# Untitled Page 19

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Traditional architectural measurements of length are written very precisely in feet and inches using the appropriate symbols for feet and inches separated by a dash (e.g., 4'-3 ½" and 7'-0"). This is the way that all imperial measurements are written on construction drawings.

Listed below are the scales found on the architect’s triangular scale ruler.

- 3/32" =1'-0"
- 3/16" = 1'-0"
- 1/8" = 1'-0"
- ¼" = 1'-0"
- ¾" = 1'-0"
- 3/8" = 1'-0"
- 1" =1'-0"
- ½" = 1'-0"
- 1½" = 1'-0"
- 3" = 1'-0"
- 1" = 1" (full size—use the scale labelled 16)

Figure 3 shows one face of an architect’s imperial triangular scale ruler. There are two edges on each face and each edge contains two scales that run in opposite directions. At each end of an edge, a number or fraction indicates the distance in inches that represents one foot. The top edge is in eighths of an inch from left to right, and in quarters of an inch from right to left. Note that the 1/8" scale from 0 to the right end represents 95 feet, and the ¼" scale from 0 to the left end represents 47 feet.