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Old 07-16-2019, 03:48 PM   #16
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The best one for me is one that has the same marking all the way across. Here in Canada if you buy a cheap one it's metric on one half and inches on the other half. Makes it a pain when have to switch directions.
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The best one for me is one that has the same marking all the way across. Here in Canada if you buy a cheap one it's metric on one half and inches on the other half. Makes it a pain when have to switch directions.
I have worked on military projects that were drawn in metric. What a hassle....
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Old 07-16-2019, 08:46 PM   #18
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It's not that it is metric, it's that the tape is half and half. You measure the right 30 inches. You measure to the left and now your tape is in metric.
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I used Stanley tapes for the last 25 years. Got a Milwaukee Stud and I am never going back. Best tape I've owned.



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It's not that it is metric, it's that the tape is half and half. You measure the right 30 inches. You measure to the left and now your tape is in metric.
I was agreeing with you. Since my metric jobs only occurred occasionally, would also buy the cheap dual read tapes. Found them confusing....
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Working on my house over the last 10 years; my favorite is the Dewalt .
On the other side of the coil, my least favorite is the Milwaukee. Cutting a $60 PVC trim board, the board snagged the stiffener on the back side of the hook. The cut ended up being short and rage ensued; the nearly new tape measure ended up in the trash after being destroying by repeatedly hurling it at a concrete wall.
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So have you purchased a Stanley yet? It'll be with you for YEARS.
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Last winter there were multi-packs of tape measures on sale. I bought both DeWalt and Milwaukee and I like them both. Although I do find myself reaching for the Milwaukee more.

And I have a collection of Tape Measures, a couple of Home Depots from when I worked there, multiple Stanley's including Powerlock, Fat Max and the cheaper ones, a couple Lufkin's one is self-centering. And a bunch of odd-ball off-brands that I got somewhere.

The one thing I do though when measurements are critical is use the same tape throughout the project.
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For day-to-day usual things I might need to measure, it's a simple Stanley tape measure from the orange big box place.

For fine woodworking, I try to stick to precision squares and rules, (they're expensive), but when I need a tape, it's from FastCap

https://www.fastcap.com/product/proc...easure?cat=308

Lots of venisons. But most importantly - to me - is that the 1/16th marks are about as clear as I've seen on any tape.
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The best tape measure I have I found in a Lowe's parking lot. Free is always best for me.
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So I am supervising a habitat volunteer crew installing decking a few weeks back and one of the guys has a brand new Milwaukee with the magnetic tip. And I watch him extend the tape and push the tip against a piece of decking around 12’ away and get a measurement...and then I take the tip of the tape and hold it hard against and have him take another measurement and oddly enough it was 1/4” longer than the previous one.....which he couldn’t figure out......until I showed him the two black sheet rock screws that had been stuck to the outside of the black magnetic tip accounting for 1/4”!! Not something you see everyday. My go to is a 25’ Stanley lock deal, not the fat max.
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Working on my house over the last 10 years; my favorite is the Dewalt
I buy a couple of these every spring and fall as they go on sale. 2 for $15? They get trashed framing in the winter and lost when they fall off the roof in the summer.
They've got the fractions printed nice and small so you can disregard them but still have them for helpers who aren't as experienced.
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