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Tape measure that isn't like a wet noodle? #5260302 11/06/19 10:12 PM
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Any recommendations for a good tape measure that will stay straight when it's extended, and doesn't bend as easily? I admit I usually use cheap tape measures, and that's likely the problem.. But I'm just curious to see if anyone has recommendations for a solid tape measure. Maybe I should just get a laser type tape measure instead..

Re: Tape measure that isn't like a wet noodle? [Re: sxg6] #5260307 11/06/19 10:17 PM
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any of the decent ones at home depot, dewalt, milwaukee, stanley fatmax


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Re: Tape measure that isn't like a wet noodle? [Re: sxg6] #5260322 11/06/19 10:31 PM
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Fatmax or Dewalt, both have the same blade. I've had Stanley tapes my entire life so I really hate the Milwaukee but people buy them because they are cheap. sick

16' of course, compact and long enough 98% of the time. Definitely get the laser rangefinder, they are the most accurate method for internal measurements. I lost mine and miss it but I'm too cheap to buy another.


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Re: Tape measure that isn't like a wet noodle? [Re: sxg6] #5260331 11/06/19 10:54 PM
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I have a 35' stainley. lol Works fine. Just as long as it's the 1'' wide style tape, it shouldn't be like a wet noodle.


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Re: Tape measure that isn't like a wet noodle? [Re: sxg6] #5260342 11/06/19 11:12 PM
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Thanks for the replies so far everyone. Good point on the width, I never thought of that. I was just thinking of the thickness of the metal, but it makes sense that the width would play an important role as well.

Re: Tape measure that isn't like a wet noodle? [Re: maxdustington] #5260365 11/07/19 12:00 AM
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Originally Posted by maxdustington
Fatmax or Dewalt, both have the same blade. I've had Stanley tapes my entire life so I really hate the Milwaukee but people buy them because they are cheap. sick

16' of course, compact and long enough 98% of the time. Definitely get the laser rangefinder, they are the most accurate method for internal measurements. I lost mine and miss it but I'm too cheap to buy another.


I have quite a few Stanley tape measures....All being at least 15 years or more old. The 35" Classic Chrome & Contractor Grade are my favorites & are almost identical to each other.


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Re: Tape measure that isn't like a wet noodle? [Re: sxg6] #5260408 11/07/19 03:16 AM
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Stanley , craftsman , or the new Bauer tape measure at harbor fright

Re: Tape measure that isn't like a wet noodle? [Re: sxg6] #5260423 11/07/19 05:53 AM
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Stanley Fatmax works well for me.


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Re: Tape measure that isn't like a wet noodle? [Re: sxg6] #5260437 11/07/19 06:42 AM
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Fatmax works well.


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Re: Tape measure that isn't like a wet noodle? [Re: FT92] #5260441 11/07/19 06:48 AM
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Originally Posted by FT92
Stanley , craftsman , or the new Bauer tape measure at harbor fright

I have a 25' Pittsburg Harbor Freight special that I got, "free with any purchase". It has turned out to be the most rigid one I own, as far as extending it before it collapses. Usually the wider the tape, the better it holds up when extended long distances.

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I have a Milwaukee and a Fatmax. I like em both.

Re: Tape measure that isn't like a wet noodle? [Re: sxg6] #5260508 11/07/19 08:43 AM
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Or tape a few wooden yardsticks together

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1) Wider Blade - will not flex as much (as others have said) / try them in the Store before buying.
2) Good Lock to hold Blade extended
3) I get by with a 25' around the house / 8' kept in vehicle to use at Hardware Stores
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4) Good Graduations - make sure you like the graduations on 'both' sides of blade.
Some manufactures will have 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, etc and it clutters up the scale.

Tape Measure Trivea:
Question - Why does the metal Hook on end have a little side play ?
Answer - To compensate for the thickness of metal Hook if your measuring 'inside' of something.

Cluttered:
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Originally Posted by SeaJay
Or tape a few wooden yardsticks together

Already invented.
My Father had one of these / I don't, for obvious reasons.
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Re: Tape measure that isn't like a wet noodle? [Re: MasterSolenoid] #5260713 11/07/19 12:25 PM
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Originally Posted by MasterSolenoid
Originally Posted by SeaJay
Or tape a few wooden yardsticks together

Already invented.
My Father had one of these / I don't, for obvious reasons.
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For short distances these are nice to have, I used them when I was a mason, just have to be careful not to pinch your fingers.


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