Measuring and Marking
Meauring and Marking Rules
4. Try to get into the habit of using a mechanical pencil for marking tasks. Its fine lead gives you a narrow line that leaves little doubt where a cut should fall, mark after mark.
Such a pencil can be bothersome if you continually break the lead. To avoid this, hold the pencil at an angle rather than vertically.
5. Whenever possible, use a square to mark your pieces for length. This way, you will have a straight mark perpendicular to the edge that's easier to accurately split with your blade.
Before doing this, you need to accurately mark the location of the square's blade. Do this by making a V-shaped mark with its point at the exact measurement on the tape as shown below. You won't lose track of this mark if you glance away for any reason.
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