What is exactly measurement of 1/16", 2/16" 1/8", 3/8", 5/8" 1/4" and etc?

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What is exact size of 1/6", 2/16",1/8", 3/8", 5/8" 1/4"and etc?

What is the exact measurement of:

1/16", 2/16", 3/16", 4/16", 5/16", 5/16", 7/16", 8/16", 9/16", 10/16", 11/16", 12/16", 13/16", 14/16", 15/16" ?

1/8", 2/8", 3/8", 4/8", 5/8", 6/8", 7/8" ?

1/4", 1/2", 3/4" ?

One inch is divided into 16 increments or blocks.

If you look at the ruler of an inch as shown on the photo, one inch has division of 16 blocks.

In this case, 1/16" (also referred to as one sixteenth of an inch) is referring to 1 block of line out of 16 blocks, when it is divided to 16 increments.

2/16" (also referred to as two of sixteenth of an inch) would be 2 blocks out of 16 blocks within an inch and so on.


One inch can also be divided into 8 increments.

In this case, 1/8" (also referred to as one eighth of an inch) would be referring to 2 blocks, if you divide one inch to 8 increments.

2/8 (also referred to as two eighth of an inch) would be referring to 4 blocks, if you divide one inch to 8 increments and so on. Refer to illustration.


One inch can be divided to 4 increments.

In this case, 1/4" (also referred to as one fourth of an inch or one quarter of an inch) is referring to 4 blocks, if you divide one inch to 4 increments.

1/2" is (also referred to as one half of an inch or half inch) is referring to 8 blocks, if you divide one inch to 4 increments.

3/4" is (also referred to as three quarters of an inch) is 12 blocks, if you divide one inch to 4 increments.

Please refer to illustration above.

When do you use these numbers?

If you have to make a measurement in small details to be very accurate, you would use 1/16", 2/16" and etc.

If you don't have to be so detail but accurate, then use 1/8", 2/8" and etc.

You want to make it just close enough, then use 1/4" 1/2" or 3/4" and etc.

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