This old tape measure follows me around everywhere. My father gave it to me, and it does the trick. Sure, it’s a little heavier than today’s newest models and the tape itself doesn’t stay extended with a flick of a button. But it’s a happy memory plus a working tool, and has pride of place in my belongings.
For many of us, home improvement was a chance for parents or other mentors to give us welcome advice. Do-it-yourself projects were do-it-together occasions, and we learned practical knowledge that still serves us today. For example, from working with a tape measure I learned: