# How to Read a Tape Measure

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#### You Will Need

• A tape measure

## Steps

1. Step 1

#### Recognize the marks on the top

Recognize the marks on the top of the tape measure. The black numbers are inches and the red numbers are feet.

2. There are 12 inches in a foot.

3. Step 2

#### Identify the shorter marks

Identify the shorter marks between the inch marks, divided into fractions of an inch.

4. Most tape measures are divided into 16ths of an inch. Therefore, there are 15 lines between the inch marks, all representing 1/16 of an inch.

5. Step 3

#### Look for special markings

Look for special markings every 16 inches. These markings aid in many do-it-yourself projects that need to be measured on 16-inch centers.

6. Step 4

#### Notice the metric side

Notice the metric side of the tape measure. The markings represent meters, centimeters, and millimeters.

7. There are 100 centimeters in a meter and 10 millimeters in a centimeter.

8. Step 5