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    Posted: 12 Jan 2018 at 22:01
So guys, how difficult is it really to work with the Imperial measurement system?


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That isn't the imperial system.....that's the American version.....real Imperial had Whitworth, British Standard Fine, Brass, BA & all sorts of odd thread forms. Might nip out into the garage & thumb through my 1974 Zeus book now!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Stevex Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Jan 2018 at 22:11
It's a pita...I look at a metric fastener and can tell straight away what spanner or socket I'll need.
I've worked on aircraft that have Imperial fasteners, including the present type I've worked for 4 years, and I still have to grab a bunch of spanners or visit the tool store twice to get the right size socket!
I hate Imperial.
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It's not imperial vs metric that's the problem it's fractions!!!
it's easy to work with figures in the form 12.345 or  6.789  you can easily add subtract multiply divide etc, The numbers don't care if they are mm, Metres, inches, yards or elephants.
When dimensions are expressed as fractions it is a nightmare, 6 13/32 + 1 3/16 x 7 17/64 needs a lot of pen and paper work before even switching on the calculator.

BTW BA is a metric thread system based on a 47.5 deg thread angle  0BA being 6mm dia and 1mm pitch
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Fitz Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Jan 2018 at 10:05
imperial system is so annoying !! but our system of measurements is totally messed up 
look at various trades and how they measure their specific materials, timber for joiners and builders, steel for fabricators in various methods mm, inches and SWG can be head scratching !! plumbers for copper pipes 

but one more point how tall are you and how much you you weigh most people will answer this in imperial measurements, but we measure distance in m, cm or mm (metric) but drive in mph (imperial) and put fuel in our bikes in litres (metric) aaaaaargh !!!! Ermm
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I used to work with an old feller years ago known as Harry the Bastard.....a while other story....Harry & I would go & measure hospital wards. "What's that one Harry?"........"errr, 6 metres 10 inches..." We laughed.
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Who ever makes sheets of plywood should be shot, all studwork in walls or joists and trusses in roofs are set at metric centres. Plasterboards are metric, flooring sheets are metric, everything is metric but plywood manufacturers still insist on making them 4ft x 8ft.
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