Tape Measure - Building Tools
A tape measure has a flexible ruler inside of it, that comes in a variety of different lengths. You can get tape measures that are 12 feet, 25 feet, 30 feet and even 100 feet in length. The picture below provides you with an excellent example of a 25 foot tape measure.
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I'm sure that there is at least one construction worker who doesn't need
a tape measure, but I don't think that there has ever been one
construction worker who hasn't ever used a tape measure.
The invention of the tape measure probably made construction history, when it was first invented. You can judge the importance of someone's tools, by the ones they actually have on them, at all times. I've even seen superintendents with only one tool and that specific tool was a tape measure.
It would obviously be extremely difficult to cut a 24 inch board, without an easy method for measuring and marking it. Believe it or not, 50 years ago, people were using something called a slide rule, to measure and mark building materials.
When I first started, there were even a few old-timers who still had them in their possession, but made the transition, anyway to the tape measure.
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