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:
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
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.