How to Use a Measuring Tape 101

Measuring tapes are available in a variety of styles and sizes, from small flexible tapes used by tailors and seamstresses, to large counter-wheels used to lay out building lots and landscaping. For our tutorial we'll stick to the most common type, a small retractable coil in a hand-held case.

Understanding how to use a tape measure is arguably the most important step in any project. Once you learn how to interpret the markings on a tape, you'll find it as easy as reading a clock.

First things first - make sure your tape is either imperial or split (metric & imperial). While we are in Canada, and we do follow the metric system, in general the construction trades still use feet and inches. {insert groan here}

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