There are many digital measuring devices available. Lasers are now commonly used on jobsites for measurement. They can be used tо quickly and accurately record the dimensions of a space. Electronic calipers can switch from inch to metric with the push of a button. Machine accuracy and repeatability is now so precise that cabinetmakers frequently measure to within thousandths of an inch. As parts are created, they must be measured to ensure accuracy so assemblies will fit together properly. Some digital measuring devices have the ability to send data to a computer for collection. This record of parts in production can help resolve any machining issues that may occur.

Measuring and layout tools need very little maintenance. There are few moving parts. However, care is needed during handling and storage of the tool.

Some measuring tools, such as framing and try squares, have scales stamped on them. They may become difficult to read over time. If so, wipe across them with a cloth pad containing white paint. Then remove the excess from the surface of the tool with steel wool. The measurements should be readable again. Points may need tо be sharpened occasionally. Everything you might need for these kinds of maintenance and care you will find in our Hand Tools department.