# How To Measuring Tape

How to Measure Using a Tape Measure

• Measure a length. Put the end of the measure at one end of the item or space you want to measure.
• Find the length.
• For a length less than 1 inch, simply read off the tape measure the length.
• As an example, the image below shows a length that goes from the inch mark to an unlabeled marking.
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## How do you use a measuring tape?

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

## How do you read a tape measure accurately?

• Find/read the markings. On a standard tape measure, the biggest marking is the inch mark (which generally has the biggest number, if it has them).
• As the increments decrease, so does the length of the mark.
• Read 1 inch.
• Read one-half inch.
• The remaining markings follow a similar pattern.

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

• The large, numbered markings are centimeters.
• There is a smaller marking exactly halfway between the centimeters for ease of reading.
• The smallest markings are millimeters, or one tenth of a centimeter.
• ## Do you start from 1 on a tape measure?

The tape case's size is often printed on the back of the case. If extra accuracy is needed, “burn an inch.” Start your measurement at the 1-inch mark instead of using the hook. via

## Where is CM in tape measure?

The tape, also known as the blade, is what you use to get your measurement. Most tapes feature imperial units (inches) on the top row and metric units (centimeters) on the bottom. via

## Why are there 16 inches on a tape measure?

The black diamonds, as they're commonly called (sometimes shown as black circles instead), are actually stud or joist marks. The centre of one stud is generally positioned 16 inches from the centre of the stud before it – hence the 16” stud mark. via

## How many 16ths are in an inch?

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

## What is the characteristics of tape measure?

A tape measure or measuring tape is a flexible ruler. It consists of a ribbon of cloth, plastic, fibre glass, or metal strip with linear-measurement markings. It is a common tool for measuring distance or length. via

## What is a healthy waist size?

For your best health, your waist should be less than 40 inches around for men, and less than 35 inches for women. If it's larger than that, you may want to talk with your doctor about what your next steps are, including losing weight. You can't spot-reduce your waist, or any other part of your body. via

## How do you measure belly size?

In most cases, all you need to do is measure the circumference of your waist using a tape measure. To do it, breath normally and wrap the tape around the part of your stomach that's roughly two inches above your hips. The resulting number is your waist circumference. via

## What's the best way to measure yourself?

• Measure your waist at the narrowest part, the bit that creases when you bend.
• Your hip measurement is from the hip bone, over the fullest part of your buttocks.
• A man's chest is measured from the underarm across their broadest part.
• ## 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

## Where is 1 meter on a tape measure?

Metric Tape Measures:

The 1 meter marking is located at the 100th centimeter and is indicated by 1m. The centimetre is the longest line on the metric side of the blade and is indicated by a large number. It is found at every 10th millimeter marking. via

## Do you start at 1 or 0 on a ruler?

The very first line on the left hand side of the ruler is the 1/16 of an inch mark. Between 0 and 1 inch, there are marks that denote 1/16, 2/16 (or 1/8), 3/16, 4/16 (or 1/4), 5/16, 6/16 (or 3/8), 7/16, 8/16 (or 1/2), 9/16, 10/16 (or 5/8), 11/16, 12/16 (3/4), 13/16, 14/16 (or 7/8), 15/16, 16/16 (or 1) of an inch. via

## Why does my tape measure start at 2?

The tape starts at 2 inches so that the measurement includes the portion of the case that is snug against the body when using the tape. As a result, the measurement you read on the tape automatically subtracts this 2 inches, and the number you read on the tape is exactly accurate! 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 bottom numbers on 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

## What comes after 3 4 on a tape measure?

What you should do is memorize the common fractions down to sixteenths. 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

## What is 3 32 of an inch on a tape measure?

If the tape measure is only marked in 1/16 inches, count the number of 1/16 lines, multiply by two and add one if the length is half of the distance toward the next mark. For example, an object that is three lines beyond the 3-inch mark on a tape measure marked in thirty-seconds would be 3 and 3/32 inches long. via