In our last post, we explored different parts of a tape measure (https://ribrosco.com.tw/blog/tape-measure-explained-in-detail/). In this article, we’ll look into the right way of using a tape measure and how to deploy it for various tasks.
To take a measurement with a tape measure, follow these steps:
- Extend the blade: Pull the blade out to the desired length. Make sure the blade is fully extended and not kinked or bent.
- Anchor the hook: Place the hook against the starting point of the measurement and press it firmly against the surface. Make sure the hook is secure so the measurement will be accurate.
- Read the measurement: Look at the markings on the blade to determine the measurement. Make sure to note the units (inches or centimeters) and any fractions or decimals.
- Lock the blade: If necessary, use the button or lever to lock the blade in place. This is useful for taking measurements over longer distances or when working with a partner. If you are measuring a shorter distance and need a pause to do other things, simply press the quick brake on the front side of the tape measure. This special function can be found in our MGA and RGA-G series.
- Retract the blade: When you are finished taking measurements, press the button or lever to release the blade and carefully retract it back into the housing.
Using a Tape Measure for Different Tasks
A tape measure can be used for a wide range of tasks, the most common situation including:
- Measuring for furniture: When shopping for furniture, it is important to measure the space where it will be placed to ensure it will fit. Use a tape measure to measure the length, width, and height of the space.
- Determining the size of a room: To determine the square footage of a room, measure the length and width of the room and multiply the measurements together.
- Estimating material needs: When completing a home improvement project, use a tape measure to determine the amount of materials you will need. For example, if you are installing a new floor, measure the length and width of the room to determine how much flooring material you will need.
Tips for Using and Caring for a Tape Measure
- Store your tape measure properly: When not in use, store your tape measure in a dry, cool place to prevent damage to the blade. Avoid leaving it in direct sunlight or in a humid environment.
- Clean your tape measure regularly: Wipe the blade and housing of your tape measure with a dry cloth to remove dirt and debris. Avoid using liquids or sol to clean the tapes.
- Do proper checking routinely: Make sure the tape hook is working properly as it should slide back and forth and the gap should be exactly the thickness of the hook which is one-sixteenth of an inch. You can find the explanation here (https://ribrosco.com.tw/blog/measuring-tape-smart-trick-everyone-must-know/). In addition, check if the rivets and screws are rusty. If so, it’s possible that it’d break some time. You certainly don’t want the tape measure breaks while using it. Additionally, if the blade becomes bent or damaged, it may need to be replaced.