## How to Solve Problems with a Pipe Diameter Tape Measure

A tape measure can solve basically one problem….How long is the item? But a pipe diameter tape measure can solve a short list of problems for you.

• What is the outside diameter (OD) of that pipeline, without having to cut into it. You don’t even have to divide by pi.
• What is the diameter of a tree trunk.
• What is the accurate diameter of a tire.
• What is the diameter of a beach ball, when fully inflated.

Even if the pipe is distorted, and the cross sectional diameter would be different in different directions, you can do it. The pipe diameter tape measure can tell you what the diameter would be, if it weren’t distorted. That’s because the measurement is based on the circumference. The tape automatically divides by pi (3.14159) for you.

## Personalized Pens: Perfect For Punctuation Day

How annoying is it when you read an email from someone and it has incorrect punctuation? That drives me up the wall!

Today is National Punctuation Day, the perfect day to encourage those around you to use correct punctuation.

How can you celebrate today?

• Go for a walk and look for errors on signs
• Read the newspaper and circle any incorrect punctuation
• Buy some personalized pens for your office and encourage them to write an error-free note to someone

## How to Supercharge Your Tally Books

Workers and inspectors in the oilfields and gas fields all use tally books to keep track of data. What kind of data?

• Diameter size of pipe

• Length of pipe
• Time of installation of a pipe
• Voltage levels of wind turbines
• Speed of the wind turbines
• Amount of fuel and lubricants at different times throughout the day
• Unusual drilling actions to report
• Pressure of different gauges

To supercharge your tally books, here are some cool ideas:

1. Put your full color company logo on the outside front vinyl cover.
2. List important phone numbers on the back cover.
3. Print a conversion table inside.
4. Install a pen loop on the side.
5. Instead of getting a 200 sheet paper pad, get a 100 sheet “stone pad”, which is waterproof and tear proof.
6. Add a clear vinyl insert so a worker can place business cards and important notes.

## What is an Architect Scale Ruler and Why Does It Matter?

The burning questions is “Why does it matter”. If you ask an architect, he or she will tell you that an architect scale ruler is vital to their daily business. They would not be able to function without these rulers.

What is an architect scale ruler? It is a special ruler that is marked in special scales that correspond to the scale of the drawing. If the drawing is done in 1″ = 1 foot, then each inch on the correct scale will represent one foot in the drawing. If the drawing is done in 1/4″ = 1 foot, then each quarter inch on the 1/4 scale corresponds to 1 foot in the drawing. On this particular scale, each 1/4 inch is marked 1,2,3,4,5,6 etc. So that the “4 marking number” is one inch from the zero mark. Simple, so far. But each of these rulers has several scales, so you don’t have to have multiple rulers in your pocket. Other scales can be 1/8, 1/16, 1/3, 3/16 and so forth. The trick of this business is to be able to choose the correct scale for each drawing you are working on. If you are reading a highway map which is drawn to 1/4″ = 1 mile, you would use the 1/4 scale. If you are with me up to this point, you could become an architect!

## The Anatomy of Great Engraved Flashlights

If you or your boss are looking for the best engraved flashlights for your company promotion, Here are the top 7 features to look for.

1. A solid aluminum barrel so it will survive a drop onto concrete, or other physical abuse
2. An LED (light emitting diode) bulb or the new COB (chip on board) bulb
3. Waterproof construction with rubber O rings at the screw-on openings