Curiosity

Here’s Why There Are Diamonds On Your Measuring Tape

So that's what those are for!

If you look closely at your measuring tape, you’ll see black diamonds every so often. Whether you’ve always wondered what they were or never noticed them before, we’re here to enlighten.

It turns out, these black diamonds can actually help you when you’re remodeling your home, hanging something heavy or anchoring a piece of furniture

For every 8-foot section of your wall, there should be six studs placed 16 inches apart.

That’s why there are red numbers highlighted every 16 inches. If you use the tape measure, you can note exactly where the studs are by using the red numbers and marking the studs using a pencil.

Here’s where the black diamonds come in: They represent the middle of the studs.

Starting at the 19.2-inch mark, the black diamond helps you find the center of the first stud.

construction photo
Getty Images | Justin Sullivan

The next black diamond is 19.2 inches away from the first stud (38.4 inches from the beginning of the tape measure), and the diamonds go all the way to the 96-inch mark, or 8 feet.

Not counting the stud at the beginning of the tape measure, you should be able to find the center of five studs easily.

tape measure photo
Flickr | byzantiumbooks

So, put away your stud finder, because you already found your studs. By using the black diamonds, you can find studs and put up pictures of studs (like me) all over your house.

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A word of caution though: This only works if you know that the house was built using the 8-foot standard for placing studs.

If you’re not sure, take out the stud finder to first find your studs the old-fashioned way before depending on the measuring tape to guide you.

stud finder photo
Flickr | Waifer X

There are other mysterious markings on many tape measures.

For instance, on some (especially in the UK), there are Roman numerals on them. This tells the user how accurate the tape measure is: I is the most accurate, and III is the third-most accurate.

This makes us wonder who would go about purchasing the level III tape, but that’s another topic for another day.

Home Improvement Tricks And Tips

Not handy? No problem. Here are a few tips to help you “fake it until you make it“.

Treat Carpet Dents With Ice Cubes

Place an ice cube on the dented area of your carpet and let it melt. As the water is absorbed into the carpet, it should start to spring back to normal. After the carpet is completely dry, use a hard-bristled brush to fluff any areas that are still dented.

Give Your Shower Head A Vinegar “Bath”

Remove mineral deposits and other grime from your shower head by simply soaking it overnight in vinegar.

vinegar photo
Flickr | JeepersMedia

Unscrew A Broken Lightbulb With A Potato

Have you ever broken a light bulb while it’s still in the socket? If so, you know how frustrating it can be to remove it. But, you can use a potato to get it out without cutting your fingers.

Cut the potato in half, push the soft side into the broken bulb and turn it counterclockwise until the broken glass is embedded into the potato. Don’t forget to turn off the power and put on protective gloves before you attempt this hack!

potato photo
Flickr | estro

Looking for a laugh? Here’s an adorable baby that can’t stop laughing at this measuring tape.