To use a **tape** **measure**, pull the tang out from the housing and hook it on the edge of the object to be **measured**. Stretch the blade across the object, press the lock, and then observe where the blade meets the end of the object. The nearest line on the blade to the end of the object is the final **measurement**. via

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## What is the easiest way to read a tape measure? (video)

## How do you measure inches on a tape measure?

Put simply **1 = 1", 2 = 2"** and so on. Between those numbers are a series of shorter marks which represent fractions of an inch. The mark directly in the middle of the inch denotes a measurment of 1/2" whilst the markings either side of it represent measurements of 1/4" and 3/4" respectively. via

## What are the red numbers on a tape measure?

The red indicates **16-inch-on-center spacing**. This is a common framing spacing for wall studs, floor joists and common roof rafters. If you decide to space framing at 24-inch centers, the red marks will be at every other foot marking on the tape measure. via

## How many 16ths are in an inch?

On a ruler there are **16 sixteenths** in an inch. via

## What is length and width?

Length refers to the distance between two ends of an object. **Width refers to the measuring the breadth or how wide the object is**. Length can be measured in geometry by considering the biggest side of the object. Width can be measured in geometry by considering the smallest side of the object. via

## How do I calculate inches?

**Multiply a length value taken in millimeters by a conversion factor of 0.03937** to convert that value into inches. For example, if you have a measurement of 92 millimeters, multiply this by 0.03937 to get 3.62 inches. via

## How can I measure something without a tape measure? (video)

## What is M on a measuring tape?

On many tapes (but by no means all) you will find a small red rectangle with the letter M printed inside followed by a number. The number simply **denotes the year that the blade was stamped as conforming to the Measuring Instruments Directive**. On the whole this will also be the year in which that tape was manufactured. via

## Why are tape measures curved?

Have you ever wondered why the blade on a tape measure is curved? **The concave design helps keep the blade rigid when extended**. This curve allows the blade to “stand out” while measuring, helping you read the measurement. via

## What are the numbers on the bottom of a tape measure?

The bottom row of numbers are the metric measurements. The line that hits the blade right before the “1” is 1**/2 of an inch**. The blade indicates zero inches or centimeters. Every number on the top represents a whole inch. via

## Where is 1/16 inch on a tape measure?

Most standard tape measures in the U.S. have markings that measure down to 1/16 of an inch. These are smaller, sometimes thinner markings, **evenly spaced between the half-inch and inch marks on a tape measure**. On some tapes, quarter inch marks are the same size as eighth-inch marks. via

## What are the 7 measurements that are on a tape measure?

Here they are: **1/16, 1/8, 3/16, 1/4, 5/16, 3/8, 7/16, 1/2, 9/16, 5/8, 11/16, 3/4, 13/16, 7/8, 15/16** and the inch mark. via