Monday, October 22, 2018

The 2018 Tape Measure

A measuring tape is the absolute most-utilized apparatus on a jobsite, and I've been utilizing one once a day for about 20 years. I put in 10 years in development as a woodworker, foreman, and manager, and I've been expounding on instruments since 2007, with articles showing up in Fine Homebuilding, Popular Mechanics, This Old House, The Journal of Light Construction, Popular Science, and Tools of the Trade. I additionally finished a 3½-year full gut and rebuild of my 100-year-old farmhouse, amid which I had around 10 measuring tapes reserved everywhere throughout the property (kitchen pull-out, bureau compartment, mechanical room, pantry, one in the truck, and about six in my workshop).
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I've likewise composed particularly about measuring tapes. For a Popular Mechanics article, I diverted measuring tapes from a carport rooftop onto a black-top garage to test for sturdiness. Indeed, it's as fun as it sounds.

For this guide, I read what couple of dependable articles I could discover on the web (there aren't many) and conversed with two other apparatus specialists: Clint DeBoer, editorial manager of Pro Tool Reviews and the essayist of an exceptionally intensive 12 measuring tape standoff, and Mark Clement, authorized contractual worker and co-host of the MyFixitUpLife radio show.

How we picked

In the wake of perusing what we could, conversing with our specialists, and considering long stretches of experience utilizing measuring tapes, we found that the most critical highlights of a measuring tape are cutting edge solidness, case sturdiness, tang (the metal snare toward the finish of the tape) estimate, emerge, and simplicity of locking switch. Precision is essential as well, yet the majority of the tapes we took a gander at fell inside an adequate safety buffer. Both Clement and DeBoer cautioned against tapes stacked with extra highlights like pencil sharpeners. Forgiving summed things up: "Go straightforward. Keep it clean."

A photograph of all the measuring tapes we tried in 2013.

The measuring tapes we tried in 2013. Photo: Doug Mahoney

For a tape to have a long, beneficial life, the most essential factor is cutting edge solidness. As Clement stated, "The sharp edge of the measuring tape quite often goes first." That's on the grounds that after some time, coarseness, earth, and garbage enter the tape through the mouth and granulate against the edge as it gets expanded and withdrew again and again. DeBoer brought up that the cutting edge additionally rubs the purpose of section each time it withdraws. Most tapes have a type of defensive covering, however after some time, it gets worn off. In an article in Tools of the Trade plotting the ordinary convey devices for an expert encircling team, Tim Uhler clarifies, "When it's wet (winter), [a Stanley FatMax] won't last over multi month or somewhere in the vicinity. When enough mud and coarseness are maneuvered into the case, that is it for the tape." As a composer in the Pacific Northwest, he's working in an extraordinary situation, yet the fact of the matter is as yet taken.

"The cutting edge of the measuring tape quite often goes first." — Mark Clement

Case strength is additionally critical, however less so for a property holder. Any quality tape can deal with an ordinary 4-5-foot fall, and the rock solid development ones, most equipped with a rubbery cushioning, can go from four or five times that tallness. For my Popular Mechanics piece, I dropped a Stanley FatMax 25 feet onto black-top and it just demonstrated some scrape marks.1

Something else to search for is the plan of the tang (the metal snare toward the finish of the tape). The most essential and least demanding to utilize is a basic right-calculated foot. The tang is bolted to the sharp edge—be that as it may, shockingly, it shouldn't be bolted firmly. Rather, the tang needs a smooth forward and backward development so the tape will be precise both on force estimations, where you snare the tang over something like the edge of a board, and on push estimations, where you press the tang against an inside surface. The measure of development should square with the thickness of the tang to guarantee exactness for the two styles of measurement.2

Each tape has a marginally unique tang, and both Clement and DeBoer cautioned against expansive ones. Forgiving utilized the expression "cerebral pain" and DeBoer called them "clumsy." What happens is the tangs are large to the point that they get on everything aside from what you really need them to snare on—especially the ones with best snares that stretch out over the tape. The motivation behind these is so you can send the tape underneath something (like a shut entryway) and afterward snare it from beneath. They're valuable in development settings yet are pointless for your regular undertakings.

A photograph of three of the tangs from our measuring tape test aggregate stretched out to the finish of a bit of wood.

