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QuestionThis is probably a silly question, but why are tape measure blades curved?

Answertape measure blade curved, curve of tape measure blade, concave design of tape measure blade, marking material, EasyPoint ProTape, Learn How to Read and Choose a Tape Measure, copyright by Leon A. Frechette/C.R.S., Inc.In addition to strengthening the blade, the concave design also makes the tape easy to read when it is placed on a surface to be marked.

Once the blade's tip is secure and the blade is pulled to its proper measured location, tip the tape measure slightly towards yourself so the blade edge (nearest you) lays flat to the surface.

This little trick makes it easy to read the blade when you need to mark your material. Also do not fight with the tape measure's blade—let it lay flat naturally. Otherwise you could damage the blade.

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Knowing why a tape measure has a curved blade is just one small part of using a tape measure effectively.

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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Question answered by Leon A. Frechette.

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