Tape measures are an essential tool for any handy person, whether you are a professional contractor or a DIY enthusiast. These versatile tools are designed to measure lengths, widths, and other dimensions with precision and ease. In this article, we will explore the different parts of a tape measure. And in the next one, we’ll demonstrate how to use it for a variety of tasks.
Parts of a Tape Measure
A tape measure consists of several parts:
- Blade: The blade is the flexible, retractable strip of metal or fiberglass (mostly metal in R&B’s case) that is marked with measurements. It is usually marked in both inches and centimeters, and with different colors for better visibility.
- Hook: The hook is a protrusion at the end of the blade that is used to anchor the tape measure in place while taking a measurement. The hook is often slotted or curved to allow it to easily grab onto edges.
- Housing: The housing is the outer casing usually made of ABS plastic, which holds the blade in place when it is not in use. It is usually made of plastic or metal and may have a rubber or rubber-like coating to provide grip.
- Button or lever: Most tape measures have a button or lever made of PE plastic that can be used to lock the blade in place when taking a measurement. This is useful for taking measurements over longer distances or when working with a partner.
- Belt clip: All of our tape measures are equipped with a belt clip made of S50C Medium carbon steel. The clip enables users to hang the tape measure on their belt so they can deploy it wherever they want when needed.
- Wrist strap: Tape measures with PVC wrist strap can make sure users don’t drop it accidentally.
Below you can find clear details of tape measure components:
Other features: Some tape measures may have additional features, such as a built-in level, a magnifying lens, or even laser measurement equipments. Some people prefer simplicity by just using traditional tape measures, while some would love to try tools equipped with new technologies. What’s your choice?