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You guys are making me wanna carry with me hundreds of screws and barbs when I move to the states LOL.

Or maybe I can just call dad and ask him to ship me some.
   
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post #12 of 34
Quote:
Originally Posted by fat_italian_stallion View Post
I just don't understand why they are so expensive. Cars use metric and those sized screws commonly used by automobiles are rather inexpensive for their size. These miniature screws are like $.40 each. What the heck.
Yay, capitalism? Hurray for charging what the market will pay? Three cheers for being perfectly free to start your own screw company to manufacture them and undercut everyone else's prices?
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post #13 of 34
+1 for the metric system because it's simpler and more logical.

But man do I hate it when they give me a plan in mm when I only have my inch tape measurer with me..
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post #14 of 34
Damn man thats crazy, luckily I had needed 6/32 but thats more like rubbing salt in the wound lol
    
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post #15 of 34
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Originally Posted by Artikbot View Post
Metric system is used in Europe, Asia, and Africa. Imperial system is only used in UK and America.
The UK increasingly uses the metric system too, especially with newer equipment. M4 screws are easier to come by here than imperial screws, in fact I have a pack of 20 M4*50mm plus nuts on my desk right now, want some Stallion?

I hate having to work on projects for the states, it is a pain having to convert to inches, Btu/lb, Lbs/hr, psia and Fahrenheit.
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It came close before in the US. Then the US Congress chickened out.
Yeah.

Technically we adopted the metric system in the 1860s, however we have only ever been "soft metric" in use.

Unfortunately, it just doesn't mean much until it's taught as the primary system of measurement in the education system
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post #17 of 34
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At least you were able to find them. I had to order in some barb fittings as NO where stocks G1/4" fittings in nowhere.
I had to go to 2 stores and bought every m4x35 and m4x30 they had. I had to do the same thing a few months ago since no where else sells them in town.
 
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post #18 of 34
Forgot to say that the Metric system also applies more force with each turn you do. The screws (comparing similar diameters and same building alloys) in Metric are also harder to strip than the Imperial ones, due to their threads being closer and less angled (from an horizontal PoV)

On the downside, they need more turns than an Imperial one to go completely in.
   
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We have racks upon racks upon racks of every kind of metric hardware, along with compression fittings, tubing, and other goodies that prove useful for DIY stuff, in my workplace.
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post #20 of 34
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I had to go to 2 stores and bought every m4x35 and m4x30 they had. I had to do the same thing a few months ago since no where else sells them in town.
For things like that I would have just ordered them from McMaster. A box of 100 would only be about $8 plus a little over $4 in shipping for whatever will fit in their smallest box (about 6"x6"x12"). I know it's overnight shipping for me if I order before 7pm. At worst it would be 2nd day shipping to Lexington.
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