(l-r) The tangs of the Milwaukee, PowerLock, and the Johnson Big J. The PowerLock's is the littlest and most effortless to move. The Milwaukee's can snare a board from underneath, yet at the same time keeps up a sensible size. The Johnson tang is so extensive, it gets on things you don't need it to. Photograph: Doug Mahoney

Bigger tangs can cause different issues also. Clement would say, "they tend to roll the tape over when you're stretching out to snare something. It appears as if they actually get the breeze and the tape comes slamming down in an extremely thin load of uproarious, limp steel."

We additionally prescribed staying away from attractive tangs. Except if you're working with steel studs or metallic electrical channels, they're an issue. To begin with, the magnets are normally so great that they stick to everything, so don't attempt to take an estimation close to your icebox. Furthermore, they draw in all way of metal shavings, filings, and trash, making them hard to keep clean. There is unquestionably a place for attractive tapes, yet the kitchen cabinet isn't it.

The emerge of a tape is the separation that the edge can expand unsupported from the case and not crumple. In the business it has turned into a gloating ideal to have the tape with the longest emerge, with a few tapes professing to go similar to 13 feet. This uber separation can be useful on a jobsite, however it's extremely superfluous for the home. Both DeBoer and Clement concurred that a measuring tape that can emerge unsupported for 7-8 feet is all that anyone could need for at-home utilize. While DeBoer doesn't advocate continually going for the longest emerge, he additionally utilizes emerge as a quality marker. "In the event that your tape breaks descending at only 5-6 feet at that point it's presumable going to be an item that doesn't keep going long in different zones too."

In our testing, we found that the 1-inch cutting edges were the least demanding to utilize by and large, regardless of whether it implied relinquishing some emerge.

An expansive factor in emerge is the width of the sharp edge (more extensive cutting edge ordinarily implies longer emerge). Tape width by and large ranges from ¾ inch up to 1¼ inch. Anything not as much as an inch, however, will be unstable, while the fatter edges (those over the 1-inch stamp) make for a substantially bulkier instrument. In our testing, we found that the 1-inch cutting edges were the least demanding to utilize generally speaking, regardless of whether it implied relinquishing some emerge.

A few tapes have markings on the underside side of the tape and the best, yet Clement considers this to be an "answer without an issue." For myself, in a time of development work, I don't think I at any point utilized or felt I required markings on the posterior of the tape. While looking into for this piece, I did exclude or prohibit any tapes dependent on this component. In the event that it was there, fantastic. If not, it won't be missed.

As this guide appears, the US is one of the main nations that doesn't utilize the metric framework. In any case, we're situated in the US, so we just took a gander at tapes that utilization the standard majestic scale. Two or three the tapes, including the suggested PowerLock, are accessible with a double metric scale, so if that is what you're searching for, you ought to have the capacity to track one down effortlessly enough.

We likewise didn't invest much energy taking a gander at tapes with extra doohickeys, contraptions, and included capacities. There are tapes that will make a stamp for you, tapes that have extending estimating rulers, and others with focusing scales that demonstrate to you the middle purpose of any estimation. Be that as it may, we concur with Clement's feeling: "A measuring tape is a flawlessly basic machine … and ought not be muddied up with stuff that different devices can do." (We did, be that as it may, take a gander at the FastCap tapes, which have pencil sharpeners and an erasable composition surface, because of their notoriety in the development business. More musings on those in a bit.)

For length, we just took a gander at 25-foot tapes. Regular lengths are 12, 16, 25, 30, and 35 feet. DeBoer said that he essentially utilizes a 16, however he feels more secure realizing that he has a 25 close by. Forgiving said that a 25 is the best approach on the grounds that there are times when it will prove to be useful. It's normal for a room in a house (or a corridor) to have a divider longer than 16 feet, and you may need to quantify the area for painting or size up a potential lobby sprinter. To put it plainly, it's smarter to have the length and not require it than to require it and not have it.

Tapes underneath $8 or $10 aren't justified regardless of the shabby plastic they're made of, and no measuring tape is worth more than $20.

For cost, there truly is certainly not an immense range. My experience is that tapes underneath $8 or $10 aren't justified regardless of the shabby plastic they're made of, and no measuring tape is worth more than $20. In DeBoer's article, he took a gander at 12 unique tapes with everything except one somewhere in the range of $8 and $20 (the $2.50 Pittsburgh Quikfind got a horrible survey).

The locking switch is solid and simple to use, with a pleasant surface that keeps the thumb from slipping. You can without much of a stretch bolt the cutting edge with one hand. Once bolted, the tape didn't move as we skiped it all alone weight.

