Tape Measures 101

Tape Measures 101: All You Need To Know

When taking on home improvement projects, having the right tools is key. And one of the most important tools in any DIYer’s arsenal is the tape measure. A good tape measure can make or break a project, so choosing the right one is important. 


In this blog, we’ll talk about what tape measures are, their anatomy, and their importance. After reading, you’ll go to your nearest hardware store to purchase your tape measure.


What Is A Tape Measure?

A tape measure is a ruler that can be rolled up when not in use. It’s made of hardy material, usually steel, and has measurement markings on it. The measurements are either in inches, centimeters, or both.


Most tape measures also have a lip or hook on one end that allows you to hook the tape measure onto the edge of an object, giving you a measurement from that point. This helps take measurements of larger objects that can’t be easily moved.


Tape measures come in various lengths, the most common being 25 feet, 35 feet, and 100 feet.


Anatomy Of A Tape Measure

There are three main parts to a tape measure: the body, the blade, and the hook.


The Body

The body of the tape measure is the hard case that holds everything together. It’s usually made of plastic or metal and has a handle for easy grip and measurement control.


The Blade

The blade is the long, flexible steel measuring strip that does the actual measuring. It’s connected to the body at one end and the hook at the other.


The Hook

The hook is the metal tab at the end of the blade, allowing you to take measurements from an edge. It can also hold the beginning of your measurement in place while you unroll the tape.


Buy Your Tape Measure At Fix & Feed!

Now that you know all about tape measures, it’s time to buy your own! Fix & Feed is your one-stop-shop for all your home improvement needs. In any of our 4 stores, you’ll find the Stanley: 25-foot Classic Tape Measure. 


We have a wide selection of tools to choose from, so you’re sure to find the perfect one for your next project. Visit us today and get started on your next home improvement project. Don’t forget we are Texas’ go-to hardware store.