Tape Measure Features a Digital Readout and Built-in Memories

eTape16’s large, easy-to-read digital readout is accurate to 1/16 inch or 1 millimeter.

eTape16’s large, easy-to-read digital readout is accurate to 1/16 inch or 1 millimeter.

“Measure twice, cut once,” the saying goes. Or you can simply get it right the first time. We all know the hassles of getting measurements right and the frustration of measurement mistakes. Designed by a professional builder, eTape16 solves all those problems in one tough, compact tool. Like a traditional tape measure, eTape16’s metal blade is available in U.S., Metric, or U.S. and Metric markings, but that’s where the resemblance ends. eTape16’s large, easy-to-read digital readout is accurate to 1/16 inch or 1 millimeter. A simple push of a button allows one to read the measurement easily in inches, feet, fractions, and decimals, and converts to metric too. Another feature is inside/outside measurement; with the simple touch of a button it toggles between outside measurement of the blade length alone and inside measurement, which automatically adds the 3-inch width of the tape measure case to the readout. Inside measurement is ideal for those tricky situations where the case runs into a wall and you have to mentally add its width to the length of the exposed metal blade. But that’s just the beginning of eTape16’s sophisticated features.

eTape16 has three built-in memories: “hold”, which retains a measurement even after the blade has withdrawn into the case, and two long-term memories that will retain readings even after the tape shuts off and until they are overwritten. Memory means you no longer have to memorize or write down readings to transfer a measurement. And for specialized functions like hanging a picture on a wall, the push of a button automatically calculates the center point of a measurement. Finally, the re-zero function lets you measure the distance from a previously measured point without withdrawing the blade. This is ideal for measuring intervals without having to re-anchor the end of the blade for each measurement, for example, marking 2-foot intervals along a 10-foot board.

The tape is built to last, with a tough polycarbonate case and rubber bumper to protect the readout. The CR2032 coin battery can last for up to 64 hours of continuous use, and replacements are widely available and easy to install without tools. To prolong battery life, eTape16 shuts down automatically after five minutes of non-use.

eTape16 was created by Stephen Crane, a graduate of MIT, who was working for a naval architecture firm developing America’s Cup racing yachts and wanted an easy, precise way to determine metric measurements. He initially took his patented digital tape measure to the Evans Rule Division of L.S. Starrett, and 18 months later the Starrett Digitape was in production as the world’s first digital tape measure. Over the next four years the first generation Digitape sold 1.5 million units. In January 2014, Crane established his own company, and in spring of 2015 took a new, improved product to market, completely redesigned with the homeowner in mind, with a strong emphasis on styling, compactness and ease of use. The company is continuing to add features, including Bluetooth connectivity to be announced for the iOS operating system this fall, followed shortly by an Android version.

Durable Tape Can Be Used for Around-the-House Fixes or Industrial Repairs

T-REX Tape is formulated with durable, extra-thick, sun-resistant materials to work longer and hold stronger than other utility tapes, in all kinds of weather.

T-REX Tape is formulated with durable, extra-thick, sun-resistant materials to work longer and hold stronger than other utility tapes, in all kinds of weather.

T-REX Tape is formulated with durable, extra-thick, sun-resistant materials to work longer and hold stronger than other utility tapes, in all kinds of weather.

T-REX Tape can be used for simple around-the-house fixes or extreme industrial repairs on a work site.

T-REX Tape consists of three different layers: a double-thick adhesive bringing together a tough, thick polyethylene skin and a reinforced inner cloth layer using an advanced technology called co-extrusion. The aggressive adhesive is melted and pressed through a high-tensile, woven fabric and into the molten polyethylene skin using heat and pressure to lock the layers together. This is what gives T-REX Tape four times the staying power, three times the holding power and two times the bite compared to regular tapes.

This double-thick, super-aggressive adhesive allows the tape to offer superior hold on more surfaces than other ordinary tapes, including rougher and dirtier surfaces in a wide range of temperatures and humidity levels. T-REX Tape also is specifically designed with a thick sun-resistant skin which gives the tape its famed holding power—inside or outside.

