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They list metric sizes because the US is the only country that is opposed to the metric system. We really need to make that plunge, seriously.

It'll be a cold day in hell. I take it that you don't have to use a tape measure every day and order parts. It would really screw with a lot of people. The national electrical code already made the switch but it still lists normal imperial measurements in parentheses, thank god. I couldn't imagine what it would be like if it didn't.

Most people in my line of work can eyeball an imperial measurement. I couldn't do that in metric.
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Just thinking about our system makes my head spin.
I've heard it said before, 'The inch is an amazing unit of measurement. It's everything around it that screws it up.'

Why? When you use it every day its like second nature.
Edited by BababooeyHTJ - 9/25/12 at 1:44pm
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12 in to a foot? 3 feet to a yard? 16 ounces to a pound? All sorts of other conversions I never quite remember. Like, tablespoons in an ounce. Ounces in quarts. 32 degrees is freezing. etc etc etc

It's like having to use an abacus when the rest of the world has TI-83s.

The whole system is ad hoc and ridiculous.
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You clearly don't use any of these measurements very often. I don't see why it would effect you either way. Whats stopping you from using metric if you really want to and just using a metric calculator.

For me its a lot easier to remember a stick of 1/2, 3/4, 1" etc pipe or fitting than 16, 21, and 32mm. Its also the hell of a lot easier to remember wire sizes like 14, 12, 10 gauge, etc compared to pita metric wire sizes.

When you actually use a tape measure you don't measure say 5'6" you measure 66" or 66 and 1/8. IMO thats easier than however many cm and however many mm.

Its not as black and white as you make it out to be. To me it sounds like it doesn't really effect you either way.
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Most people in my line of work can eyeball an imperial measurement. I couldn't do that in metric.


I guess it depends on your line of work. My friends a mechanic and he can spot metric by eye. I'm more used to metric myself because my *cars are metric.



*er meant my cars, not cards.
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I guess it depends on your line of work. My friends a mechanic and he can spot metric by eye. I'm more used to metric myself because my cards are metric.

Yeah, I could totally see how a mechanic would be almost more used to working with metric parts.
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We use both in the Uk it just depends which is easier for the task.
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It'll be a cold day in hell. I take it that you don't have to use a tape measure every day and order parts. It would really screw with a lot of people. The national electrical code already made the switch but it still lists normal imperial measurements in parentheses, thank god. I couldn't imagine what it would be like if it didn't.
Most people in my line of work can eyeball an imperial measurement. I couldn't do that in metric.
Why? When you use it every day its like second nature.

Our stubbornness to accept change is the problem, not any inherent problem with metric itself. I find metric much easier to work with personally (and this is coming from someone who was raised with the imperial units.) I like how 3.24cm = 32.4mm, 1.621km = 1,621m, etc. The system itself was designed "for all people, for all time."

I also don't think it would be difficult at all to "eyeball" a metric-sized object once you become accustomed to it.
Edited by Malcolm - 9/25/12 at 10:10pm
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