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    I asked after some 2nd hand doors that were listed for sale, you know basic stuff like dimensions. For some reason on line sellers don't think you need to know that sort of stuff; but I digress.

    Person came back with sizes.
    While I was thinking to myself they don't look that big person comes back with - wrong measurements given. Corrects themselves and blames tape measured used 1st time.

    Then sends me a pic of the tape measure used.
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    ....seriously, that's friggin hilarious.
    Had to look hard for a few seconds thinking, "OK, so the tape measure may have had a bit of use", then it struck me.
    Puts a new meaning to extending the life of your equipment!!!
    Nice Friday arvo chuckle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bart1080 View Post
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    Nice Friday arvo chuckle.
    Maybe we need a Friday afternoon chuckle thread in the At the end of day forum?
    We had one on a Friday evening here in my local FB group. It all went wrong however as the neighbourhood has a lot of PC types and they didn't get the joke most of the time and went off on some rant.

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    As long as you know you need to add approximately 305mm if measuring more than 55mm, all good

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    It looks like a standard RSJ measuring tape as used by apartment developers in NSW
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    Quote Originally Posted by John2b View Post
    It looks like a standard RSJ measuring tape as used by apartment developers in NSW
    Come on now, that tape is far more accurate that the ones they use
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    My dad had a spirit level when I was young. I know now that it was poorly calibrated but I thought at the time this was how spirit levels were used. He would take one measurements, make a pencil mark, then end-to-end the level and make another mark. By averaging the marks the level was found. Seemed to me that this was how one used a spirit level.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gpkennedy View Post
    My dad had a spirit level when I was young. I know now that it was poorly calibrated but I thought at the time this was how spirit levels were used. He would take one measurements, make a pencil mark, then end-to-end the level and make another mark. By averaging the marks the level was found. Seemed to me that this was how one used a spirit level.
    That's the best way to use even a good level if you need perfect accuracy. Engineering levels (where 'perfection' is expected) have a built in adjuster for getting the bubble perfectly calibrated - you measure in both directions and adjust until both read exactly the same. Not sure why you can't seem to buy a good quality carpenter's level with the ability to recalibrate it like that - maybe they exist, but I haven't seen one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MorganGT View Post
    That's the best way to use even a good level if you need perfect accuracy. Engineering levels (where 'perfection' is expected) have a built in adjuster for getting the bubble perfectly calibrated - you measure in both directions and adjust until both read exactly the same. Not sure why you can't seem to buy a good quality carpenter's level with the ability to recalibrate it like that - maybe they exist, but I haven't seen one.
    Quite some time back I asked about this. My old one (FHP!) has adjustable vials and refuse to upgrade it simply because all I find are the non-adjustable types.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MorganGT View Post
    That's the best way to use even a good level if you need perfect accuracy. Engineering levels (where 'perfection' is expected) have a built in adjuster for getting the bubble perfectly calibrated - you measure in both directions and adjust until both read exactly the same. Not sure why you can't seem to buy a good quality carpenter's level with the ability to recalibrate it like that - maybe they exist, but I haven't seen one.
    I mostly use digital levels and laser level now, traditional levels are still good, but a digital one is better, quicker to get perfect and more accurate, plus recalibrate able if required.
    Mieux vaut prévenir que guérir

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    Fitted out a 10m boat hull, you could forget the level and square.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bros View Post
    Fitted out a 10m boat hull, you could forget the level and square.
    Yeah, but, did it list afterwards?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ForeverYoung View Post
    Yeah, but, did it list afterwards?
    Nope

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