ECHOTape Repair Tape Now Sold by The Home Depot via HomeDepot.com

Pressure-sensitive tape supplier, ECHOtape’s full repair line will be sold online by a home improvement retailer, The Home Depot via HomeDepot.com. Launched in 2014 at the beginning of the third quarter, the repair line provides contractors with an alternative to duct tapes, and is designed to deliver solutions for repairs, sealing and waterproofing.

“We are very excited to be working with such a trusted name in home improvement like The Home Depot,” says Risa Edelstein, director of marketing for ECHOtape. “We dedicate our business to providing the ultimate tape solutions for a variety of applications and now contractors, remodelers, retrofitters and builders across the nation can purchase our performance-based repair tapes.”

ECHOtape’s comprehensive repair line is geared towards building contractors. In total, seven tapes are available now on HomeDepot.com. The products include three types of repair tapes with different color options:

  • All Purpose Repair Tape: This tape leaves little residue in comparison to a duct tape and is thick and flexible. Ideal for stretching and wrapping, this tape can be used for temporary repairs as well as for rips, tears, gashes and holes. This tape is available in clear and white.
  • All Weather Repair Tape: This tape is made with a butyl-based adhesive, which makes it sticky enough for applications to concrete, stone, wood, glass, metal, plastic, cement, plywood, and damp fabrics, and is ideal for sealing holes and cracks. It is puncture- and tear-resistant, waterproof, and will not crack in temperatures as low as -30 F or fail in temperatures as high as 200 F if applied correctly. The tape is available in white, silver and black.
  • All Leak Repair Tape: Also made with butyl-based adhesive, it is considered an extreme adhesive tape with double the stickiness of the All Weather Repair Tape. It shares many of the same qualities, including being waterproof, but is also resistant to corrosion. Because of its high level of adhesive, it can be used for repairing leaks in roof joints, skylights, RVs, pools and ponds. This tape is available in black and white.

“We are committed to making our products widely available to contractors in the U.S.,” says Edelstein. “This is an important step in increasing convenience for purchasers, and we look forward to continuing to expand our reach and product availability.”

Tape Measures in 16-, 25- and 35-Foot Lengths Are Durable Enough for Construction Sites

The 16-, 25- and 35-foot Premium Tapes are ideal for heavy-duty framing and other construction measuring tasks.

The 16-, 25- and 35-foot Premium Tapes are ideal for heavy-duty framing and other construction measuring tasks.

DEWALT introduces a family of Premium Tapes. The 16-, 25- and 35-foot Premium Tapes are ideal for heavy-duty framing and other construction measuring tasks. The tapes feature a reinforced housing and cast metal impact plate to absorb shocks when dropped to protect internal components and the end hook. Extensive rubber over-molding covers all contact points of the tapes for improved grip.

These tapes also feature a five screw design for improved drop resistance. Holding the body together are four reinforced screws on the corners and one in the center for added support.

The tape blades are made from durable steel coated in Mylar polyester protecting the blade from the elements and providing a long blade life. A 13-foot blade standout allows unaided measuring from a distance or overhead without the tapes bending or collapsing while extending.

The blade also features an oversized end hook ideal for grabbing on to lumber, steel, concrete and other materials. The Premium Tapes are designed in a manner that protects the end hook when dropped, reducing the risk of bending—which causes inaccurate measurements. These DEWALT Premium Tapes are 50 times more durable than their respective Milwaukee counterparts 48-22-5116 (16-foot), 48-22-5125 (25-foot) and 48-22-5135 (35-foot) based on accuracy after drop onto the hook.

For added durability, the Premium Tapes are constructed of high-impact ABS polymer and covered in durable rubber over-mold. The tapes also feature a lock switch which is covered in rubber over-molds capable of absorbing impact. Lock switches on competitor tapes are plastic and easily crack and break.

The Premium Tapes are made in the U.S. with global materials.