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8/15/13 How to Use a Vernier Caliper: 9 Steps (with Pictures) - wikiHow How to Use a Vernier Caliper A vernier caliper is used to take measurements that are accurate to within .001 of an inch or .02 of a millimeter, depending whether the vernier is imperial or metric. This set of instructions will focus on imperial, but the same methods can be applied to a metric vernier caliper. Steps 1 Make sure that whatever you are measuring is clean and has no burrs on the edges. 2 Open the jaws of the caliper and position them on both sides of the piece you are measuring. Thank Our Volunteer Authors. Follow us on Google+ 171k Follow x www.wikihow.com/Use-a-Vernier-Caliper 1/6 8/15/13 How to Use a Vernier Caliper: 9 Steps (with Pictures) - wikiHow 3 Push the jaws firmly against the workpiece. 4 Lock the clamp screw so that the jaws don't move. www.wikihow.com/Use-a-Vernier-Caliper 2/6 8/15/13 How to Use a Vernier Caliper: 9 Steps (with Pictures) - wikiHow 5 On the vernier scale is a small number 0. Look at how many inch divisions it is past on the bar scale. 6 See how many smaller (numbered) divisions the small 0 has gone past. This represents how many tenths of an inch the workpiece is measuring in addition to the number of whole inches. www.wikihow.com/Use-a-Vernier-Caliper 3/6 8/15/13 How to Use a Vernier Caliper: 9 Steps (with Pictures) - wikiHow 7 How many smaller divisions has the small 0 gone past the last numbered division, this number multiplied by 25 is how many hundredths of an inch. 8 Determine which division line on the vernier scale best lines up with a division on the bar scale. This is how many thousandths of an inch. www.wikihow.com/Use-a-Vernier-Caliper 4/6 8/15/13 How to Use a Vernier Caliper: 9 Steps (with Pictures) - wikiHow 9 By adding the inch measurement, the tenths of an inch, the hundredths, and the thousandths, you will have a measurement to a 3 decimal place accuracy. Video www.wikihow.com/Use-a-Vernier-Caliper 5/6 8/15/13 How to Use a Vernier Caliper: 9 Steps (with Pictures) - wikiHow Tips There is a handy java applet that shows a vernier in action at http://www.members.shaw.ca/ron.blond/Vern.APPLET/index.html Related wikiHows How to How to How to How to Make Make Make Make a Picture Frame out of Eyeglasses Jewelery out of Binder Clips a Fish Hook Necklace an Almost Impossible to Sink Tin Foil Boat Sources and Citations Steve F. Krar & Arthur R. Gill & Peter Smid, Technology of Machine Tools. Boston: McGrawHill www.wikihow.com/Use-a-Vernier-Caliper 6/6