The tape measure I received is "bowed" so that when extending the tape the "hook end" comes loose and the tape flys back into the case. The tape has to be held down and takes two people beyond one's arm reach.
Solid, reliable tape measure -- the plastic case seems sufficiently sturdy, though not as durable as the metal versions. Only negative is some flexing in the metal strip, even at six feet -- which made it hard to measure for a picture frame.
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