In this article, we explain to you how to use measurement tape properly. As a civil engineer, it's a basic thing to learn to use it in day to day works

A tape
measure, also called measuring tape, is a type of flexible ruler. Measurement will
consist of imperial (inches and feet) and metric system (cm, mm and meter) like
the image shown below

**How to read the tape in inches - imperial units?**

Inch tape measure marks start at 16 lines which shows
up to 1/32th of the inch. The first step in learning how to read a tape measure
is to understand the markings.

1. Main
Measurements are at 1 inch, 2 inches and 3 inches

2. The
half of inch - 1/2

3. Quarters
of the inch which are 1/4 or ¾

4. Eight
of the inch which is 1/8, 2/8,3/8, 4/8, 5/8, 6/8 or 7/8 over 8/8 of an inch

5. Sixteenth
of the inch are 1, 2, 3,5,7,9,11,13,15 over 16 of an inch.

When you note down your measurements, keep in mind that

**10'' is the inch and 10’ in the foot.**

After every 12 inches, there is a foot marking. This will be in a new colour, compared to
other markings.

**12” – 1feet**

**How to read the tape in meter (mm, cm and meter) **

Meter tape (usually 5m tape) measure marks start at 10,
which shows up to 10mm - 1cm. The first step in learning how to read a tape
measure is to understand the markings. The below image explains the lines and its denotes

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**Test for tape Measurement**

**Measurement
- 1**

The marker distance from 44 to 45 is, of course, 44cm.
From the centimeter mark to the 8 mark is 8mm so, 44 + 0.8 = 44.8cm. ( 1cm –
10mm)

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**Measurement
- 2**

The marker distance from 2” to 3” is, of course, 2".
From the centimetre from the inch mark to the 1/4" mark is 2/4".
2" + 2/4" = 1 ^{2}/_{4} ".

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