Why is the hook hanging on the tape and what to do with it + other secrets of construction tape measures
Construction tape is an indispensable thing for each of us - craftsmen who are engaged in repair work and construction. It would seem, what difficulties in use can there be?
There are really no difficulties, but such a simple measuring device has certain life hacks, and it is they that will help facilitate the repair process.
Mobility of the hook
"Why is the hook hanging on the tape measure?" Surely everyone who used a roulette wheel for the first time asked this question. How can you measure something with millimeter precision if it dangles? Most wizards start fixing the hook for "convenience" use, but this is actually a mistake. Measurements with a tape measure can be taken from the object or with a grip.
During measurement from an object, the hook will play the role of a zero point, and if you need to measure an object and at the same time grab it, the hook will extend exactly to its own thickness, and due to this the zero mark will be run to coincide with the beginning of the subject. Here's a simple life hack.
Measurement in corners and openings
It is difficult to get into almost any corner with a tape which is almost impossible to obtain accurate measurements. In this case, you just need to pay attention to the body of the roulette in order to use it as a continuation.
Please note, that each tape has its own size, and you just need to add it to the resulting length.
If this option is not the most convenient for you, then you can try using another method - glue a small piece of masking tape on the item you want to measure, make a mark, and then measure the length on both sides and write it down on a similar masking tape. Add the resulting numbers and so you get the exact dimensions of the object.
Calculations using a tape measure
This trick is not always required, but it will definitely come in handy at least a couple of times - using a tape measure, you can easily divide any number in half ...
For example, you need to divide the number 134. For this, the zero mark should be attached to the selected number, and then look at the place of the fold, and you will receive the final answer.
Hole on the hook of the construction tape
Probably earlier you have noticed that there is a small hole in the toe of each tape measure. It is there for a reason, because with this hole you can "catch" the screw, and in this case the tape measure will definitely not be able to come off.
This is extremely useful when you need to measure a large object.
Measurements in this case will be as accurate as possible, and the error will be no more than 2 mm, since the center of the screw will be located almost at the zero mark.
Thanks to this hole, you can easily draw an even circle if you hold a simple pencil correctly.
The hook on the tape is very important. You can modify a simple construction tape and turn it into a great marking tool. To do this, use the part of the compass, which should be fixed to the tape.
Insert and fix the pencil there.
With such a device it will be very easy to make marks - you will not need to be distracted by taking a pencil, which means that you will definitely never "lose" the measured point. You can even use such a modified tape measure as a reimus - you do not need to buy a separate instrument. And again, with its help, you can get the possibility of even circles with any diameters - you need a nail or a screw.
Quite unusual, but very useful trick.
Most likely, you have often encountered such a problem when you need to immediately write down the obtained measurements, but you don’t want to be distracted so as not to lose the verified point. To avoid using individual pieces of paper, which are also easy to lose, you can stick a piece of masking tape on a tape measure and write down all the numbers on it.
There is another option - go over the surface of the tape measure with zero sandpaper, so that the plastic becomes velvety, and it is convenient to write on the surface with a pencil. Further, the records can be easily erased using a regular eraser.
The presence of notches on the toe e
This method will be convenient when you are working with sheets of drywall, wood or other material that can be easily scratched (and you don't be afraid to damage it a little).
By using a file, you can jag into the toe, making it easy to mark the material even without using a pencil.
This trick is not known to every craftsman, although it significantly helps to simplify work with different blanks. With the help of a tape measure, you can very easily divide the material into several parts, even without the most complicated calculations. Usually, in order to divide the material blank into several parts, we measure its width, then divide the resulting number by the number of parts, and then measure out new segments again.
But this is long and rather inconvenient, and the marks can be set inaccurately, because of which the workpieces will be uneven, and this negatively affects the result of the work as a whole.
For this reason, we offer you another option, which will be much easier. For example, you need to divide the workpiece into three parts, and then you need to select the nearest number on the tape measure, which is greater than the width of the workpiece, but is a multiple of three (in our case).
So, in the image, the blank is slightly less than 30 cm, so we take this number as a basis.We divide 30 into 3 parts, we get 10 cm - which means that every 10 cm you need to put marks, and it doesn't matter that they are not under each other, because in this case the workpiece will be 100% divided into exactly three parts.
If you need to divide the workpiece into four parts, take the number 40, divide it by the number of parts (that is, 4), we get the same 10 cm and put marks every 10 cm.
So you divide the part into even parts.
Interesting, that you can choose not a round number, but it won't be so conveniently.
Such methods will greatly facilitate your repair process, and you don't even need to buy some additional tools. What life hacks do you know?
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