The belt snare is a standard however utilitarian plan. It has a pleasant spring to it and the flare toward the end makes it simple to aimlessly snare on a back pocket. (Note: If the PowerLock is snared on to some jeans all the live long day for quite a long time and months on end, the edges of the metal clasp will begin to shred the texture of the pocket. In reality, the majority of the metal clasps do this, however our previous redesign pick, the now-stopped Milwaukee General Contractor, had an alternate plan to lessen the impact.)

In view of the 1-inch cutting edge, the body of the PowerLock is a thin 1½ inches wide. It's one of the taller tapes, with a great "D" outline, however it's not inconvenient. In Clement's survey of it, he says, "Nobody will blame me for having vast hands and the PowerLock fits in my grasp pleasantly." He goes on, "The squatter, rounder finished tapes with more extensive (1¼ inch) cutting edges feel excessively massive. I can grasp the [PowerLock], pay out tape, and twist the tape—say for estimating over a story or from floor to roof—in a smooth movement without straightening out the tape in my grasp."

The general population we requested to deal with the tapes had comparative encounters. Two or three them remarked on how light the PowerLock was contrasted with the others, particularly the 1¼-inch tapes (the PowerLock is 13¼ ounces, tied with the Keson for the lightest tape tried). The strong feel of the device and the smooth locking switch were likewise noted as high focuses. Since the PowerLock has been the standard measuring tape for so long (and the one that everybody's father possessed) it appears to have progressed toward becoming what individuals are agreeable and comfortable with. "No doubt, it's a measuring tape … it's what you expect," one individual said. Everybody believed that the 1¼-inch tapes were massive and substantial. The Tajimas and FastCaps got high stamps for their smaller size, yet they each remain imperfect that we'll get to in a bit.

An extremely decent extra element of the PowerLock is that the tape case is set apart for inside estimations. The body of the tape is actually 3 inches in length (or, in other words looking into the issue), so in case you're estimating a room from one end to the other, you can expand the tape until the back of the case contacts the divider and simply add the 3 crawls to what you read on the tape. About ⅔ of the tapes that we tried had this element, yet the Stanley was one of seven that held this estimation to a simple to-utilize 3 inches. Utilizing the DeWalt, you need to include 3¼ inches and the Snap-on makes you include 3⅛ inches.

On the underside of the case, right where the tang sits, the PowerLock has a marginally free bit of dark plastic. This goes about as a safeguard when the tang returns hammering into the case. A couple of alternate apparatuses had something comparable with shifting degrees of achievement. The Johnson JobSite, Johnson Big J, and Keson tapes additionally had guards, however when they were squeezed, they really constrained open the crease along the underside of the case. Better forms were found on the Starrett and Tajimas, yet those tapes had different issues secured beneath. The Komelon, Lufkin, and Snap-on expand their abundant elastic over-shape up to the nose of the instrument with the goal that it straightforwardly goes about as a guard. Be that as it may, once more, those apparatuses didn't charge well in different classifications.

Stuart Deutsch of ToolGuyd additionally looked into the PowerLock and the main blame he had with it was that he felt the smooth outline of the case and sweat-soaked hands don't blend too well. He finished by saying, "By and large, I profoundly prescribe Stanley's PowerLock measuring tapes, particularly given that they're sufficiently shabby to supplant if or when they're dropped too often."

This last point he makes merits underlining. At around $10, the Stanley PowerLock is one of the slightest costly quality tapes available. DeBoer additionally gets on the cost examination in the PTR piece. His primary concern decision: It's "the reasonable, no nonsense standard."

The PowerLock has a genuinely run of the mill guarantee. It doesn't cover any client wear and tear, yet in the event that there is something intrinsically amiss with the device, they'll give you another one.

We have to take note of that Stanley offers another variant of this measuring tape that they allude to as the PowerLock with Blade Armor. We tried this model out as well, and despite the fact that it sounds like it would be the prevalent tape, it could not hope to compare to its more steady kin. On the great side, the Blade Armor rendition has a "mechanical thermo-plastic" covering over the initial 3 creeps of the tape, where the wear is the hardest. This is a decent touch, yet we likewise found that it had one of the weaker edge locks of any tape we took a gander at. The tape began withdrawing with even the scarcest development. While we loved the additional edge toughness, the nonchalant sharp edge bolt was excessively disappointing.

