Tape Measure | Measuring Tools
Measuring a distance with precision
A ruler is ok for small objects but since it does not bend it is useless for uneven and rounded objects. A long ruler will be made of folding segments and can be a couple of feet long but it breaks easily. And what if you need to measure the length of a bridge, height of a flagpole, or the width of a house?
In all these cases you need what is normally referred to as a "tape measure" which can be short pocket model, a long open reel tape, or a electronic long-distance measurement device. If you are looking for a useful DIY gift, this will probably be a unexpected but welcome item.
When you make your choice, don't forget to select a inch or metric measure tape depending on your preference.
Best selling measure tape rule
25 feet of measure tape is enough for most contractor work and DIY projects.
Long Distance Measure Tools
Tape Reel or Laser Tool?
How to measure distance between two objects that are far away? You need either a remote measure tool such as a laser range finder, or a more traditional tape measure reel. My personal choice for all types of engineering and building projects is the laser distance measurer because of the extreme accuracy even when measuring very long distances. It is also easier to measure distant objects without the need for helpers. Speed is another point which makes the laser meter my choice. Point it at what you want to measure, click the button and read the display. Done!
Magnetic holder for tape rules.
Most measure tapes have belt clips but if you use it often at a construction site what you need is a magnetic holder. One part goes on your belt, the other is attached onto the measure tape. This now also gives your measure reel strong magnets which you can attach to metal surfaces and pull the tape out to measure your point.
How to measure plumbing and tubes
Neasure tapes and reels are good for almost everything - except getting a good read on circular objects. The caliper is a tool that has been around for ges and should be in everyone's toolbox. use it to measure screw and bolt dimensions, tubes and plumbing, etc
Small and cheap measurement tools
A simple fabric tape measure is something you will probably find in all family households, specially if you have a sewing machine. Extremely cheap and easy to use a 3 - 6 foot tape measure is a must-have tool of any tailor.
A measure tape has a printed scale on it that is normally aligned for right to left usage and reading. If you are left-handed you will probably find yourself reading the distance scale upside-down all the time, or be handling the tool in a awkward way.
There are some left-to-right tape measures on the market but they are surprisingly few.
Construction and folding rulers
A traditional builder's folding ruler which you will probably find in most homes.
Traditional carpenter ruler
A folding ruler is also something most people use at some point and is a excellent measurement tool for the home-owner doing smaller home improvement jobs.
Easy, cheap and portable, the downside is lack of durability and short reach for long distance measuring.
Great for smaller carpentry jobs and diy projects.