eTape16 Digital Tape Measure. Source: DIY Pipeline, YBLTV / YBL, LLC.

eTape16: The Measure Goes Digital

YBLTV Loves Ever So Handy eTape16 at National Hardware Show 2016

No.  I don’t wear a tool belt. Nor am I a contractor, carpenter, plumber, or handyman. I’m  just a Do-it-Yourselfer who sometimes stumbles through projects, and occasionally has to re-do  them.  Most likely eTape16 was not specifically designed for amateurs like me.  However, I have discovered that several features of this digital tape measure are perfect for the female or male  DIY homeowner, amateur or pro.

Ever plant Hosta cuttings in a row along a walkway, then watch them grow, realizing they are not equally spaced, thereby announcing your un-green thumb? How about hanging a Pottery Barn calendar/ catchall in the center of a wall and realizing you’re off an inch and a half  —that’s after you measured, divided the numbers, wrote them down, hammered in the anchors and fully installed the costly grouping.  What do you do? Tell everyone you planned it that way.

Why didn’t I know about eTape16 then? eMeasure, Inc. provided YBLTV with complimentary product at this year’s National Hardware Show to review. It’s so nice to see the 8ths and 16ths on the eTape16…

Planting my Hosta plants would have been a breeze.

eTape16 Digital Tape Measure : Center point of measurement. Source: DIY Pipeline, YBLTV / YBL, LLC.
eTape16 Digital Tape Measure : Center point of measurement. Source: DIY Pipeline, YBLTV / YBL, LLC.

And as for the calendar/catch all, I could have easily measured the wall, clicked the centerline symbol on the  face of the tape measure, and immediately view the centerline point  on the view screen.  No pen or paper required.

eTape16 Digital Tape Measure: Midpoint. Source: DIY Pipeline, YBLTV / YBL, LLC.
eTape16 Digital Tape Measure: Midpoint. Source: DIY Pipeline, YBLTV / YBL, LLC.

Push one of the memory buttons and the measurement is saved. What’s more, when retrieved,  you can click the centerline symbol  and see the midpoint and the full width measurement of the wall. Centering framed art or photographs is a snap.

I particularly like the inside/outside measurement. It took me a few minutes to figure what that meant. (Told you, I am an amateur DIY homeowner.) No fuss–just measure any area and get the measurement from the back or the front of the tape measure. Click the double arrows on the face of the tape measure.

eTape16 Digital Tape Measure: Inside outside measurement. Source: DIY Pipeline, YBLTV / YBL, LLC.
eTape16 Digital Tape Measure: Inside outside measurement. Source: DIY Pipeline, YBLTV / YBL, LLC.

When the arrow in the view screen points to the left, you’ll get the “inside” measure. Click again, and when the arrow points to the right, you’ll get the “outside” measure, which automatically includes the 3” of the tape measure.

My only objection, the location of the control buttons. I kept clicking the buttons accidentally while using the eTape16 – bringing up midpoint measures and changing them from inches to centimeters. It took a little work to hold the measure to avoid that.

eTape16’s cost? $29.95. Click here to buy the eTape16.

DIY Pipeline rating: 9 out of 10. Learn more about how the eTape16 works.

eTape16 Specifications

Accuracy 1/16 inch or 1mm
Tape Length 16 Feet / 4.8768 Meters
Tape Blade Width 3/4 inch
Case Polycarbonate
Battery CR2032 Lithium (included)
Turn Off Automatic – 5 minutes
Turn On Pull Blade
Measurement Units Feet, Inches, Fractions, to 1/16th of an inch (ex. 2′ 7 3/16″)
Inches, Fractions, to 1/16th of an inch (ex. 31 3/16″)
Decimal Inches, to 1/10th of an inch (ex. 31.1″)
Decimal Feet, to 1/100th of a foot (ex. 2.59′)
Centimeters, to 1/10 of a Centimeter (ex. 79.1 cm)

eTape 16eSmart™: The Measure Gets Smarter With Bluetooth

The eTape 16eSmart™ has a Bluetooth option that lets you record your data on your smartphone. If you are a professional or a dedicated do-it-yourselfer who needs longer term memory it’s a real plus.

Click here to buy the eTape16 BT for $49.95.

Learn more about the eTape16/BT™ specs below and be sure to watch the company’s eTape16/BT Bluetooth Tape Measure demo video*:

eTape 16eSmart™ Specifications

Accuracy 1/16 inch or 1mm
Tape Length 16 Feet / 4.8768 Meters
Tape Blade Width 3/4 inch
Case Polycarbonate
Battery CR2032 Lithium (included)
Turn Off Automatic – 5 minutes
Turn On Pull Blade
Measurement Units Feet, Inches, Fractions, to 1/16th of an inch (ex. 2′ 7 3/16″)
Inches, Fractions, to 1/16th of an inch (ex. 31 3/16″)
Decimal Inches, to 1/10th of an inch (ex. 31.1″)
Decimal Feet, to 1/100th of a foot (ex. 2.59′)
Centimeters, to 1/10 of a Centimeter (ex. 79.1 cm)
eTape16/BT Model VZ eTape16 eSmart Bluetooth (Model VZ Firmware Version 1.05)
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS iPhone 4S and newer iOS 8.0 or later
eTape16/BT eSmart Application Go to the Apple Store and download and install “eTape eSmart for eTape”

The use of the eTape eSmart™ application is use according to the eMeasure LICENSED APPLICATION END USER LICENSE AGREEMENT for use with eMeasure’s eTape16 Bluetooth.

Disclaimer: Company provided YBLTV complimentary product for review. *Video contained in part on this page is provided by companies via YouTube. YBLTV makes no warranties or representations in connection therewith.

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