Keep going, with its long 50 or more year history, the PowerLock is likewise something of a symbol. And keeping in mind that we're keen on execution here and not chronicled status, the way that the PowerLock was adequate to be stuffed on the Apollo 11 lunar landing mission implies that it's most likely sufficient for your kitchen cabinet.

We've kept utilizing the PowerLock since 2015 are as yet awed. We've sporadically checked it against the Lixer measuring tape calibrator and it stays exact.

Blemishes however not dealbreakers

For the majority of this integrity, the PowerLock still has a couple slight imperfections. To begin with, the belt snare is a straightforward metal clasp. This is a standard outline on measuring tapes, and when cut and unclipped over and over on a pocket, it begins to shred the texture. Be that as it may, this is just a worry if the tape is being utilized on an extremely standard premise.

As expressed before, the PowerLock has been around for more than 50 years and the one thing that has changed after some time is the situation. Incidentally, in all probability for cost reasons, Stanley quit making them out of metal and began making them out of plastic. In our examination, we found that numerous long-term clients of the PowerLock insightfully yearn for the times of the metal case. The truth of the matter is that plastic cases are just the standard nowadays, and they offer enough strength to take care of business. Of the tapes we tried, just the Johnson Big J had a lot of metal for the situation and at no time did we get the feeling of any critical included toughness.

Update pick: Stanley FatMax

Update pick

Stanley 33-725 25-Feet FatMax Tape Measure

Stanley 33-725 25-Feet FatMax Tape Measure

Greater and harder

With a more extensive tape, longer champion, and harder parts than our pick, the FatMax offsets tough execution with a body that is (marginally) not very huge to be sensible.

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In the event that you need a measuring tape with a demonstrated reputation of strength, one that can withstand a genuine jobsite beatdown, we prescribe the Stanley FatMax. Throughout the years it has supplanted the PowerLock as the standard on jobsites. You don't need to be in the building exchanges to require this device, however—anybody doing requesting work at home, from redesigning a space to cutting timber for carpentry ventures, will before long value its harder outline. It's enormous and substantial, however, making it harder than our pick to grasp in a littler hand, and that is the fundamental motivation behind why it can feel like pointless excess for periodic estimations at home.

The FatMax is more costly than the PowerLock, however that extra expense gets you a more extensive cutting edge with a more drawn out emerge and an elastic overmold that gives more noteworthy insurance as you're watching it drop out of your second story window while estimating for another cooling window unit. The FatMax was our unique update pick, however it was bested by the Milwaukee 25 ft. General Contractor Tape Measure in 2015. That model has since been ceased, so until the point when we test the refreshed form, we believe that the FatMax is the best overhaul accessible.

I've actually had a great deal of experience utilizing this tape and can bear witness to its beast toughness. I've seen it go off framework, down stairs and off rooftops. As made reference to in the How we picked area, for the Popular Mechanics article, I hurled one from a stature of 25 feet and as I composed at that point, "the FatMax indicated just scrape marks. We really heard it giggling at us." DeBoer, in the PTR roundup called the FatMax "the rough universal tape to beat."

Solidness isn't the main thing the FatMax offers. It additionally has a more extensive tape (1¼") and a more prominent emerge (we got 11 foot, 3 inches). The tape is secured with a similar covering that encases the PowerLock, yet it likewise has the extra "mechanical thermoplastic" covering over the initial 4½ inches.

The FatMax has a best snaring tang. While this was an element that removed numerous different tapes from thought, the tang on the FatMax is planned in an unexpected way. Contrasted with the greater part of the 1¼" tapes, the tang on the FatMax is little. At the end of the day, it's splendidly reasonable. On the sides at the highest point of the tang are two slight horns that stick up over the inward side of the tape. These can be utilized to snare something from underneath. The horns are little enough with the goal that you truly don't see them amid ordinary utilize and they don't get snared on things you don't need them to.

The exchange off for the majority of this decency is weight and mass. The FatMax tips the scales at 1 pound, 2¼ ounces, the heaviest of the tapes we took a gander at. The rotund case is about two inches wide and it tops off any hand that is holding it. In case you're more worried about the apparatus being agreeable to hold and utilize (as opposed to strength), we'd steer you back to our pick rather than this.
Do I require a programmed bolting tape?

