Once you know how to read a tape measure, using one is actually pretty simple.
- Catch the hook or press it into one side of the object you’re measuring
- Stretch your tape across your project until you reach your desired length/measurement. Try to keep the tape as straight as possible when doing so
- Lock the tape in place using the thumb lock so it doesn’t retract
- Take your reading and either mark it out or write it down
When measuring, the object’s edge may fall between two lines on the blade. To avoid cutting too short, always round up to the larger measurement.
The lock function on a measuring tape from China factory is excellent for quickly seeing whether something will fit through a certain space or keeping the obtained reading for multiple measurements.