You Have Been Using This Measuring Tape Hole Wrong Your Entire Life.
Measuring tape, a standard tool for DIY! I am sure all of use at some point in our lives felt the need for using this little tool for various reasons. Unsurprisingly the most common reason always happens to be for measuring. However you will be amazed to see what more this yellow tape can do for you. It has some amazing features. Some I had come across before but some made me realise I’ve been using it wrong the whole time!
#1 Wanna know what is this hole for?
You are forgiven for thinking that the hole on the end metal part of the tape measure is purely a fancy design. In fact it is a feature that is very useful especially when working with screws and nails. Simply place the screw or nail head into the slot so you make more accurate measurements! Which is even more handy when you are on your own and have no one else to hold down the other end of the tape measure. Plus you still have a hand free to mark with.
#2 The scribing tool
When it comes to DIY for most people it can get quite stressful. You put down a tool and then it disappears. So in this case the serrated hook is perfect for when you lose your pen. Or don’t have a pencil to hand while trying to make a measurement.
All you have to do is push the edge down into the material and slide it side to side. You will get the precise mark that is easy to see.
#3 Reason behind the length specification on the casing
If you take a look you will see at the base of every tape measure there is a number with a symbol. That is to tell you how long the base of the tape measure is!
Now if you’re wondering why you’d need to know the size of the tape measure is for making inside measurements. You no longer need to put the tape measure and bend it to get a measurement from a corner or at the floor. Because more often than not you get it bent and have to guess the measurement. This takes the guessing out of it. Just set the measuring tape as far as it goes, read the measurement and then add the specification from the casing!
#4 The adjustable hook end.
Measuring the inside or the outside edge can make a serious difference.
You will notice that the metal tip at the end of the tape measure is lose. This is actually for an important reason. The first inch of the tape is short by 1/16 of an inch. This isn’t an error: This feature is known as “true zero”.
The metal tip is exactly 1/16 of an inch thick. So if you’re measuring the outside of a surface and hook the tape measure on the edge, the metal piece will pull out and create a gap, so you aren’t counting it in your measurement. Alternatively, if you are measuring an inside angle the gap will close and the metal part (that is 1/16) will be part of the measurement. Therefore making the full inch and the measurement will be precise.
So are any of these a shock? Is it true to say, You Have Been Using This Measuring Tape Hole Wrong Your Entire Life. I hope you have found these tips useful if you want more amazing DIY tips head over to seejanedrill. She has some amazing videos on lots of different things.