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Tape measure selection and calibration video

by The Handyguys

in Tools, Video Podcasts

In this Handyguys video we discuss tape measure selection and calibration

Tape Measure Selection

You have a lot of choices, big and small, long and short, wide and skinny.

Wide Tape Measures

Wide tapes have a great benefit. The “standout” is how far out can the tape extend before collapsing. Usually the wider the tape  the longer the standout.

wide tape measures on Amazon

Click this image to see several wide tape measures on Amazon.

Small Tape Measures

Small tapes are great for … wait for it … small projects. They easily fit into a pocket or tossed into the junk drawer in the kitchen.

Small Tape Measures at Amazon

Click this image to see a nice selection of small tapes at Amazon

Long Tape Measures

When you really need to go the distance you will need a long tape. Perhaps if you are building a huge deck, laying out a foundation, measuring for a fence or any other situation where a normal tape wont reach. 100, 200 and even 400 foot lengths can be had.

long tape measures

Click the image above to see long tapes at Amazon

Tape Measure Calibration

Watch the video to learn how to calibrate your tape . This is especially important when you have two tapes  in use on a project. There are often slight differences from one tape to another. You can bend the hook on the end slightly to make sure they both measure identically.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Charlie March 12, 2014 at 7:58 pm

100% agree with you on finding a tape measure that has a good, comfortable lock! Too many inexpensive tape measures have either a lock that won’t stay engaged, or one that is impossible to push into place with a single thumb.


Larry Johnson March 13, 2014 at 4:37 pm

What are your guys’ thoughts on the numerous tape measure apps that are on the market? Would be curious to hear your perspective.


The Handyguys March 13, 2014 at 4:58 pm

Hmmm, I think we will need to do a review of a few! I have played with the level apps but not the measure apps.


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