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Published 2016-07-28
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You've probably been using the TAPE MEASURE in the wrong way all this time

Everyone has a measuring tape at home, stuck in one of those drawers that are full of tools. At some point in our lives we have to use it, either to measure some drawer, furniture, or simply to take measurements of someone. But probably most of us don’t know that all these tapes also have some special features which are could be very useful for all the users.

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Yes, the tape does more than merely measure. You have to admit that you used it at least once to measure the height of your children or space in the bedroom just to know if you could fit the sofa or bed in a certain place. There are a lot of possibilities when you could find that tape very useful. But what most people don’t know is that the tape have special characteristics that could be called "secret", because we have never learned to use it in its full form.

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In this article we will explain how to use the tape in all its possibilities, not only to measure something. With this new knowledge you can surprise your friends and family the next time you need to use the tape measure, and they will be amazed by your new skills and everything that this tape can do. Keep reading the article!

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Tape measures happen to be quite difficult in use. Most of us wonder how to take correct measurements while we have a weak tape or poor way of measuring. Anyway, most people use the measuring tape only to its main function, which is measuring.

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If you’re one of those people, then you have to be aware that you aren’t using this tape to its full potential.

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We will show you now 4 tricks with tape measure that you probably will not know about or haven’t seen before.

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Next time you will plan to do some work or house re-decorations that will require using the measuring tape, be sure to take advantage of its all features.

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Firstly, can you see that little groove at the end of the tape? Well, we have to say that it’s not there simply for the design! In fact, it’s so you can easily fit the tape to a nail or screw, so that it’s much easier to measure. It also secures the tape in place. Yay!

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Secondly, that jagged edge isn’t also located there to give a simple nice touch. Actually it’s a scribing tool to help you measure. If you don’t have a pencil close at hand, you can easily mark the material that you’re working on by simply moving the toothed part from one side to another.

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And did you notice the metal hook at the end of each tape? Believe it or not but this hook takes 1/16 inch of your first centimeter. So to get measurements more accurate, you should first pull this latch a bit because it easily moves back and forth and then measure.

At the base of each tape there is a number which tells you what is the base length of the tape. It makes it easy to take an inside measurements. For example if you have to measure an inside of the window and the bend of the tape destroys the proper reading, then you can just use the base of the tape as a part of your measurements. Simply put the tape in place and add to your results the length of the tape.

I bet you didn’t know that the measuring tape has so many different features available. Next time you have to do some renovations, remember about all these options with your tape! Don’t forget to share this article with your family and friends if you liked it!
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