A Built-in Pickup Tool
Tiny, powerful ‘rare earth’ magnets turn your tape hook into a handy grabber, a nice feature at no extra cost. But it’s not for those who like to carry their tape in a nail pouch. Every time you grab your tape, a cluster of nails comes along with it. You’ll find magnetic hooks on Husky, Kobalt, Lufkin and other brands.
Big Hooks are Better
They grab better and catch on all four sides of the hook. But they can also catch where you don’t want them to, like on your tool belt. And they’re clumsy for measuring into corners. Still, the benefits outweigh the hassles, and big hooks are better for most types of work.
Some Tapes Make You Squint
Some tapes are marked in 1/16-in. increments, some in 1/32-in. increments, and some have a combination of both. For most jobs, 16ths are precise enough—and a lot easier to read.