01:16PM | 01/04/03
Member Since: 10/11/02
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there is a little black diamond shape every 19 1/4" on a tape measure. can anyone inlighten me to what this is used for?


05:45PM | 01/05/03
Member Since: 11/06/02
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Divide 96" by five and you get 19-3/16" which is actually where the diamonds are located. It's just another layout setting like 16" or 24" commonly used for framing buildings.

doug seibert

05:16AM | 01/09/03
Member Since: 08/10/02
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They're for engineered trusses..........


05:00PM | 01/09/03
Member Since: 11/06/02
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Engineered trusses are a common usage but not the exclusive use. I'm remodeling an eighty year old house now for a customer. It was balloon framed with all members @19-3/16"oc My own house is log with the upper floor joists (4x8 timbers) @the same layout. It is more common in commercial work but not at all uncommon in residential.


01:06AM | 01/10/03
Member Since: 10/11/02
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thanks to all who replied.


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