It is difficult to imagine, but sometimes the ruler is not at that rare moment when it is needed. What to do?
To leave the situation with improvised means. And how exactly I’ll tell you now.
I do not have a ruler. How can I measure inches?
Each of the handy tools has certain sizes that do not change for years, so it is very convenient to use it when there is no roulette (or almost convenient).
For example, you can check your pockets and find there something useful, you can measure with money or even parts of your body.
The main thing is to know the length of what you are ready to measure.
No ruler? Get in your pocket and see what you find there. We will study the standard set of storage in the pocket.
The credit card usually has a size of 2 x 3.5 inches (length/width). The mobile phone has a size of 4.9X2.3 inches. With the phone, you cannot guess, because someone prefers thinner, but someone is wider and smaller.
You thought that business cards would never be useful to you? Definitely, no. The business cards of any company are identical in size and have a height of 2 inches and a length of 3.5 inches.
It’s harder to measure with help of a phone or a credit card because you will also need a pencil – very few of us have 10 phones in your pocket, right?
Where does 1 inch (or centimeter) hide?
In fact, money is the most effective way to measure an inch, especially if it’s a lot.
One inch can be represented by a coin of 10 penalties and a quarter from it.
If you do not have money, use your fingers. In this case, one inch can be measured from the tip of the finger to the first line of the phalanx on the back of the palm.
And if you live in Europe and have no idea about inches, then a British penny or one cent will be 2 cm. The credit card or ID card has a size of 8.5 cm X 5.4 cm.
And why do you need body parts?
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For not very accurate measurements you can use yourself. You have biological rulers such as your fingers, legs, elbows for it.
For example, the length of the thumb (not all) is about one inch. But just in case, measure your finger when the ruler is at hand.
The foot is a more accurate gauge. And, you can measure entire rooms with your feet.
For a start, it would be nice to know the length of the leg from the heel to the longest of your fingers. Although the length of the foot you use to order shoes online is quite enough.
And even if you do not have such knowledge is not a problem. You can see the length according to the size of the shoes.
Another useful part of the body for measurement is the elbow, that is, that part of the arm from the elbow to the fingertips. Depending on your individual parameters, elbow length ranges from 15 to 18 inches.
Of course, measuring with an elbow is not particularly accurate, but you can measure approximate inches.
How to measure inches without a ruler
In general, money is very useful. And if you did not spend money on the ruler, you have no choice but to use money as a ruler.
A dollar bill or 6.14X2.61 inch (length/height) can be an excellent measuring device. The main thing is that in your wallet there were many such dollars.
The easiest way to measure inches with bills is to fold a line of bills. But there is the more logical option.
So, a dollar bill can become a ruler of 6 inches. You just need to fold the dollar 6 times. The resulting segments will be 1 inch apart. Take a pencil, put a stamp at the beginning of every inch and voila you have an epic ruler. You can easily measure your diy tools e.g. drill machine, drill bits before drill a hole etc using this technique.
With your body
The thumb is enough to measure small objects measuring no more than 6 inches.
But if we are talking about longer objects, the width of the hand of 4 inches or 10 cm will be enough to measure it.
Now put your hands forward. The distance from the tip of your nose to the fingers of the outstretched hand is 92 cm or 36 inches if you certainly bend your fingers.
When you need to measure more serious things, about a meter long, then you can use your hand with your fingers extended.
An interesting fact – the length from the navel to the feet is 1 meter for women 5’4 and for men 5’10. And the distance from the floor to the mouth (in the case of a man) will be 5 feet.
Women can measure 5 feet from the ground to the eyes. But we need to understand that we are all different and these indicators are only valid for people of medium height. Hands are perfect when you want to make homemade tool bag, homemade socket organizer for your ratchet sets.
How to measure big stuff?
And what if you need to measure furniture, but there is nothing to measure at hand?
It’s good that in the USA there are standard sizes. For example, most of the doors have a size of 6’6 “to 6’8” (or 198 cm to 203 cm).
Standard tables have a height of 30 inches (76 cm) from the floor, and the chair for the dining room has a gap between the legs to 15 to 17 inches or 38-43 cm.
How to measure inches of my room?
This task seems unthinkable without a tape measure or laser ruler. But even in such a desperate situation, there is a solution.
Count the steps, multiply the number of steps by the size of the shoe (the length of the foot is actually). What did you do? Approximate measurement of the length and width of the floor.
How to measure inches without a ruler? This question relates more to the breadth of horizons only to know how big or small anything is. After all, to know the specific length of something better armed with a ruler.
Nevertheless, you have a smartphone and this thing can replace you any line, just download a special application for this.