This is the number one tool used in my toolbox, the tape measure. It is an essential tool to have in your home, so essential to us as builders, we have several in our home, as well as one is each car, in each tool belt and each work tool trailer. You simply cannot do a accurate job without one. We use it every day. So what is a tape measure?
A tape measure is a flexible ruler. It is made of many different materials for example, cloth, metal, fiberglass, and plastic. Some tape measures have metric (Metres and Centimetres) increments of measurement and some have imperial (Feet and inches) increments of measurement, some also have both. Builders tape measures typically measure up to 8m although, tape measures can measure up to 100m.
The first ever recorded tape measure was increments marked on leather, used during Roman times. In 1968 a patent was filed by A. J. Fellows for the tape measure, various improvements have been made on this original tape measure since that time. Most common tape measures used now are roll up, spring loaded, to retract after measuring the required distance.
Tape measures are used for many purposes in many professions. Nearly all tradespeople will use tape measures every day in their working life. Tailors also use tape measures every day in their profession. Digital tape measures are beginning to be seen on a more common basis, these devices measure from the point they are placed on, to where their laser beam to shone to, and give very accurate measurements.
In the residential home, tape measures may not be used quite so often, but do still feature quite regularly. For example, when choosing furniture for a room, the furniture or space for it to reside would often be measured. Quite frankly, it is the handiest tool I have ever learnt to use.
Do you have a tape measure in your home? Do you use a tape measure regularly?
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