# How to read a measuring tape in inches

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The standard system of linear measurement in the United States uses inches, as opposed to the metric system, which uses centimetres. Twelve inches make up a foot and on a ruler or a tape measure, inches themselves are divided up as well. Inches are divided into halves, eighths and sixteenths. This may seem daunting but reading a measuring tape in inches is a relatively simple procedure and, after doing it a few times, will become second nature.

Skill level:
Easy

### Things you need

• Measuring tape

## Instructions

1. 1

Extend the measuring tape and slide the switch on it to lock it in place.

2. 2

Read only the top half of the tape. The bottom half measures centimetres, while the top half measures inches.

3. 3

Look at the numbers. Each one represents an inch. Every 12 inches is a foot. These are usually marked in a different colour or designated differently. For example, it may say &amp;ldquo;1F&amp;rdquo; at the one-foot mark.

4. 4

Observe the small lines between the numbers. The smallest indicates 1/16 of an inch, the second smallest indicates 1/8 of an inch, then third-smallest indicates 1/4 of an inch and the biggest indicates half-an-inch.

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