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How To Read A Tape Measure With Confidence

Since we don't live in a shape-shifting existence, everything has a specific length, width and height. Measurements are taken to make a fitting suit or design a building. Hence, it is imperative to know how to read a tape measure correctly as no one wants to wear a lopsided piece of clothing. Leaning towers and hazardous construction sites are also not good for business. Various types of tape measures are available in the market for the consumer to choose, whether it be a dressmaker's soft tape or a heavy-duty retractable version commonly used by contractors. Before delving into the basics on how to read a tape measure, there are 2 units in use depending on what region of the world you're at. The imperial system goes by feet and inches, whereas the metric system uses meters and centimeters. Some tape measures may include both units on opposite sides of the tape. Every tape measure bears distinctive tape measure marks which are lines of various lengths. The longest lines are the main marks with a number...


Is Your Weighing Scale Protected Against Water and Dust?

Weighing scales are increasingly used in harsh working environments. If you're working in industry, or your weighing scale is portable, the likelihood is that your weighing application will require the scale to be protected against the ingress of dust and water.Water and dust ingression can cause serious damage to sensitive electronic components within your weighing scale. These components are particularly sensitive to rapid changes in temperature and exposure to excessive temperatures over long periods of time, both of which can be a direct consequence of your scale's exposure to water and dust. For example, non-permitted condensation (condensation of air humidity on the scale) may occur if your scale is taken to a considerably warmer environment, and the build-up of dust may cause internal components in the scale to overheat or corrode over time.So, whether your scale is susceptible to liquid splashing in the catering industry, or solid particle ingression in a busy warehouse, it's important to ensure that ...


Woodworking Measuring Tools: The Basics

Depending on what you're making, there are any number of tools you might require for a woodworking project. Some tools are suitable for general purpose use, and others are quite specialized in nature. Woodworking tools are generally categorized into cutting and shaping, assembly and finishing. The simplest of these are woodworking measuring tools, yet they are also entirely essential. Basically, they show you where to cut the wood so your finished dimensions will be accurate.Rulers are one of the tools used in woodworking for the purpose of measuring. The common types of rulers are the wooden folding, the metal tape measure, and the wooden zigzag ruler. Tape measures are most useful in the process of measuring long pieces of wood. When purchasing a ruler, look for a durable, well made product with standard markings. It also requires a locking mechanism to keep it in place. Take care of the ruler and wipe it after every use. This is especially important if it's made of metal, which is susceptible to rusting.Sq...


Things Not To Do With A Bandsaw

Bandsaws are infamously handy tools to have in the woodworking shop or the factory. Some people even have one in their sheds if they really feel the need to show off. There is a certain section of the male society that feel such an affinity with this tool that they will use it at every opportunity, appropriate or not. But this is not to be recommended. National statistics show an unhealthy list of bandsaw accidents that have occurred through mis-use and the following are a general guideline of notes to try and avoid accidents.Do NOT attempt to use your bandsaw to dissect snacks. You may be in the middle of some intricate sawing on your latest woodwork project and it may look like fun but cutting a Swiss roll with this implement is highly irresponsible and dangerous. Eighteen people every year (unofficial figures) are injured every year by band saw accidents that have occurred whilst cutting up food. This is because the food feeds through so easily that the operator slips and finger amputations have occurred.O...


How Do You Measure a Chainsaw Blade and Chain?

At some point, you will likely feel it is necessary to replace the chain from your well-used chainsaw and it will be important that you know both the length of your chainsaw blade as well as the length and type of chain you will need. Looking at charts can get confusing but it really isn't that hard once you know what to look for in determining the length of both the chainsaw blade and chain.When you're ready to replace your chain, the first thing to do is determine the size of your chainsaw bar. If you happen to have an Oregon chainsaw, this should be easy. Just check the first two numbers of the ten-digit model number that is stamped on the motor end of the blade. That's your chainsaw bar length.Don't have an Oregon chainsaw that easily shows you the length of the blade? Then here are some tips for figuring it out yourself.What's The Best Way To Measure A Chain Saw Blade?To measure the chainsaw blade itself is simple enough to do. Just put your measuring tape at the end of the bar up against the casi...


If You're a Woodworker, You Need a Woodworking Jig

Woodworking is a good pastime. When you get started, however, you might find out that you're having some difficulties with precision. It is not that easy to produce a perfect rectangle or square while keeping track of all your measurements.The good news is, there is a solution to the problem. It is a device called a woodworking jig. With a jig, your task is much less difficult because it can do so many things. It will allow you to duplicate the same dimensions and measurements in each one of your projects.With a jig you can embark on more complex projects that make use of slender wood. With the right jig, you can plane the wood by yourself. Jigs can also be utilized to turn a belt sander upside down and use it for jobs that you never thought possible.They are a necessary part of every woodworking shop. Jigs are ideal for the repetitive tasks that are demanded by certain projects. So you can get through complex projects faster and manage them more easily.You can either make your own jigs or purchase them pre-m...


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