• When trying to measure any object, place the ‘0’ mark of the measuring tape aligned with one end of the object.
  • Hold the tape straight and until the end of the object to read the measurement. If the tape is not held tightly, it may sag in the middle and give an inaccurate, usually larger measurement than what the object measures in reality. In case your hand is not stable enough to hold the tape straight, have somebody else hold one end of the tape, and then take your measurement.

  • When reading the measurement, the most prominent marks are the large hash marks signifying one centimeter (cm). These marks may not go the entire width of the tape, however, will be one of the most prominent marks. The cm mark is also the only mark represented by a number along with a line, thus making it easier to spot and measure.

  • After every cm mark, there will be 4 small hash marks, the smallest in the measuring tape. These will not have a number written with them, owing to their small sizes. However, these signify one millimeter (mm) which is one-tenth of a centimeter. For example, if you measure 4 mm marks after the number ‘5’ on a measuring tape, this measures as 5.4 cm or 54mm, because every cm has 10 mm.

  • Between every consecutive cm mark, there will be a mid-sized hash mark; this refers to half of a cm, or 0.5 cm. This means, after each cm mark, there will be 4 mm marks, and then one slightly larger than mm but smaller than cm mark to signify as half of a cm. This can be counted as 5mm too, because after this, there will be 4 mm marks, and then the largest cm hash mark.

  • Every 10th cm on the measuring tape will be highlighted by a different than usual color. It is usually red. This is primarily for ease of measurement, so that the individual measuring from the tape knows the measurement in multiples of 10.

  • In the same way, every 100 cm are also marked by a different colored number. This, however, is because 100 cm equal 1 meter (m). The hash mark for each m extends until the width of the measuring tape to make it further prominent. After each m, the measuring tape may start all over again from 0, or continue the count from 100; this remains varied for each measuring tape.

  • After you have read the measurement of your object from the measuring tape, a general way to write it is in a single unit. For example, instead of writing 4 cm and 2 mm, you can simply write 42 mm.

How to Read a Tape Measure in Imperial Units

  • The beginning of the tape is marked by a ‘0’, which refers to zero inches. Place this end of the tape at one edge of the object you wish to measure.
  • Stretch/pull the measuring tape till across and until the end of the object to allow eased measurement of the object. Some measuring tapes have a metallic hook at the end of the tape which can be fixed to the edge of the object, thus making measuring a hands-free task.

  • When you begin reading the measurement, the largest mark signifies 1 inch. It has a prominent number written below (or beside, in some cases) it in bold, to make it easier to read and grasp.
  • The next most prominent mark will be the half-inch hash mark. This will be a slightly smaller line than the one-inch mark. However, it will be fairly larger than the other marks. Thus, between every two, inch marks of you will find a mark of 8/16 inches i.e. half-inch. While in some measuring tapes the 8/16 may be written in a simplified manner of 1/2, such text may also be missing in many measuring tapes, with the inch-mark being the only written mark.

  • Between every half-inch mark, there will be yet another hash mark to signify 4/16 (simplified to ¼) inches. This mark will be slightly smaller than the half-inch mark, but larger than the smallest of marks. For example, in case your measurement comes to 2 inches and 1/4 inch, the total will be 2 ¼ inches or 2+1/4 inches, which equals 9/4 or 2.25 inches.

  • The smallest mark in the imperial unit measuring tape is depictive of 1/16th of an inch. These marks will be found in most quantity in the measuring tape, as they are the smallest. This also shows that as the measurement on the tape (the size of mark) decreases in size, so does the value of the measurement.

  • Some measuring tapes may also have a specific foot marking. After every 6 inches, there will be an ‘nF’ mark where n is the number of feet beginning from 1, and going up until the measuring tape lasts. For example, 6 inches make up 1F, 12 inches result in 2F, etc. The measuring tape may also restart the count after each foot by beginning with 0 inches for ease of calculation, or it may resume counting too.
  • To write the measurement, the task will be easy if the object measures in approximate inch-values. However, if there is deviance from 1-inch markings to smaller ones, keep a calculator handy to add the fractions. Or display the might of your mental math for accurate tape measurement values.

What are the metrics on a tape measure?

A 16ft tape measure, for example, will have sixteen one-foot marks along its length and 192 one-inch marks (12 inches per foot). Each inch will then have eight 1/8th of an inch and sixteen 1/16th of an inch marks. 1 inch = 16 x 1/16th of an inch, 8 x 1/8th of an inch, 4 x 1/4 of an inch or 2 x 1/2 of an inch.

How do you read CM and MM on a tape measure?

How do you read a measuring tape?

How to Read a Tape Measure
  1. Find/read the markings. On a standard tape measure, the biggest marking is the inch mark (which generally has the biggest number, if it has them).
  2. As the increments decrease, so does the length of the mark.
  3. Read 1 inch.
  4. Read one-half inch.
  5. The remaining markings follow a similar pattern.

What do the lines on a tape measure mean?

The measurements on a tape measure are generally 16 marks to the inch. This means you can measure up to 1/16 of an inch. The number of lines between inch marks indicate how precise you can get with your tool. To read 1/2-inch measurements, locate the second-longest mark between the longer inch marks.

How many 16ths are in an inch?

On a ruler there are 16 sixteenths in an inch.

How do you read a 32 inch tape measure?

What does 11/32 convert to in inches?

Decimal equivalents of eights, sixteenths, thirty-seconds and sixty-fourths of an inch
Inches
fractionaldecimal
11/320.34375
13/320.40625
15/320.46875

What is 3 32 of an inch on a tape measure?

If the tape measure is only marked in 1/16 inches, count the number of 1/16 lines, multiply by two and add one if the length is half of the distance toward the next mark. For example, an object that is three lines beyond the 3inch mark on a tape measure marked in thirty-seconds would be 3 and 3/32 inches long.

What does 3/8 look like on a tape measure?

Fraction, Decimal, and Millimeter Equivalent Measurements
FractionDecimalMillimeters
5160.31257.9375
380.3759.525
7160.437511.1125
120.512.7
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How can I measure 3/8 of a cup?

3/8 cup = 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons. 1/2 cup = 8 tablespoons OR 4 fluid ounces.

What is 3/8 as a whole number?

Answer: 0.375-you have to change it into a decimal for a whole number.

What is 3/16ths of an inch?

Conversion table inches to mm
Dimensions — Inches to Metric
0.188”3/164.78 mm
0.250”1/4”6.35 mm
0.313”5/167.95 mm
0.375”3/8”9.53 mm

What is 6 16ths of an inch?

In summary, 6/16 inches is the same as 0.375 inches and 6/16 inches is also the same as 0.03125 feet.

Which is bigger 7 32 or quarter inch?

Is one fourth greater than seven thirty-seconds?

What’s Bigger 1/4 or 7/32?

FractionDecimal Value
140.25
732≈ 0.219

What does 1/4 look like on a ruler?

If you counted in 1/4 inches on a ruler, you’d see that the fourth line after 0 inches equals 1/4 inch, the eighth line equals 2/4 (1/2) inch, and the 12th line equals 3/4 inch. Example: Say you’re measuring a piece of cloth and the ruler ends at the fourth line after the 10-inch mark.

How big is an inch visual?

One inch (2.5 cm) is roughly the measurement from the top knuckle on your thumb to your thumb tip. Measure yours to see how close it is to 1 inch. After all, you should always have a thumb handy for a guide for measuring items under 6 inches (15cm)!

What is .375 as a fraction?

The fractional equivalent of 0.375 is 3/8.

How many cm are in a ruler?

A standard ruler is 12-inches long and 30 centimeters in length.