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Use your pencil instead of your tape
Early on in my carpentry career, I mismeasured an expensive baseboard and
cut it too short. Instead of shouting, ‘You’re fired,’ my boss just said, ‘Don’t use
your tape measure unless you have to.’ He was right. Holding trim in place
and marking it is always more accurate than measuring, often faster and it
eliminates mistakes. This is good advice for other types of carpentry work
too, like siding, laying shingles and sometimes even framing.