Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Rule of thumb.

Patrick McAfee was given a special tape measure at the Festival of Stone we ran in Montreal last October. He brought it with him to California. We use it to measure the heights of various stones we will need for specific gaps in the wall were building. 

 Numbers are easy to forget. (Was that three and one quarter inches or one and three quarter inches?) . On other hand as long as you keep your thumb on the tape at the length you need, you can easily walk around the pile, placing it up to the stones until you find the right size one. That way it really doesn't  matter whether they're 6 or 7 or even 8 inches, as long as you find the ones that fit.

1 comment:

  1. I totaly relate to avoiding numbers. I can't tell you how many times I have measured, walked to the saw, without any other distractions, and marked the wrong measure - seldom too long.

    Many finishing carpenters use 'story sticks' which are a pair of wood slats about the girth of a yard stick, with two clamps. You slide the slicks to make the right length and tighten the clamps. This is then used to transfer the dimesion . The goal is to transfer the size, the inches, centemeters or cubits or irrelivant