Today I Discovered The Secrets Of The Tape Measure

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The tape measure is one of the handyperson’s tool belt essentials. Not only does it look cool and roll out satisfyingly when extended (and retract with a snap), it also happens to be filled with a bunch of efficient features that you may not know about.

For instance, did you know how far it can extend without collapsing? Or why the metal hook is loose? Or that it’s not called a tape measurer, which is what I have been calling it up until doing research for this video?

Here are some more that aren’t mentioned in the video:

  • You can draw a perfect circle when you hook the nail in the notch.
  • There is a little notch on the bottom of the hook so it can rest on string lines.
  • Most tape measures have a writable surface, you can mark your distance with a pencil directly onto the tape.

You’re welcome.


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