I think you are all wrong. When measuring stuff in a wood shop, matters
little if you use inches, metric or foobars. The problem comes with
nuts, bolts and machine screws. I began rebuilding engines when I was
15 years old, and everything US was in inches. All our tools were
inches. When metric started, I guess in the 70's, I bought a set of
metric wrenches and sockets, less than a 50-100 bucks I reckon in extra
tools. The pain was keeping them separate, and figuring out if bolts
were metric or inches. Still, not a big deal, just a royal PIA.
Today, I have a 40 year collection of Imperial nuts, bolts and machine
screws, all separated neatly in little drawers, all sizes, lengths and
so on. When I tossed out anything with a bunch of easily accessible nuts
and bolts, I would rip them out, sort them and save them for future use.
Off the top of my head I'd say I have at least 100 drawers with separate
compartments for this stuff, which has been immensely useful over the
years. Now, lots of stuff is metric, and I'd have to double my storage
to keep all this stuff neat and easily accessible. It's impossible to
judge the size of things when you throw metric into the mix. "Is this a
12mm nut or 1/2". So nothing to do with fear.
If I were born with metric, I would be super happy if everything stayed
metric. I wasn't, I was born with imperial, and I'd be super happy if
everything stayed imperial. It's not a matter of what is better, or
fear, stubbornness and independence. It is simply a matter of
simplicity, efficiency and convenience. I would mainly prefer to have
one set of tools, one set of hardware. Unfortunately, that ship has
sailed, so were off to the land of 12.7mm or .472 inches and 200 drawers
Add Life to your Days not Days to your Life.
Or the rest of the world needs a simple way to measure so that they can
function. I use the metric system every time I am in the shop, and I
mix it with imperial. But put me in the real world where distances
become greater and the sounds of all the resolutions are just too
similar, or you get in to huge numbers, or you have to know where to put
the decimal point.
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