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DIY Basics: Essential Guide To Measuring And Marking Tools

Use these setout essentials for your DIY projects to get precise and professional results

DIY Basics: Essential Guide To Measuring And Marking Tools

Accurate measuring and marking is a cornerstone of successful DIY, so you ‘measure twice and cut once’.

‘I’m never without a good tape measure and my combination square,’ says Handyman contributor Gun Arvidssen.

'Knowing the best way to use the right tools makes setting out easier, faster and more accurate.

'In addition to the all-rounders like spirit levels and chalklines that get a lot of action, there are also more specialised tools.

‘Nothing beats a project where all the pieces fit together exactly the way they should,’ says Gun.

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Setout tools are designed to suit the scale and shape of the items they are used to measure or mark.

Measuring tools are used to determine the dimensions of objects and to help show where one should be relative to another.

Certain types, like measuring tapes, use a simple graduated scale, while other tools, such as calipers, rely on direct contact.

Marking tools can also have a measuring component, but their chief purpose is to allow you to set out measurements for cutting, drilling, levelling and fastening.

Some feature a point or blade that directly scribes or punches whatever is being marked, while others, such as a compass, act as a physical guide for a pencil.

 
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