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|Originator: Rick J||Date: 7/11/2001 5:53 PM|
Wondering what anyone who is micing lines is using - I have a good micrometer for leaders but it only goes up to 0.02" or so. Quality micrometers are $100+ - ouch!!!
Anything cheaper out there that is accurate in line ranges - 0.02 to 0.1" or so?
|Originator: Rick J||Date: 7/12/2001 2:20 AM|
Found one for just over $20 that measures from 0.001" to 1" - that should do the trick
|Originator: J_D||Date: 7/12/2001 2:45 AM|
I would not reccomend using dial calipers to measure lines. Most calipers have knife edge measuring surfaces. Micrometers, on the other hand, have opposing anvils. For something soft and flexible like a flyline, a micrometer is much prefered. Check out a few pawn shops or swap meets or the web for a used 1 inch mic.
|Originator: MJC||Date: 7/14/2001 1:28 PM|
J D has a good point and I also would not recommend using the knife edge part of the blades to measure a fly lines diameter. This point never crossed my mind as the several pairs of calipers I've owned had both a knife edge portion as well a flat surface area to measure with. The two suppliers mentioned above also have reasonably priced micrometers.
|Originator: J_D||Date: 7/14/2001 11:57 PM|
The flat part of my calipers is only .120 thick. Whereas the anvils on my mic are .250 dia. Twice the area of contact and because of the way a mic closes down on the part being measured, a much better "feel". This is important when trying to measure something soft and mushy like a flyline. There is a dial indicator that has anvils the same as a mic. It opens by pushing a slider and then closes by a spring, so the closing pressure is always the same. More or less. Good for measuring leaders and other thin, hard stuff (the one I saw was only good for maybe .100) but I still prefer a mic for measuring lines.
|Originator: Speysmith||Date: 8/3/2001 7:41 AM|
If your looking for complete accuracy don't go with a caliper. Calipers are mostly meant for quick reference rough estimate.Micrometers are ten times more accurate. With a caliper you could be off by so much as .005 But if complete accuracy is not a factor then go with the caliper. Although they do have fairly sharp edges that can damage an expensive fly line and make the experience for the worst.
Micrometers are usually expensive as they are a precise instrument. Check local pawn shops. You can usually find decent ones at lower prices.
|Originator: Speysmith||Date: 8/3/2001 7:44 AM|
Ooops...that was meant to be .0005 .............. NOT........... .005
Sorry for the goof.
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