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Why does a tape measure blade have boxes around some numbers?

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QuestionWhy does my tape measure blade show boxes in red or black around some numbers?

AnswerYour interesting question has a simple answer. The marks all pertain to two very basic measurements: 16 inches on center and/or foot markings.

boxes around numbers on tape measure blade, read a tape measure, tape measure blade, boxed numbers, stud markings, 16 inches on center, red numbers on tape measure, red boxed numbers on tape blade, foot markings, black boxed numbers on tape blade, EasyPoint ProTape, learn how to read and choose a tape measure, copyright by Leon A. Frechette/C.R.S., Inc.Studs, ceiling rafters, and floor joists are placed at 16 inches on center. For quick visibility, multiples of 16 (16, 32, 48, etc.) are normally marked on a tape measure with a number in red or a red box around the number as shown in the image to the right.

black foot markings on a tape measure, copyright by Leon A. Frechette/C.R.S., Inc.Foot markings (12, 24, 36, etc.) have black numbers, a black box around the number, a black triangle at the top of the upper scale, or a black arrow that points to the upper and lower scales as shown in the image to the right. Again, the black box provides easy visibility but a contrast from the red stud markings.




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Knowing why a tape measure has boxes around numbers is just one small part of using a tape measure effectively.

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Assembled in the U.S., the EasyPoint ProTape has ergonomic rubber grips built into the case for a comfortable and secure grip. This tape measure has a 25-foot-long 1-inch blade, weighs just under 16 ounces, and features an easy-to-use thumb blade lock. Its large numbers don't require glasses to read and its lower scale is in 1/16-inch increments with printed fractions that start at 1/8 inch. An active bumper built into the case helps to prevent the tip from snapping off as it absorbs the shock from the tip after the blade

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



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