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Best tape measure 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]Last Updated February 1, 2019
Best tape measure of 2018
If you get well acquainted with these basics, you shouldn’t have a problem choosing a tape measure that suits your need. There is a wide range of products available on the market today, and below I have reviewed 3 of the very best options. You must have heard that the best tape measure should allow you to save money, right? Sure, but that’s not the only reason you should consider getting one. Many models on the market may be confusing to a person who is shopping for their first time.
Test Results and Ratings
№1 – Tape Measure 26-Foot
Why did this tape measure win the first place?
The product is very strong. Its material is stable and doesn’t crack. I also liked the delivery service that was fast and quick to react. It was delivered on the third day. I really enjoy the design. It is compact, comfortable and reliable. And it looks amazing! I am very happy with the purchase. It is definitely worth its money. The product is top-notch!
Why did this tape measure come in second place?
I recommend you to consider buying this model, it definitely worth its money. This is a pretty decent product that perfectly fitted the interior of our office. Managers explained me all the details about the product range, price, and delivery. The material is pretty strong and easy to wash if needed.
№3 – Tacklife TM-B02 Tape Measure 16Ft Measuring Tape Magnetic Hook Metric and Inches Retractable Measuring Tape with Wrist Strap
Why did this tape measure take third place?
This price is appropriate since the product is very well built. I liked the design. We’ve been using it for 2 months and it still looks like brand new. I hope that the good reputation of the manufacturer will guarantee a long-term work. It doesn’t squeaks nor bents. Looks great in my apartment.
tape measure Buyer’s Guide
After dropping, extending, and scrubbing the blades of 1different tape measures with 60-grit sandpaper, we found that the best one is the classic 25-foot Stanley PowerLock Tape Measure. It’s our pick after 4hours of research and three annual updates to this guide, including another 1hours of work this year testing against new tools. That’s because the PowerLock delivers the best basic combination of durability, ease of use, and accuracy—and all for a very low price. In fact, the PowerLock is one of the least expensive tape measures that we’ve looked at.
How we picked
DeBoer and Clement agreed that a tape measure that can stand out unsupported for 7-feet is more than enough for at-home use.
The farther away you sit, the less the extra pixels matter, as your eyes won’t notice the difference. Conversely, the bigger the screen you have, the worse the resolution will be, and you’ll notice that more when you’re closer up.
The more the merrier. TVs will have at least two, but I recommend three or four. If you pay for cable or satellite TV, you’ll need one for your set-top box, then one more for a streaming device or Blu-ray player. If you want to add a game console or sound bar, you see how quickly they can fill up.
Other screen features
Organic light-emitting diode screens are pricey, but will give you true blacks and better color representation because each pixel illuminates on its own. Regular, LCD screens require a backlight, which can wash out the colors a bit. If you’re willing to pay for OLED, you’ll likely get every other goodie thrown in besides 4K.
More expensive sets might also offer 3-D. “Active” glasses require batteries, which add to the weight and trouble of wearing them, but will offer better resolution. “Passive” glasses, like the ones you get in movie theaters, will suffice for those few times you want to settle in for a 3-D movie, likely on disc. Content is still limited.
Komelon SL282Self Lock 25-Foot Power Tape
You could be forgiven for thinking that bar tape only came in white or black, but it seems Lizard Skins didn’t get the memo as they offer their DSP tape in 1colours and three thicknesses.
Given that this test is about comfort, we selected the thickest, the 3.2mm version. Lizard Skins state that the tape mustn’t be stretched while installing so DSP requires careful wrangling to get true, but once in place, it feels very secure and really grippy, with plenty of cushioning bounce.
By far the most expensive here, it’s hard to say it justifies the cost but it certainly makes a good case for itself.
You can trust Kinesis to come up with the goods and not get too carried away with bells and whistles and this Season tape certainly falls into that category.
Measuring 3.1mm thick, the tape has a Vex gel backing to further aid the comfort afforded by the polyurethane construction.
Only available in the most practical of bar tape colours, black, it is also free of branding so won’t ‘clash’ with whatever bike or components you run.
The diamond or file pattern offers a great level of grip, and there’s a proper expanding-wedge bar plug to hold everything in place.
Tortec Super Comfort
Constructed from a lightweight EVA foam, Tortec’s Super Comfort does just what it says on the tin and that’s add comfort to your ride.
On the rear is a 0.5mm thick strip of silicone which doubles up as both a vibration reducer and grip to keep it in place.
It also has the benefit of being stretchy to help in the fitting, as well as not leaving any sticky residue, which helps if you need to adjust during installation and down the line when it’s time to replace.
Available in four colour options, the 2.5mm foam is nicely tacky on its outer layer.
Preparation is key
Make sure your hands are clean. Remove the tape from the box. Place the two short strips of tape (to go behind the levers), scissors and electrical tape within reach.
