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I know this may be an odd post but I am just wondering if having 10+ tape measures around the house is "normal"

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10 in your house.  Must be 25 in the shop then. [emoji4]

Nope I'm new. That is total all around. I am just reassuring the wife it's normal-ish.

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Let's see, one at the tablesaw with magnet to stick it to the fence next to the pencil, One at the bench, one in my little pouch I wear when breaking down parts, one by the cut-off bins, one in the office, one in the bedroom, one in the kitchen . . .

 

Nope, 7 is normal, 10 is wayyyy out of line.

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If I may weigh in on the subject. I own about 20 tape measures. Currently I know where 7 of them are located. I bring a tape measure to a room to do something like hang a picture, measure for a piece of furniture or something, and then that tape measure is offered as tribute to the room until it is rescued at a later point in time. 

See this is my problem. Especially since most stuff right now is focused around the house. I keep saying I need more. And different sizes of course.

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I would insert a 6 inch joke here however I am still feeling out the forums.

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Not just any Fat Max.  The 16' Fat Max.  The others are fine for carpenters, but they're too big for the shop.

I haven't found another with as long of a stand-out or with such a robust mechanism as the Fat Max.  They're tough little bastards.  Perfect shop tapes.

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What you need to do is keep buying tape measures until you have reached a saturation level. Tape measures move around all the time, sometimes by themselves. So when you have saturation, there's always a tape nearby.

Fat Max is great & I really like the Milwaukee tapes as well.

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Not just any Fat Max.  The 16' Fat Max.  The others are fine for carpenters, but they're too big for the shop.

I haven't found another with as long of a stand-out or with such a robust mechanism as the Fat Max.  They're tough little bastards.  Perfect shop tapes.

Ohh ok. I have the 25' one and agreed it's to big. It's nice for in the house and measuring on walls but not any lumber I use.

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I have bought so many, and I assume have misplaced them in all manner of places. I'm sure some fell out in the yard. You'd think I'd have a tape measure "bush" growing by the vegetable garden by now. 🥒

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I have bought so many, and I assume have misplaced them in all manner of places. I'm sure some fell out in the yard. You'd think I'd have a tape measure "bush" growing by the vegetable garden by now. 🥒

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Agreed. We lived in about 800 square feet and couldn't find a single one. :/

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I like the FastCap lefty,righty (it has labeled 16ths )and the True32metric tape. I take the clip off right out of the package and the tape rides in my pocket. Dropping a tape bends the hook and there goes your accuracy. I check a tape against an engraved ruler frequently. You can straighten the hook sometimes but it's just not the same.

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I have one imperial one metric for shop use. I also have a combo imperial-metric one in my jigsaw case. And another one in my truck, just in case. That's pretty much all.

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I usually have around 15 at a given time. Some in the truck, some in the shop, some in the house. I probably own 20 but there are always a few missing.

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