Using a Wire Gauge

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Measure the thickness of wire quickly and accurately every time with this handy tool.
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Step 1

The wire gauge measures 34 to 8 gauge wire and sheet metal. The slots are used to measure the gauge. The numbers next to each slot will tell you the gauge in inches, gauge and millimeters.

Step 2

To measure wire, slide the wire into a slot. In this case the wire fits loosely in the slot so it is not 22 gauge wire.

Step 3

Slide the wire into a smaller slot. In this case the wire does not fit into the slot so the wire is not 26 gauge.

Step 4

Slide the wire into a larger slot than the one in step 3. In this case the wire fits into the slot but is a tight fit. This means that our wire is 24 gauge.

Step 5

To measure sheet metal, slide the sheet metal into a slot. In this case the sheet metal fits loosely in the slot so it is not 18 gauge sheet.

Step 6

Slide the sheet metal into a smaller slot. In this case the sheet metal does not fit into the slot so it is not 22 gauge sheet.

Step 7

Slide the sheet metal into a larger slot. In this case the sheet metal fits into the slot and but it is a tight fit. This meansthat our sheet metal is 20 gauge sheet.

         

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