For this guide, we just took a gander at tapes with conventional locking catches. A few organizations make measuring tapes with auto-locking highlights that naturally hold the tape set up once it is expanded. A catch, found where the ordinary flip would be, withdraws the tape. In the PTR piece, DeBoer clarifies them by saying, "individuals either love or detest auto-locking tapes." As long as your tape has a smooth, simple to-utilize locking switch, a programmed bolting tape is extremely pointless. Likewise, in the event that you utilize a standard tape and you're searching for a speedy hang on the edge, it is anything but difficult to "auto-bolt" it by moving your index finger forward until the point when it leans against the base of the tape. It bodes well to simply discover that little trap and after that have the full scope of tape movement on the off chance that you require it.

Shouldn't something be said about extremely long measuring tapes?

On the off chance that you require a more drawn out measuring tape, contingent upon your necessities, it might be worth putting resources into a 100-foot measuring tape like this Komelon. These are not spring-stacked auto-withdrawing tapes like their littler cousins. Or maybe, they chip away at a spool framework like an angling pole. Whenever you reliably require long estimations, one of these can spare you an enormous measure of time. In the event that (say) you're arranging an option and need to stamp out the proposed measurements in the grass, or you're estimating the edge of your property for a fencing venture, the additional length makes these significantly less demanding to use than incrementally estimating with a 25-foot tape.

Are those laser remove measurers justified, despite all the trouble?

Another classification of estimating instruments is the laser separate measurers. These instruments, some as little as a pack of cards, shoot a laser point and give the separation on a little screen. There are exceptionally essential models like the now-ended Bosch DLR130K that can do remove and ascertain region and volume, yet others, similar to the Stanley TLM330, can even make sense of a separation through triangulation. On the off chance that it can peruse the separation among you and the house and you and the second-story window (for instance), it can reveal to you how high the window is off the ground. In any case, as cool as they sound, they can just gauge zones that have a positive edge (like a room). Since the laser needs to hit a surface with the end goal to take an estimation, you can't generally utilize one to figure the length of a tabletop or a board. In case you're keen on additional on these instruments, Tools of the Trade has a pleasant round-up of the expert models, picking the Bosch GLM 80 as their general top choice.

What to anticipate

We intend to test the Milwaukee 25 ft. Stud Tape Measure, or, in other words for our past update pick, the organization's ceased General Contractor Tape Measure. It's more costly than the old rendition and our current update pick, the Stanley FatMax, yet we preferred the General Contractor Tape so much that we'd jump at the chance to check whether this one is justified regardless of the additional money.

The opposition

The Milwaukee 25 ft. General Contractor Tape Measure was our update pick for its genius review strength. It was predominant surrounding: It had the hardest cutting edge of any instrument we tried, its locking system and belt cut were simpler to utilize, and it joined a steady, wide base with an edge that is a fourth of an inch slimmer (and thusly compliment and more advantageous) than your run of the mill 1¼-inch contractual worker's tape. However, lamentably it was ended.

Stanley has a 25-foot auto-locking adaptation of our redesign pick FatMax with an interesting tang-expansion framework. A separable piece transforms the standard FatMax tang into a considerably bigger one. As per the official statement, "[users] can interface the larger than average snare connection for encircling applications or evacuate it for standard applications." Although the apparatus likely has the FatMax's sturdiness, the additional expense and the strange tang put it out of the thought here.

The Starrett Exact Plus might have been our pick notwithstanding its sheer mass. With its ergonomic locking switch and tough sharp edge covering, it was a contender, yet the way that it's as tall as the PowerLock and as wide as the thick FatMax made it troublesome for littler hands to handle and utilize serenely. It's additionally on the expensive side for a 1-inch tape. A major pawed woodworker on a jobsite, however, could discover a considerable measure to like about this one.

The Keson was a pleasant minimized unit, yet had its failings. As made reference to before, when I pushed on the Keson's tang guard, the crease at the base of the case opened up a bit.

Two out of the three Johnson tapes I took a gander at—the Professional's Choice and JobSite—had frail cutting edge locks, and the third, the Johnson's Big J, had an enormous tang and a genuinely firm bolting switch. None of the Johnson tapes performed well in the scraped area test.

The Komelon likewise had an over-built defensive case and was the most modern looking tape we found. The tang was extensive and had a vertical piece that could snare from underneath. Both the bumpy elastic over-shape and the colossal end cut made this one dubious to utilize contrasted with easier models.

