My parents gave me a Starrett Digitape (tape measure with digital
readout) for Christmas.
First thing I did when I took it out of the package was pull the tape
out about 12 inches.... and it displayed 5 inches.
I tried again, but slower. Same thing.
I'm hoping it is just a dead battery, but I haven't gotten out yet to
buy a replacement 1/3 N cell battery.
Please tell me these things aren't junk.
I've run through two of these. The current one sits on the board (when I
remember). I don't remember when the battery died. I hardly ever felt the
DRO was worthwhile. Both of mine were fairly accurate, certainly enough for
tape measure use.
I do like it.
My favorite 1/2" rule is my Lufkin, with green? tape. Then the Starrett.
I was told once that Starrett made the tapes for Craftsman. That came up
when I couldn't tell any difference between the two - anywhere,
with the exception of the case.
David A. Webb wrote: (clip) I'm hoping it is just a dead battery, (clip)
Two things I would try: 1.) Take out the battery, and put it back. 2.)
Look in the box to see whether it came with instructions. I'll bet there is
a zero adjustment that you have not found.