Fastcap makes some really nice tapes for every situation. I've really come to depend on the factional markings and the reusable note pad right on the face. I can't tell you how many counting errors I made before switching to these tapes. Was that 5 or 3/16ths... Or maybe 32nds. I also just bought a fatty Dewalt tape for my wife that I am coveting, long standout with fractions. I haven't found tape nirvana yet.... Fractions, note pad, long standout, magneto compatible, and small size for fitting into my apron pocket.
You can never have too many tape measures. Plus there are so many different variations.
My favorite tape is a small 6' cabinet makers tape from Lee Valley. It lives in my apron pocket and gets used almost all of the time. Everyone needs one of these.
Dewalt is my favorite because it has the fractions labeled down to 1/8". I agree, use only one tape measure from project start to finish.
I look at tape measures much like routers...you need one more than you currently own.
I have 22 out there because I lay them down and can never find the one I just had! My Nephew and I had a trim business a while back installing wood trim, doors, paneling, etc. and noticed that tapes are definitely different. While I would measure a pice of molding and he would cut it--it always seemed to need tweaking. We stretched them out side-by-side and found a 3/8 difference in 10 feet. They were the same brand purchased from the same box in the store!
We went back to the store and went through two boxes until we found two that passed the side=by-side test.
Keep up the good work. We always love to share and learn!
I didn't know so I went out and counted them. I have 16 in the shop, one in the house and I always carry one in my pocket. (a small one).
Is this imperial, metric or both? lol