I was doing some cutting on my TS when I realized I was having problems getting an accurate cut.
I used my tape measure to measure the distance between the fence and the blade then make the cut but when I measured the piece the dimension was off by about a 32nd or so.
Frustrated, I repeated the cut several time to be sure I was being accurate but was always getting that 32nd difference.
The gurus among you have probably figured out what I was doing (and confirm if this really is the reason) and it involves that little play in the hook end that a tape measure has. I thought it was just a defect that all tape measures have, until today!
It was almost life changing when I realized that little play was to adjust for the thickness of the hook itself when measuring inside, as when you set up a fence, and an outside measurement, as when you measure out-to-out. I always extended the measuring tape to take out the slack when I set up my fence. So, I was always a 32nd to long on the piece. After I set the fence snug to the measuring tape, the dimension was right on with the cut piece!
I got very little done today because of the rain and my back but this old dog learned a new trick today.
New to me anyways.