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QuestionI'm shopping for a new tape measure and would like to know what a thumb blade lock is?

AnswerA tape measure is designed to be a one-handed tool, with the exception of the blade which is pulled out of its storage case with the user's other hand. Activating the thumb blade lock after the blade is extended locks the blade in its existing open position. In the locked position, you shouldn't be able to pull the blade out any farther.

As you shop for a tape measure, check to see that you can comfortably reach and operate the thumb blade lock with your thumb as you hold the tape measure in the same hand. It's important that the case fit comfortably in one hand and allow easy reach and operation of the thumb blade lock.

new tape measure, thumb blade lock, lock the tape measure blade, activating the thumb blade lock, activate a thumb blade lock, blade is extended, lock the blade, EasyPoint ProTape, Learn How to Read and Choose a Tape Measure, copyright by Leon A. Frechette/C.R.S., Inc.If you are unable to lift the thumb blade lock back into the up position after it was in the down (locked) position, it's possible the factory has installed an incorrect thumb lock for the design of the case.

Typically the thumb blade lock is located somewhere in the middle to high end of the tape measure's case, but as you can see in the image to the right, thumb blade locks come in different styles and sizes.

Purchase this article to learn how to read and choose a tape measure!

Although tape measures feature different thumb lock designs, the bottom line is to choose a tape measure that fits comfortably in your hand. The next step is to learn how to use your new tape measure effectively. "Learn How to Read and Choose a Tape Measure," described below, can help you learn more about this complex tool.

To really learn the ins and outs of reading a tape measure and to gain insights into choosing the best one for you, consider purchasing my award-winning article, "Learn How to Read and Choose a Tape Measure." This article received the 2008 Vaughan/National Association of Home and Workshop Writers (NAHWW) Golden Hammer Writing Award in the Internet Category. 

Available in both .pdf and hard copy, this 8-page article features 21 color photographs and provides outstanding information about using a tape measure to its full potential and purchasing a quality tape measure.

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Copyright © 2008 LAF/C.R.S., Inc. All rights reserved.
Question answered by Leon A. Frechette.

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