I think I have that exact same tape. Not my favorite either. I like
Stanley lever locks myself. Never used a Komelon. If they have a small
10' w/o those damned 1/32" markings, I'll get one. Just went to there
site, and they have a 10' one, but looks like it has the damnable 1/32"
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I have about 4 in the 6 to 12' range, and thinking of adding another, as
I still can not find one when I need it. I also have 3 more in the 12
to 50' range, that stay put so I don't need as many in any one range.
Just one. Work stops until I find it, which means it never gets burried.
Sometimes something gets put on top of it, but it doesn't stay that way for
I've another one out on the layout, no idea where it is. When I measure
out there, it's usually with calipers.
One or two in the tool bag in the car (I don't remember if it's just the
little one, or if I picked up a HF freebie for it. I need to if I haven't,
but if I have I don't need to.)
Hey, maybe next April Lee Valley will come out with a folding story stick!
Probably 3. They tend to appear and disappear randomly (plus
I think my girlfriend has my "big numbers" Lee Valley tape).
Plus one in the truck.
I don't use them all that much - most measurements I use either
the 16" rule on my combination square, or a 4' steel rule.
firstname.lastname@example.org wrote in wrote: >>I don't use them all that much - most measurements I use either
Don't do too much renovation :-)
But yeah, long stuff over 4' the tape measure is the right tool.
For drywall and plywood, I have a 4' square (and the ability to
do subtraction when I need something longer than 4').
I mostly use a tape measure to verify a measurement. Basically to
verify I used the correct side of a whole inch increment on a rule or
story stick. You know, LOL when the measure is upside down and the
numbers go the opposite direction.
I was certainly glad to finally be able to go up to 96" on the new
Woodpeckers story stick.
On Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 8:57:01 AM UTC-7, Electric Comet wrote:
How many? What an odd question. I suppose, though, they ARE countable,
in some sense.
One in the living room, one in the dining room, two in the shop smock, two next to
the drill press, one with the table saw, and probably a dozen others in useful
places (or what I once deemed to be useful places).
They aren't exactly like pencils, because I can't put one in each pencil/pen mug. Wrong shape.
Ah, so my favorite is a 6' one, 3/16" wide (blade) and 1 3/4" in total
diameter (I just measured it with itself--I started to reach for a
ruler, but that's a long story...). You can carry in your pocket without
any inconvenience. Perfect for toting with you. A present from dad (no
doubt, free from ACO). He said, "Here take this, and you'll find it
useful someday.". And he was right..
I have an 8' Stanley with a 1/4" blade. It's a little smaller than a
pocket watch and fits perfect in the watch pocket of my jeans. I used
to wonder why jeans still have a watch pocket since about no one carries
one. It's not close to my favorite but it is always with me, and out of
the way in the watch pocket, which should be renamed to tape pocket:-)
I also have a probably a dozen or so tapes, and my favorite was a 10'
Stanely. Now my favorite is a 12' Stanley, I couldn't find a 10' that I
prefer in the cabinet shop. Stanley's are always accurate. Measure your
cheap HF and other giveaways and you will likely be very surprised at
how inaccurate they can be, something to always be aware of when measuring.
My biggest bitch on all of them is the 1/32 measurement they all seem to
have in the first foot. Really stupid. I'd like only 1/16th, as 1/32"
is too small to see, and I can get close enough visually cutting
1/16th in half. If I need 1/32 which is close to never, I can use a
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On Thu, 21 Apr 2016 08:54:35 -0700, Electric Comet
I think the real answer for most guys is "not sure - they keep
appearing and dissappearing"
I know I have 2 "good" ones and somewhere around half a dozen
"roamers" which tend to migrate to the truck one month, the basement
the next, and then scatter to the far corners of the property for a
while before congregating in the garage or on my dresser - - - - .
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