A micrometer is a precision instrument used to measure the thickness of small objects, such as sheet metal or wires. In this blog post, we will show you how to read a micrometer correctly and use it to take accurate measurements.
We’ll also discuss some common mistakes people make when using this tool. So, if you’re interested in learning more about micrometers, keep reading!
How to read inch micrometer
The first thing you need to do is to set the micrometer to the correct measurement. This is usually done by turning a dial on the barrel of the tool. Once the micrometer is set, you can begin taking measurements.
To take a measurement, line up the zero graduation on the barrel with the object you’re measuring. Then, look at the thimble and find the number that corresponds to the thickness of the object. This number is your measurement.
For example, if you’re measuring a wire that’s 0.072 inches thick, you would find the number 7 on the thimble and measurement.
If you need to convert the measurement to millimeters, divide the number of inches by 25.4. So, if the measurement is 0.98 inches, that would be equal to 24.89 mm.
How to read a metric micrometer
If you’re using a metric micrometer, the graduations will be marked in millimeters instead of inches. The process for taking a measurement is the same, however. You should also note that most metric micrometers have a thimble that goes from 0 to 25 millimeters, with each graduation representing 1/100 of a millimeter.
If you need to read a micrometer in inches, simply multiply the number of millimeters by 0.03937 to get the thickness in inches. For example, if a micrometer reading is 2.5 mm, the thickness in inches would be 0.09843 (2.5 mm x 0.03937 = 0.09843 in).
Common mistakes people make when using a micrometer
One of the most common mistakes people make when using a micrometer is not setting the tool to the correct measurement. This can result in inaccurate measurements.
Another mistake is squeezing the handles of the micrometer too hard. When you squeeze the handles too hard, you can distort the measurement. So, be sure to apply only enough pressure to get a reading.
Finally, it’s important to keep the object you’re measuring straight and parallel to the barrel of the micrometer. If the object is not aligned correctly, the measurement will be inaccurate.