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David Noble17/09/2021 12:32:18
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Good job that the DRO on my mill can switch to imperial!!!

David

Clive Hartland17/09/2021 12:50:33
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But is it? most people now accept metric as it is widely used for wood and various sizes.

Just learn to use both standards, all white goods give metric sizing. So a DRO ihas the switch between the two, good.

Oily Rag17/09/2021 13:02:29
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Regarding wood - I've never understood why it is sold in 1.2 mtr, 2.4 mtr lengths! I assume it is because it is impossible to divide by 3 in the 1, and 2 mtr lengths. Strange that they should decide on such an anomaly in a 10 base system.

Likewise there is little uptake of the metric 400 grad divisions within a circle, although I have come across this weird division for circular definition in the Bosch engine management system for engine control to define crankshaft angularity - it caused mayhem before it was realised that a grad was not comparable to degrees.

Martin

David Noble17/09/2021 13:19:29
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Ah, sorry, it's the news that we are to revert to imperial measurements.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/imperial-units-pounds-ounces-brexit-b1921732.html

David

JA17/09/2021 13:37:18
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Posted by Oily Rag on 17/09/2021 13:02:29:

Regarding wood - I've never understood why it is sold in 1.2 mtr, 2.4 mtr lengths! I assume it is because it is impossible to divide by 3 in the 1, and 2 mtr lengths. Strange that they should decide on such an anomaly in a 10 base system.

Martin

1.2 mitres = 4 feet etc. It is easier to change the numbers than the actual dimensions.

Changing back to imperial units. You must be joking and it is not even 1 April.

JA

duncan webster17/09/2021 13:52:48
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Ridiculous, they will bring back empire day next. No wonder politicians are held in contempt

DMB17/09/2021 14:27:06
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Stuff Empire Day - Lord Beaverbrook hasn't been around for sometime......let's have a new Bank Holiday and call it Independence Day and thumb nose at the Brissels crowd.

Mick B117/09/2021 14:27:10
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I've still got the marks on the handle of the coffee spoon I pinched from my dad in 1973, where I set the magneto on my BSA A10 to 13/32" BTDC.

But my 2 sons and their families can't abide Imperial - they think it's deliberately arcane and difficult, which perhaps is part of its quirky charm.

Mike Poole17/09/2021 15:20:45
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The building industry is still a mess after all these years, a six foot fence panel is now 1800mm. Installing my new fence the concrete gravel boards were actually 6’ so the slotted concrete posts were too loose to contain an 1800mm panel, a couple of packing strips added to the panels made them fit.

Mike

Oily Rag17/09/2021 15:31:56
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Try getting a replacement 2' x 18" manhole cover!

When the galvanised steel one in my garden rotted away (taking with it into the sewer the wife's prize plant pot and contents) I was unable to buy a replacement. To get over this I had a mate with a bending machine make me up one in 2.5mm plate. The Builders Merchant told me the only way to replace these manhole covers was to fit the metric ones which meant rebuilding the top of the brickwork to suit the new cover and its frame. My mate now knocks out batches of imperial covers of 50 a time and they sell like hot cakes!

Martin

Mike E.17/09/2021 15:59:25
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What I find is ridiculous is that plywood is sold as 4' x 8' sheets, and dry lining is sold in the slightly smaller metric size. It means that if you layout first floor joists for sheathing, then the layout will come up long for sheathing the ceilings below with dry lining; so you have a considerable waste loss of material when installing a ceiling.

Martin Connelly17/09/2021 16:03:29
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Fiddling while Rome burns comes to mind. Are they going to redefine the pound as a fraction of a kilogram the same way the USA defines their inch as 25.4mm?

Martin C

Edited By Martin Connelly on 17/09/2021 16:05:38

Oily Rag17/09/2021 16:17:46
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Better still the Chinese tailors Inch!

I had a suit made in Shanghai and when they measured me up my waist was 30" and inside leg was 27" - I was delighted that my waist had shrunk but not so pleased about the loss of 5" height! On questioning the tailor it turned out their Inch is based on 30mm!!!!

Martin

Mick Henshall17/09/2021 16:53:44
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I like imperial, I am 77, you deal with it

Mick 😁

Mike Poole17/09/2021 17:20:15
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Posted by Martin Connelly on 17/09/2021 16:03:29:

Fiddling while Rome burns comes to mind. Are they going to redefine the pound as a fraction of a kilogram the same way the USA defines their inch as 25.4mm?

Martin C

Edited By Martin Connelly on 17/09/2021 16:05:38

500g is widely called a pound across Europe, of course it’s a pfund in Germany and many countries have a word for it. I am sure that for foodstuffs it makes little difference as long as you aren’t supplied with 453.6g and charged for 500g.

Mike

mechman4817/09/2021 17:32:34
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..I am sure that for foodstuffs it makes little difference as long as you aren’t supplied with 453.6g and charged for 500g'

Are you sure your not; & by the way I've not seen anything on sale with a weight of 453.6g it's always 100g, 450g, 500g, 1kg increments.

George.

KWIL17/09/2021 18:50:22
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Plywood being yesterday's product is no doubt still made on imperial sized machinery?

duncan webster17/09/2021 18:50:56
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This is going to degenerate into a stand off between die hard imperialists and rational people who can see beyond the ends of their noses

john halfpenny17/09/2021 18:58:27
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But the government will use this to divert the public from real issues, like what is the care home policy ? Can I have a chocolate biscuit please matron.

Spurry17/09/2021 19:27:29
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What's the betting/odds that petrol will not be sold by the gallon? £6.91 for a gallon - you must be joking!

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