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# How do you measure the distance between things?

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To measure the distance between things, acquire a tape measure, extend the tape between the two objects and determine the measurement by noting the closest markings. Many measuring devices are available, but a tape measure is commonly used.

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1. Find a tape measure

Purchase a tape measure at a local home improvement store, or find one in your storage location.

2. Extend the tape

Hold the base of the tape adjacent to the first object, and extend the end of the tape to the other object.

3. Note the closest markings

Determine the measurement between the objects by reading the closest markings on the tape. The tape can be broken into whole inch, 1/4, 1/8 and 1/16 inch markings.

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