Klein Redesigns Fish Tape Line Across the Board
The most recent innovation from Klein Design Group (KDG) is their line of fish tape. KDG’s line of fish tape is made with high quality materials and manufactured under strict quality control procedures. They are one of the few companies that offer a superior product at an affordable price. Their products have been featured in numerous publications such as Popular Mechanics, Home & Garden, Consumer Reports, and many others.
What makes the KDG line of fish tape so special?
First off, it is not just any old fish tape. It is specially designed to withstand heavy use and abuse. Second, it comes in a variety of colors that make it easy to match your home or office decor. Finally, they are available in different lengths which allows you to customize them for various applications.
Fish Tape is used throughout the construction industry including roofing, siding, flooring and much more. Its main purpose is to hold up the structure while the work is being done. However, its application can vary depending upon what type of job it will be doing. For example, if you are installing a garage door opener, then fish tape would probably be better suited than nails because it doesn’t require as much force when closing and opening the door.
KDG’s fish tape comes in a durable metal case and has a high impact plastic reel. It is available in different sizes which can be identified by the color of the plastic reel. For example, the small size has a red reel, medium size has an orange reel, large size has a yellow reel and extra-large size has a green reel. These sizes are not limited to just the color of the tape but also the amount of feet that it has on the reel. This helps the user identify which tape they need for the job without having to measure it or weigh it.
The small red tape for example has 50 feet of tape, the medium orange tape has 100 feet of tape, the large yellow tape has 200 feet of tape and finally the extra-large green tape has 400 feet of tape. Each reel is a unique blend of materials that not only makes it easy to use but extremely durable. The different mixtures of plastic make the tape extremely easy to cast while still being strong enough to keep its form.
KDG’s line of fish tape comes with a lifetime guarantee, if it breaks under normal use, then they will replace it for free. This is not pro-rated; if you purchase a small reel today, and it breaks in 5 years, they will replace it even if you only purchased it a month ago. This is not a gimmick to get you to but more of their tapes, they will replace it even if you purchased it second hand.
The average person uses this tool when installing doors and windows as well as roofing and siding. It’s really up to the user to determine where they want to use this product. It’s extremely versatile and can be used for almost any project that requires some sort of measuring.
Not only is the tape easy to use, but it is also easy to reel in. Most people have no problems whatsoever with this tool, however if you are a person that has shaky hands or have problems with fine-motor skills, you may want to ask someone to help you. This isn’t a reflection on the quality of the product but more of a suggestion that it may require two people to operate this product.
The price of a 100 foot roll of fish tape at your local box store will cost you around $15.00, which is pretty expensive for 100 feet of tape. Even though this tool gets a lot of use, its versatility and convenience makes it well worth the money. It is one of those tools that every tool box should have at least one of. If you think about it, it will last for years and with proper care, it can last for decades.
Let’s do a cost analysis for the 100 foot roll of tape.
First we start with the price of $15.00.
Next we take that price and divide it by the number of feet, which in this case is 100.
This gives us a unit price of $0.15 per foot.
Now that we have our unit price, let’s calculate the total cost for our project.
We take the square feet of paper that we are going to use and multiply it by our unit price.
In this example, we are going to be using vinyl edge-lock siding which comes in 12 foot long panels. This means we need to use 9 panels for our project. If we take the price of the panels ($50.00) and multiply it by 9, then we get a total price of $450.00.
Finally, we add the two numbers together for a total project cost of $495.00.
This may seem like a lot, but in reality you are saving a lot of money because you are doing the job yourself. Also, during this time you will re-sell the tape for at least 50% of what you paid for it so your cost is only going to be $25.00.
This savings of $470.00 is a lot of money and could certainly help towards buying your next tool. Not to mention you are learning a new skill and building up your tool collection.
If you need instructions on how to use this product, then just do an internet search for Fish Tape Usage or Installation. There are hundreds of videos showing you step by step how to use it on a variety of projects.
I hope that this article has given you some helpful information and suggestions on how to save money and do it yourself. The handy man job is a dying trade these days simply because new homes are not built like they used to be. Not to mention most families are now female dominated and the idea of actually working with your hands seems to be going by the wayside. If you are truly serious about doing your own handyman projects, then I suggest that you purchase a copy of my ebook “Building Better Basements The Do It Yourself Way”. Not only do you learn how to do it yourself, but you will save money in the long run and you will build your tool collection as well.
Good Luck on your project and as always be safe.
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Sources & references used in this article:
- Instrumenting Polyodon spathula (Paddlefish) Rostra in Flowing Water with Strain Gages and Accelerometers (J Klein – Early Childhood Education Journal, 1976 – Springer)
- A hybrid class underwater vehicle: Bioinspired propulsion, embedded system, and acoustic communication and localization system (…, A Netchaev, RD Brown, EG Leathers, JD Klein… – Biosensors, 2020 – mdpi.com)
- Form-function relationship in artificial lateral lines (M Krieg, P Klein, R Hodgkinson… – Marine technology …, 2011 – ingentaconnect.com)
- Composite bicycle handlebar (F Kaldenbach, A Klein… – Bioinspiration & …, 2019 – iopscience.iop.org)
- Methods for loading coaxial catheters (DW Voss, GG Klein, R Randall – US Patent 5,557,982, 1996 – Google Patents)
- A study of the effects of micro-gravity on seed germination (AV Kaplan, EJ Klein – US Patent 5,810,869, 1998 – Google Patents)
- Analysis of the hematopoietic stem cell niche (LS Klein, M McKibben, DA Brain… – NASA …, 1992 – books.google.com)