National Tape Measure Day 2020 - Important Date, History, Facts, features, Quotes & How to celebrate the National Tape Measure Day

National Tape Measure Day 2020. National Tape Measure Day is observed on 14 July 2020 to commemorate the day when the patent granted to a spring-loaded tape measure and recognize the importance of tape measures. Get more information about the history of National Tape Measure Day, features, facts, quotes, and how to celebrate the National Tape Measure Day 2020 from this article.

Sheena | Updated Jul 13, 2020 18:14 PM

National Tape Measure Day 2020 - Important Date, History, Facts, features, Quotes & How to celebrate the National Tape Measure Day

National Tape Measure Day 2020

National Tape Measure Day is celebrated on July 14 of every year across the country. National Tape Measure Day 2020 is observed to honor one of the handy tools and its various uses in day-to-day lives. On this National Tape Measure Day, let's celebrate the significance of measuring tapes and learn a lot more about the measuring tape features.

Tape-measures are essential tools. When measuring scale or distance, a tape measure is a versatile ruler. The tape measure comes in a wide range of sizes, colors, and materials. Tape measurements are made from a range of materials, including glass fiber, plastic, and fabric. Measurements in tape come in both Imperial and Metric units, providing unit breakdowns for more accuracy. Surveyors use tape measurements greater than 100 m in length.

What is the history of National Tape Measure Day?

The first documented use of the tape measure goes back to the Romans using numbered leather strips. In 1868, Alvin J. Fellows of New Haven, Connecticut was awarded a patent for a spring-click tape measure. Fellows were granted a patent on July 14, 1868, for ‘Improvements in Tape Measures’ which created a whole new age for measuring.

The invention was created around 1829 by James Chesterman in Sheffield, England. Chesterman was interested in making "flat string" for crinoline hoop skirts that had been in fashion at the time. He developed a heat-treated process, which reinforced the flat wire. As the fashion pattern faded, a surplus of metal tape was left to him. 

Chesterman then wanted to place graduated marks on very long steel sheets, so he could sell them to surveyors and hoping they would appeal to the lightweight, more precise and simpler nature of his product to coil & uncoil. Chesterman sold his tapes for $17 in the US, which is around $300 in today's money. Chesterman's large, bulky design didn't fit in a pocket or handy. The key contribution of Alvin J. Fellows is the process by which the spring clip is attached, which locks the tape and does not retract before one releases it.

What are the features of  Measuring Tapes?

A tape measure is a portable measuring tool used to determine an object's size or distance between objects. 12 feet, 25 feet, or 100 feet in length are the most common tape measurements. Consumers can find a 12-foot tape measure most handy. The 25-foot length is known as a builder’s tape and is measured in feet. Some of the measuring tape features are listed below:

  • The concave shape helps when extended, to hold the blade rigid. This curve allows the blade to ‘stand out’ during measurement and helps you read the measurement

  • Many tape measures add red numbers per 16-inch, which is a very normal spacing in house framing for studs. This spacing makes six supports in lengths of 8 feet each

  • Most tape measurements include an extra black diamond mark every 19.2 inches that is used for floor trusses and a special mark every 16 inches which is the normal interval for housing studs

  • Tape Measure Nail Grab works on almost every measuring tape, you can find a little slot on the end handle. It's there to take a nail or screw on to the edge

  • The tape measure finish is designed to hook in any direction on anything. The hook shape gives to hook to various services and angles

How to observe the National Tape Measure Day?

On this National Tape Measure Day, if one doesn’t have a measuring tape, buy one. Always keep the measuring tape in the toolbox, back bag, and in drawers. Tape finds its own way from tailoring to carpentry or measuring the distance while playing any fun games like watermelon seed spitting etc. Enjoy this day by knowing the hidden features of tapes and its proper way to measure. Use #NationalTapeMeasureDay on social media and share the celebration of Tape Measure Day.

Tape Measure - Facts

The world's longest measuring tape is gold plated, made in 1956 by Justus Roe, and it measures 180 metres
Tape measurements are mostly double-sided, with metric measurements on one side and imperial measurements on the other
Usually, retractable tape measurements have a stop mechanism to stretch and keep them in place, and then unlock them with a button press
The calculation of steel tape was unpopular until the 1940s. Compared to this, the folding wooden ruler of the carpenter was the most commonly used measurement tool in the United States
Justus Roe & Sons began manufacturing of steel tape measurements in the United States in 1876

Tape Measure - Quotes

“To measure a leader, put tape around his heart, not his head.” - John C. Maxwell

“I was going to thrash them within an inch of their lives, but I didn't have a tape measure.”  - Groucho Marx

“You can't measure manhood with a tape line around his biceps.” - Billy Sunday

“You can tell all that about me from your measuring tape?' Well, I use the metric system, It's the only way to get really exact numbers.” - Catherynne M Valente

“There isn't a ruler, a yardstick or a measuring tape in the entire world long enough to compute the strength and capabilities inside you.” - Paul J. Meyer
“People think the free market is a philosophy, they think that it is a creed. It is none of those things. Free market is a bathroom scale, it is a measuring tape, it's simply a measurement.” - P. J. O'Rourke

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National Tape Measure Day - FAQ

1. What do the lines in between inches mean?

Each inch is divided into 16 lines, which means that the distance between each line is 1/16 inch long and that is the smallest length that a ruler can measure.

2. Who uses a tape measure?

A tape meter takes up much less space than a yardstick. Each homeowner or renter should have at least one tape measure in his toolbox. It is a cost-effective and useful tool that has many uses in the building, maintenance, and repair of a home.

3. What are the red marks on a tape ruler?

The red shows a spacing of 16 inches on centre. It is a standard framing arrangement for floor joists, wall studs, and standard roof rafters.

4. Why are tape measures yellow?

Tape measurements also have black and red measurements on a yellow background because this is the perfect mix of colors for readability.