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Easy Steps on Reading a Tape Measure

Aug 15, 2008
A tape measure is a very useful measuring tool. One that every person who intends on doing any sort of project should be very familiar with and a must have tool in any tool box. In fact, no tool box would be complete without at least one tape measure.

However, to make accurate measurements, it is important to have a background on how to read a tape measure, which include knowing the basic English measurement systems like yards, feet and inches.

One of the reliable measuring tools used in homes and business establishments, a tape measure has many uses. People can simply use this measuring tool to know the length of particular furniture or they can also use it in major construction projects. Because of the utility of this tool, many people like to know how to read a tape measure.

Reading a tape measure is not difficult. To help people who experience problems concerning the use of the measuring tool, this article will discuss an activity that they can use to improve their knowledge on reading a tape measure.

Materials Needed in the Activity

To start this activity, it is important to have some materials that will be useful for learning how to read a tape measure. People who will do this activity need a tape measure, a pencil and a paper that has a size of 8.5 x 11 inches.

A Quick Look at Tape Measure

Many tape measures use the English measurement systems, which include yards, feet and inches. The bold numbers in most tape measures are the inches. Twelve inches are equivalent to one foot and 36 inches are equal to one yard. People who are knowledgeable about the use of tape measures advise that it is best to rely on the 16 lines that consist an inch because they give more accurate results than using inches, feet and yards when using the tool. Hence, people should know these conversions because they are very important to make the measurements accurate.

Details of the Activity

With the use of the pencil, put two marks on the paper. It is important to remember that the marks must not be near to each other. After putting two marks on the paper, measure the distance between the marks. To do so, put the end of the measuring tool on the first mark and stretch the tape measure until it reaches the second mark.

The first whole number that you will see at the left side of the second mark refers to the distance of the marks in terms of inches. Now, count the number of lines at the right side of the tape measure from the whole number up to the second mark to get the exact distance between the two marks.

To improve one's knowledge on reading a tape measure, practice and mastery is very important. Learning how to read a tape measure is easy but it will definitely take time so does not be discouraged if at first you cannot successfully make accurate measurements.
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