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Blog entry by John Gray posted 07-29-2009 05:35 PM 2000 reads 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was constantly having a problem locating my chrome Stanley tape measure, never could seem to spot it when I needed it. So I scuffed up the chrome parts with sandpaper, wiped the tape measure down with Prep-Sol (paint thinner will work too), masked off the parts I didn’t want painted, and gave it a couple coats of bright yellow paint. Now it stands out from the pack and I seem to never have trouble finding it.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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Craftsman on the lake

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#1 posted 07-29-2009 05:39 PM

... the mother of necessity….

I have a dozen tape measures in my shop. Usually I can spot one. Often not.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#2 posted 07-29-2009 05:43 PM

I have mine in different color, florescent, green and blue they are easy to find and I have put away the silver ones.

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#3 posted 07-29-2009 05:56 PM

Yeah, in a typical home shop the magic number is ‘bout 12.
Once the dozen is strategically spread you will near fall over them.

My fav was Lowes’ Stanley 25’ at $5.69 (and then less 10% coupon).
Check out dollar stores, they often have 10, 12, 16 footers. Grab a handful.

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#4 posted 07-29-2009 06:01 PM

i’m still losing my yellow stanley tape. i don’t think I could go much brighter. i’m working on cleaning up now though because when things are clean, you are right, the bright colors do help.

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#5 posted 07-29-2009 06:35 PM

I know I have several but I only know where one is now.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#6 posted 07-29-2009 07:03 PM

I have several means of measuring around the shop. At local sporting goods store I bought a few of the 36” adhesive rulers. The kind you stick in a boat to measure your catch.

-- jato, Houston Texas

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Don K.

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#7 posted 07-29-2009 07:57 PM

I wouldn’t even want to guess how many tape’s I have laying around the shop…but as said by others…I guess I hit the magic number…there is a tape on my table saw, radial arm saw, work benches, router table, scroll saw, bandsaw’s, drill press’s etc etc etc…got tired of using it in one spot…walking to another tool…and having to go back and get the tape.

-- Don S.E. OK

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Kent Shepherd

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#8 posted 07-29-2009 10:55 PM

I keep mine clipped to my belt. I never have to look for it.


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#9 posted 07-29-2009 11:28 PM

Hi John,

Per your own statement: ”...I seem to never have trouble finding it.”, your idea appears to have worked for you, ergo, good idea! Thanks for sharing it.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#10 posted 07-29-2009 11:36 PM

I stopped buying tape measures which were expensive the last expensive one I bought was a stanley cost me £12.00 .So now I buy them “just as good” at the market for £1.00 each . I usually buy quite a few and have them in both shops all over the place best thing I ever did and guess what.The cheap ones measure exactly the same as the expensive ones.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#11 posted 07-30-2009 12:42 AM

Just last night I was using a tape measure and all of a sudden had no idea where it had gone. I looked for a while and got some help from my young son who has a way of finding such things. No luck

This morning when I got to work, I looked back at my truck as I was heading for the office. There was the tape measure sitting on the rear bumper. How it managed to stay there for the 34 mile drive is a mystery to me.

-- “And the products of wealth push you along on the bow wave of their spiritless undying selves.” ― I. Anderson

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#12 posted 07-30-2009 01:03 AM

One of the few things I buy from sears because of there replacment policy. I have a couple dozen or more and sometimes still can’t find one.

-- Custom furniture

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#13 posted 07-30-2009 01:25 AM

I’m with Alistair and Don. I’ve bought tapes for every spot I might need one and a few extra. Most of them are the small 6’ – 10’ types for about a buck each. Came in one night with two in my pockets

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#14 posted 07-30-2009 02:05 AM

When you start buying a tape measure for your tape measure, then you know, you may have enough. Unless of course you tape measure is as bad at losing tape measure’s as you are.

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#15 posted 07-30-2009 02:07 AM

I have about half a dozen. I could not find a single one one day, looked everywhere. My wife had them all in her tool box. I guess I need his and hers.

-- ---call me---- Mark

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