Search CE Pro

Print  |  Email  |  Share  |  News  |  Follow on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ or RSS

Oh What a Tape Measure Can Do: Best Tool Tip Ever?

CE Pro Blog Mobster Fred Harding explains how to use a Stanley tape measure to fish wire.


Stanley tape measure: It isn’t just for measuring anymore.

In a pinch, a 25-foot long Stanley tape measures can do wonderful things. 

I’ve used them to fish wires with a couple of modifications. First, roll the hooked tip back over about six inches or so and tape the hook off so it won’t catch on anything. 

You now know how far you are when fishing.

You can then tape your beaded chain on the end, so that a magnet can pull it through a hole with wire attached. 

With care, you can then use the automatic rewind mechanism to pull the wire back to you. 


If you’re not sure where to drill your hole for the beaded chain, attach your toner positive lead to the tape blade, the negative lead to a ground, and then use the probe to determine where your chain lives.

The nifty part about the Stanley tapes is that you can take it off of the housing and pull the tape all the way through if you have to.

And for shorter runs ...

Behind every successful custom installation is a CE Pro

And CEPro magazine is there keeping you up-to-date on the latest products, techniques, designs and business practices. From HDBaseT 2.0 to cat5e wiring, from UHDTV to wireless lighting control, CEPro explains how they work and how best to use them. Each issue delivers constructive, real-time content to help you find innovative ways to successfully build and maintain your business.
Discover how to make smart use of today's current technologies...and those that are emerging...subscribe today!

Subscribe to the CE Pro Newsletter

Article Topics

News · Product News · Tools · Blog Mob · All topics

About the Author

Fred Harding
Fred Harding is in sales and technical support at Capitol Sales, a full service distributor of electronic installation hardware. He is a frequent contributor to CE Pro, writing hands-on product reviews and technical tips. Fred is a member of the inaugural CE Pro Blog Mob at CEDIA Expo 2012.

1 Comments (displayed in order by date/time)

Posted by 39CentStamp  on  11/30  at  03:18 PM

Great tip, Fred! Especially the part about the toner lead!

Page 1 of 1 comment pages
Post a comment
Commenting is not available in this weblog entry.

Sponsored Links

  About Us Customer Service Privacy Policy Contact Us Advertise With Us Dealer Services Subscribe Reprints ©2015 CE Pro
  EH Network: Electronic House CE Ideas Store Commercial Integrator ChannelPro ProSoundWeb Church Production Worship Facilities Electronic House Expo Worship Facilities Expo