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Old 05-14-2010, 06:24 PM  
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I have used Stanley tapes for years. The only disappointing thing is that they don't have a warranty.


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I have several different brands, can't remember the names of them. One of them was a gift, takes 4 triple a batteries and winds out/in by pushing a button.

Doesn't really matter, the Wife says I never could read one anyhow. I measure something, put the number in my head, take four steps put the measurement on the project and make the cut. Then I get the lecture on the measure twice cut once thing.
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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.
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Old 05-21-2010, 08:07 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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My flash light lasted a little while but over all the tape measure was terrible.
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Altough this is not intended as a commercial endorsement.

I use and own a number of Stanley tapes.

My bright green tape is easy to find on a job.
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Does brand really matters on tape measures?
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Brand matters on most everything. Establishing your self as reputable is tough so when you manage to do it with a brand I say stick with em.
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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"


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