Chances are if you're using a tape measure, you're going to also need a notepad to write down your measurements. Over on Make, Craig Smith offers a simple way to modify your tape measure for that very purpose with a simple sandpaper hack.
By sanding off the shine on your measuring tape's plastic casing, you can turn your tape measure into a writeable surface. More importantly, it's also erasable, so you can continue using it over and over again as a handy, writeable area that's always in your pocket when you're doing household projects.
Tape Measure Notepad [Make Magazine]