Roll the rubber brake lever hoods forward and carefully remove the old tape. Having exposed the gear and brake cables, ensure they are securely attached to the upper part of the bar using electrical tape.
Any old remains of glue from the previous installation can be removed with alcohol.
Start at the end
Take the first roll of tape and remove the backing strip – taking it off in strips just overcomplicates things later when you’ve lost your third hand.
Poke an inch of tape into the end of the bar. Holding it down with your finger, give it one complete inward twist around the outside of the bar, leaving around 5mm overhanging the end. This will hold the plug in and keep the termination clean.
Wrap under tension
Keeping the tape under even tension, begin winding it around the bars. Each pass should overlap the previous by around 8mm so that the adhesive strip is contacting the bar and not the tape.
As you approach the levers, attach one of the short pieces of tape to the back of the fixing band.
Loop around the shifters
Loop the tape so it partly overlaps the bottom of the lever body before bringing it above the lever and across the short strip of tape so as to also overlap the upper part.
Roll back the rubber hoods. None of the bar or lever body should be visible.
Pro Tips & Tricks
It’s crucial to maintain even tension on the tape while applying it – once fitted, it’s this that keeps the tape in place. How much tension comes with practice – Fizik bar tape is very stiff and requires a lot of tension so it doesn’t crease whereas the Lizard Skin DSP tape is very soft and spongy and they recommend not stretching it.
Bar tape usually comes with matching sticky-backed strips to stop the ends unravelling. Throw these away – pro mechanics always reach for electrical tape instead.
It’s possible to tape the bars without using the strips designed to fill the gaps behind the levers. Wrap the tape in a figure eight up the inside of the lever and over the top before returning to go once around the base before finishing up and across the outside of the lever body.
To lessen the jarring effect of Paris-Roubaix’s famous cobbles, riders frequently wrap their bars with two sets of tape to provide extra cushioning. Many manufacturers now produce extra dense tape to create the same effect.
How To Use A Laser Distance Measure
To make a simple distance measurement using a laser measure the user must place the instrument at one end of the line that is to be measured and aim the laser beam at a solid target such as a wall or cabinet.
If a solid object is not available then a plastic target can be placed at the required destination to allow the laser beam to be reflected.
Next, the button is pressed and the distance is measured and displayed on the laser measure’s screen.
If a simple distance was all that was required then the job is already done but a whole range of options still exist for the user.
Areas and volumes can be calculated by taking further measurements and making use of the on-board functions to perform the calculations for you.
Each model is different so it is always advisable to spend some time with the user manual before attempting some of the more advanced tasks.
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Indoor/Outdoor Use – Do you need to have a laser measure that can be used for indoor and outdoor measuring? Some laser measures, such as the Leica DISTO D510, can do this. However, other measures will only be suitable for one or the other.
Distance Measurement – What will you be measuring? Laser distance measures can vary on the distance they can measure over. Some will measure up to 60m whereas other can go as far as 200m.
Waterproof – Will you need a laser distance meter that is waterproof? You might want to consider measures such as the Leica DISTO X310.
The 201Leica DISTO™ bluetooth D1laser measure is sure to revolutionise measuring.
Target Plate –
Target plates are an essential accessory for Laser distance measures when measuring large distances. They provide a reflecting target which helps to provide a precise measurement. There are multiple types of target plates, some can be fixed to corners, edges or on floor marks.
Soft Bag –
It can be handy to have a convenient carry bag for your equipment to not only keep it safe but keep everything together. Try our Leica GVP50DISTO Soft bag which does just that and has pockets for all relevant manuals, CD’s, cables and other equipment.
Prepare the tip of the measuring tape by cutting it into a point, like the tip of an arrow. This will provide easier penetration and routing through insulation. Also, wrap a piece of tape around the end of the measuring tape to prevent it from retracting into the case when you have finished using it.
1) Slide the measuring tape into the junction-box hole.
2) Push the measuring tape up the wall between the drywall and the insulation, above the suspended ceiling.
Choosing the Perfect Size and Width Dog Collar
Use your dog’s measurements to determine the appropriate size of collar for your dog when ordering your collar. For example, if your dog’s measurement was 14” you would order a small 11-15” collar as 1inches falls between 1and 1inches.
19-30″ Large (L) 1″ or 1.5″ *If It Barks also offers custom sized collars, specifically tailored to your dog’s measurements.The smaller the collar the less amount of adjustability when compared to large collars. We recommend ordering a custom size collar for small or hard to fit dogs.
Standard quick release buckles allow for safety and convenience.
Plastic – If It Barks buckles are the strongest on the market. The 1” version is rated between 300-350 lbs. This standard design is lightweight, waterproof, military grade and scratch resistant.
Metal & Plastic – A good combination of lightweight plastic and metal finish. *Not recommended for use in saltwater.
