Tape Measure

 

In order to measure for a fireplace glass door we must be sure that we understand how to read a tape measure. This might be elementary for some but no one is born knowing how so we will review the basics here.

We recommend steel tapes only. The best kind have a locking mechanism that helps extend the tape slightly longer than the item to be measured. This makes the extended tape easier to handle.

 

 


Inch and Half Inch Marks

 

The tape measure is marked with a series of marks known as a graduated scale. The image at right shows the whole inch marks (8 & 9 inch) on the steel tape. The tape has marks that divides each inch into fractions.

 

 

 


Half Inch

The first major division of an inch is the half inch mark. It Is the longest mark between the whole inch designation and is equidistant between each inch mark. There is one 1/2" mark between each whole inch mark on the rule.


1/4 InchThe second major division of an inch is the quarter inch mark. It Is the second longest mark between the whole inch designation and is equidistant between each 1/2"inch mark. It divides the inch into 4 pieces.


1/8 InchThe third major division of an inch is the eighth (1/8") inch mark. It Is the third longest mark between the whole inch designation and is equidistant between each 1/4"inch mark. It divides the inch into 8 pieces.


1/16 Inch

The smallest division of an inch is the sixteenth (1/16") mark. It divides the inch into 16 pieces.

To record your measurement call out the smallest whole inch and the specific fraction. The image above would be 8 1/16".

Last updated on July 19th 2017.