I have been looking for a tape (say 16 or 25 ft) in tenths of an inch.
I can't find that. The reason I am interested is that that would allow
me to use english units and not have to screw around with fractions.
THAT is my major concern. I don't care if the standard is metric or
english, I just don't want to have to deal with fractions. For someone
that is not working with the larger measurements such as meters and
kilometers, that would solve most of the problems. I can get
micrometers, dial indicators and scales in tenths, albeit not in a good
I found that Lee Valley has a tape in tenths and it is OK, but I would
rather have one from Fastcap. they have nice, high quality, durable
products. Lee Valley has a left to right and a right to left reading
tape, but you have to buy both. Fastcap usually has several features
like this in one tape.
Then you haven't looked much...first look (Lufkin) found for a partial
LFK2312D 12' x 3/4'' Feet, Inches, 10ths Each $15.49
LFKHV1425D 25' x 1'' Feet, Inches, 10ths Each $16.49
LFK2325D 25' x 3/4'' Feet, 10ths Each $20.95
LFK2133D 33' x 1'' Feet, Inches, 10ths Each $24.49
LFKHV1325D 25' x 1'' Feet, 10ths Each $15.49
LFKHV1034DM 4M/13' Metric, 10ths Each $10.95
LFKHV1048DM 8M/26' Metric, 10ths Each $16.49
LFKHV1433DM 10M/33' Metric, 10ths Each $18.49
Dual-scale, centering, adhesive or other are undoubtedly somewhat less
common but can't imagine there's hardly anything you can think of that
I work to the nearest 1/8. A helper does the cutting so I call out 12 4 and
they cut it. Many helpers don't understand fractions or tape measures. I
would love to have a tape marked in 8ths. Maybe I could switch to tenths.
I think I'll buy a couple and see.
I, too, use 1/8's for calling out cuts with helpers. It has
nothing to do with anyone's abilities, it has more to do with
sound levels on a construction site. We tend to use the "3 and 7"
or the "22 and 6" pattern. It can even be done with hand signals
in extreme situations.
I had not considered going to tenths, but I do use them outdoors
on long tapes and shooting grade. It is hard for some of my guys
to shift gears. Maybe we should all move to tenths, but it means
lots of new tape measures. It might be more simple to force them
to work metric. It is a change that it is long overdue.
Keep the whole world singing . . . .
DanG (remove the sevens)
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This was a common practice among molding, dado and plough plane
makers. A #4 dado would be 1/2" wide, for example.
I'm not clear on why it became customary in school to always
reduce fractions (is 'reduce' the right term?)
Using 1/16ths is still common for auger bits. I think they teach
"least common denominators" just to make the concept more intuitive
for kids. 375/1000 doesn't just jump right out at you as a
No dumb questions, just dumb answers.
Larry Wasserman - Baltimore, Maryland - email@example.com
It just depends where you grew up. 0.375 is much more recognizable to me
Just a my view. Originally Dutch, I moved to the US in 1969, when I was
Now very happy in Radburn
It's very clear when you're looking for the simplest form that there's
more than one way to represent a quantity. That may be why it's common
to do that.
What they don't teach (and should) is that sometimes in the real world
it's easier to leave the fraction unreduced and work with it.
Wise is the man who attempts to answer his question before asking it.
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