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How to Read a Tape Measure. Don't let all those little lines dissuade you from using
a tape measure. Follow these guidelines to help you in reading all of those little ruler
marks. You will need and a tape measure. Step 1. Recognize the marks on the top of the tape
measure. The black numbers are inches and the red numbers are feet. There are 12 inches
in a foot. Step 2. Identify the shorter marks between the inch marks, divided into fractions
of an inch. Most tape measures are divided into 16ths of an inch. Therefore, there are
15 lines between the inch marks, all representing 1/16 of an inch. Step 3. Look for special
markings every 16 inches. These markings aid in many do-it-yourself projects that need
to be measured on 16-inch centers. Step 4. Notice the metric side of the tape measure.
The markings represent meters, centimeters, and millimeters. There are 100 centimeters
in a meter and 10 millimeters in a centimeter. Step 5. Write your measurement in feet, inches,
and fractions of an inch. For example 3 feet, 6 1/4 inches. Express metric measurements
in the smallest increments. You would not say "2 centimeters and 3 millimeters." Instead,
you would simply say "23 millimeters." Step 6. Measure precisely and double check your
measurement. It takes a lot less time to measure twice than redo an entire project because
of inaccuracies. Did you know James Chesterman patented the first spring-loaded tape measure
in England in 1829.
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How to Read a Tape Measure

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賴正華 published on September 23, 2018
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