16 Types of Measuring Tools Every DIY Guy Should Know

Unlike before when people used parts of their bodies, including their fingers, arm, and so on, we can now use different measuring tools.  For example, in the past, the Egyptians measured “cubit” being the distance taken from their elbow to their fingertips. It was the way that they measured the pyramids. It was only one reference to ancient history in terms of measurements, but there is a whole lot more.  Through time, innovations have changed the way we live and work. Like now, we can use tools to measure liquids, angles, distances and dimensions.    In the following, let us discuss the types of measuring tools that every DIY person should know.

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CalipersThese tools are used in measuring the length of an object’s two sides. They can work accurately up to two decimal places. They have upper jaws that measure a cylinder’s internal diameter. These tools also have lower jaws that measure an object’s external diameter.   On the market, there are now digital calipers that can display the measurement accurately.


SquaresTwo of the most obvious uses of squares are looking for and marking right angles.  Carpenters use these tools for framing tasks.  If you must mark things, squares are useful.   You can find these measuring tools with a L shape; others resemble a triangle.

The more advanced variant is a combination square. It usually has interchangeable heads, which can be used in measuring angles. The combination square is perfect for drawing different lines that you need to cut. It can also be used in marking areas where you should put a notch.  This tool can help you determine angles, including 90-degree angles.

Bubble Inclinometer

Bubble InclinometerIt is used in measuring the grade of steepness of an object. You only put it near to a joint of the object that you need to measure. Then, you can set the dial to zero, and then open the joint to its fully extended state.  It will tell you the movement range that the specific joint has made.


MicrometerIt is used in measuring the depth, length and thickness of something.


ThermometersThere are many kinds of these measuring tools, most commonly those used in determining body temperature.  In the tools’ world, you can also find thermometers used for measuring the temperature of the atmosphere and other things. Thermometers can be digital or manual ones.  Of course, the digital types are easier to use and read.


StopwatchIf you want to measure time under a controlled condition, you can use a stopwatch.   It can measure a time interval by simply pressing its button.  It is the same used in stopping the time. You must read the stopwatch to determine the time that has passed.

Measuring Cups

Measuring CupsThese tools are not only for kitchen or culinary uses but also for science. They are used by physicists and chemists, too.  Their primary use is to measure the amount of liquid.


RulerIt is a useful tool in determining measurements, including foot, centimeter, and millimeter. Nevertheless, it can give you a precise measurement of the length of an object. A ruler is 12 inches long, but some can be shorter or longer. It is with centimeters marking on one side and inches marking on the other side.


CompassIt is used in making circles as well as in making measurements.  It is not just used in academics but also in the real world. Many in the construction industry also use it.

Angle Gauge

Angle GaugeIt is used in taking an accurate measurement of an angle.  It can offer an easy to read measurement and is also affordable. This tool is digital, so it can offer an accurate data immediately.

Angle Locator

Angle LocatorYou can use it in measuring angles in hard to reach areas. It has a circular side and typically used in holding the protractor. This tool can show you the reading easily, too. It has two arms that can help you measure an angle under 90 degrees.   However, you must place both its arms on a surface to use it properly.  Once you have adjusted the arms, you just remove it from that area, and get the final reading.

Pressure Gauge

Pressure GaugeIt is used in measuring the air and water pressure. For example, the water pressure gauge will measure water; the air pressure gauge will measure the air. The air pressure gauge is typically used in checking a tire’s pressure.

Moisture Meters

Moisture MetersBefore certain materials in construction can be used, their moisture content should be measured.  In some cases, a material contains a higher or lower amount of moisture, so you need to use a moisture meter. A few materials in which a moisture meter is used are wood and paper.

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ProtractorsYou might have been familiar with protractors back in high school. But then, these tools can also be used in real life situations.  Typically, these measuring tools are used in measuring angles. Architects and scientists use them to measure complex angles.

Tape Measure

Tape MeasureIt is one of the most basic tools that most households have.  You can find two types of these tools, the one enclosed in a shelf, and the other one without. The latter is soft, allowing it to be curved.  You might have been familiar with the second one if you knew a tailor who uses this type of tape measure. It is soft and easy to curve because it is used in taking body measurements.  The prior is the type used in constructions.

Laser Level

Laser LevelThis measuring tool is another essential for everyone, not only for those working in construction jobs. Just as its name, it is used to check if something is leveled on the surface. So, you only need to put it on a surface to check if the vials are leveled. It’s easy to use, too.  But now, you can find digital levels on the market. These tools have a digital display, showing you the reading. It can be easier to use than the manual level is.

Which among these types of tools have you used? Tell us in the comment.  Finally, stay tuned with Tool Aim for the most recent updates and guides on tools.

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