Inventions and other News by Dane Scarborough

A Brief History of Tape Measures

A Brief History of Tape Measures

The next big change to measuring tapes was blade standout, or what I call the blade standout wars, which Stanley won hands down with the FatMax, by patenting the 1.25" wide blade combined with the brilliant  geometry of the curve of the blade as shown here in John C. Murray's 2001 patent.Stanley tapes is king of blade standout

LIMITED LIFETIME WARRANTY - FYI: A woman that worked at the return counter of a major lumber yard chain, once told me that you could leave a contractor alone in the desert

LIMITED LIFETIME WARRANTY - FYI: A woman that worked at the return counter of a major lumber yard chain, once told me that you could leave a contractor alone in the desert

LIMITED LIFETIME WARRANTY - FYI: A woman that worked at the return counter of a major lumber yard chain, once told me that you could leave a contractor alone in the desert, naked, with an anvil and when you came back the next day, the anvil would be broken and he wouldn’t know how it happened… The point being that contractors are capable of breaking anything, so if you break your QuickDraw tape, please know that we have you covered. QuickDraw Pro models that are bought through our website are covered by our *limited lifetime warranty (see details on our website.

Building with the QuickDraw Pro - Weekend project

Building with the QuickDraw Pro - Weekend project

Building with the QuickDraw tape measure- Weekend project - 

The problem:  an exterior utility door, that's got a fair amount of dry rot, and the brass hinges and latch are caked in 50 years of paint.  

For tools, besides my Quickdraw tape, I've got a chop saw, a skill-saw, a screw-gun, and a plainer, but no table saw, so, I'll measure, and mark with the quickdraw, then cut the boards to 38" using the chop saw. 

 

FOCUS and DISCIPLINE - A chapter from "The Inventors Guide to World Domination".

FOCUS and DISCIPLINE - A chapter from "The Inventors Guide to World Domination".

If you really are tired of struggling financially… If you really want to turn your life around, you have to make a conscious decision.

You have to change your perception of focus and discipline. 

For the gates of success to open, focus and discipline have to become your friend.  Once you start implementing focus and discipline, it’s liberating, because it breeds success and success gives you freedom! You can do this, and Chapter 4 shows you how.

Best Father's Day gift ever!

Best Father's Day gift ever!

Best seller for Father’s Day… this tape measure has a built-in marking device. It never needs sharpening, can’t break, and makes 2000+ marks per load - comes with 10 reloads and a marking keychain that holds the refills

For the dad that has everything, except a pencil when he really needs it, the QuickDraw Pro self-marking tape get's the job done in spades.  

The magic is in the way it works on all kinds of surfaces, no mater how rough, because the mark is made by a small hardened steel wheel, that rolls out the graphite, but the wheel itself can't break. Think of it like a ballpoint pencil, except it's a wheel. 

Top rated tape measure

Top rated tape measure

Top rated tape measure review - We’ve all been there, in that moment when we’re ready to make our mark, and realize we don’t have a pencil behind our ear... so we put the tape measure down, and we’re off on mission to find a damm pencil... 5 minutes later, we’re ready to get it done, and the pencil lead breaks !@%#^! OK, calm down, we just need to find something to sharpen it with... 

Point being, if you work with a tape measure everyday, or just once in a while on a home project, you will love the new innovation of the QuickDraw self-marking tape measure, but it’s much more than that. It also: 

1. makes a perfect circle 

2. gives you an extra hand to hold the blade in place for a more accurate mark

3. duplicates measurements easily

4. makes difficult measurements easy

5. saves time and frustration by never having to look for a pencil (or a sharpener) again  

Best Selling Tape Measure

Best Selling Tape Measure

Best selling tape measure - Quickdraw pro is a self-marking tape measure that eliminates the need for a pencil altogether.  Imagine having an extra hand to hold the blade steady while you make your mark, exactly where you want it. 

 

New improvements to the QuickDraw Pro - The tape blade brake-lock has been redesigned

New improvements to the QuickDraw Pro - The tape blade brake-lock has been redesigned

New improvements to the QuickDraw Pro: The tape blade brake-lock has been redesigned to be easy to engage, yet lock and hold the blade for repeated measurements. Co-Molded rubber engages the tape blade from above and below, to grip and hold the blade better than any other tape on the market.

Wallpaper is a simple task, if you have one of these...

