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Old 08-31-2013, 04:03 PM   #21
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There is something other then the metric system?- JK Actually, I need to know it as a hunter in Germany. Hell, I need to know it to survive over here.

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I use both on a daily basis with my machinist job. I don't like metric threads because they have more threads per inch, er, finer threads, which aren't as strong. These are more prone to strip in high stress situations or where they are repeatedly spun in and out.

What really bugs me is an entire standard machine gets molested by someone who is too lazy to walk for tools, and puts metric bolts in it, or vice versa. These people need slapped hard.

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Working with a base 12 system for measurements is ridiculous, I know, I have done it for over 40 years in the construction industry. Weight measurements are equally as asinine. Why 16 ounces in a freaking pound? The quicker we join the rest of the world in a base ten system, the better off we will be. I drool at the thought of being able to add or multiply or divide measurements in my head. 5280 feet to a mile? Bullshirt. 1728 cubic inches in a cubic foot? Give me a break. Who can say, without looking it up, how many square feet in a acre, or how many feet in .668 miles?

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Working with a base 12 system for measurements is ridiculous, I know, I have done it for over 40 years in the construction industry. Weight measurements are equally as asinine. Why 16 ounces in a freaking pound? The quicker we join the rest of the world in a base ten system, the better off we will be. I drool at the thought of being able to add or multiply or divide measurements in my head. 5280 feet to a mile? Bullshirt. 1728 cubic inches in a cubic foot? Give me a break. Who can say, without looking it up, how many square feet in a acre, or how many feet in .668 miles?
Typical liberal. Wanting to do everything like the rest of the world rather than being a true American and doing things our own way.

The rest of the world be d*mned. This is America, dam*it.
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Typical liberal. Wanting to do everything like the rest of the world rather than being a true American and doing things our own way.

The rest of the world be d*mned. This is America, dam*it.
Yeah, I'm kinda of the opinion that as soon as the argument "everyone else does it" comes up... well then don't let the door hit you in the ass on your way out.
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Does translating blueprints for a $300000.00 German robot over so that the US company can build the machine that it will run count?
Miserable project by the way.
As a repair machinist I have found that dividing or multiplying by the number 25.4 is very useful for translating the measurements on metric blue prints.
It is a lot easier than trying to remember 0.0393700787402".
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I purposely do the math when somebody uses the metric system to describe a measurement or a product and convert it to our American correct measurement system. I drive a ford with a 409 cubic inch V8 diesel for instance. I am dreading the day that torque measurement goes from foot and inch pounds to some fake made up metric bullkrap so a horsepower isn't a horsepower any more, it'd be an abomination and not have any real working relationship to what a machine can do.

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i like metric calibers, 7mm, 6.5mm, 5.56mm, 6mm, ect., ect.,,,,,,,,

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Working with a base 12 system for measurements is ridiculous, I know, I have done it for over 40 years in the construction industry. Weight measurements are equally as asinine. Why 16 ounces in a freaking pound? The quicker we join the rest of the world in a base ten system, the better off we will be. I drool at the thought of being able to add or multiply or divide measurements in my head. 5280 feet to a mile? Bullshirt. 1728 cubic inches in a cubic foot? Give me a break. Who can say, without looking it up, how many square feet in a acre, or how many feet in .668 miles?
While I do know how to use the Metric System, I prefer the Standard we have now. If you like the Metric System, just use it. No one is holding a gun to your head.

As for the US adopting that system, the best you could ever hope for is a dual system. The US will never drop the Standard System completely, at least probably not in our life times.

Now then, as for your "the rest of the World does it" comment.

The rest of the World have either completely banned guns, or has severely restricted them.

In a lot of the World, you don't have rights like we have here. If you speak out against your government, you may be killed. If you practice the wrong religion, you may be killed. If you are simply the wrong race, you may be killed.

Now, should we really be like the rest of the world?
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I don't spend much time in Canada, but last time I purchased gas in the Imperial Gallon. NOW WHAT WHAS THAT ONE ABOUT ? ? ? ?
When were you in Canada last? Because for years they have been

selling it by the Liter.

I'm stuck between two systems. I have two complete sets of tools.

I have relatives in Canada. Even "Apple Pie" American companies

like Chevrolet use metric stuff. Usually when I have a measuring

conundrum, it's based in metric VS "standard" issues.


OTOH, metric tools are easier to use. If you need something

slightly larger than 13MM, you grab a 14MM. If you need

something slightly larger than 5/8, QUICK! What do you grab?
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