DIY Basics: Essential Guide To Measuring And Marking Tools
For most builds, from a bookcase to a pergola, quality tools are crucial for working out lengths and angles.
Even a small miscalculation can make a major difference in the finished job and result in a waste of time and materials.
Retractable measuring tape (above)
For detailed measuring in the workshop, and basic building and construction work, use a standard 5 or 8m tape measure.
The case stores a springloaded metal blade with a hook on the end, so measuring is a one-person job.
Some tapes feature a magnetised hook, and a finger brake for safety.