Tape Ruler - What kind is this

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Forum topic by hjt posted 07-03-2015 10:45 PM 1013 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-03-2015 10:45 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tape measure

Several years ago, when my Dad died, I inherited much of his stuff – Part of the collect was this 100’ tape ruler. But instead of marked off at 1/16, 1/2, 3/8… it uses numbers 1,2,3… and every 10 numbers = 1 foot.

So for example it would read:3’ 1, 3’ 2, 3’ 3… 3’ 9, 4’ 0.

What are those silly 1,2,3 numbers representing??

-- Harold

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#1 posted 07-03-2015 10:57 PM

It’s a survey/engineering tape, measures in 10th’s of a foot. So you can note stuff as 6.7’ or whatever. Not sure what other uses it has, but in land surveying/civil engineering, things are measured in feet and 10ths of feet, rather than feet and inches.

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#2 posted 07-04-2015 02:09 PM

Well, that answers that! Thanks Matt.

-- Harold

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#3 posted 07-04-2015 02:38 PM

Yep, my dad was a civil engineer and surveyor, so I knew the answer right away. Matt beat me to it.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 07-05-2015 03:28 AM

Agree that it’s for surveying, but it’s not a tape. It’s called a chain. When I worked as a helper to a surveyor in 1957 on what is now I-76, west of Akron, Ohio, you not only had to measure accurately, but air temperature had to be taken into account as it affects the length of the “chain.” No calculators either.

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