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How to Measure in Inches (With and Without a Ruler)

How to Measure in Inches (With and Without a Ruler)

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This article was co-authored by wikiHow Staff Writer, Jonathan Fuentes. Jonathan Fuentes is a writer based in the New York City area. As a writer, her interests include space exploration, science education, immigration, Latinx cultures, LGBTQ+ issues, and long-form journalism. He is also an avid hiker and has backpacked in Alaska and Newfoundland, Canada. A son of Cuban immigrants, he is bilingual in English and Spanish. Prior to joining wikiHow, he worked in academic publishing and was a freelance writer for science websites. She is slated to graduate in 2021 from Columbia University, where she studied non-fiction writing and wrote for the student newspaper. He’s currently counting down the seconds until the release of Kerbal Space Program 2 in 2023 — a game that will almost certainly take up quite a bit of his free time. This article has been viewed 249,506 times.

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To measure in inches, start by attaching a ruler, yardstick, or tape measure to the object or distance you’re trying to measure so that “0” is at one end. Then, find the last full inch before the opposite end of the object or distance you’re measuring. A full inch will be marked by a long line with a number at the end. Once you find it, count the unnumbered lines until you reach the very end of the object or distance. Remember that unordered lines represent fractions. For example, if there are 7 short, unnumbered lines in the middle of each full inch, each of those short lines represents 1/8 of an inch. Finish by adding the whole number of fractions you counted from the last full inch. Before measuring, make sure the tool you’re using has inch markers, not just centimeters or other metric units! To learn how to estimate inches using your thumb, scroll down!

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