Is My Tape Measure Accurate?

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A tape measure, more specifically an accurate tape measure, is an essential tool for all woodworkers. George Vondriska teaches you a helpful tip to ensure your tape measure is accurate for both inside and outside measuring.

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7 Responses to “Is My Tape Measure Accurate?”
  1. Wolf Lahti
    Wolf Lahti

    And what does one do if the tape measure is *not* accurate? One can bend the end tab only so much.

    • WWGOA Team
      WWGOA Team

      If the measuring tape is inaccurate beyond its ability to be adjusted, then I would return it to the manufacturer or simply discard it.

  2. Nik

    Metal expands and contracts with temperature changes, and a tape measure can be of a length sufficient to suffer from the changes in length affecting accuracy due to temperature differences. ie outside in freezing weather, or inside in a heated house, but it probably wont be significant in most circumstances, though its worth remembering.

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  3. Mike McDonough
    Mike McDonough

    Also, make sure you use to use the same tap measure on all measurements

  4. John

    Another way to check your tape for INSIDE accuracy is to butt the end against the hook of a hook rule. You can then confirm that the tape’s markings are in line with the hook rule’s. If not, the tape is not good for inside measurements.