Try one or more of the following:
1) Using a good dictionary.
2) Phoning the folks who ran the ad mentioning united inches.
3) Doing a Google search using these search terms:
definition "united inches"
Why did you feel you needed to tell him that, Gideon?
It's not like the OP posted his question to "alt.cooking casseroles",
Seems to me this newsgroup would look like the ideal place to get an
arcane term like that explained.
I for one learned one more thing I hadn't known before by following this
P.S. Don't bother asking me why *I* felt I needed to tell *you* that,
Gideon, 'cause I couldn't come up with an answer other that I have *way*
too much time on my hands right now, and I'm in a PO'd mood. I'm sitting
here at home waiting for a "tree guy" to come over and give me an
estimate and he's nearly an hour overdue allready. <G>
May I add to your discussion? I too have never
heard the term, but I do like to learn new ones.
I haven't checked the internet for the term and I
am not going to. There are many arcane terms, but
united inches is just plain dumb, it doesn't make
sense and almost everyone uses a different term.
It's no wonder we haven't heard it before, and
business using it is living in the past, way past.
As for Gideon's disdain, he is also wrong. I have
many different dictionaries, good ones and not
one has united inches. Before somebody points out
that united inches is an old term, my 1900
copyright Webster International doesn't show the term.
Not really. Having been in the window business, it was a usefull and
accurate way of pricing.
UI takes in the main costing facorts, the linea feet of frame needed to
build the window.
Simple and it works so why do someting more complex? Why multiply for
square inches when all you have to do is add to get the UI?
If a window sells for $5 a UI, at 24 x 36 is easily priced at $300 and a 24
x 37 is $305.
Using square inches, it would be priced at 0.34722 per square inch Now make
the window an inch larger and how many steps is it to get the new price? No
calculator, do it in your head. Do the pricing for an old house with 20
windows and six or seven different sizes.
Everyone in the window business uses UI as a matter of every day fact.
Those using diffeent terms are from different fields where shoes sizes are
simple to them, not dumb like the rest of us think. Or letter sizes for
drills. Or lower numbers for thicker wire sizes. Or scoring in tennis.
Yes, but they have been doing that for decades that I know of. All windows
were priced that way when I was in the business. Typical windows may be 30
x 42 or 72 UI. That 600 UI deal does not allow for many windows in a house.
I have 17 windows at about 72 or 66 UI each. They are allowing for about 9
windows in the advertised price.
Yes, it has been around forever and has its origin in the dark
ages, thus the term "arcane". I have always wanted to sit
down and figure out a window size that would really screw up
this method of estimating, so that they would start to stick
with useful numbers instead of this system, but I just don't
have the time. United inches is one of those measurements
that just irritate me.
OK, rant mode off.
You wanted something that would screw them up? How about one window with
600ui? I bet a window measuring 192 X 408 (16 feet X 34 feet) would pose
some problems for any manufacturer and unless they had some fine weasel
wording in their advertising...
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