Producers, drilling contractors, and rental companies periodically experience marginally acceptable hardbanding applications. Hardbanding Solutions introduced its Hardbanding Gauge and Rule to ensure that hardband applicators are properly applying hardbanding alloys such as Duraband NC or Tuffband NC. The Hardbanding Gauge and Rule tool allows the user an at-a-glance check of the thickness of the applied hardband. The simple design of the new gauge makes it ideal for on-site inspections. By placing the ruler-like tool on top of the weld, the user can check the height, width, and profile of hardbands quickly. Three different slots make measuring effective: A 1/32-in. slot helps determine if reapplication is necessary, a 3/32-in. slot reveals the recommended minimum application thickness, and a ⅛-in. slot shows the recommended maximum application thickness. The stainless-steel gauge, which is patent pending, includes both metric and English measurements. It also features a series of steps that allow the applicator to set the torch to the proper height easily.