Quick Fix for a Hard to Read Ruler

If you have metal rulers and squares that are hard to read because rust and grime have filled the indentations, we’ve got the fix for you.

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Readable Ruler

If you have metal rulers and squares that are hard to read because rust and grime have filled the indentations, follow this simple trick:

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  1. Brush correction fluid across the engraved marks.
  2. Let it dry, then clean off the dried fluid with fine sandpaper.

The tiny marks will now show clearly, and you can skip buying a more powerful pair of cheaters. Thanks for this tip goes to Carl Anderson, a guy who really rules. In the meantime, here’s another handy measuring tip: an in-hand notepad right on your tape measure.

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