What is the Proper Way to Read a Tape Measure?

One of the most useful pieces of equipment in construction is the tape measure. The most common tape measure in america is the english measurements. Most tape measures have inch and foot marks, and 16′, 32′, 48′, ect… are marked off differently which represent the centers for laying out studs and joints. Most carpenters have the centers memorized up to eight foot, but help is appreciated when measurements are beyond eight feet.