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Forum topic by skidiot posted 01-13-2010 06:31 AM 1346 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-13-2010 06:31 AM

To me it seems as though tape measures are all printed backwards. I am right handed and cant even hold a pencil well with my left hand. So if I want to mark something I hold the pencil with my right hand and hold the tape measure with my left. When you do it that way you hook the tape on the right and pull it towards the left. So then you have to read the tape upside down and that causes me all kinds of problems. I cant count all times I have made the mark and inch too short because I am reading upside down.

Or am I just stupid?

-- skidiot northern illinois

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#1 posted 01-13-2010 06:49 AM

They make them now where you can read them right and left and with a flat tape. I have both of them. That is another item you can never have too many of

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#2 posted 01-13-2010 01:44 PM

Maybe you could see a doctor and get a prescription to become dyslexic then you would have an excuse.

But then again, I’m left-handed.


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#3 posted 01-13-2010 02:47 PM

You can find just about anything you need here.,43513


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#4 posted 01-15-2010 04:01 PM

its simple really hold tape in left hand
hook tape over right edge of wood
stretch left hand to required length
mark line with right hand

by the way i suggest you learn to be ambidextrous and get a tape that reads both ways

its amazing how many jobs become easier when you can use your left hand as well as your right LOL


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#5 posted 01-15-2010 04:20 PM

Bob #2…...I have the tape from Lee Valley in the 25’ version. I have to say I am a little disappointed with it. The metal tape itself is very thin and has cracked near the hook. The hook is smooth, there is not any kind of dimple or grip to it at all and it slides off the board being measured very easily. I like the idea of the right to left tape but when this one finally breaks I will look for another supplier.

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#6 posted 01-15-2010 04:36 PM

Re: Lee Valley tape—contact them and let them know. They have #1 customer service and I know that they want to hear your feedback.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#7 posted 01-15-2010 05:38 PM

Ken, you must have got the bad one.
The one you chose is the(carpenters tape),43513
I chose the cabinet makers tape.

It fits in my pocket better.
Mine is fine. They will replace it for you no doubt.
p.s. I laso have the blind man tape that I amusing more than I used to.
To be honest with you I “measure” very seldom and rely on story sticks etc to transfer accurate measurements.


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#8 posted 01-15-2010 05:41 PM

Looks like Bob2 has a good idea

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