Is it possible to measure a length greater than 50' to a precision less than 1/16"?

If so, what tools and/or techniques should I use to do so?

  • This is s 'shopping' question, which are typically not a great fit for this site. Check out diy.stackexchange.com/help/on-topic – Aaron Jul 5 '13 at 15:25
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    I was thinking "Which tools, materials, and best practices for home improvement task" – Matt Jul 5 '13 at 15:35
  • Did you mean 50 FT 50 '? – HerrBag Jul 5 '13 at 15:36
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    I disagree that this is a shopping question. In fact, it's a very interesting question if reworded slightly: can a tape mearsure over 50ft long be accurate to 1/16th of an inch? (My guess is that due to stretching, heat expansion/contraction, etc, no) – DA01 Jul 5 '13 at 17:30
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    A question of the form "does X exist?" is a shopping question; asking "how do I do Y?" is OK, even if the answer is "Buy X". Yes, we're weird. :) Welcome to the site. – Niall C. Jul 5 '13 at 18:00

The laser measuring devices are in that range. A 100' metal tape has temperature coefficient expansion issues.

There are surveyors metal (and fiberglass) tapes on reels.

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