# How do you read a tape measure scale?

## How do you read a tape measure scale?

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.

## What are the 1/32 markings used for on a ruler?

The ruler below has a legend of 32nds. which indicates that the smallest graduation or mark is 1/32″. If a ruler has no legend the smallest fraction of an inch will have to be calculated. Simply count the number of spaces between graduations or marks contained within a single inch.

What does 11/32 convert to in inches?

Decimal equivalents of eights, sixteenths, thirty-seconds and sixty-fourths of an inch

Inches
fractional decimal
11/32 0.34375
13/32 0.40625
15/32 0.46875

### What is the tape measure trick?

Instead of just scribing a short mark, hold the tape measure against the open edge of material with your index finger and press lightly down on the hook. As you move across the material, the hook will scribe a cut line. This provides the ease of a scribing tool and the accuracy of a marking gauge.

### When using a measuring tape do you start at 0 or 1?

Line up the start of your tool with 1 end of whatever you’re measuring. Place the starting end of the measuring tool where it says “0” against the closest edge of the object or distance you’re trying to measure.

What does 19/32 convert to in inches?

Decimal equivalents of eights, sixteenths, thirty-seconds and sixty-fourths of an inch

Inches
fractional decimal
19/32 0.59375
21/32 0.65625
23/32 0.71875

#### What does 1/32 of an inch look like on a ruler?

Count from the end of your ruler to the first inch mark, symbolized by the numeral “1.” If you are adding in eighths, you will arrive at 1/32-inch on your fourth dash. If you are adding in sixteenths, you will arrive at 1/32-inch on your second dash.