ALL TAPE MEASURE TRICKS Explained…In Just 13 Minutes! (Measuring Tape Pro TIPS, TRICKS + ADVICE!)

ALL TAPE MEASURE TRICKS Explained…In Just 13 Minutes! (Measuring Tape Pro TIPS, TRICKS + ADVICE!)

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Every TAPE MEASURE Basic Explained…In Just 13 Minutes! (Measuring Tape Pro TIPS, TRICKS + ADVICE!)

There is no tool more useful than the TAPE MEASURE or MEASURING TAPE! They are your eyes on the job site, and you should always have one close at hand. Check out this video from The Honest Carpenter to see EVERY tape measure basic explained…in just 13 minutes!

I personally like to use Stanley Powerlock 25′ Tape Measures. They’re durable, affordable, and a lot of pros use them in the field.

01:13 – Understanding The Tape
03:54 – Handling The Tape

Tips and Tricks from the Video Include:
How to understand the tape measure.
How to draw the tape effectively and use it
How to read the tape accurately.
How to measure into a corner.
How to use a measuring tape over long distances.
How to lay out marks more easily with your tape measure.
How to draw circles with the tape measure.
How to lay out marks with the tape measure tab.

Thanks for watching!
The Honest Carpenter


  1. Sharon R 🙊 on November 18, 2023 at 10:32 pm

    My father taught me to respect the tape measure and pay attention when letting it retract…he had the scar from a nearly severed finger to show me, and I have never forgotten it.

  2. Seretse Black on November 18, 2023 at 10:33 pm

    God bless love the message. Nice cut as well but definitely enjoy the positive energy may the Almighty, Lord and Savior my creator. Continue to bless you also pray that this message finds you in great spirits.

  3. Kev AF on November 18, 2023 at 10:33 pm

    when i worked for a company that only did steel studs and drywall, we would call out everything in inches and eights. usually a team was 2 guys, a cut guy and a screw guy lol. so when the screw guy yells a measurement out instead of saying for example, " 4’8" and 3/4’s, wed say 56 and 6.(or if its, 87 1/2 inches, you just call out 87 & 4) if you only gave to be as accurate as eighths like hanging drywall. it saves a lot of time. especially when you have to write down a bunch of measurements.

  4. MacDaddy Mac on November 18, 2023 at 10:34 pm

    You had me at "Powerlock 25". After 35 years of using them, I get a little angry at myself when I think of the money and frustration (time) I’ve spent thinking that a different or "fancier" tape was going to be better in my hand. LOL. Thanks. With the loss of all the shop programs in schools and lack of peer/mentor guidance these days, you’re giving people who have an interest some of the important basics. After all these years I still come to the "Tube" to refresh skills and learn new stuff. You spend a lot of time trying to help people understand. It’s needed and appreciated. Thank You.

  5. Dana Levy on November 18, 2023 at 10:38 pm

    Good information for those who didn’t grow up using a tape measure beyond the very basics.

  6. Mark K on November 18, 2023 at 10:38 pm

    I used to buy refills instead of throwing out the entire metal casing. Saved a few bucks per tape measure of which I had 10 as I always supplied them for my crews, so the savings added up. I guess that’s different now that everything is MIC and cheap as well as cheaply made.

  7. hans pijpers on November 18, 2023 at 10:39 pm

    Thank God I don’t live in the one and only country in the world that uses imperial measures . Talking anti progressive.
    You know that imperial measures costed the USAs taxpayer a 100 Million dollar space craft to FAIL ?
    Even the so called 3rd world countries use metric.
    And the imperial measures are derived from metric, one inch is 2.54 millimeter.

  8. James Delaney on November 18, 2023 at 10:40 pm

    Did you say affordable for that Stanley? When was the last time you bought one?

  9. imnotmike on November 18, 2023 at 10:41 pm

    Most pros don’t deal in 16ths. It’s too confusing. Rather than saying 11/16ths, they’d say 5/8ths long. or 5/8ths plus. 16ths are difficult to find on the tape. They aren’t marked, and there are too many lines to count easily. 8ths are generally easy. They’re often marked on a good tape measure, and you can always count them quickly. So if you say 11/16th, you have to do the math. subtract 1 to get to 10/16th, then divide by 2, to get to 5/8th, then add one mark. By saying 5/8th long, you get rid of that math.

  10. Zachary Wheeler on November 18, 2023 at 10:45 pm

    Metric is not superior.

    Also, the Stanley fatmax is obviously superior to the power lock, any builder knows this.

    Tape stays on submissive side, that way dominant hand is free to use a pencil.

  11. Tito on November 18, 2023 at 10:47 pm

    This is worth watching

  12. George S on November 18, 2023 at 10:51 pm

    Measuring a corner….get a ruler and measure 5" (or any other distance) from the corner in the direction to the edge. From the edge measure to the 5" mark. This will give an accurate reading

  13. Benevolent on November 18, 2023 at 10:52 pm

    i am truly embarrassed that i don’t know how to read one and i am 26…. Better late than sorry I suppose. Thankyou. will subscribe

  14. Dan C on November 18, 2023 at 10:53 pm

    No need to make 16th’s "easier" just use +… 11 5/8+. Plus = 1/16 past the 8th, 10 1/8+. 67 3/8+ etc.

