This time, we won’t get into the geometry theory of pi that we had in high school. The magic of a pipe diameter tape measure is its simplicity of use. Here are the 3 steps to find the diameter of a pipeline:
Clean the pipe surface. Soil and any other contamination, of course, will make the pipe seem bigger than it really is.
Wrap the diameter tape around it, with the diameter scale visible to you.
Simply read off the tape. This will be the diameter, even though the tape is wrapped around the circumference. That’s all!
Some things to watch for…..Some OD tapes (diameter tapes) are marked in 100ths of an inch. Some are marked in 64ths of an inch. On the 64ths of an inch tape, 32/64 would be 1/2″. 16/64 would be 1/4″. 24/64 would be 3/8″. For convenience, you can use a magic marker to mark some of these common, but confusing measurements.
How do you work a diameter tape? You don’t. It works for YOU.
A Lufkin Diameter Tape Measure will make your job quick and easy. Just wrap it around a pipe, pipeline, or other round object, and read its diameter right off the tape. Yes, you wrap it around the “circumference”, but it reads “diameter” for you. You don’t need to divide by pi (3.14159).
Have you ever wondered how to measure the diameter of a pipe? Don’t feel alone. Many people have asked that question. The answer is quite simple. You need a diameter tape, and then watch this little 2 minute video. It’s as simple as measuring the length of a stick. You just need a pipe diameter tape to to the work for you, then a pencil to write down the answer.
Many people need a pipe diameter tape every day. Plumbers, oilfield repairmen, gas and oil well drillers, city water departments, tree experts, and pipe manufacturers all need to use a pipe diameter tape continuously in their job. Just watch this short video, and then purchase a diameter tape. It will make your job go much easier.
How do you measure the diameter of a pipe without the end of it exposed? That’s not a Dumb Question. It’s a real every day problem for those who need to work on a pipeline. You can’t cut into the pipe to measure it. Who needs the solution?
Oil & gas pipeline workers
HVAC engineers and installers
Electricians using metal and plastic conduit.
Foresters and arborists
The answer, short and sweet: All you do is wrap a pipe diameter tape around the pipeline and read the diameter on the tape.