Knowing how to measure distance without a ruler or tape measure requires years and years of experience. It’s a skill that will come in handy for measuring short and far distances, such as 8 meters.
Something that is 8 meters in length will be the same as 26.2467 feet.
However, knowing how many feet there are in 8 meters will not come in handy for gauging how long something is by eye. For that, it would be wise to know the lengths of common objects that you can use as references for getting close to or exactly 8 meters.
In this guide, I’ll share with you 9 common items you can use to figure out how long 8 meters is.
26 2-Liter Soda Bottles
If you’re a heavy-duty soda drinker, don’t toss your 2-liter bottles in the recycling bin just yet! If you carefully measure a 2-liter soda bottle from top to bottom, you should get a figure of around 12 inches.
So, amassing 26 2-liter bottles and stacking them on top of each other will give you a collective height of 8 meters. You can leave the cap on or off—it won’t add too much to each bottle’s overall height.
4 Hockey Goals
Some of you might recall what it was like playing hockey in school. If you have a good memory, or if your child is currently on an ice hockey team, you might know that a regulation hockey goal measures 72 inches wide or about 1.83 meters.
That means you would need around 4 regulation hockey goals to get a total width of 8 meters. If you wanted to measure 8 meters in hockey stick terms, each of which measures 36.5 inches, you would need close to 9 of them.
Hockey Neutral Zone
While we’re still on the subject of hockey, you might as well familiarize yourself with the neutral zone. The neutral zone in hockey is the middle portion of a hockey rink between the two offensive zones. It is defined by two blue lines that signify the ends of the neutral zone on either side.
The neutral zone in an NHL-approved hockey rink is 25 feet wide or about 7.62 meters. That’s pretty close to the 8-meter figure we’re trying to measure.
14 Yoga Mats
If you enjoy meditating and exercising to increase mindfulness or awareness of your surroundings, then you should give yoga a try. It’s not just about doing backbreaking stretches that leave you feeling limber, but yoga can also help uncloud inner energy to help eliminate the negatives in your life.
One of the most essential pieces of equipment for doing yoga is a yoga mat. A yoga mat generally measures 2 × 6 feet. So, if you took the 2-foot width of a yoga mat, you would need about 14 of them to get to 8 meters. Alternatively, you can use the length and only need 4 or 5.
7 Golf Clubs
I’m not going to talk too much about golf since I find it to be one of the least exciting sports in the universe. However, it’s a pretty big deal to some, which is why they will spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars on a set of good golf clubs.
On average, players will use golf clubs that measure around 44.5 inches in length. So, to measure 8 meters in golf club terms, you would have to have about 7 of them altogether.
29 Sheets of Letter Paper
Anyone who works in an office or prints out documents for school work should be familiar with letter paper. In the United States, letter paper is the most widely used paper size. It measures 8.5 × 11 inches.
That means you would need about 29 sheets of letter paper aligned lengthwise to get somewhere close to 8 meters in length.
1 25-foot Ladder
Ladders come in all sizes and styles. They can be as short as 5 feet, but there are some pretty heavy-duty ladders that measure upwards of 100 feet when fully extended. It’s a good idea to have a ladder at home, especially if you’re into doing your own home repairs.
Ladder manufacturers will market their ladders by their fully-extended lengths in feet. So, if you wanted a single ladder that would get you 8 meters up, you would have to get your hands on a 25-foot ladder. Just remember to keep the 4-to-1 rule in mind when using any ladder.
3 Ping Pong Tables
You don’t have to be a smash master to enjoy playing ping pong. As long as you have a ping pong table in your game room, office break room, or dormitory, you can have fun just hitting the hollow plastic ball around with your opponent.
Ping pong tables come in various sizes, but the standard size is 5 × 9 feet. So, taking the 9-foot length of a ping pong table, you have to envision placing 3 of them next to each other to get a total length of around 8 meters.
1 Garden Hose
When shopping at a retail store like Lowe’s, you might come across garden hoses of various lengths. They typically measure 25 to 100 feet long with 25-foot increments. So, it’s even possible to get a 200-foot-long hose if you do a bit of shopping.
Anyway, if you have a short garden hose at home that measures 25 feet long, uncoil it and try to stretch it out until there are no kinks or knots. The total length of a 25-foot-long garden hose will be slightly under 2 feet of the 8-meter mark.
Above, I shared 9 everyday objects you can use as references for measuring 8 meters. Please note that these measurements are only rough estimates, so you may need to adjust your references as you see fit.
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