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That why I keep 3 or 4 tape measures laying around, and 4 or 5 pair of reading glasses.........welders are hard on stuff 不不不
 
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I dont do much measuring larger than a micrometer.
Years ago, before I began map and compass reading for wilderness hunts I was at work fabricating a small part off of a print. The engineer had specified the degrees and then 30 minutes! I asked my welding foreman how do I measure minutes. He said you dont (Lol) ,set it as close to the degree and call it good, if they want it closer they should have specified (finish symbol) and had it machined.

I dont do the precision measuring you do Nick. I have used a micrometer on occasion but I do use a slide caliper a lot.
 

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If anyone is interested though I can tell you where I stored a good 4 foot spirit level in a shop I built close to 40 years ago now. Its in the SE corner, neatly encased in the corner studs. I stopped to visit the guy who currently owns the place a few years ago and told him where the level lives but he seemed uninterested in getting it out.
About 20 years ago I found and old wooden 4 level with brass inlays between the studs of a late 1800s century home we tore down. It was made in Pennsylvania but looks like it came over on the Mayflower

The stories it could tell - Ive got it hanging up in my collection.
 
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Im sorry, it is not a 4 footer. It was a 2 footer- looks a lot like the old studs which is why I think it got overlooked in the wood slat / plaster walls with full 2X4 oak studs. Heres a few pics..... the brass plate has already retarnished:

Baize Wood Rectangle Recreation Electric blue
Wood Pool Automotive exterior Hardwood Flooring
Revolver Wood Publication Font Shotgun
Brown Wood Artifact Font Cemetery
 
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