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A simple explanation for doovalackies, thingymajigies and whatchamacallits

Callipers - Inside

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Tool, Plant & Equipment Information

Classification
Power Source
Cost
Less than $100
Hazards
Risk Rating
Very Low
PPE
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Eye Protection
Inside callipers are used for measuring work pieces or checking or transferring measurements. They are particularly useful for checking internal diameters or testing inside edges such as keyways, grooves or trench cuts for parellel. With careful application, they can be accurate to 0.5mm. Their overall accuracy is dependent on fine feel between the caliper points and the workpiece. Callipers should be held lightly, contacting workpieces lightly and without excessive force. Callipers are available in either spring or firm joint.

Similar to dividers, spring callipers are typically constructed from two lengths (or legs) of steel that taper to a fine point with each of the points bent to the outer sides of the tool. The wider end is fitted with a loop of spring steel and a peg to help pivot the scribe on one leg. The distance between the leg points is adjusted by a screw and nut that is positioned one quarter to half way down the legs. The screw also helps keep the legs in place.

Firm point callipers keep their setting by friction between the legs at the fixed end. They can be adjusted with the application of light finger pressure or gentle taps.
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