Are there any tricks when setting a dial bore gage using a micrometer? In fact, setting a dial bore gage using a micrometer may be the most common method used. However, doing so can be tricky when you are doing so alone and have only your two hands at your disposal. When in this position, a vise can come in very handy. You can use a vise as a means of holding the micrometer steady. It is advised that you wrap the micrometer in a towel if the vise you are using is not padded in order to protect your tool. Additionally, you can switch this method around and stabilize the dial bore gage in the vise while holding the micrometer in your hand. What these tricks do is allow you to have more freedom with your hands to do the actual setting. It will still be a bit tricky to accurately hold the gage extension to the micrometer spindle, but it will be much easier than trying to hold both tools steady at the same time.