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Stanley Blade Armour Powerlock Tape Measure 8M/26'

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Brand: Stanley / Product Type: Tape Measure

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      07.11.2013 19:35
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      A great quality tool from Stanley

      A few months ago we moved into our new house, the previous tenant had left curtains up in all the rooms but they really weren't to my taste, so I set out to buy some new ones. I therefore needed a tape measure so I could find the correct size curtains for each window. My boyfriend works in construction and owns pretty much every tool I can think of, he lent me his Stanley Powerlock Black Armor measuring tape which I am reviewing today. I have bought (and lost) a variety of different measuring tapes in the past but never really gave much thought regarding purchasing any particular brand, my boyfriend was quick to point out that Stanley produced the best brand tape measure and the one he sees used most often in the trade, in his words - he simply wouldn't use another brand. The casing of the Stanley tape measure fits nicely in the palm of my hand, it does feel quite heavy though. The casing is chrome plated, it is very durable and won't break easily like the cheap plastic ones do. The brand and product name are shown on the front along with the fact that this tape measure is 8m / 26'. There is a metal belt hook on the back, i didn't use this, but my boyfriend informed me it is very useful and he can use it to clip onto his work belt. At the side there is a thick black plastic lever which is used to rewind the tape measure and it can also lock it in place. Underneath this is the slot where the tape measure can be dispensed from, the three rivet end hook protrudes slightly from the slot. The tape measure itself is easily pulled out of the slot, it is bright yellow in colour. Measurements are give in both metric and imperial - which means very little to me - all I know is it allows me to measure in cm or inches. The numbers are large, bold and really easy to see. The tape measure is strong and sturdy, it stays straight and does not move or wobble about during use. I found the tape measure incredibly easy to use and I was able to measure all my windows quickly, efficiently and with minimal fuss. I was particularly impressed that I was able to measure right from the top of the bay windows in my bedroom without having to stand on a chair to do so, I simply hooked the tape measure over the edge of the curtain rail and it stayed in place whilst i got on with the job at hand. I have subsequently used this tape measure for some other projects, measuring gaps to ensure furniture will fit (etc). All the measurements made were accurate and my curtains and furniture have all fitted as they should. My boyfriend told me that he has owned this tape measure for more than ten years which I think is rather impressive. He has used this for years on building sites whilst out in all the elements so I dont think its altogether surprising that the outer casing is rather scratched and the tape measure has some slight rusting. Whilst it does have the odd bit of cosmetic damage it still works and performs perfectly. I have no problems recommending this measuring tape to others, especially due to its quality. A quick look online shows me that this particular Stanley Power lock black armor measuring tape varies substantially in price, ranging from £8 - £20, so its certainly worth shopping around to get the best deal. It can be bought from various DIY stores and online. Other sizes and styles are available.

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