Give A Diameter Tape Measure For Christmas

Give Diameter Tapes for Christmas
Give Diameter Tapes for Christmas

A diameter tape measure can save you a lot of time and frustration when you want to find the OD (outside diameter) of a pipe, post, or tree. This special tape has the inch scale (or metric scale) stretched out by a factor of pi (3.14159). So, if you wrap it around the pipeline, you will not see the “circumference”. You will see its diameter. You don’t need to divide your answer by 3.14159.

5 Pipe Diameter Tape Measure Tips

When you use your Lufkin or Pi-Cobra pipe diameter tape measure, here are 5 tips to keep you out of trouble.

How to Measure the Diameter of a Pipe
How to Measure the Diameter of a Pipe
  1. Make sure the pipe is free of dirt and mud. You don’t want to measure those things, just the pipe.
  2. Use the right tape. Do you want your answer in 100ths of an inch, 64ths of an inch, or millimeters? There is a tape for each purpose.
  3. Use the right side of the tape. The other side is probably a regular linear tape. It will give you the circumference, not the diameter.
  4. Wrap the tape around the pipe straight, not at an angle. If it is not straight, you will get an elevated result. You can test this by wiggling the tape so that it gives you the lowest reading.
  5. Be familiar with the scale. It can be tricky on a 64ths of an inch diameter tape. 48 on the scale means 3/4 ” diameter. The easy one is 32, which is of course 1/2″ diameter.

3 Tricks With A Pipe Diameter Tape Measure

Many people don’t use a pipe diameter tape measure because they never heard of one.

Here are 3 tricks that will make you a user:

Want To Know The Diameter of Your Arm?
Want To Know The Diameter of Your Arm?
  1. Wrap a diameter tape around a car heater hose that you intend to replace. Read the diameter, and the length. Go buy the correct hose, because you know the exact size. Remove your old leaky hose and immediately replace it with the new one. There’s no need to take the old hose to the parts store and leave your vehicle without a hose for a while.
  2. Use the tape to find the diameter of a copper water pipe in your basement that is leaking a little.  Go get the pipe, and have it ready to install when you remove the old pipe.
  3. Need a new rope for your boat? Get one that is the same size as your old one, by measuring the diameter with your “OD tape”.

 

The Most Popular Pipe Diameter Tape Measure In The World

Diameter Tapes
Diameter Tapes

The market for diameter tapes is relatively small. But for the people that use them at work, they are very valuable. There are a few manufacturers worldwide. Of that small group, one manufacturer stands out above the others. Lufkin. Yes, Lufkin makes the most popular pipe diameter tape measure in the world. Everyone who works with pipes and oil and gas pipelines prefers that brand. It is known for consistent quality and engineering.

Lufkin Y906PD pipe diameter tape measure, not Barlow W906PD Lufkin Diameter Tape

 

5 Signs You Should Invest in Architect Scale Rulers

  1. Architect At Work
    Architect At Work

    You are an architect.

  2. Your clients are architects.
  3. Your clients are design firms that employ architects.
  4. Your clients read blueprints all day long, like building estimators and contractors.
  5. Your clients are draftsmen.

    3331-3130 Architect 6″ Four Bevel Scales 3130

When you put your company logo on a useful item, like architect scale rulers or architect tapes, then your target market will see your logo every time they use the ruler. When it comes time to use a company like yours, you will stand out above all your competitors. And since your logo and phone number are on the product they are using, you will get the phone call, and more business.

3331-3130 Architect 6″ Four Bevel Scales 3130

3030 Hollow Triangular Architect 12″ Scale 3030

3010 Architect 6″ Pocket Scale 3010

 

Who in the World Needs a Pipe Diameter Measuring Tape

earth
Who in the World?

If you could wrap a pipe diameter measuring tape around the earth, you would get 7,917.5 mi diameter. That’s if the tape were calibrated in miles. But most diameter tapes are marked in inches or centimeters. Who in the world needs a pipe diameter measuring tape? These people do….

Oil Workers
Oil & Gas Workers
  • gas and oil line repairmen and inspectors
  • gas and oil line engineers
  • oil rig drillers and inspectors
  • pipeline engineers
  • plumbers
  • auto repair mechanics
  • boat repair people
  • arborists and foresters
  • hose manufacturers
  • ball manufacturers
  • HVAC installers and designers
  • engineers
  • architects
  • machinists