strange markings on tape measure

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Harbor Freight has a coupon this month for a free measuring tape. When I got one yesterday I noticed little diamonds at 19 7/32, 38 13/3257 19/32, etc. I was wondering what these diamonds were marking? They don’t seem to match the various spacing of studs (16, 24, etc.).

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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#1 posted 456 days ago

Five even divisions of eight feet.


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#2 posted 456 days ago

Think about the spacing for a sheet of sheathing on a roof…..

Stretch it out on a 48” wide sheet, should mark center of rafters???

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#3 posted 456 days ago

Thats another center, 19/2.

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#4 posted 456 days ago

Yup, 96/5

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#5 posted 456 days ago


And thanks to ChuckV for the link.

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#6 posted 456 days ago

The Chinese have different markings than we do. I’m surprised you didn’t know that…

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#7 posted 455 days ago

can never have enough of the free tape measures…never noticed these marks on them though

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