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You Will Need
- A tape measure
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.
Identify the shorter marks
Identify the shorter marks between the inch marks, divided into fractions of an inch.
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.
Notice the metric side
Notice the metric side of the tape measure. The markings represent meters, centimeters, and millimeters.
Write your measurement
Write your measurement in feet, inches, and fractions of an inch. For example 3 feet, 6 1/4 inches. Express metric measurements in the smallest increments. You would not say "2 centimeters and 3 millimeters." Instead, you would simply say "23 millimeters."
Double check your measurement
Measure precisely and double check your measurement. It takes a lot less time to measure twice than redo an entire project because of inaccuracies.