Handy Measuring Tricks DIYers Should Know

When it comes to DIY projects around the home, you will find that often accuracy is essential to success. Guesswork will not cut it when it comes to DIY, which is why people need to know how to measure correctly and to the closest mm. Fortunately, there are a few tips and tricks that you can use that will help to improve your meaning accuracy and the success of your projects around the home.

Use a Tape Measure Correctly

First, you will want to make sure that you are using your tape measure correctly. This will mean having a high-quality tape measure that has both metric and imperial and the length of the base written on the casing. Additionally, you should know that the hook moves for a reason and this is to accommodate for its thickness, which means that you can still get accurate readings when measuring a flat surface.

Use Pencil Lead to Mark Kerf

Using pencil lead to mark kerf is smart and can help to increase accuracy. Kerf is the thickness of the saw blade that you will use and you need to know this width to make accurate cuts. For greater accuracy, you can trim your pencil to the width of your saw blade so that you do not come up short.

Use a Green Laser Level

For complete accuracy, you can use a green laser level that will give you precise measurements from the device to the object to the end of where you want to measure. These are devices that are used extensively by professionals because they can provide pinpoint accuracy and they can make measuring work much quicker and easier.

Use Metric

It is handy if your tape measure has both metric and imperial, but for accuracy, it is best to stick with metric. The metric system is more logical and cleanly divisible by 10’s, which can make calculations much easier and more accurate than using imperial. 

Mark Thinner Lines

Using a pencil to mark spots is smart, but it is not always completely accurate particularly if you are using a pencil with a thick lead. This is why you should only ever use thin pencil lead or use a cut with a thin blade if appropriate. Another way to increase accuracy with your marks is to put a “V” instead of a single line with the point allowing you to be more precise with your measurement.

Use a Calliper

A calliper is another handy measuring tool that can provide the dimensions of a small object with accuracy – there are digital versions available of these that can provide accurate readings.

Use a Stop Block

A stop block can be used to establish an accurate position for a workpiece so that you can create accurate cuts and for multiple pieces if required.

These tips and tricks should help you to improve your measuring and find greater success with your DIY projects.

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