Why is the hook on the end of a tape measure so loose? #shorts

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So what’s the deal with the hook at the end of a tape measure? Doesn’t that little bit of play make for inaccurate measurements?

Well that’s called an adjustable end and it’s there to ensure accurate measurements.

The first inch of the tape itself is actually a sixteenth of an inch short.

And the little metal hook is exactly a sixteenth of an inch thick.

So when you’re taking an inside measurement, the hook fills in that missing sixteenth inch.

When you hook it over something for an outside measurement, the hook slides out a sixteenth of an inch to make up for the gap.

By the way, that little slot on the end is so you can hook it over the head of a nail and measure long distances without the need of a friend.

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