How to Accurately Measure Your Own Height

How To Measure Your Height With Tape:

In this post, we will share with you how to accurately measure your own height using tailor tape. There are many ways to do it but here’s one way which is the most accurate and reliable method. You may have heard or read other methods where they use various tools like measuring cups or spoons. These methods don’t work very well because there’s no precision involved in them.

They’re not precise enough to give you an exact measurement.

You need to take into account several factors when you’re measuring your height with tape. So let’s start from the beginning…

First of all, what is your body part?

For example, if you want to measure your chest then just stand up straight and put both hands at the top of your head. Now try putting one hand on each side of your chest and see how much distance is between those two points. If you’re right, then your chest measures approximately 20 inches (50 cm).

Now, how tall are you?

That depends on several things such as age, gender and weight. Also, you’ll need to consider whether or not you wear shoes. Some people prefer wearing flats while others prefer high heels. Then there’s the matter of skin color; some people have darker complexions than others so their heights may vary significantly.

All of the above factors are very important when it comes to measuring yourself. Let’s begin by taking out your tailor tape and put it on a flat surface. Get a pen and paper and make a note of your shoe size. Now, barefoot, stand up against the wall with your heels against it.

This is your starting position. Without bending your legs or leaning over, reach up as high as you can and grab the tape and put it around your head. Remember this number. This is what is known as your “hull”.

Now, to get your full height, you’ll need to add on the number of your heel size. If you’re a woman then add 4 inches. If you’re a man then add 2 inches.

What do you get?

That’s your full height.

Are you done yet?

Not quite. Now you need to know your weight. Put on a light jacket because what you’re about to do is stand on a scale in your underwear. After you’ve gotten on the scale, put your clothes back on and get off. Make a note of your weight as well.

By now you should know your height, weight, and shoe size. We’re going to need all three of these later on so don’t lose this piece of paper. Now, let’s move on to the next step…

Now you need to determine your body type. There are three types; slim, normal and stocky. To find out which one you are, stand in front of a mirror completely naked. If when you look at yourself in the mirror you can see most of your ribs then you’re slim.

If when you look at yourself you can see just slightly more than your ribs then you’re normal. If you can’t see your ribs at all then you’re stocky.

Now you need to know your age, gender and race. Most people will be able to figure out their gender and race on their own but may not know how old they are. In that case, ask your parents. Once you’ve found this information out then you’re able to continue to the next step.

It’s now time to make a note of all of this information. Write down your gender, race, age and body type. Now that you’re done with this step it’s time to move on to the next one.

Step 2: Bending

Now that you have your hull and your full height you’re ready to proceed to the next step. Take your tailor tape and measure from the ground to the bottom of your feet. This is your standing height. Make sure you write this number down.

Now, measure from the ground to your eyes. This is your bending height. Make another note of this number as well.

Most people will be able to bend down until their nose touches their knee. Some people may not be able to bend that far; in that case, you’ll need to bend down until your chin touches your knee. If you can’t do that then ask someone to help you. Once you know your bending height it’s time to move on to step 3.

Step 3: The Formulas

Once you’ve gotten this far you’ll need to know some information about your skeleton in order to make the body of the puppet. It’s crucial that you have a basic understanding of biology so you can make your skeleton.

Your skeleton is what holds your body up and allows you to move around, among other things. Your skeleton is made up of 206 bones; however, for the purposes of this project we won’t need to make that many. The type of puppet you’re making is a marionette, which means that it will be suspended on strings and controlled from above. You will not be putting any motors in it, at least not for now.

Once you’ve made your first puppet we can revisit this topic. For now, it’s important that you understand that the majority of the puppet’s movement will come from the strings that you’ll be putting inside it.

The main purpose of your bones is for protection of your vital organs; your bones are a solid substance which acts as a shield against impact. Because of this, your bones are not very good at protecting against blunt force attacks. For example, if I hit you with my fist then the energy from that attack would be absorbed by your skin and muscles which are then sent to your bones; your bones act as a barrier which prevents your vital organs from receiving damage. This is why some people get punched in the face and it doesn’t hurt them too badly; their skull cracks but their brain is still safe.

Because we’re making a puppet and not a human it’s okay if some of the energy is transferred to the inside of the puppet. The last thing you want is for your puppet’s skull to crack and have the boys in white come take it away from you. It won’t hurt the puppet if most of the impact is transferred to its stuffing rather than its bones.

The type of puppet you’re making is what’s known as a strutting marionette. These puppets are held up by both vertical and horizontal bars, hence the name. The vertical bar is placed directly beneath the naval and goes all the way up through the limbs and ends in the skull. The horizontal bar is placed below each shoulder and runs from the naval all the way out to the fingertips on each arm (or paw).

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