In this video from the Essential Craftsmen YouTube channel, Scott Wadsworth explains how a tape measure works, how to use it, and handy tricks you can do with it.
For example, you can use your tape measure as a compass if you latch the hook on a nail. You can also use the edge of the hook as a quick way to mark wood for cutting. The tape of your tape measure can be used as a makeshift straight edge if you need to draw a straight line. It won’t be perfect, but it works fine for some purposes.
Wadsworth shares many more useful tape measure tricks, so be sure to watch the whole thing.
Tape Measure Pro Tips [YouTube]