Invention of the week #3: Dual Option Tape Measure

03 Nov 2008

Rich Sloan

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This week’s featured invention is “Dual Option Tape Measure”, which was invented by Gene Stauffer and Steve Goecke.  Gene and Steve have an issued US Utility patent on this invention.  

It can be difficult to utilize a tape measure when measuring recessed areas, such as around door or window replacements. Workers must bend or fold a tape in order to get accurate readings when measuring inside dimensions. Trying to measure in the normal way requires the worker to add or subtract inches, which can prove time consuming, frustrating, and costly.

The Dual Option Tape Measure provides the accurate and easy measurement of nominal, inside, and recessed distances. The product is ideal for the measuring of pocket windows, drapes, curtains, trim, drywall, cabinets, closets, and other areas; the list is endless.

Anyone who utilizes a tape measure will find this product invaluable. It is perfect for workers in the construction industry as well as home hobbyists.  The tape measure is designed in a manner similar to a standard tape measure and is used in much the same way. The additional features include a foldout tongue and tail. The extended tongue, body, and extended tail of the closed unit measure a total of six-inches. This will enable a user to measure easily in close quarters.

Below the tape’s regularly printed numbers is a line of numbers in red beginning with the number seven (this would be the inside or recessed reading). This allows the user to extend the tape, with the tongue and tail also extended for inside or recessed measurements beginning at six-inches. This will eliminate the need to fold or bend a tape or add or subtract. 

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