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Old 02-01-2010, 04:12 PM
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Default Metric or imperial??

Heres another one to get you all thinking a bit. Do you prefer working in feet and inches or milimetres, centemetres and metres?
Also what circumstances do you use each in?
Me, I prefer feet and inches, because I can picture them easier.
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Old 02-01-2010, 04:21 PM
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I prefer working in feet,inches yards,chains,furlongs perches,thous. etc.
My grandfather worked in metric,quicker to use when invading countries.
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Old 02-01-2010, 05:25 PM
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Great Question! Maybe it's my age but I there are things that i am firmly in the metric camp for and things where only imperial units will do. And then there are some things like measurements of length, where I will use both, depending on what I am measuring!

One thing remains constant and that is the good old British pint (no halves on this forum please). Euro-beaurocrats mess with that one at your peril!!!!
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metric, but mainly because most, if not all, the machinery i work with is based on this......that's not including the 'toys'.


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I use both.

As an operator I find many of the guys on the ground work in imperial as its easy to tell me its 1/2, 1 or 2 high using their fingers without having to take their boots off if I'm way out or a rub of the chin if it wants a shave.
Then they look at the tape and its in metric

Although an olde, I find metric quite easy as I spent a few years around mirror and boards with my father in laws bedroom furniture business where everything was metric.
The odd thing for many is that I only use metres and millimetres, cm only cause problems in my experience.

Do you call it a 450 pipe or a 45. Is the traveller 1150 or 115.
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In the States they use feet and inches as a norm on every job. They have also made it easier to use too, so you don't have to work out the fractions of iches they use a system where by, on the tapes they use for instance, the feet are divided into tenths of an inch. So a measurement on a plan would read as follows: 10.3', 12.5', 2.9' etc etc.
A very good system and very easy to understand too.
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Hi Atlasrob , welcome to the forum , If your the same atlasrob i have seen at HEF i know you will make this forum a better place for you being here . ian .
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In the States they use feet and inches as a norm on every job. They have also made it easier to use too, so you don't have to work out the fractions of iches they use a system where by, on the tapes they use for instance, the feet are divided into tenths of an inch. So a measurement on a plan would read as follows: 10.3', 12.5', 2.9' etc etc.
A very good system and very easy to understand too.
I didnt know that and I can see it working, but they still weigh in lbs whats that all about.

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Hi Atlasrob , welcome to the forum , If your the same atlasrob i have seen at HEF i know you will make this forum a better place for you being here . ian .
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good topic, im 31 so not an 'oldie' but when i was growing up at school things had been officially changed to metric across the board, but working in the building trade for ten years everything was dont in imperial and i prefer it, metric only coming in to play on fine measurements. many a time ive asked labourers for "an inch and 7mm off that timber"....

one thing that is a guaranteed constant is that despite putting my pencil behind my ear after using it, its never there when i really need it..

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One thing I know for certain - My wife doesn't know what 8 inches looks like
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