I now make parts for different people who e-mail/fax me drawings so I
can quote on them.
Some parts are such that I can't tell what they are or what they're
the purpose of them are.
Sometimes I see dimensions as obviously imperial ones, sometime it is
hard to tell, especially when I have NO clue what these parts are.
Personally, I don't give a rat's ass what system is used as I work in
both metric and imperial.
But what seems to be the reason for the US hold-out to stay with an
feet and inches are often far easier to remember than metric measurements as the
numbers get larger , you also have the problem that different trades in different
countries use different protocols , some use metres some centimetres others
millimetres but they dont always identify which , leads to fun and games
The other issue is that in the us as well as the uk most homes were built to
imperial standard dimensions so you use 8 by 4 sheets of ply or plasterboard , in
europe most plasterboard sheet material is now metric 1200 by 2400 , 1800 by 900
which creates problems in refit works specs etc
6 feet /72 inches is often easier to remember than 1828mm
In the same situation, I believe that all the metric measurements being
"53??????meter." could easily be confused with "53?????meters. Basically
the units of measure sound too much the same.
Yards, feet, and Inches sound way different than meters, decimeters,
centimeters, and millimeters
I wonder if that is a valid assumption. Seldom do you pull out a 4x8 of any
thing and replace it as a unit. More often it is patched and cut to fit.
But what makes 6' or 72 inches easier to remember than 1800 mm?
On a personal level, no...
OTOH, enterprises engaged in large-scale and/or routine trade _do_ use
mks routinely. I'm guessing you're dealing essentially w/ individuals
not sizable corporate engineering groups.
I'm a NE by training and 40+ years experience so know mks for
engineering work intimately. Yet, for routine day-to-day living I'm far
more comfortable w/ English units simply because they're still what have
that innate feeling over.
It's no different than your familiarity w/ daily temp's in C and sheet
goods in mm--that was what you grew up with; it's what you unconsciously
think in. OTOH, while you "know" what an inch is, it takes actual
effort to relate that. We're precisely the other way 'round (and I
suspect will continue to be for the foreseeable future as there isn't
the mechanism in the States to coerce the changeover).
Been there Done that. Jimmy C tried that and that is why we deal with a
mixed up mess today expecially in the auto industry. 30 years later and
American cars still have a mix of metric and imperial parts.
: dpb wrote:
:> Robatoy wrote::> ...:>> But what seems to be the reason for the US hold-out to stay with an:>> archaic system?
:> Comfort...it's what people grew up with so it's what's natural.
: The hold-out is that the US is still at least somewhat responsive to the
: will of the people and the public doesn't _want_ some bizarre French system
: crammed down its throat.
No country has ever voluntarily adopted the metric system.
-- Andy Barss
Yeah, the US would much rather hold out for some stupidly bizarre
measurement that had to do with the distance from the nose to the thumb of
some long dead English king.
Bizarre French system? Talk about your basic unadulterated horseshit...
downright bizarre, if you ask me.
LOL... sometimes I think the stuff here is akin to really poorly done
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