A brexit benefit

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by transam, 27 Aug 2021.

  1. noseall

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    In the same way I refer to a snickers bar as Marathon.

    I have never calculated or priced in imperial measurements nor do I ever intend to use that backward system. Thank the Lord for metric.(y)
     
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    Exactly.
     
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    If you order timber using imperial measurements, do you have to pay in pounds, shillings and pence.
     
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    Maybe they should bring back Rickets and TB as well.
    I miss the big white fivers.
     
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  6. noseall

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    Exactly what? Using generic terms does not mean I endorse an outdated and practically useless system. It deserves to be confined to the nostalgia bin along with all the doddery old gammons with their love for the fallen Empire.
     
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    The first fully metric set of drawings I encountered (as a trainee brickie) was in about '85.
    My gaffer at the time would look at the measurements and convert them to imperial and measure out the site using that side of the tape. It was painful. The last straw came when attempting (badly) to measure out the diagonals. Once the gaffer stormed off site, I took hold of the tape and set up the pegs according to the metric measurements and had most of it ready for the dig by the time he returned with a longer tape measure. The long metric numbers completely bamboozled him.

    I remember being asked to set stud uprights to 35" 3/8ths and scratching my head when doing multiples (for longer stud walls) then having a eureka moment realising that plasterboard was actually metric and using the other side of the tape, made more sense.

    All placcy windows at the time were measured in metric. Block paving - metric. Brick coursing - metric (75mm). I was surprised even then just how much metrication there was in the building trade as the two old fellas I worked with never used it.

    Ply is still sold in imperial unfortunately. My newly installed Posi-Joist floor, at 400mm c/c will now involve trimming ply sheets to suit the metric centres. FFS (n)
     
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    The fantasy world of mad Brexers like Farridge and Rice-Pudd.

    Trying to return to an imagined golden past.
     
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    Nobody suggested you did. You should learn to read.
     
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    You mean like getting taxpayer's money for work you weren't going to do anyway, and bragging about it!
     
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    I don't need an invitation to express my preferences on a public forum, especially from doddery old gammons, ta.
     
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    As a Generation Xer, I think in both metric and imp. Depends what I'm measuring :sneaky:, but bigger measurements are often feet and inches, or cms and mm for smaller stuff. Depends what I feel like doing at the time. Also happy with lbs or kilos. Feel happier with pints and miles though. Strange how The UK keeps both and sticks to yards and miles on road signs. Decimalisation was a definite improvement though, imagine no one still thinks in shillings and old pence any more.
     
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    Sorry, are we still in the builder's merchants?
     
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    You could have called it 35.375 inches and used a calculator (if you didn't have a U.S. one).

    Although 70 6/8, 105 9/8, 140 12/8, 175 15/8 etc. is pretty simple.

    However, that's a very poor and strange example as it would have been more difficult to work out in your head had it been stated as 89.8525 centimetres.
     
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    Even some American measuring tapes use 1/10 divisions, effectively customary/imperial decimal
     
  17. Dont start that nonsense again.
     
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