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Frequently Asked Questions
What are the common types of measuring tools?
- Tape measure - is made of a flexible metallic strip with marked units for measuring distances
- Protractor - usually has a half-circular shape with marked degrees for measuring angles
- Caliper - has adjustable jaws or legs for measuring the dimensions of an object
- Angle locator or finder - can quickly read angles, perfect for interior outfitting and measuring bay windows
- Laser measure - produces a laser beam to measure distances instantly and accurately
What tools can make measuring long distances easy?
What are the American Public Works Association (APWA) colors for utility marking?
- Red - for energized lines, electric power conduits, and lighting cables
- Orange - for communication lines and cables
- Yellow - for lines containing gaseous materials, such as oil, steam, and petroleum
- Blue - for potable water
- Green - for sewage and drain lines
- Purple - for slurries and irrigation lines
- Pink - for unidentified facilities and temporary survey markings
- White - for proposed excavation sites
What is the best way to remove marking paint from the ground?
How close can you dig to marked utilities?
The Basic Measuring Devices
This video provides an overview of some of the most common measuring tools used in carpentry, framing, and short-distance measurements. These include tape measures, rulers, calipers, and laser measures. If you are looking for measurers for long distances or elevations, check out our other measuring devices in the surveying equipment collection.
Measuring & Marking tools
Accuracy is one of the most important elements in any construction and surveying project, and this can be attained with the use of measuring and marking tools.
The most commonly used measuring tools include frame tapes, tape measures, and measuring sticks, all of which feature graduations. To reduce costly errors in transcribing, electronic measuring tools, along with their memory modules, can be connected to computers. Calipers, measuring jaws, and measuring poles can retract and extend to measure external and internal dimensions. Measuring wheels and surveyor’s ropes are ideal for quick estimates of distances, while angle finders can provide precise angles.
On the other hand, marking tools are used to mark measurements, reference points, and warnings, among others, in different areas. Marking wands, stencils, and paint can help people create signs on pavement and parking lots. Underground marking tapes, flagging tapes, and flags have color codes that represent buried pipelines. To mark measurement and elevation points, chaining pins and marking whiskers can be anchored into the ground. Pennant flags, traffic cones, and barricades can surround an area to restrict access to unauthorized people.
Aside from these, there are a lot more measuring and marking tools offered on Engineer Warehouse.