft., which measure in English, English/Metric, Metric, or CenterPoint scales.

Check out our info sheets sorted by tape width:

1/4″ wide

3/8″ wide

1/2″ wide

3/4″ wide

CenterPoint

Here are instructions as well as spare part information for your Spencer and ProTape long tapes. Please use caution when working with these power tape measures and avoid uncontrolled rewind. Always wear appropriate eye protection.

The Stringliner Pro and LevelWiz handles have many convenient features built-in. There is a notch on top to secure the loose end of the twine. The reel spins freely to release the twine without twisting or knotting. The twine can be rewound onto the spool either manually, or using a power screwdriver. The knob on top can be used for hand winding and there is also a slot on the bottom of the handle for power winding.

You can also easily replace the spool on your Stringliner Pro or LevelWiz reels with the patented design. Simply grasp the top and bottom “shoulders” of the reel handle and pull apart as shown in the illustration. Slide a new roll onto the spindle and push the two pieces of the handle back together.

 

Innage oil gauge tapes measure the depth of liquid inside a tank. Innage tapes are cut at the 9″ mark to accommodate use of an Innage plumb bob. The tape measures the height of the liquid from the bottom of the tank to the liquid surface. These are the most commonly used tank gauging tapes.

Outage tape measurements are based on how much liquid has been removed from a tank. You need to know the height of your tank to determine the liquid level. Outage tapes are cut at the 3″ mark and are used with an Outage plumb bob, which must be in contact with the liquid surface. To determine the level of liquid in the tank, first add the tape measure reading to the plumb bob reading, then subtract that amount from the height of the tank.

Click here for a more in-depth explanation and answers to other frequently asked questions regarding oil gauging.

Short answer: These are truss markings that are useful when working with engineered “timbers”.

Long answer: The black diamonds which appear every 19 3/16” on metal tape measures are for spacing I-beam “timbers”. Several wood-product manufacturers offer I-beam “timbers” as a substitute for solid lumber floor joists. The diamond marks on our tape rule blades are for spacing these engineered floor joists in new construction.

Because these beams are able to support more weight than their dimensional lumber counterpart, they often have different spacing requirements. Span tables for these beams provide ratings for spacings of 12”, 16”, 19 3/16”, and 24”. If you multiply these dimensions by 8, 6, 5, and 4, respectively, you’ll find each comes to 96”, the length of the plywood panels used for sub-flooring.

Those diamond marks are there for builders who want to take advantage of the great strength of engineered I-beams by using fewer floor joists, with no loss of floor support, where codes allow.

There are 3 options available for tape measure certification. Download this instruction sheet for information.