We enjoyed the Lufkin for its sharp edge strength and brilliant orange shading (I can't begin to clarify what number of measuring tapes I've lost throughout the years), however the cord connection made the tape excessively massive for my loving, at any rate for around-the-house utilize. The Control Series moniker originates from a cutaway on the underside of the tape, straight up at the mouth, that uncovered the base of the tape as it moves all through the case. The hypothesis is that you can without much of a stretch press a finger against the tape to control how quick it withdraws and additionally brake it and hold it at a specific length. I'm neither here nor there on this one. It's a fascinating component, however as made reference to before, a great many people comfortable with measuring tapes unknowingly do this officially just by sliding their pointer forward and braking the cutting edge at the mouth of the case.

The FastCap tapes that we tried, the Old Standby and Lefty/Righty, have a comparable element, yet it's a catch at the base of the case as opposed to a cutaway. I really thought that it was more hard to press the catch and keep up weight on it than to simply slide my finger forward and stop the tape the way every other person does. Alongside the catch stop framework, cutting edge solidness was a frail point for the FastCap, similar to the thumb-worked belt cut (it works like a tidbit pack cut and is dull to utilize). Additionally, one of the FastCaps was off 1/32 inch in the precision test, and the sharp edges of the two tapes scarcely made it over the 7-foot check when I tried emerge.

The best element of the FastCaps is the erasable composition surface that sits in favor of the tape. It's pleasant to have the choice to scribble down a few estimations, especially for the woodworker. The installed pencil sharpener is likewise a pleasant touch, once more, for the craftsman—however presumably not helpful to the home client.

FastCap tapes are accessible with an assortment of stamping styles, from the standard 1/16 scale to the Lefty/Righty clarified previously. They additionally offer tapes that have no unbending nature in the cutting edge, so they lay level on your workpiece. Generally, these weirdos are outfitted to the exchanges.

Two different tapes tried, the DeWalt and the Johnson Big J, have locking switches that are so hardened they actually grasp two hands to work. DeBoer had a comparable involvement with the DeWalt 16-foot form, however he didn't test the Big J.

The two Tajima tapes, the G-25 and the GP-25 were almost indistinguishable, regardless of the value distinction. They were both agreeable to utilize, and our test assemble preferred their size, yet the cutting edge solidness was below average, with the two tapes demonstrating wear and slight crimps after some standard utilize. One taking care of issue that we had with these tapes is that the over-shape stretches out down from the case and covers the sides of the tang. This implies you can't haul the tang out by coming at it from the side. Rather, you have to haul it straight out. Of the considerable number of tapes tried, the GP-25 was the most costly, however it just housed a 1-inch cutting edge. From what we could tell, in many ways it's indistinguishable to the G-25 (same sharp edge, same size, same tang, nearly a similar locking switch), so it creates the impression that the extra expense is a result of the divided out over-form tasteful.

A considerable measure of the other wide-cutting edge tapes were removed from the running due to their enormous tangs. Almost the majority of the Kobalts, and numerous others had this issue.

We didn't consider any Craftsman measuring tapes since, well, they're never again made. For reasons unknown, the organization surrendered them. Be that as it may, they appear to have been supplanted on the racks by Stanleys.

References

And yet, no tape is indestructible. I've additionally observed the locking switch on a FatMax dampen after a 8-foot fall. There is extremely no tape that will keep going forever under all conditions. Hop back.

Most tangs likewise have a ¼-inch space along the front face that enables you to drape the apparatus off a nail or effectively check a hover with the tape. To do this, pound a nail in at your inside point until the point when the head is scarcely over the surface and guide the opening into the nail head. At that point, take your pencil and hold it at the 10-inch stamp and turn it around. Presently you have a hover with roughly a 20-inch distance across. A few tapes, similar to the Lufkin Hi-Vis Control Series Tape, have calculated nail spaces on each side of the tang so you don't have to turn the tape as you're making the bend or hanging the tape. All in all, it's a perfect trap, however truly not vital to the normal client. Bounce back.

Each inch of the length of the tape is separated into 16 equivalent amounts of. Three of the tapes (Keson, Lufkin, and the FastCap Old Standby), included 1/32 inch for the main foot and afterward went straight 16ths for the rest of. On the DeWalt tape, which has 1/16ths, the ⅛-inch additions are marked as divisions along one edge of the tape. The FastCap Righty/Lefty has 1/16-inch increases, and every one is named as a division

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