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Stanley Comes in Handy:
As a female I do still own and use a few tools. I have a small toolbox with a small collection of essential items. I'm not sure why I cling onto this independence, I did for a while lend the whole lot to the OH, but then find that if I do need something when he is out I don't know where to look. Plus as a bit of a crafter - I do use some of these items quite a lot. The item however, I use the most is my trusty Stanley. "I got a job with Stanley ~ He said I'd come in handy".
Answers on a postcard please: Which chart hit are those lyrics from?
I cannot pick up my Stanley without those lyrics buzzing through my head and with my usual expertise at doing so (!) I hope I have now done the same to you dear reader.
My Stanley is a 3M - 10' Powerlock Tape Measure - you know the type of thing, they brandish them about on home make over TV programmes showing off their expertise. My Stanley is quite old. He has been with me for at least twenty years, gets used a few times a week and is still going strong, he comes out easily, springs back fiercely and measures a whole host of articles effectively.
In an handy to hold size, I would measure Stanley but he IS the tool I use to measure, so going on the text at the bottom of his label he is 50mm or 2" square - well I say square - he is not square either - oh no he is one cool tape measure. The shape is squarish, with an art deckoish curve on one side where the thumb tape stop/release button is situated. So imagine an L shaped stainless steel (yes, we had stainless steel 20 years ago). 50mm item with a curved fourth edge and a yellow button protruding from that edge.
Stanley is made in France - I know that because it is stamped on his back and perhaps that explains his penchant for pain au chocolat? The exact model number is 33-203 and the end of the tape is curved over into a useful little hook that prevents the tape retreating entirely into the case and doubles as a useful method of measuring larger items alone as it can indeed be hooked onto objects to measure up to 3M or 10'. Also on his back is a useful clip to clip onto your jeans or overalls when yo want to carry him around with you or take him to a cafe for his croissant.
The numbers are easy to read and being an older version it is the inches and feet that are bolder and bigger. Most of the numbers are in black and every foot and 10cm increment are in red to make adding up and working out easier.
Price and Availability:
A quick look on line and these are currently selling at £4.45 from Amazon and £1.89 from Scewfix. They are the new plastic cover version though.
In conclusion I love my Stanley, I love his SS styling and his yellow label and button. I would highly recommend you scour the boot fairs for your own old Stanley with his shiny finish and rugged good looks what's not to love?
I hope you enjoyed my review and it made you at least almost smile? More importantly you can add the song and artist to the comments area - the first one to get it right will get a massive amount of Brownie Points from me! No other prizes available or implied. However my aim with this review is not only to enlighten you of the charm of the tape measure but to have got at least one person spluttering their coffee. Did I succeed?
The Stanley tape measure is pretty much similar to any other tape measures out there, apart from 3 main points. I will now go through them.
Ok, like any other tape measure, the mechanism is simple, pull the tape out, lock in place, measure, retract. However with this tape measure, firstly the case the tape is in is much more "robust" and sturdy feeling. I never really "tested" it, but I imagine this thing could take a few knocks around a worksite or a busy workplace or something like that, unlike some of the plastic ones which can sort of come loose.
Secondly, the "tape" itself is wider than a normal tape. What this means is that it is more "rigid", so you can unravel more of the tape without the tape sort of "bending". Also it means that the tape is less likely to bend permanently, or snap, which links in to what I was saying in the previous statement.
Thirdly, the lock mechanism feels a lot stronger on this tape measure compared to a normal tape measure. Sure most tape measures lock, but you can "work them loose", and we have all had that annoying feeling where halfway through measuring something it springs back and you have to start all over again.
Overall... im not sure this is really worth it to be honest. I got mine used for around a fiver, but considering you can get a cheaper brand new one for around that much, and its less bulky than this (these are fairly heavy and heft), it makes you wonder what this really adds for general home use. Unless your job is some DIY or trade related job where you use one of these daily... I'm not sure you will get maximum benefit out of this. Overall then I give it 3/5 stars. nothing wrong with the product, its just a bit overkill really.
