Everyone should have a drawer full of useful tools in the house, in a central place where you can always find what you need. And in this drawer, you should keep a good quality tape measure! My useful drawer is in my home office, and its contents are sacred. If someone swipes any of my tools (stapler, tape, hole punch, scissors, glue, etc.), my family knows that my wrath will descend upon them. I have the Stanley 16’ PowerLock tape measure in my useful drawer, and I use it all the time. I am a graphic designer, and I use it to measure artwork all the time. I pull it out when I’m doing photo enlargements and can’t visualize what 8x10 looks like. I whip it out when I’m selling an old piece of furniture on craigslist and need a quick measurement. When we were ordering new curtains and needed to measure the windows, did we have to run out to the garage for a tape measure? Nope. The Stanley is really sturdy and well-made. I’ve been using this same tape measure for over 15 years. I use it all the time, and it gets banged around, but it still works like a charm. The tape itself is a good, thick metal, so it doesn’t bend like some cheap tape measures do.
The only thing I would change about this most useful tool is that they should add metric in addition to inches. I also design jewelry, and when I’m looking at materials online, they’re all measured in millimeters. If you want to get a visual of what 9mm looks like, the Stanley 16’ PowerLock is not going to help. But other than that, it ranks high in the useful household tools category!