Wallpaper is a simple task, if you have one of these...

So, you're about to hang a picture, or some shelves, or in this case, a wallpaper mural. First step is laying out the measuring and that requires a measuring tape, a pencil, and something to keep the pencil sharp, except not today, because today, we're using a self-marking tape measure with a built-in marking device, because it's so much easier.Quickdraw self-marking tape measure make it easy

NOTE: It's very important, is to reverse roll the wallpaper, so it lays out flat, when you unroll it. It doesn't take long with most papers, but you'll have to test it to determine if you've gotten the curl out. It works well to use the tube the paper came in.

Quickdraw tapes

If you look closely, you'll see the overlap of the panel on the molding above. You'll need a sharp razor knife to trim it, and if the knife is not sharp enough, it can easily tear the paper, so you might want to invest in new blades for your knife.

quickdraw wallpaper info

I did the four upper panels first, because the ceiling was so out of wack, and I was very carful to keep each panel true to my vertical marks, made with the QuickDraw Self-marking tape measure, which should insure good alignment with the lower panels. 

 quickdraw tape measures

Now, put up the first lower panel from the middle out, as this will give you the ability to make adjustments as you match the remaining panels.

best selling tape measure

Now, put up the first lower panel from the middle out, as this will give you the ability to make adjustments as you match the remaining panels.

Top rated tape measure - Quickdraw

A little about marking tape measures - If you have never used a self-marking tape, and you do a lot of home projects, you defiantly want to get one. They are simply the best tape measure ever invented. It marks on the roughest of materials, and even marks on wet surfaces. The patented built in marking device allows you to lay down a pencil line right where you want it, but there’s no pencil to sharpen, or break. A small steel wheel transfers graphite to the surface you’re marking. So easy, quick, and most importantly, accurate. Makes every job easier, and you’re never wasting time looking for a pencil!

Inventing the QuickDraw Marking Tape Measure

Inventing the QuickDraw Marking Tape Measure

I was in second grade when a kid challenged me to roll a quarter down the center of my face. He said, “You can’t do it, it’s impossible!” I took the quarter and proved him wrong, to which he replied, “Oh, I guess I was wrong.” He then walked away laughing. Unbeknownst to me, he had rubbed pencil graphite on the edge of the quarter, so I was walking around with a black line right down the center of my face.
Flash forward: I’m a grown man, with a family, building my house in Sun Valley, Idaho. It’s snowing, my ears are cold, my skin is dry, and countless pencils have already fallen from the perch on my ear into snowdrifts, lost until spring for sure. I’m using a Stanley Power-lock tape measure to frame the second floor and I’ve just lost my last pencil. SOB#%^@#! So, I start using the edge of the tape case to indent the wood. This was the beginning of the idea that would eventually become the QuickDraw Pro marking tape measure.
Already having had success as an inventor (The Levelution System Level was performing increasingly well), I knew I was onto something. I did patent searches, and discovered there were over sixty patents on the idea of a marking tape measure, yet nothing was on the market? This was strange, because I knew firsthand that it was a great idea. I analyzed all the existing patents and discovered that they all had the same flaws. Simply put, if you have to engage a marking mechanism (that would be a pencil), then lock the blade, then make your mark, then dis-engage the marker, then dis-engage the lock, well, forget it, it’s going to be easier to use a pencil.

Bob the One-Armed Carpenter...

Bob the One-Armed Carpenter...

Once upon a time...

There was a one-handed carpenter named Bob... Bob used a regular tape measure and held a pencil in his mouth, to make a mark... Life was hard for Bob... no matter how great a carpenter Bob was, he was paid very little. Then one fateful day, a new guy showed up, using some kind of magical self-marking tape measure...

Bob blinked to be sure his eyes weren’t playing tricks on him... Bob asked the new guy, “can I try it?” Sure Bob, you’ll love it, cuz it’s like having an extra hand... indeed it was... But how does it work? Well Bob, there’s a small steel wheel, that rolls out graphite, so there’s nothing to sharpen... nothing to break... and Bob, it’ll make 2000 marks per load... Bob went right out and bought a QuickDraw Pro Tape, and lived happily ever after...

The QuickDraw tape measure gave Bob the ability to make a good living... For the two-handed carpenter, the QuickDraw just makes everything that much easier...

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Pencils are Evil...

Pencils are Evil...