FastCap ProCarpenter Flatback tape measure
I have placed several orders with since I visited your website after seeing a "plug" for your company and its products while watching Ron Paulk videos... and... up to this point have been very pleased with your products... so pleased that I have "subscribed".
However, I recently bought one of your flatback tape measures for sheet goods. I have an issue with the tape's "hook" not laying flat when hooked on the end of plywood or a board with a 90 degree edge. As soon as any tension... and I mean even a little tension... is applied to straighten out the tape, the hook slides up over the edge of the sheet good/board changing the measurement by anywhere from 1/32nd to a 1/16th of an inch. If moderate tension is applied, the hook slides up and completely off the edge.
I love that the tape lays flat, has dual locking devices, a built in pencil/lead sharpener and a place to jot notes... but, I have switched back to my "stand-by" Stanley 33-116 for my woodshop work because I cannot trust your Flatback tape to hold tight on the edge of a board or sheet of plywood.
Could I have received a tape with a "faulty" hook? Believe me, I have examined it closely and I am not able to see anything wrong with it... but, I have no "reference" to base that on.
Is my issue a common feedback item concerning your Flatback tape measures?
Thanks in advance for your response... 3fletch
The hook is most likely working as intended but I would have to see his to make sure it is not defective.
The hook will only hold on to a perfect 90 degree corner. It has to be a machined edge and not rounded over in any way. If the edge has been rounded even a little bit the hook will start to slide and slip off the edge just like he describes. Without seeing his tape measure I would say that most likely your edges have a little bit of rounding, either you took a router to them or sanded them or they have just become rounded over time. If you ran the board through a saw and had a perfectly clean cut with no rounding on the edge it should hook with no problem. If that doesn’t make sense let me know and I will make a quick video and send it to you.