Let’s Meet in the Middle

OK, smarty-pants, quick—what’s half of 166-13/16 in.? Even if you can do it in your head, I can do it faster with a tape measure. I go to the closest even number, bigger or smaller—in this case, 166 in.—and divide that in half. Even I know the answer is 83 in. Then I measure from both ends 83 in., make two marks and estimate the center of them. The marks will always be less than 1 in. apart. This method is goof-proof as well as fast: If you make a division error, you’ll know right away—the marks won’t even be close to each other. — Travis Larson


Originally Published on The Family Handyman