How to Use a Tape Measure

It is important to take accurate measurements when measuring for a new door unit. While using a tape measure may seem like common sense, here are a few tips to make sure that you are getting an accurate measurement.

As an example, we will measure this planter from outside edge to edge.

Hook the hangar of the tape measure on the outside and pull the tape across the planter in a straight line. Look at the tick marks – this planter measures to be exactly 24 inches.

What if the end of the box hit between the tape’s tick marks though? If your item ever falls between two tick marks, always choose the one that is larger. Once something is cut short there is no easy way to add any material back so going larger is always better.

When measuring the inside of a material, press the hangar of the tape measure firmly against the inside of the material. The metal hanger moves 1/16 of an inch. When hooking it on an item, like we did the planter, the space creates that measurement. When pushed up against the tape measure, the hangar makes up the 1/16″ needed for the measurement.

To measure a corner, it is not necessary to bend the tape measure. Check the side of the tape spool case. Most tape measure spools note the length of the spool case which can be added to the reading of the tape measure to get a final measurement.

Updated on May 15, 2021

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