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.
When you use your Lufkin or Pi-Cobra pipe diameter tape measure, here are 5 tips to keep you out of trouble.
- Make sure the pipe is free of dirt and mud. You don’t want to measure those things, just the pipe.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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”.
Do you need to find the outside diameter of a pipe or pipeline? Here is how a pipe diameter tape measure does all the work for you. All you have to do is write down the answer!
If you have customers in these fields, you can hold on to them with Tapes. Give them a pipe diameter measuring tape with your company logo. They will appreciate your generosity and thoughtfulness. And, your logo will live for a long time in their pockets.
Who uses pipe diameter measuring tapes every day?
- Oilfield workers
- Gas field workers
- Pipeline inspectors
- Pipeline repair people
- Water line installers
- HVAC installers
- Auto repair people
- Boat repair people
- Sport ball manufacturers
- Tree inspectors and arborists
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.
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- Your clients are draftsmen.
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.
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….
- gas and oil line repairmen and inspectors
- gas and oil line engineers
- oil rig drillers and inspectors
- pipeline engineers
- auto repair mechanics
- boat repair people
- arborists and foresters
- hose manufacturers
- ball manufacturers
- HVAC installers and designers
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Portable pipe measuring tapes are used by workers and inspectors in the oil and gas drilling industries. Also by plumbers, tree arborists, and hvac workers. These people need to know the diameter of an installed pipe, without having the luxury of seeing an open end. All these people need a pipe measuring tape in their pocket.
The best tape for this job is made by the Lufkin company, and we sell a ton of them with corporate logos imprinted on them in full color. So, treat yourself to the best; get a Lufkin pipe measuring tape.