# How do I measure the weight of my cover?

How do I measure the weight of my cover? Under the weight we mean the ‘loose’ actual weight. It is best if you measure this with a scale. When it is not impossible or inconvenient to weigh the cover ‘loose’ then it is described below how you can still determine the weight. Our experience is that estimating the weight is not accurate enough and we therefore discourage this strongly.

• Determine, with the cover in a horizontal position, with what force you need to support the cover when you grip it on the outermost edge opposite the hinges. For this please stand on some adult weighing scales and then you determine your weight gain at the moment you support the horizontal cover (Caution! Exert the force vertically).
• When it is difficult to support the cover with your hands, you can also attach a rope to the bottom of the cover and put it round the outermost edge in order to support the cover (Caution! Hold the rope vertically).
• However, if the cover is ‘closed’ in the horizontal position then lift the cover a little, during this measurement until the cover is free of the surface which it rested on earlier, over the entire length of the outermost edge.

Your weight gain, multiplied by 2, is generally a good approximation of the weight of the cover.

• Alternatively, you can let the horizontal cover, on the outermost edge opposite the hinges, be supported directly on the bathroom scales with a ruler or stick (first lay a board on the scales).
• However, if the cover is ‘closed’ in the horizontal position then adjust one or two things until the cover is free of the surface which it rested on earlier, over the entire length of the outermost edge (longer ruler or stick, thicker board on the scales or setting the scales higher).

The weight which the scales indicate minus the weight of the board incl. the ruler or stick, multiplied by 2, is generally a good approximation of the weight of the cover.

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