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How To Use A Metric Tape Measure

How To Use A Metric Tape Measure

VideoJug walks you through the difference between metric and imperial measuring tapes and explains how to be sure your cut is exactly what it should be.

How to use a metric tape measure. Okay, I prefer to use imperial and metric but now we're going to discuss metric. A lot of new drawings and a lot of kitchens that come flat deck are mainly now in metric so I'm just going to take a couple of minutes to show you how to read a metric tape.

As you look here, every red area is 100 millimeters so it goes from one all the way up to probably five meters on this tape. In between those areas there, each digit down on the larger scale is 10 millimeters. In between those 10 millimeters is actually five and then it breaks down 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, etc.

So, as I say, from the end of this tape to the one is 100 millimeters. Between the one and the two is 150 millimeters and, obviously, as I said, you can go up or down from there. Some people find this very confusing but what you need to do is put a notch on it.

Basically, as you go along to the one meter, as you can see here. Sometimes, this is not always put as a one m. It's normally 1000 so every meter is 1000 millimeters.

Some people, as I say, find this confusing but try and get into the habit of calling it the meter. Each meter is 3.3 feet.

The Americans mainly use imperial but us Europeans, we now use metric. As I say, I like to use both but, as I say, we're going to do some bits on metric. All else I can tell you about that, using metric tape, a lot of the tapes you buy will have imperial and metric.

You can buy just a metric tape if you want. Most tapes tend to move on the end. The more expensive ones don't but sometimes even they move.

All you need to do, when I'm measuring over a large distance, if I was to hook that on the edge of the piece and pull it perhaps three meters, that may move up to five millimeters so when I cut my piece, it's going to be five millimeters too short or five millimeters too long. A little tip for you is this, if you basically just put a clip on there and hold it from the 100, and then pull it out, then deduct 100 from the other end, you will get an exact measurement of what you need. All you simply need to do is put a small piece of wood and a small clamp, hook it on, and then pull it out because that will be dead on that.

That gives you no play on that, which over a larger area, especially when using hard woods which are quite expensive, you might cut if too short. And, that's how you use a metric measuring tape. .