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Here’s a little measuring tape hack from the always-industrious Craig Smith:

…If you ever had a project with a lot of measuring in one area, with a lot of cutting in another, you’ll do this to your measuring tape. (Ever put up drywall?) By simply sanding the shine off of the plastic casing on a measuring tape, you have a writeable and erasable surface to jot down those numbers. Sanding just the corner surfaces are enough for most jobs, but I utilized the entire sticker area.

Projects and Hacks by Craig Smith

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.



  1. Anonymous says:

    This is exactly the sort of simple brilliant hack I’d like to see more of on the blog. 

  2. Kimber Janney says:

    Fastcap makes a notepad tape with built in pencil sharpener, less expensive and better

    1. TR says:

      I already own a tape measure and sandpaper, so this hack is free! How can a product be less expensive than that?

  3. 705Stu says:

    Done, used it once and love it.
    Great hack