Many of the measuring tape tips found in this article you may already know. Most of them I have covered in Make:
, my tips book
, and in this newsletter. But this piece
is a good deep introduction to measuring tape features and some great tips on things like using a tape by yourself, using one as a compass, and other handy tricks. Do you know, for instance, why there are black diamonds on many tapes every 19.2"?
On most tape measures, you’ll see a small diamond every 19.2″.
If you want to achieve equal spacing for 5 framing members within a 8’ span (some carpenters like to put five trusses per 8 feet, so the sheathing over the framing is stiffer), these are handy markings: 8 feet = 96 inches, so that if you want to place 5 studs equally distanced apart, you will place them every 19.2″.