Use A Tape Measure With One Hand Thanks To The ‘Slot’ On The Hook

Use A Tape Measure With One Hand Thanks To The ‘Slot’ On The Hook

You probably know the basics of how to use a tape measure, but it has a few built-in “features” you may not realise. Case in point: that little slot on the hook can be used to keep the tape measure in place with a nail, or even draw a perfect circle.

This is particularly useful if you’re measuring the distance between studs, or nails in a wall for hanging pictures. Just hook the “slot” onto the end of a nail, and measure — no need to hold it with your hand. You can also hook it onto that nail and use it as an impromptu compass for drawing circles up to 50 feet in radius.

Check out the full video over at the Family Handyman for all the clever things your tape measure can do.

How to Use a Tape Measure [The Family Handyman]


  • Wait, some people use tape measures with two hands?!?!

    The bit on the end is called a ‘hook’ because it amazingly ‘hooks’ onto surfaces.

    • Ive even got one with magnets attached at the end, can be useful if one end is magnetic, came in handy a few times.

  • Seriously, even a two year old can use a tape measure properly. Stop messing it up, Whitson.

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