A measuring tape is an essential tool for any DIY enthusiast or professional. It is used to take accurate measurements of length and width and is commonly used in construction, carpentry, and sewing. If you are new to using a measuring tape, it can be confusing to read the markings correctly, especially if you are dealing with inches. In this guide, we will walk you through how to read a measuring tape in inches.
What You Need
Before we begin, you will need a few things to get started. First and foremost, you will need a measuring tape that has inches markings on it. Most measuring tapes have both metric and imperial markings, so make sure you have the one with inches markings. Secondly, you will need an object to measure.
Parts of a Measuring Tape
To read a measuring tape, you need to know its parts. A typical measuring tape has two main parts – the blade and the case. The blade is the long, flat, and metallic part of the measuring tape that has the markings on it. The case is the plastic or rubber housing that houses the blade when not in use.
Markings on a Measuring Tape
The markings on a measuring tape are usually in inches, feet, and sometimes, millimeters. Each inch is divided into 16 marks, and each mark is equal to 1/16 of an inch. The longest line on the tape represents one inch, and the second-longest line represents half an inch. The third-longest line represents a quarter of an inch, and the fourth-longest line represents an eighth of an inch. The remaining marks represent a sixteenth of an inch each.
Reading the Tape
To read the measuring tape, place the end of the tape on one end of the object you want to measure. Hold the tape in place and stretch it out until you reach the other end of the object. Make sure the tape is straight and not bent. Look at the number that lines up with the end of the object, which is the number of inches from the start of the object.
If the measurement falls between two marks, you can use the marks in between to get an accurate reading. For example, if the measurement falls between the two-inch mark and the two-and-a-half-inch mark, you can count the marks in between to get the exact measurement.
Measuring tapes are essential tools that everyone should know how to use. Knowing how to read a measuring tape in inches is an important skill, especially if you work in construction, carpentry, or sewing. By following the tips in this guide, you can take accurate measurements and get the job done right the first time.