Types and Usage

The tape measure or measuring tape was invented in 1829 in Sheffield, England by James Chesterman.

It consists of a ribbon of cloth, plastic, fiberglass, or metal strip with linear-measurement markings. It is a common measuring tool.

There are 20 Different Types of Tape Measures:

1. Fabric: To measure then you will need fabric measuring tape.

2. Pocket: These types of measuring tapes have a hard case and the actual tape coils up inside of this case until you need it. 

3. Surveyor: To measure away places or locations then you need to have a surveyor measuring tape.

4. Feature Keyring: If you’d like to take your tape measure with you no matter where you are going to go then you will want to buy one that is on a keyring.

5. Magnetic: This is measuring tape is mainly used by an electrician.

6. Rust-Resistant: This tape is used where we are worried about rain or damp area.

7. Ergonomic: Most companies and manufacturers now understand the importance of creating ergonomic items for their customers.

8. Engraved: If you have a loved one who works with a tape measure each day then you can easily remind them how much you care about them by having an engraved tape measure made for them.

9. Double Hook: The double hook on a tape measure is often where the magnets are located.

10. Locking: Any time you are going to be working by yourself and need to make sure that you are taking accurate measurements then you need a tape measure that locks.

11. Kids: Instead of risking your child being in danger when they want to help you measure, the best possible thing that you can do is give them a tape measure that was made specifically for children.

12. Retractable: Most small tape measures are going to be retractable. 

13. Novelty: Small tape measures make great novelty gifts or promotional items from companies or doctors.

14. Rubber: Rubber grips on your tape measure make it really easy to hang onto it when you are working.

15. Plastic: Plastic cases are very common for tape measures and allow for rubber to be added to make them easier to grip.

16. Metal: Metal cases for your tape measure are not nearly as popular as they were in the past.

17. Fiberglass: Not only is fiberglass tape incredibly lightweight, making it a great option in surveyor tape measures as it will not create a very heavy tool, but it is also incredibly durable.

18. Plastic: While tape measures that have plastic tapes are going to be fairly inexpensive, they are not going to be sturdy and durable enough to stand up to a lot of use without problems.

19. Metal: Metal is incredibly durable and built to last.

20. Polyester Film-Coated: Compared with tape that has not been treated with a coating, these tapes will last for a lot longer without being damaged or wearing out.

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