Builders’ Tip: Quick and Accurate Shorthand Measuring
I learned this trick about relaying measurements to crew members on the job by listening to drywall hangers call out dimensions to each other.
When my crew calls out dimensions now, all the dimensions are given in units of whole inches and in sixteenths of an inch.
- Hence, 4-1/2 inches is written as “4 and 8.”
- One thirty-second of an inch over that is written with a small plus sign, and we call that measurement “4 and 8 strong.”
- By using this method, we never mistake 5/16 for 5/8. Adding the two together is a breeze.
- Three and one-fourth plus 5-5/8 becomes “3 and 4 plus 5 and 10.” Bingo — “8 and 14.” One dimension easily could have been strong, too, or if both are, you know to add another sixteenth of an inch.
Once you get used to measuring certain frequent equations this way, you really can fly.
— Mark Padbury, Orcas Island, Wash.
Tips & Techniques provided by Fine Homebuilding.
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