Does anyone the measure of their parts?

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Dipsy Doodle Doo, Feb 25, 2008.

  1. Hi! Can anyone else measure lengths and measures without 'measuring'? My Hubby says it is 'freakish', but my Grandpa taught me (he was a carpenter and cabinet-maker).
    He showed me when I was a little kid, that the distance between your (his, mine didn't make the measure at the time) thumb and pointy finger will be 'so much".
    Now I can accurately use what I 'know' to be true as a measure --- I can step off a distance and know my stride is 'this' and get "the distance".
    I always use a tape measure for 'exact measures',
    but it's handy to be able to be to gauge the distances without a measure.
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    I use thumb and pinky to figure about 9 inches with nails, 8.5 without.

    My arm span to be 5ft, and other than that...that's it.
  3. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    Yup, my grandpa was a farmer/wood worker. He showed me LOTS abotu weights and measures. I can step off a measurement, and me accurate within mere inches.
  4. Crunchie

    Crunchie Brook Valley Farm

    Mar 1, 2007

    Seeing as this is a family-friendly forum, I won't tell y'all what I thought when I saw the title of this post. I'll just leave it alone. But obviously I've been hanging around my husband and his smart-alecky, mind-in-the-gutter self too long if I thought what I thought....and I did think what I thought....[​IMG]
  5. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    Quote:I thought the same thing LOL!!!

    I estimate or think what it is and I am usually right. I keep a measuring tape just in case though
  6. lurky

    lurky Songster

    Jun 4, 2007
    Western MA
    Quote:I'm with ya there crunchie........but i think we mighta been a little tricked into thinking that way. Its really not our faults [​IMG]

    egh....My husband has the 12" feet too and he step measures stuff all the time.
  7. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    I can measure my steps like that. Also the distance between my elbow and wrist to figure things. And the 2nd joint of the finger for an inch.
  8. brandigirl

    brandigirl In the Brooder

    Feb 23, 2008
    Carlyss, LA
    Years ago (not important just how many years ago...LOL) my Mom taught me how to measure fabric by holding one end of the fabric with the tip of my fingers (arm stretched outward) and the other to the end of my nose....may have to turn head slightly. It should be close to a yard. Try's somewhat accurate. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Feb 26, 2008
  9. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    I have a pretty good 3' pace, from walking jump courses (horses). Also from my horse experience, I can measure heights up to 4'6 pretty accurately against various parts of my body... except that the 4' mark is now a couple inches lower than it was before I nursed two babies [​IMG]

    Except when I have to buy things at the hardware store, I tend to measure things using Random Objects In The Environment, actually, rather than a measuring tape. "The replacement fence board has to be as long as from the butt of my longe whip up to this place where the horse chewed the lash". "All the uprights on my tractor are the length of this here piece of wood, whatever size *that* is." "I need to buy screws about as long as this piece of grass I plucked that happens to be the right size when you hold it up against the wood." Drives my carpentry-geek father crazy but I still maintain this is a perfectly traditional way of building things [​IMG]

  10. quadcam79

    quadcam79 Songster

    Oct 28, 2007
    Fernandina Beach Fl.
    yeh sure...ask any of us guys...
    12" is at least |____________________| [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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