## Introduction: How to Read a Tape Measure

Learning how to read a tape measure is an important skill to learn, whether you're doing home projects, teaching your kids or students, or looking to get into the skilled trades in some capacity. We here at Construct-Ed (online learning for construction and trade skills) wanted to share this infographic we made as a fun, visual way to learn how to read a tape measure. (Use this infographic for your own website!)

Oh, and if you don't like reading, or don't want to learn from this cute owl...skip to the bottom where we put a video. But seriously, what fun would that be?

## Step 1: Learn What the Tape Measure Markings Mean

Here's the main markings we'll be looking at: (notice that if you're writing the measurement of inches or feet in number form, you put ' for feet, and " for inches.

• The foot (e.g. 1', 10')
• One inch (1")
• Half inch (1/2")
• Quarter inch (1/4")
• Eighth inch (1/8")
• Sixteenth inch (1/16")

There are definitely more exact measurements that get even more precise - 1/32" and so on, but for this into tutorial we'll stick with these basic ones. Got these measurements down? Great! Let's move on to...

## Step 2: Learn How Many "markings" Are in an Inch

This little guide is for the non-skilled-at-math out there, so if you're not good with fractions and all the lines on the tape measure just seem jumbled to you...don't worry, this little trick will help you out. Here's the thing- if you don't know how many markings of each kind of measurement are in an inch, you can't really read the measurement accurately right?

The above guide shows you that you can look at the second number in the marking (example: 1/8" or "one-eighth of an inch) where the "8" is the second number (1/8). That means that once you've learned Step 1, and know what the 1/8" marking looks like, you know that there are eight 1/8" marks in that inch.

Take a look at the image above for help, and then let's move on to the reading step and give it a try.