Got my ruler back today!!!! The owner of the hardware store delivered it to me at work today - how sweet was that! I was able to get and 8-1/2 in square (for my rag quilts!) and then another piece 5 -!/2 square for slightly larger "charms" i am so happy and even better there was no charge for it! Gotta love small towns where people try to help each other out! At least now I can use it where as before i was't able to.