Electronic Tape Measures

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Electronic Tape Measures

I visited several big-box stores and my local hardware store to collect information for this article on electronic tape measures. The dust on top of some of the packages was pretty thick, and there was ...

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Electronic Tape Measures

Author: Paul Raymer
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February 28, 2014

I visited several big-box stores and my local hardware store to collect information for this article on electronic tape measures. The dust on top of some of the packages was pretty thick, and there was ... [continue reading]

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Long ago, when I started in this business, I wished for a pair of glasses that I could put on to see how the air was moving. (Now I wear glasses all the time just ... [continue reading]

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