Do You Need a Specialty Tape Measure


#1

Over at the Toolguyd site a recent post about a new Kobalt laser distance measuring instrument got me thinking about the trusty tape measure and less used carpenter’s folding ruler. I thought it might be interesting to take a look at some of the different kinds of tape measures that are or were available on the market. This is not meant as an endorsement of any brand or style – rather its just what I could easily find. If I missed your favorite – just add a link. So here goes:

Adhesive-backed tape

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Measure-It-MI32BP-Adhesive-Measuring-Tape-32-/111780296996?hash=item1a069ff924:g:8eoAAOxyrM5THaOK

Caliper Tape measure:

http://www.leevalley.com/en/HARDWARE/page.aspx?p=58730&cat=1,43513

Compass – Tape Measure

Depth Tape

Surveyor’s Rope

Pencil/Pen – Tape Measure Combo

Tape Pencil Holder

http://www.toolup.com/CH-Hanson-03001-Pencil-Boy

Tape with pencil sharpener

Lefty-Righty

Sewing Tapes

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Retractable-Tape-Measure-3pc-Set-Mini-Ruler-Tailor-Sewing-Cloth-Craft-60-1-5m-/281920963845?hash=item41a3cc8505:m:mypddtqkoRz6llmn_0KzgHA

BMI Tape

https://www.amazon.com/Body-Measuring-Locking-Push-Button-Retraction/dp/B018SY17AQ/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1476916540&sr=8-2&keywords=EAM-400B

Key Chain Tape

Diameter - Engineer’s Scale

Diameter Tape

Talmeter

Non-Conductive Tape/Case

Brick-Mason’s Tapes

Pocket Tape

Magnetic Hook Tape

Stud_squared Tape Measure

Self Locking Tape

Lever-Lock Tape

Story Pole or (April Fool’s day ?) Tape

http://www.leevalley.com/US/wood/page.aspx?cat=1&p=65358

Burn One Tape

Flat Back Tape

Board-Foot

The one I know is from Rich Lumber BFR-0016

http://www.woodworking.org/WC/GArchive02/3_25taperev.html

Metric-Inch

32mm system Tape

Center-Finder

Roll-a-Blade

Engineer Scale Tape

Stainless Steel Tape

Timberframe Tape

http://www.cshardware.com/tools/tools-and-accessories/tape-measures/fc-ptf-30.html?gclid=CJ_JgPmm6M8CFYtahgod4mcCqQ

Logger’s Tape

Long Tapes

Long-Standout Tape

Oil Tank Tape

Pipe Rap-Around

Digital Tape measure

Tape Measure – Level

Toy Tape Measure


#2

I recently ran across these:


#3

Do I need ? Maybe not but I do appreciate when the right tape makes a job easier.
Measuring spaces on metal framed (industrial) buildings is very easy when you can push the blade up and have the magnetic tip grab the face of a steel roof member so you can measure clearance above ground.
Try to do that with a laser held perpendicular to the floor, spot on a 2" wide target way above you and not have it drift off while you try to read or lock the reading :smiley:


#4

wow Fred.

SOme good idea in there. I was going to mention to anyone that gets on a project that requires metric. suck it up and buy some metric measuring tools. machinists already know this.

I work on aircraft for a living and some of them are laid out and measured in drawings in metric. I bought a metric tape measure for this purpose - already had a few scales. But I needed to measure a few meters at a time occasionally. Best 30 or so dollars I ever spent.

If you can get a dual unit you can read - so much the better.