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.

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Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor for Boing Boing and WINK Books. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

  • Anonymous

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

  • Kimber Janney

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

    • TR

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

  • 705Stu

    Done, used it once and love it.
    Great hack