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Reading Between the Lines – Measuring Tape Edition

A measuring tape is the one tool that can be found in every toolbox, regardless of who it belongs to. Measuring tapes are essentially flexible rulers used to measure length or distance and are made from various materials like plastic, fiberglass and cloth. Whether you’re working on remodeling and building homes or setting up IKEA […]

Fiberglass vs. Steel Measuring Tape: Which One Is Right for You?

Source Whether it’s surveying, engineering or construction, measuring tapes are some of the most important tools used throughout many phases of a project. Every measurement requires total precision and accuracy, so using the right type of measuring tape is integral to a project’s success.   Fiberglass and steel measuring tapes have long been popular choices […]

Chalk Line Reels: How to Choose and Why?

    Tools abound on construction sites, but is there anything quite as crucial, yet underappreciated, as a chalk line? The technology is simple, dating back to ancient Egypt, but is still the standard when it comes to setting a perfectly straight line over feet and yards, leaving a temporary, or even a nearly permanent, […]

How Accurate Are Your Construction Tools?

How long is a hundred feet? While any quality measuring tape should show the intervals of feet and inches to be the same, regardless of the manufacturer, it may surprise you to know that the full answer varies depending on the purpose of your measurement and the tools you use. A hundred feet when pouring […]

Measuring Wheels: What Are They and How Are They Used

Source If you’re a builder, remodeler, Realtor or surveyor, then you’re probably used to taking measurements of large areas. And while you have many tools at your disposal to take those measurements with, there is one that will take measurements for you effortlessly while you walk. The measuring wheel is one of the oldest measuring […]

Uncommon Locations to Use Measuring Tools

Ever heard of the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon? Even if you haven’t officially, you know what it means. It’s when you buy something new, like a pair of red shoes, and then suddenly everyone around you also seems to have red shoes. Or you learn an obscure fact, only to be asked about it the very next […]

Choosing the Best Levels for Masons

Source When it comes to building and construction, masons have one of the most important and difficult jobs. They build structures, sometimes enormous buildings, from individual blocks or units. Because masonry usually forms a structure from the base up, it’s vital that each unit be perfectly level and plumb. Going out of level, even the […]

How to Read a Spirit Level

Source Levels are essential for anyone who is working with building materials. They help you determine if something is plumb (meaning if a vertical object is straight up and down, perpendicular to the horizon) or level (the object is perfectly flat, parallel to the horizon) in just a few quick moments. While there are several […]

Different Units of Length Measurement

How far is far? And how accurate do you need to be? The accuracy with which you measure dimensions of a room will vary depending on if you’re trying to cut a piece of drywall or figuring out whether your new area rug will fit under the coffee table. For as long as people have […]

The History of Measuring Tools

Source Since the beginning of time, measurements have played a major role in history. They served as a valuable frame of reference that enabled ancient civilizations to build, trade and create. We still carry many of these basic measurement principles with us today and use them in the modern world. The first measuring tools were […]