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Old 06-10-2010, 06:42 AM  
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If you figure out the brand of the one with batteries I would like to know. I had one that had a light in it. Used a watch battery. It was cheep, and broke quickly.
I think it's Black and Decker. I'll look at it tonight and report back. Batteries don't last long.
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Yup, Black and Decker. I tried using it again the other day, dropped it twice, the batteries went flying (four AAA's). It's just too fat, bulky, heavy and clumsy to be anything but a PITA to try and use. Cute but no joy.


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Old 06-10-2010, 10:55 AM  
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FAT!!!! I go for a fat, wide, tape. 3/4" minimum, maybe 1". 25' seems most useful for me. I like the Stanly as well as Lufkin, Kobalt is fine too.

One trick - If you are working with more than one tape or have a helper with their own tape, make sure they are 'calibrated' to each other. The ends can get worn differently or bent a little. Just make sure they both read the same. You dont want to measure 31 1/4" and your helper hands you 31 1/8"
Good tip! I never thought of that.


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Old 07-16-2010, 03:35 PM  
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Stanley 25'

They seem to last me longer than the others. I like the idea of the 35' Fat Max, but nowadays if I'm measuring anything over 12' I'd just as soon grab the laser measure.

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Old 07-17-2010, 04:14 PM  
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after years of using the ''fattest'' tape i could find,i find myself using a smaller width one [1/2''] and its lightweight and easy handling I'm starting to appreciate

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Old 09-23-2010, 01:50 PM  
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I have one of those combination units with a light, notepad and tape measure in one. It is pretty durable as I have dropped it several times. Not quite sure what brand it is, but I'll check and post it up! Love it cause of the light and working late.

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Hey guys, I’m Blake from the home depot in California my answer here is going to sound like an echo of a lot of the others in this thread.

In my toolbox is a STANLEY FatMax 25’ blade armor. For you guys that are asking about wide, long-standout tapes this is the one! 1.25” wide, 11 foot standout.

FATMAX 25 ft. Tape Measure - 33-725C at The Home Depot

I’m a Home Depot Store Associate, trained and authorized to help people on the Internet

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I prefer the Stanley Lever Lock that I have, but I am surprised I haven't seen this tape :


My dad has had that one for a few year now and he abusing tapes. That one is the most solid feeling tape I have ever worked with, and it is decently priced... something like $8. The button really makes it easy to work with since it locks as you pull it out. His is an easy read 16' though.

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I also keep my Tape measures with myself while doing any work, I have used different types of tape measures but currently which i am using is "Stanley 34-130 100-Foot FatMax Long Tape Rule"
here is a pic of it

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If anyone knows of a tape measure that won't disappear when the Better Half gets ahold of it, I'd sure like to know where I can get one.



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