When you are a beginner, everything about construction seems daunting and puzzling. Even if you know the theoretical side of construction like the back of your hand, the practical side might still overwhelm you.
In such scenarios, it always helps if you have knowledge of the basic things that drive the whole complex process forward. And, the distance measuring tools are the most basic and important components of construction.
Below is the top 5 popular tools to measure distance in construction, as well as advantages and disadvantages of each tool.
1. Ruler/Straight Edge Rule
Commonly called, ruler, it is termed as a straight edge rule by engineers and builders. It derives straight edge name from its design that has an edge free from curves, or slant. The edge of this measurement ruler is calibrated with markings to create a standardized scale.
What I like
- Readily Available
- Plenty of options in terms of material, size and markings
- Serves dual purpose – measurement and checking straightness
What I don't like
- Can’t be used for measuring long distances
- Not very precise. Not better than 1.5 mm or 1/16-inch
The length of straight edge rulers can vary from 12 inches/30 cm to a maximum of 96-inch/240 cm