I have had this Stanley powerlock 10m measuring tape for well over ten years as I remember one of the first things we did when we moved house was to measure the rooms for fitted wardrobes to be fitted which was ten years ago and I know I had had it for quite some time before that. I didn't actually buy it but 'borrowed' it from my parents house and just never got round to returning it.
Stanley are a very well known trusted brand who have been around since 1843 when the company was started by Frederick Stanley who opened a small shop in New Britain, Connecticut to manufacture bolts, hinges, and other hardware from wrought iron. Stanley actually joined up with Black and Decker in 2010 and are now known as Stanley Black and Decker and their products are known and used worldwide.
The tape is silver metal with a label on the side showing the Stanley yellow logo and telling you that it is 10m long (or 33 feet which is what I measure in). The tape is 25mm wide and is yellow and the measurements are shown in metric and imperial so is suitable for young and old, and it has a hook at the end which is fixed on with 3 rivets. You use the hook to pull the measure out which is firm enough to hook onto whatever you are measuring so you can measure things easily on your own without having to have someone else to hold the other end. The tape is quite solid and when it is extended stays flat and I have never experienced it bending or kinking.
There is a button which locks the measure which I find makes it easy to leave the measure in place while you write down any measurements rather than trying to remember them and write them down afterwards. This button is also used to retract the tape when you have finished with it, which can rewind quite quickly but you just have to be a bit careful and not get your fingers in the way. It has a clip for you to attach the tape to your belt but I have never done this, but would think this would be useful for a professional who does a lot of measuring.
I do own smaller tapes this but this 10m one is ideal for measuring larger areas in the house and outside in the garden. I have used it for a wide range of uses in the house such as measuring furniture and floors and walls for decorating and have also found it particularly useful to measure up for our new fence and to measure out my new vegetable plot.
It isn't the cheapest tape on the market but it is very good quality which I think is worth paying that bit extra for. Also as this one is at least ten years old it has shown no signs of wear and I am sure it will last for many years to come. It is widely available from DIY stores and online and the cheapest I have found at the moment is £16.19 from Wickes and £17.00 from Screwfix.
I have had a Stanley steel tape measure for at least 20 years, it has a very distinctive yellow and black design and is 100 % reliable. I remember using it in 1994 to lay some laminate flooring in my flat, and I used it 2 weeks ago to measure the drop from floor to ceiling to fit a new curtain rail. It has been used many times in between not just those two times ! I have had it for as long as I can remember, and it is as reliable as any tool I've had.
It is 10 m long so can measure a big room in one go, and is retractable, and it's very quick but sometimes can hit your hand pretty hard, and of course it also locks in place. This tape is the standard tape used by tradesman and professionals, as it is both durable and reliable and will last many decades as the tape is treated with something called 'Mylar' and is also made to the high standards that Stanley demand.
It clips onto your belt if that is what you are into. It is good for jobs like outdoors measuring fences, long distances and still being accurate. It adheres to the European Union's Class II accuracy level. It has always been very reliable and accurate for me.
The 10 m tape is maybe bigger than most people would need but you could always go for one of the shorter ones ie 8m, 5 m this 10 m one is currently selling at about £17 unless you see it on sale. It will last basically as long as you last , unless you lose it or it's stolen. So I would say it will be very cost effective and in this case you will get what you pay for.
I have used this tape hundreds of times in many places around the country, indoors and out and it still functions. I would suggest that unless you need to measure over 30 feet in one go you buy the 5 m one as you can mark a position then move the tape, then you save money and save the extra weight and bulk of the bigger tape.
I am not really a DIY person but thankfully having the odd tools around the house can be a god send! This Stanley Powerlock measuring tape is one item that I have managed to use occasionally without any problems or difficulties. I tend to use this when measuring furniture or measuring clothes for fittings.
