## Why is there a black diamond on a measuring tape?

Ever noticed the little black diamonds or triangles on your tape measure? The diamonds start at the 19.2 inches mark on the tape and can be utilized to help correctly space the floor trusses for a 4×8 T&G sub-floor with a span rating of 20” o.c. The black diamonds provide a visual cue to help you work faster.

## Why is 16 red on a tape measure?

As you extend the tape measure, you’ll probably see the numbers 16, 32, 48, 64, 80, 96 and so forth in red. The red indicates 16-inch-on-center spacing. This is a common framing spacing for wall studs, floor joists and common roof rafters. The hook end of your tape measure is supposed to wiggle a little bit.

## What are the 16th marks on a tape measure?

Tape measures usually have a red mark every 16 inches. This makes it convenient to mark off wall studs or joists, which typically are 16 inches apart. Unless you are dealing with wall studs or joists, you can ignore this marker.

## Why is the hook on a tape measure loose?

It wiggles on its rivets to make up for the hook’s thickness. Push the tip against something for an inside measurement, and the hook is included in the reading; hook it on the end of a piece for an outside measure, and the resulting gap equals the space the hook would take up.

## What is the 8 foot rule?

It’s called the 8-foot rule. A leader at a manufacturing facility recently gave the direction to his leadership team to engage with their employees every time they come within eight feet of one of their employees. It’s a simple rule that is simply brilliant!

## What is M on a measuring tape?

On many tapes (but by no means all) you will find a small red rectangle with the letter M printed inside followed by a number. The number simply denotes the year that the blade was stamped as conforming to the Measuring Instruments Directive. On the whole this will also be the year in which that tape was manufactured.

## What is a Class 1 tape measure?

Classes explained Class 1 rated tapes are the most accurate and an error of no more than ±1.1mm over a 10m length can be anticipated, where a steel tape is used with a pulling force of 50N at 20°.

## Why are tape measures yellow?

Tape measures often have black and red measurements on a yellow background as this is the optimal color combination for readability.

## How many inches are in a foot?

12 inches

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## How many 16ths are in an inch?

If you count the distance between the inch marks (one inch) you will find sixteen lines. This is because an inch is 16/16th of an inch long.

## How many 32nds are in an inch?

The tire industry standard for tread depth in the United States is measured in one thirty-second of an inch (1/32″) increments (millimeters are used in countries observing metric standards). New tires typically start with a tread depth of 10/32″ to 12/32″, with some off-road tires topping 15/32″.

## How do you measure inches with your fingers?

The first joint of an index finger is about 1 inch long. When a hand is spread wide, the span from the tip of the thumb to the tip of the pinkie is about 9 inches; from the tip of the thumb to the tip of the index finger, around 6 inches. It’s about 18 inches from the elbow to the tip of the middle finger.

## What tape measure has the longest standout?

The Milwaukee 25 ft. Wide Blade Magnetic Tape Measures have the longest reach and straightest standout in the industry. Users can reach further on the jobsite with up to 17 ft. of reach to take long measurements on their own.

## What is the metal end of a tape measure called?

Hook. If you’ve ever measured a table or other hard surface, you’ve likely used the hook at the end of the tape. This metal piece is loose on purpose since the first inch is 1/16th of an inch short, meaning it needs to be pulled taut to ensure accuracy.

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