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Forum topic by JesseTutt posted 01-18-2013 07:11 PM 1750 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-18-2013 07:11 PM

Topic tags/keywords: measuring tape markings

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 01-18-2013 07:17 PM

Five even divisions of eight feet.

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#2 posted 01-18-2013 07:17 PM

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 01-18-2013 07:18 PM

Thats another center, 19/2.

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#4 posted 01-18-2013 07:20 PM

Yup, 96/5

http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/1686/on-tape-measures-why-is-there-a-special-symbol-every-19-3-16-inches

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#5 posted 01-18-2013 07:46 PM

Thanks,

And thanks to ChuckV for the link.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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#6 posted 01-18-2013 11:21 PM

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

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#7 posted 01-19-2013 01:30 AM

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

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