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Meauring and Marking Rules

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.


Comments (5)
gamerescue1 wrote:

Try setting the squared end of the board at the tape's 10" mark, then then the subtraction is very easy.

4/14/2013 11:18:22 AM Report Abuse
gamerescue1 wrote:

The add/subtract technique is a good one I've used it countless times, but on occasion, with multiple tasks of a project, and interruptions, I've wound up with boards 2" short. To avoid this now I keep a variety of cardboard or scrap paper strips tucked away that I mark the correct measure on and use as my "quadruple" check before cutting. I also have a long 1x2 leaned in the corner for long measures. When there are too many marks on my "witness" I toss it and start another.

4/14/2013 11:07:21 AM Report Abuse
frfilyaw wrote:

Both samaxton & bmayfield0011 are correct if you were measuring a distance you would subtract 1" but the article is talking about laying out a distance. In that case you would "correctly" place the 1" mark of the tape on the cut end and layout the length of project at the correct length PLUS 1".

4/12/2013 07:14:40 AM Report Abuse
samaxton wrote:

Bmayfield is correct, you would "subtract" 1" rather than "add" as the article wrongly states. But it is a good technique to use for better accuracy with a tape.

4/11/2013 07:11:38 PM Report Abuse
bmayfield0011 wrote:

If you are measuring an item you want to duplicate and start at 1" on the tape measurer, you would subtract 1". Example, if you measure something that is 22" long but start at the 1" mark, you will measure it at 23 - 1.

10/14/2012 12:44:08 PM Report Abuse

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