Measure Twice / Cut Once

What is Measure Twice / Cut Once?

Definition of Measure Twice / Cut Once in Construction
An expression in construction that make sure there is an awareness of the finality of the cut. It is always best to double check a measurement prior to cutting the piece, because, once the piece is cut, there no opportunity for a second chance. This expression is used in all the trades and can be applicable to almost any construction operation, anywhere in the world. The tendency to quickly make the cut should to expedite the project must be modified by the understanding that a mistake in cutting the piece, especially if the cut makes the piece too short or small will add considerable time to the job. Measure twice and cut once is a universal slogan for careful planning and execution.