  15. Aaron Armstrong on November 18, 2023 at 10:55 pm

    This is great instruction. Will definitely be sharing it and sending people here 😁

  16. Mark McCormack on November 18, 2023 at 10:56 pm

    Where are the Metric tape measures? Why can’t we use what the rest of the world uses? No one can do 1/4’s, 8th’s and 16th’s anymore. Too much math.

  17. Andrew Fast on November 18, 2023 at 10:56 pm

    These videos are SOO Helpful, well explained, and point out soo many things I’ve done that I can do more accurately, efficiently, or bonus skills worth learning. HUGE thank you

  18. psidvicious on November 18, 2023 at 10:57 pm

    One correction about proper setup. The video suggests keeping your tape in your bags or hooked on your belt “on your dominant side”. This is incorrect. Most people are right handed, so the tape goes on your left. Your pencil or your marker goes on the right or your dominant side.

  19. Sophiame on November 18, 2023 at 10:58 pm

    Am a woman, During explaining how to take The measurements I were too fast so i got confused. PlsCan u make another video only explaining the measurements

  20. Matt Favet on November 18, 2023 at 11:01 pm

    The difference between imperial and metric is one is fractions the other is decimal. The most common calculation in carpentry is dividing by 2 or finding the center. This is much easier to do with fractions.

  21. rowcatleg on November 18, 2023 at 11:03 pm


  22. jason wells on November 18, 2023 at 11:03 pm

    Great video I took construction trades in high school and I handed the worst problem with math I just didn’t understand it and nothing any teacher showed me worked for me until my carpentry instructor showed me how to use a tape measure as a calculator I’m telling you in 20 minutes he made everything makes sense about math and after that mess was no problem

  23. Michael on November 18, 2023 at 11:03 pm

    Great video as usual, learned a lot of useful information,

  24. scott pete on November 18, 2023 at 11:03 pm

    make one on carpenters rule …I still use mine then again I am 71 and learned that first

  25. Tyler Kegolis on November 18, 2023 at 11:05 pm

    Great video. I watch a variety of videos on here for different learning purposes. The only thing that I think could help make a lot of videos better is to slow them down just a bit. The people who are in them are knowledgable, but dont give the viewers much time for the info to sink in. It seems like the knowledge is all there, but i constantly have to pause or rewind and I sometimes get lost. So maybe try slowing down just a tad bit.

    Also, sometimes after showing an example, maybe offer a "practice measurement" where you give viewers a couple of seconds to work out the measurement (using the techniques youre sharing with them) on their own and then go over it again, giving them the answer so they can make sure wether they’re correct or not. Just some suggestions! Thanks for the video!!

  26. Blas Telleria on November 18, 2023 at 11:08 pm

    Add you thoughts, advice and experience with cutting or leaving the line, particularly if one marks every 12 inches on a 8 foot 2×4 (for example).

  27. wital on November 18, 2023 at 11:08 pm

    I thing metric measures is 200 times simpler than imperial 😮😮

  28. Dutchman Alowishus on November 18, 2023 at 11:09 pm

    It’s strange how natural an American tape measure is too me. That metric one is so foreign and gay.

  29. Pfarrald Cash on November 18, 2023 at 11:09 pm

    That’s why I count in metric

  30. mar4072 on November 18, 2023 at 11:10 pm

    Add’l knowledge for me a beginner. Thank you sir!

  31. Aaditto Shen on November 18, 2023 at 11:11 pm

    Brilliant an succinct, as usual! Adds a *lot* of clarity to stuff, related to *reading* tape measures…

    Just the *ONE* point that *remains a little grey* for me… (I found it to be confounding in another video of yours too) –

    The point you make at 1.02 of the video, regarding the "tab travel" – you say, "when you pull, it subtracts the 16"… Umm – confused! Doesn’t the "play" then take *out* the 1/16 from the actual distance?!

  32. Jed Gould on November 18, 2023 at 11:11 pm

    What do you think of the new measures with stops? Did you look at those yet? It seems like they solve some problems. But I’d like to hear your view. I do mostly short measurements so I bought 3.

  33. Joe Schroder on November 18, 2023 at 11:15 pm

    Tapes are made for left handed carpenters. For right handed carpenters holding the tape in the left hand we read the measurements upside down. This causes mistakes. For some reason left handed tapes are the industry standard. I wrote to Milwaukee Tools about making a right handed tape. They were not interested in the concept.

  34. Chema Guijarro on November 18, 2023 at 11:16 pm

    half diameter 😅

  35. Richard Schneider on November 18, 2023 at 11:17 pm

    I still do not know what the black diamond is for.

  36. scott McIntosh on November 18, 2023 at 11:17 pm

    Lowes makes s great 35 footer and easy to read big numbers too !!!