Aluminum – Ultra heavy duty, ideal for larger dogs and strong pullers. Smooth design allows for easy release. *Not recommended for use in saltwater.
How to Care For Your New If It Barks Collar
If It Barks collars are machine washable! We recommend removing any ID tags before placing the collar or leash in a lingerie bag or pillowcase tied with a knot in the top and wash on a normal cycle in cold. Remove from bag and allow to air dry.
Help protect construction workers from injuries caused by falling tape measures with the Gear Keeper RT560Retractable Tape Measure Tether. A potential lifesaver for this common worksite tool, the tether is complete with a secure 360-degree rotating belt clip offering ample extension and retraction for any job.
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Figure. The work is placed against the anvil with the left hand while the spindle is turned down to the work with the thumb and index finger of the right hand.
You can adjust micrometers with two steps. First, to eliminate play in the spindle, back off the thimble, insert a spanner wrench (likely furnished with the micrometer) into the adjusting nut, and tighten just enough to eliminate play.
For very fine measurements, the micrometer should be set to zero or to a standard by your”feel” (see ), by the friction thimble, or by the ratchet, whichever is being used.
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Bras are sized using a unique system based on two measurements of the bust area. For detailed instructions on how to measure to determine bra size and get a correct fit, please see: How to Measure for a Bra.
This measurement is used for tops, dresses, and bottoms.
This measurement is used for bottoms and sometimes for dresses.
Stand with your hips together and measure the fullest part of your hips. Be sure to go over your buttocks as well. It might be challenging to keep the tape consistently level when you do it alone; it is recommended that you have a friend assist you with this or that you do it in front of a mirror.
How Measurements Correspond to Sizes
Having your measurements ensures that you will know the best size to get for your clothes. It is an easy way to take much of the risk out of online shopping, and can be helpful if you’re looking at doing alterations to your clothes as well.
Laser precision and range
Due to the tremendous speed of light (186,000 miles per second), and the straightness of lasers over short distances, a laser distance measurer enables quick and very precise measurements, often to within a fraction of a millimeter. They also can eliminate inaccuracies from sagging tape measures.
Range for laser distance measurers varies. Budget models may be only capable of measuring distances up to 6feet, whereas top quality laser distance pointers may measure spans up to and beyond 660 feet.
When choosing a laser range finder, it is important to have a general idea of the distances you will be measuring. This may help determine the model you choose.
Budget models may be all you need if you are measuring around an average-sized house or your small business.
If your house is large with vaulted or high ceilings (say over 2,500 square feet) or you are trying to measure a longer distance, a mid-range model may suit your needs best.
For contractors, survey crews, and road workers, a high end laser distance meter may be the correct choice. These will measure distances that span hundreds of feet.
Over greater distances, triangulation and other techniques may be used in laser distance measurers. The phenomena known as the Doppler effect also lets lasers accurately measure velocity in moving from one point to the next.
In some devices the pulse may be coded to avoid jamming, such as in devices intended to foil the use of laser speed detectors by police.
The precision of most standard electronic tape measures depends on the accuracy of the laser pulse and the speed of the receiver.
Very short laser pulses and fast detectors can gauge object distance to within a few millimeters even over distances of many yards.
Range is limited by the fact that even a focused beam of light will began to diverge due to the diffusion of light through differences in the gases of the air, which may be microscopic in size or miles high, but act as inefficient lenses.
These distortions can make it difficult to get accurate readings of objects occluded by bushes, in unusual weather conditions, or long distances in the open where temperature gradients occur, such as desert terrain.
Manufacturer accuracy ratings vary between models and brands.
Many models are accurate to +/- 1/1of an inch, with others accurate to +/- 1/3of an inch. On the lower end, budget tools may not be as precise, with measurements within +/- 1/of an inch or +/- 1/of an inch.
Also, accuracy may depend on how securely the device is positioned or controlled. Obviously hand-pointed scanners will be less steady than those mounted on a tripod pivot.
For limited range work, however, laser range finders are incredibly useful objects which can take accurate measurements simply by laying them on a solid surface.
What you should look for in a laser range finder
Before purchasing a laser distance measurer, you should first compare the range or distance limitations given by the manufacturer compared to actual needs.
For example, the needs of a survey team planning a new runway or a contractor building a new addition could require different devices for accurate measurements.
Many are compact enough to fit neatly into a pocket. Small size allows carpenters, roofers, and others the mobility to take faster and more accurate readings than they could get from tape measures. In turn, this can provide considerable savings in time and potentially use of materials.
This can help not only in the actual work but in estimates depending on length and angles.
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your tape measure wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of tape measure
- №1 — Tape Measure 26-Foot
- №2 — Where’s My Tape Measure? – 3 Pack of 10 ft
- №3 — Tacklife TM-B02 Tape Measure 16Ft Measuring Tape Magnetic Hook Metric and Inches Retractable Measuring Tape with Wrist Strap