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A handy accessory for a tape measure is a "grease pen" or china marker. This comes in handy when you must measure around corners, at awkward angles, or any other tape measure situation where it is easy to lose your place on the measure because you must shift your position to continue measuring. You can mark the position of a corner on the measure with the china marker, then either write down the number or continue from that spot with the measurements. When you need to utilize the "extra markings" on your tape measure, use a china marker of a different color than the markings on the tape measure for maximum readability.