  37. Bob on November 18, 2023 at 11:18 pm

    This is just a suggestion but if you wear tool bags keep your tape on the opposite side of your dominant hand and your pencil on the dominant side. That way you can grab the tape and pencil simultaneously to measure and mark

  38. The Honest Carpenter on November 18, 2023 at 11:18 pm

    I wanted to make a video that would be the only TAPE MEASURE video a newcomer would ever need. I hope this one helps. Let me know how I did!

  39. Miss Dory on November 18, 2023 at 11:18 pm

    As a British women🇬🇧 & I’m ashamed for her 😮‍💨 i guess her lawyer did think of a good ‘story’, nipples covers my arse 🤭. Disgrace. She should be banned. Accountability dodging at its finest right here 😮‍💨🫨

  40. Cindi Eagle on November 18, 2023 at 11:18 pm

    I respect your wisdom and wanted to check my knowledge; i grew up in my dad’s glass shop at 7-10. Happy to know handling a tape is second nature to me and has enriched my life by allowing me to take on challenges with minimal errors. Im 61 now but grew as a single parent in confidence of my capabilities because my kids called me “MomGyver”. Thank you for your videos they are helpful to me as I need to stay teachable.

  41. Clem Padin on November 18, 2023 at 11:19 pm

    This was great! I’m 66 and have used tape measure all my life (but for little things). I never knew about these tips. I’m still unclear about the movement of the hook at the end. If I’m measuring something to cut, say it’s 12 inches. I hook the tape measure on one end, pull it to the 12 inch mark and i’m ready to mark. But since there’s now an additional 1/16, do I mark at 11 & 15/16?

  42. scott pete on November 18, 2023 at 11:21 pm

    still watching ..newcomers need to know proper way to mark

  43. Grumpasav on November 18, 2023 at 11:21 pm

    I was taught both imperial and metric in 1970s UK. Both have their merits. Metric is far easier for multiplication and division but there’s a lot of merit in the imperial method for halving fractions by just doubling the denominator (bottom number) e.g. half of 1/2 is just 1/4 etc. I also, with my older eyes, find it easier to read the portion of the tape which is in eighths or even sixteenths rather than trying to read millimetres or half millimetres.
    A tip that you missed out, probably someone else has mentioned it in the comments, is that most tapes have a value stamped in the side of the body which is the amount to add to your measurement when measuring between two inside corners.

  44. JWOSTROWE on November 18, 2023 at 11:21 pm

    Your videos are incredibly helpful. Well done Sir.

  45. BigBoyzBounce on November 18, 2023 at 11:23 pm

    Thank you very much for teaching/showing us this. It may seem silly to some but someone like me went to work with my dad as a kid and he was constantly yelling/judging all the things I’m doing wrong to the point where he would embarrass me and didn’t want to teach me. He’s the type of person who shows you how he does it once and magically expects you to already know these tips and tricks of the trade. For me I always hated going to work with him but enjoyed the outcome of the finished product and so did the people. I always wished I had someone around to always teach me and allow me to make some minor mistakes but now I got YouTube to learn all the things I know now by OTHER PROFESSIONALS and DIY enthusiasts. He thinks it’s a joke, even got my mom siding with him, but thanks to people like you sir, it really makes people like me just want to keep learning and try it on my own. I even applied to become an HVAC Apprentice hoping to learn a new skill and build a career out of it. Which is why I’m here, I wanted to be confident when it comes down to it. I recommend anyone out there learning to do the same and just go for it. Don’t let anyone or anything hold you back! Amen and God Bless 🙏

  46. William Edmondson on November 18, 2023 at 11:24 pm

    Measure twice, cut once.

  47. BShadow on November 18, 2023 at 11:25 pm

    is this video for beginners or fukkenretards? Jesus…

  48. Brian Cowley on November 18, 2023 at 11:26 pm

    In Australia (and I think in Canada) a 4" x 2" stud is actually 90mm x 45mm so use either a metric or Imperial tape measure for whatever you are measuring. If studs are 16" apart use the Imperial measure, if they are 450mm use the metric measure. I grew up with the Imperial measurement system and now use metric 98% of the time. If I’m installing 4 brackets for vertical blinds it is easer to divide the width between the end brackets of 2635 mm by 3 for 2 extra hangers than 103" 47/64ths. The only time I use Imperial is to halve a measurement so to halve a width of say 17 1/4" I’ll get the zero and 18" looking the same each side and mark off the 9". And there’s never a need to use a bent tape to measure an inside corner dimension: put the end of the tape in the corner or if it’s fully enclosed add the width of the casing. Or even better use a METRIC laser measure. Multiples of 12 work well for time and the compass and repeat dimensions but not to calculate dimensions.

  49. ed reeves on November 18, 2023 at 11:26 pm

    It’s a measuring tape. Not a tape measure.

  50. pixage on November 18, 2023 at 11:29 pm

    Just best like the rest of the world & use metric 😂

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