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Fiberglass Tape Measures

Fiberglass tape can be used for easy and accurate measuring while also standing up to wear and tear at the job site. Not to mention, the added safety from electrical hazards. You can find a fiberglass tape measure in a variety of different units (such as metric, feet and inches, as well as feet and tenths). Some are even double-sided, so you can have more measuring options. If you need to find a fiberglass measuring tape you can use on your next project, be sure to look at what we have at Engineer Supply.

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FIBERGLASS VS. STEEL MEASURING TAPES


Measuring tape is used in almost every phase of a project, and the big question is whether you should use fiberglass or steel. Like everything else, the simple answer is “it depends.” Both have their pros and cons, depending on how you use them. Steel has been around for almost 200 years, and it was patented by an English steelmaker who produced wires for hoop skirts. When they went out of fashion, the demand for this product tanked. So, he put graduated marks on long steel flat tapes and started marketing them to surveyors. These measuring tapes are still being used today, and they’re the most common type. Metal is more durable than fiberglass, and they don’t stretch in length. However, their accuracy can be affected by extreme heat. Fiberglass measuring tapes are more economical, but they’re more susceptible to wear and tear.


KESON NR SERIES STEEL LONG TAPE MEASURE


The Keson NR Series Steel Long Tape Measure has been a best seller since 1958 because the blades don’t stretch, which can give you the most in accuracy. It also has unparalleled toughness, because the multi-layer coating doesn’t crack off or peel away. It’s extremely resistant to kinks and breaks, so it’s uncommonly tough (all while also being lighter and stronger). The double screws hold the housing together, the metal-reinforced crank handle is extremely durable, and the rubber chip handle is comfortable to use. You can find models in 100 feet, 165 feet, and 200 feet. You can find one in standard feet and inches or feet and tenths, but you can also find one in metric measurements.


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DURABLE FIBERGLASS TAPE FOR SIMPLE AND ACCURATE MEASURING

A fiberglass tape measure can not only give you a simple and accurate way to measure distance but can also reduce your risk of electrical shock, which is why it’s the perfect measuring tool for electricians and HVAC technicians. You can find fiberglass tape in a number of measuring units — from metric to feet and inches. Some of them are even double-sided. If you need an open-reel fiberglass measuring tape, you can find that as well. And at Engineer Supply, we have a broad selection from some of the best manufacturers on the market. Feel free to look at what we have in stock, so you can find a product that’s right for you!


A VARIETY OF MODELS IN A NUMBER OF MEASUREMENT UNITS

Whether you need to measure in feet and inches or in metric units, you can find a fiberglass measuring tape at Engineer Supply. We have a variety of fiberglass tape measures from some of the most trusted manufacturers in the industry, and we can offer them to you at a price you can afford. We know that contractors, construction workers, and engineers need access to the right tools. That’s why we’re committed to providing the best to our customers. If you’re looking for a fiberglass tape measure that you can use on your next project, be sure to browse through our inventory. We’re confident you’ll be able to find a tool that will meet your specific needs.


Frequently Asked Questions

How accurate is a fiberglass tape measure?

Whether you use a fiberglass or steel tape measure, you should first think about the type of work you’ll be doing. If you need something more durable, steel will be the better option. But if you only plan to use it occasionally or will be using it wet environments, fiberglass will be the more economical. It's also more resistant to rust and other types of damage, and you should always use a fiberglass tape measure if you plan to use it around electrical hazards.

Do fiberglass tape measures stretch?

While fiberglass tape measures are more economical, they can stretch over time. It’s a common issue for any kind of fiberglass measuring tape, which is why steel will always be the most durable choice. But steel can be bent or distorted by extreme heat, which can affect its accuracy.

Why am I getting the wrong measurement with my tape measure?

If you’re wondering how to get an accurate measurement while dealing with the tape measure’s clunky body and flimsy ruler, there is a way to beat this problem. The first inch is 1/16 of an inch short to account for the thickness of the metal hook. If you’re measuring something on an edge, pull the tape measure taut so you can get an accurate one-inch measurement.

What is the eight-foot rule on a tape measure?

A lot of tape measures have red numbers (or some other graphic) that are placed every 16 inches, which is a standard spacing for studs used in house framing. It allows for the placement of six supports that are spaced eight feet apart, which makes it easier to install sheets of plywood that are eight feet long without having to cut them.

Why is the tip of a tape measure loose?

The metal tip at the end of a tape measure is loose for a good reason. The first inch is short by 1/16 of an inch, but it isn’t an error. It's meant to give you an accurate reading whether you’re measuring the inside or outside edge of a particular surface, and it’s referred to as “true zero.”

If you want to find a fiberglass tape measure that you can use on the job site, be sure to look at the broad selection we have at Engineer Supply.

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