My crew and I build steel-framed decks. When Milwaukee rolled out its 25-foot model 48-22-5125 magnetic tape measure last summer, most of us bought one to see if it would be a good fit. So far, we think it’s great.

The tape has two powerful magnets: one at the end for butt measurements and one underneath to prevent roll-off when hooking steel framing, steel pipes, threaded rod, and the like. The end magnet is handy for pulling inside measurements from steel ledgers and rim joists (and it helps us pick up dropped screws from a ladder).

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