## Why does a tape measure have a diamond at 19 3 16?

The black diamonds which appear every 19 3/16” on metal tape measures are for spacing I-beam “timbers.” Several wood-product manufacturers offer I-beam “timbers” as a substitute for solid lumber floor joists. The diamond marks on tape rule blades are for spacing these engineered floor joists in new construction.

## Why is 16 inches marked on a tape measure?

Most tapes that have this only do it for the first few inches on the tool. 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.

## What are the symbols on a tape measure?

The woodworker goes on to explain, If you divide the 8-foot space we have been using by 5 we get a spacing of 19.2”. The black diamonds on the tape measure represent that spacing. The first black diamond is at 19.2” and after that black diamonds appear at 38.4”, 57.6”, 76.8” and 96”, or 8-feet.

## 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 tape measure trick?

Here is how the trick works. Pull out the tape measure and fold in half so that the metal end of the tape measure is lined up to the current year. Your tape measure should be doubled back on itself. Since it is 2011, you need to line up the end of the tape with 111. Next, find the year you were born.

## 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 does M stand for 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 does the black dot on a tape measure mean?

Here’s where the black diamonds come in: They represent the middle of the studs. Starting at the 19.2-inch mark, the black diamond helps you find the center of the first stud. Not counting the stud at the beginning of the tape measure, you should be able to find the center of five studs easily.

## 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°.

## What is 7 16 on a measuring tape?

Inch Fraction Decimal and Millimeter Equivalents

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Fraction Decimal Millimeters
716 0.4375 11.1125
12 0.5 12.7
916 0.5625 14.2875
58 0.625 15.875

## What does each line on a tape measure mean?

Similar to reading rulers, the large numbers on a standard tape measure are the inch marks. The number of lines between inch marks indicate the precision to which you can measure. In the case of an imperial tape measure, there are generally 16 marks to the inch, meaning you can measure up to 1/16 of an inch.

## 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.

## Does Stanley replace tape measures?

Tape measures indicating hard wear or showing damage from an accident or misuse will not be replaced free of charge. For customers requesting further explanation of STANLEY’s Tape Replacement Policy, call 1-800-262-2161 (M-F, 8-5 EST) or visit www.STANLEYTOOLS.com for details.

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