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Forum topic by richgreer posted 06-02-2010 09:41 PM 1787 views 0 times favorited 32 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-02-2010 09:41 PM

I always carry a tape measure in my pocket. You never know when you want to take a measurement. Because I don’t want anything bulky in my pocket I have been carrying a 10’ Stanley tape measure with a tape that measure 1/4” across.

There’s a problem. These things keep breaking. When I say “break” I mean the end of the tape disappears into the body. I can take it apart and retrieve the tape end, but it will just happen again before long. I thought my first one may have been defective so I bought a second that the same problem occurred.

Does anyone know of a small, not bulky, tape measure that holds up well?

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.


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#1 posted 06-02-2010 10:00 PM

I carry a 3’ Stanley with a ring attached to a small Swiss army knife. I keep a 25’ Stanley in my trucks.

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#2 posted 06-02-2010 10:05 PM

You know Rich I had (I still have) the same thing and the same thing happened with mine and it is so hard to fine something like that 10’ long.
I found another one but it is bigger much bigger too large to carry.
I used mine a lot in funiture store if I see something that I would maybe try to build.

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#3 posted 06-02-2010 10:07 PM

Abbott I carry one in the truck too but once in the Mall I hate to run back in the parking lot.

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#4 posted 06-02-2010 10:14 PM

I take a different approach completely.I stopped buying the stanleys at £20 bucks a pop, and bought 20 cheapies at £1 buck a pop.I leave them laying around all over the place every time I’m near the market I spend my small change and buy a few more they sit in both shops and measure great too.Alistair

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

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#5 posted 06-02-2010 10:18 PM

I carry one of those little 3’ freebies Home Depot used to give away at home shows. I keep an 8’ Stanley in the console in my Jeep. For serious work in the shop, I have a mix of Stanley 8’ and 25’ tapes.

I have bought some other brands over the years, but they don’t seem to hold up like the Stanley tapes.

I have one that I got from my Dad … I have no idea when he bought it, but I suspect it was in the tools he bought when he came home from WWII.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#6 posted 06-02-2010 10:18 PM

Try checking out the sewing notions department for a pocket-size tape measure. They are usually only about 60”, but the tape is made of fabric or fiberglass and the end is stitched on. I never used one myself, but I’ve seen them around and they seem fairly sturdy. Might be a good alternative for you if you don’t need the full 10’.

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#7 posted 06-02-2010 10:19 PM

maybe try a sewing tape measure?

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#8 posted 06-02-2010 10:20 PM

I just carry my regular old 3/4×12 on my belt or in my pocket. The only little ones I have ever found are the 3’.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#9 posted 06-02-2010 10:21 PM

i guess mary anne and i were typing at the same time, that’s funny.

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#10 posted 06-02-2010 10:31 PM

Now there’s the FIRST good reason I’ve found to get a Tatoo. Just measure from the tip of your fingers past your wrist and then start tatooing up to your elbow in inches. On the other forearm, do the same thing in millimeters. You’ll never lose it then.

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#11 posted 06-02-2010 10:38 PM

I have used my wife’s sewing tape a few times, but not having it solid is a pain ;-(

BTW, in a pinch, a dollar bill is exactly 6 inches long.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#12 posted 06-02-2010 11:20 PM

I have about eight 30’ tapes(because I don’t know were I left them) and there all Craftsman when they break sears will gives me a new one. I must be on my 30th trade in by now.

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#13 posted 06-03-2010 12:25 AM

Thank you all for such great responses. Just let me state – - -

No tatoo and no sewing tape for me. 3’ is just not long enough. I’m going to check out Sears and see if they have a “pocket friendly” tape measure. I like the idea of taking it back and getting a new one whenever it breaks.

I’m also curious about the $25 Festool tape measure. If they have the same 3 year guarantee that festool offers on its other products it may be a good idea. Those Stanleys cost about $10 each and I have never had one last more than 6 months.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#14 posted 06-03-2010 12:57 AM

I have two 1/2” tapes, a Stanley 10 foot that is probably 20 years old, and, hold on to your hat, a JCPenny 12 foot that is 30 years old at least. A little heavy to carry all the time, but I jam one in my coat pocket when I think I may need it at the big box. Otherwise they sit on my totes. I think the JCPenny is the same as a Stanley, they just custom branded it. Penny’s had everything, and it was one of the few place’s to shop in Fairbanks in 1975.

Never had a really small one that I didn’t break or lose. So I just use those two venerable, and apparently indestructible mid sizers.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#15 posted 06-03-2010 01:30 AM

Rich if your planning on buying tapes you can tack back make sure you have purchased a Craftsman . they sell others that they don’ t replace free.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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