Are those little lines making you go cross-eyed? Learn how to read a tape measure correctly so you can complete your project with confidence!

The tape is the rigid metal strip you pull out.

The lock is the mechanism that stops the tape from retracting.

The belt clip attaches the tape measure to a belt or apron.

The tab hook is the metal end to hook over a piece being measured.

The main marks on the tape measure are called lines.

The black diamonds are used for framing a building.

Remember to always keep the tape straight.

Mark your measurement with a "V" to find the precise site.

If your tape measure is old "burn and inch" by starting at the 1 inch mark.

Use a nail to measure from a certain point.

Take interior measurements a few different ways.

Get all the tips and tricks to measure like a pro right here!