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Using Hammers for Rough Measurements

Forget the tape measure! A hammer will do the trick

Handy Hammer
Illustration by Narda Lebo

You don't need a tape measure to take rough measurements—use your hammer instead. Measure exactly 1/2 inch from the head of the hammer and mark the handle with a piece of colored electrical tape. Place another piece of tape 6 or 8 inches from the head. If you have a long-handled framing hammer, you'll be able to add a tape stripe at 16 inches.

This timesaving tip is especially effective when doing repetitive nailing, such as driving evenly spaced nails along the edge of a plywood sheet.

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Handy Hammer

 

Handy Hammer

Handy Hammer
Illustration by Narda Lebo

Handy Hammer

 
 

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