Steel ruler is a device used in geometry, technical drawing, engineering and construction for measuring, drawing straight lines or as a guide for cutting. Ruler edge is used to check the flatness of the surface. One edge of the ruler is cut at right angles and the other at 45 °. The ruler is applied to the checked surface in different directions and locations, observing whether there is a light gap between the edge of the ruler and the surface being checked. Tilting the ruler makes it easier to observe a gap.

A line ruler is a ruler with a linear scale. The measures can be rigid or flexible.

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