Technical tape measures all share the same major components. They are all enclosed in either a steel or plastic case. They utilise a friction type hold mechanism to stop the action of the interior retraction spring. Tape measures use a long metal “tape” with standard measurements to identify length. Most of these tape measures can be repaired, even if the tape measure itself is cut or sheared in two pieces; some manufacturers offer replacement parts. By following a basic process, you can quickly fix and repair that favourite tape measure.