== PRICE ==
This is priced from around £15 and can be found at B&Q in there tool section. I am sure it is available via online stores as well, some of them include:
www.whiterosetools.com : £15.65
== MY EXPERIENCE ==
I personally found the measuring tape very easy to use, it has a handy button on the side of the measuring tape that when pressed allow the tape to stay fixed in position. This was excellent when measuring the lengths of tables and chest of draws accurately without having to ask your partner to hold the other end. This is also very useful for safety reasons, as I have lost count the number of times in the past when me and my partner were measuring a length of furniture and he would let go without saying at it would catch my finger in the process, so thankfully this has happened a lot less since having this measuring tape as it also has a slower roll back mechanism!.
It has a attachable clip on the measuring tape which is very useful for the active DIY folk who would like to attach it to their belt or jeans easily while going about their work. I found myself doing this once or twice and found it clips on securely and easily, my partner uses this function a lot frequently and confirms that it securely fastens onto belts very easily.
Me and my partner were very pleased to find this measuring tape to span a brilliant 10m length as my partner had been complaining in the past about how he needed a longer length measuring tape for his DIY jobs, and personally it is good know that I have a 10m length measuring tape available to use if I needed, although I am sure my partner would use the full length a lot more frequently than me! It has a great end clip that is big enough to attach on an end of an item when measuring it without the tape coming loose and rolling back.
The measuring tape is very easy to read containing both imperial and metric measurements which are clearly differentiated by red and black coloured numbers. I found that the measuring tape is very well designed containing a protective plastic layer of the tape making it very sturdy and long lasting. It is a bit bulky and tad on the heavy side but that's not a big issue at all. Its well designed tape prevents it from bending in awkward positions or twisting hence making it much lesser prone to damage or wear and tear, and it is for this reason why we have had this for quite a while and it still looks good as new.
== CONCLUSION ==
I would recommend this to anyone who does either a lot or a minimal amount of DIY, as it is a very handy tool that is easy to use, contains easy to read measurements, has a smooth roll back mechanism and measures up to an impressive 10m. It is study and long lasting therefore making it more than worth the price tag.
I purchased this when building a train track table for my son in the loft. It was one of those "grab as you go buy" purchases in the DIY store so I can't say I did my research or gave it much thought...
However, when using it I was pleasantly surprised. The "lock" mechanism works very well but is not so stiff that you can't get it undone to retract the tape - equally the retraction spring is not too vicious - you know what I mean, the sort that sends a sharp steel "hydra" of tape lashing around your face, ending up by smacking you hard across the knuckles! No, the "PowerLock" was far more sensible.
The curve of the tape was just right meaning that you could send it out over a large span and still keep the measurement side up the right way which is handy.
Another bugbear I have had with tapes is when the tab at the end comes off and the whole thing disappears inside the case - this one seems well riveted on and grips the edge of bits of wood well.
Overall I was pleased - think you will be too
Hope this has helped you get the "measure" of this tool (sorry..)
I've had this Powerlock tape measure for a few years now and use it on an almost daily basis. It is capable of measuring distances of up to 10 metres ( or 33 feet in old money ) and displays measurements in both imperial and metric. These measurements are clear and easy to read as one is marked in red and the other black. The whole measure is solidly made and is pretty heavy. This is a good thing as the tape is nice and solid which helps to prevent the tape from twisting , kinking when measuring longer distances. This also prevents these things from happening when the tape feeds back in to the reel and provides a smooth action also. Nor is the tape narrow (measures 25mm wide) this to makes it is easier to read the measurements and makes the tape feel far sturdier than many other tapes. The locking switch is also very solidly built and is easy to use even when wearing thick gloves. Unlike many other tapes the end of this one has a strong and firm end with 3 rivets on it which makes it easier to clip onto objects when measuring over long distances. Theis tape measure also has a handyclip on the rear which allows it to be attached to your belt or pocket. The overall quality of the build also makes it a very easy tape to measure long distances alone due to the strength of both the tape itself and locking mechanism. I really can't rate this tape highly enough.
