Ikea Tape Measure

by thistof Jul 16, 2016
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One possible development would be to upgrade the tab. A commercial tapemeasure actually allows it to slide along the tape, just by its own thickness, nothing more, to allow for that when you're measuring under tension or compression. It might be a littlr deeper, too, to provide more of a catch to hold against whatever you're measuring - perhaps just a couple of lugs, to allow for a curve.

I'm not sure I follow what you're saying. Why not make your own remix!

Once I've done it, perhaps - but that could take a while, I've a lot of other things to do first. In the mean time, my pearl of knowledge, freely shared is:
There's a reason the end tab on a flexible steel tape slides just a tad, and it's not poor manufacture - it's the opposite, it slides by exactly its own thickness, so if you're mesuring a distance butted up to something, it measures with the tab slid in, whereas if you're measuring from the far edge of something, with the tab hooked over it, then you still want the tab out of the way, but this time in the opposite direction, slid out. So it slides. Yours could too.
I'm full of very specific facts like that, sorry. They can be useful, which is why I keep them, because I therefore know how to use a rule properly.

Oh wow, I never even noticed the tab on tape measures slides! I just checked my steel tape measure and it does slide to compensate for the thickness of the tab. Good to know!

I was once a staffer keeping up with (actually, a few miles ahead of) Admirals and Generals and their ilk. One of my adolescent protégés is now an RAF Air Marshall of some sort, which is a fly-boy's version of the same. I therefore class it under "square on the hypotenuse" knowledge WS Gilbert refers to.
On which subject, did you ever hear about Little Sitting Man? He had three wives, and he told them apart because when he married the first one, his wedding present to her was a moose skin. The present he gave the second one was a finely tanned caribou skin, the third, an even more precious gift, a hippopotamus skin. Thus it was that nine months later, the first wife (the one with the moose skin) gave birth to a little boy, and the second one (yes, that's right, the one with the caribou skin) produced a little girl, whereas the third wife had twins, a little boy and a little girl.
And that just goes to prove that the squaw on the hippopotamus is equal to the sum of the squaws on the other two hides.

I think you lost me again =)
Reminds me a little of this scene:

Thanks! Not sure how useful it is, but a fun project!