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# How To Read A Tape Measure

How To Read A Tape Measure

I wanted to take an opportunity to introduce some of you to measurement for the first time. And so you should have with you your tape measure and if you How To Read A Tape Measure look at your tape measure. Your tape measure you should have sixteen ticker marks in-between a one-inch space. So let's count fast to make sure you have the correct tape measure or ruler. That has 16 ticking marks between a 1-inch space. So if you start with the shortest line after let's say the six-inch mark. Let's count there should be 16 at 16 tick mark 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 1213 14 15 and 7 make the sixteenth-inch mark. So there are 16 marks between a 1-inch space on your ruler. So now let’s look at this in a different format it I have taken the liberty of kind of blowing up a 1 inch ruler. And then placing within that 1 inch ruler the measurement so those 16 lines are here. Again represented with an actual fraction beneath them.

So if you look at the number of the lines between the one between and one-inch space. You will notice that you have 16 lines again so 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 and 16 here. You notice the shorter lines are your sixteenth so within a How To Read A Tape Measure one-inch space. Let me say this within a one-inch space those 16 16 lines are divided or consider either. As sixteenth eighth fourths or halves so if you look at this ruler. You will see a number of16and you'll see a second roll of eights. Those are represented and then you see fourths and then you'll see halves. So if we are trying to determine measurement you need to remember that within. That one-inch space you're going to have sixteen 8/4 or half. So let's try to figure out how to take these measurements on how to read on this tape measure. So you're looking at your shortest lines your shorter lines are always going to be 16.

So they're eight short lines within a one-inch space so the shorter lines are always sixteenth. So if you look here you see all your shorter lines 116 3/16 5/167/16 9/16 11 16 13 16 and 15 16. Those are always going to be your shorter line your sixteenth or your How To Read A Tape Measure shorter lines. Your next longest line or you would be the eights there are fewer eighths within a 1-inch space. There's one eight three eight five eight and seven eighths so you will only need to remember. That your second shortest lines keep my mouth straight here are going to be your eight. Then the third longest line or your force so you only have two of those 1 4 3 4 1 4 3 4 and then the longest line in. And 1-inch space is half an inch so again your shorter lines are your sixteenths. And notice all your sixteenths also have an odd number that means these lines are not divisible. By two are four or eight our sixteenth for that matter so they were going to have your odd numbers in front of them.

So again all odd numbers your shorter lines will have numbers over 16 okay. Again these numbers are not divisible by 8 4 or 2 so they’re going to be. An odd number over 16aga
in your second-shortest line is your eight. One eight three eight five eight seven How To Read A Tape Measure eight and your third-longest lines are your force. 1/4 and 3/4 and the longest line or the hash so if you ‘rereading your tape measure. And you can’t remember oh my goodness what's the 16th 4/4 plus 1/8. Where's the 1/2 pop up all you need to remember is to actually count the line. So if you have one two three four five six you take the number six and place it over 16. What I say that this is what I mean so if you were counting your lines on your ruler and you could remember. If it were force 8 16 so what have you all you need to do is actually count the line 1 2 3 4 5 6 and then put. That number over 16 you want to divide by 2 so you're going to take 6 invisible by divided. By 6 6 /16 I'm sorry and then reduce both of those numbers by 2. So 6 divided by 2 is 3 16 divided by 2 is 8 this will give you the lowest common denominator.

Or the lowest common fraction of the most reduced fraction and then you can take this number. And it actually represents the actual measurement so if you How To Read A Tape The measure was counting the 6 lines here. 1 2 3 4 5 6 you'll notice 6 the sixth line on the tape measure is actually 3/8 of an inch. So we flip over here 6 the sixth line /16 6 is divisible by 2 reduces to 3 16 divided. By 2 reduces to 8 and a quick look at another if you had 10 over 16 so if you're counting to 10 1 2 3 4 five six seven eight nine ten. This is the tenth line ten over sixteen you want to reduce it ten is divisible. By two ten reduce by two is five sixteen reduced by two is eight. That gives you five-eight if we go back one two three four five six seven eight nine ten. The tenth line on the ruler is five-eighths of an inch. So that's all you need to remember whatever the number is you place it over 16 and reduce it. To its lowest common denominator and here we have one that isn't where two isn’t going to reduce.

It to its actual lowest common denominator so here we have 12 over 16. So if you counted 12 lines within a one-inch space and could remember who it was. I saw an eighth or fourth or 16th oh my goodness I can’t remember. All you need to do is put that How To Read A Tape Measure number over 16 and then reduce. So you reduce by 212 reduced by 2 is 616reduced by 2 is 8 6 8 can still be reduced. By 2 so 2 reduced by 6 is 3reduce by 8 is 4 and so now 12 over 16 is the actually 3/4 of an inch. So if we go back and look and we count 1 2 3 4 56 7 8 9 10 11 12 The 12th line is 3/4. So this is the measurement in a nutshell so review it replayed if you need to ask questions and again. The shortest lines are your 16 second shortest lines or your 8th third shortage lunge or your force. And the longest line of course is a 1/2 have any questions ask. I’ll be happy to re-explain it I need to explain in a different way or more to you. But take some time replay this slowed it down and actually practice a few fractions count the line. See if you can actually do the reduction of the fraction. If you find a number such as 10 over 8 or 6 over.I'm sorry 10 over 16 or six over 16 and reduce those numbers okay.

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