If you shop around this tape can be found for around £15 but if not considerably more
Being quite into doing my own DIY and after the experience of buying furniture the wrong size using estimated sizes, I invested in one of these stanly tapemeasure for £9.99 from screwfix.
The tapemeasure is 10m Long, making it far longer than the cheap £1.99 tapemeasures often found in the bargin section of B&Q etc (usually about 3m) although when coiled up the tool fits easily and comfortably in a pocket.
The markings on the tape measure are in metric and imperial units and are clearly written and easy to read, with the major measurements maked in bold red letters (eg. 1m and 1ft) making it simple to read off a measurement.
The button on the main part of the tape meaure is used to retract the tape measure and also to lock it when extended. The retraction is smooth and not as quick as other tape measures, making it far harder to catch it agains a finger or flick into your face. The lock position makes it easy to work with and less fiddley to handle when extended.
The end of the tapemeasre has a solid metal edge making it good for pressing into corners or flat against a wall.
The Stanley tape measure feels robust and study and has shown alsmost no wear due to use. The shiny silver casing is a bit smeared but this is mainly due to my untidy decorating procedures and I think it would clean up easily if I was bothered about keeping it shiny.
At £9.99 from screwfix, this is slightly on the expensive side for a tape measure when compared to other hardware stores. However due to the locking facility and general solidity and robust feel I would highly recommend it as a superior quality tool.
I am not into DIY at all, but thankfully my husband is, and therefore he tends to buy himself good quality items for his tool box that should stand the test of time. One such item that he owns, that I recently got to use as well, was this Stanley Powerlock measuring tape, which I have seen at various prices online between £15 to £20+. THe reason my husband purchased this particular Stanley Powerlock measuring tape, was that he had the same one at this work and thought it was good. This measuring tape is now a couple of years old.
We are in the process of moving house and so over the last month or so we have been looking at potential houses and obviously since we are no first time buyers, we have furniture to be moved rather than starting from scratch, so this is where I have the recent experience of using this measuring tape. Some of the houses we have looked at have had some smallish bedrooms and we wanted to be sure our kingsize bed would fit, alongside our bedroom furniture. We also have a rather large dining table, which I love and am not about to part with! So, this measuring tape has had plenty of use over this last while.
This measuring tape is secure, in that although it has a retractable function, when you are on your own measuring, by pressing the button at the side, it will hold the length for you. THis is pretty standard when it comes to measuring tapes now, but this does feel much more robust than your typical cheap measuring tape. THe big feature of this measuring tape is the length. This is a 10 metre long tape, which my husband wanted as he does a lot of work in the garden and got fed up having to sometimes use two shorter tapes to measure a longer area. Although we weren't using the 10 metre lenght when measuring for furniture recently, it is a great feature of this, and even more so, if you are doing a lot of DIY, especially bigger jobs.
THis tape also has a special coating which is meant to give it a longer lifespan and there have been no signs of wear and tear on this tape since my husband got it a few years ago. That said, he does look after his things so he wouldn't be hard even on the cheapest of measuring tapes, but for those who are using a measuring tape a lot, having a longer lifespan is obviously important.
As a female, I have to say that I like the fact that the measurements on the tape are easy to read, and easy to read quickly. There are both metric and imperial measurements on it to suit every age. The other thing I like, which probably wouldn't bother a man, is that when it does recoil, it does it quite smoothly, rather than a very fast recoil, which I don;t really like.
All in all, from a female perspective, I think this is a very secure, strong measuring tape, that I can see why is favoured by my husband over the cheap versions. It feels professional, and you also feel that it can cope with a lot of usage without bending or getting damaged. My experience of using it to measure to see if furniture will fit has been very positive, and I felt confident using it and being able to read it clearly and quickly. Anyone looking for a sturdy and lasting measuring tape, and who wants something longer than the usual, in my opinion this is a good purchase and I can see why my husband likes it.
"Chrome-plated professional tape measure with 25mm wide easy to read blade. Metric and imperial scales. Features: Class 2 Mylar-Coated Blade; Positive Blade Lock; 3-Rivet End Hook."