Author Topic: Folks Hate The Metric System  (Read 32567 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline Ken Nagrod

  • Restricted
  • Posts: 3438
Re: Folks Hate The Metric System
« Reply #90 on: July 29, 2011, 11:15 PM »
hexadecimal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes sir.

I would never stop laughing to see a ruler with a,b,c ect ...it would also make me scared....have you decided what the unit size will be ?:)

In honor of one of our members, how about the "Kreg"?  Then there's minikreg and microkreg and megakreg...too many Kreg's.  Let's just open it up for debate in a new thread.

Festool USA does not pre-approve the contents of this website nor endorse the application or use of any Festool product in any way other than in the manner described in the Festool Instruction Manual. To reduce the risk of serious injury and/or damage to your Festool product, always read, understand and follow all warnings and instructions in your Festool product's Instruction Manual. Although Festool strives for accuracy in the website material, the website may contain inaccuracies. Festool makes no representations about the accuracy, reliability, completeness or timeliness of the material on this website or about the results to be obtained from using the website. Festool and its affiliates cannot be responsible for improper postings or your reliance on the website's material. Your use of any material contained on this website is entirely at your own risk. The content contained on this site is provided for informational purposes only and does not constitute professional advice.


Offline Mavrik

  • Posts: 240
Re: Folks Hate The Metric System
« Reply #91 on: July 30, 2011, 02:48 AM »
I played with telescopes for a while.
They are in the middle of the mixup.
An eyepiece will be described as having a 1.25" barrel and a 40mm focal length  [big grin]
TS55, MFT 1080, PS300, EHL 65, Domino, OF 1010, CTL 22, RO 125, BS75

Offline tallgrass

  • Posts: 705
Re: Folks Hate The Metric System
« Reply #92 on: July 30, 2011, 03:54 AM »
do you know why that it. i deal with that in the world of cameras.

Offline GaryB

  • Posts: 87
  • Custom Headphones
    • ThunderpantsTP1
Re: Folks Hate The Metric System
« Reply #93 on: July 30, 2011, 05:06 AM »
Nearly everyone in the world uses a metric system everyday, it's called currency.

Metric measurements are no different and no harder, whether it's speed, weight, distance, temperature or volume. Most things in photography are metric, Watts are metric as are many everyday things that most don't seem to even realize are metric. Everyone knows about and recognizes things like super 8, 16mm and 35mm film, any lens you can find and the power rating of tools without even thinking about it. People are already very familiar, and comfortable, with the system unconsciously, it's not that big a jump.


« Last Edit: July 30, 2011, 05:09 AM by GaryB »

Offline MrMac

  • Posts: 163
    • Laurie's Custom Finishing Carpentry
Re: Folks Hate The Metric System
« Reply #94 on: July 30, 2011, 09:31 AM »
Well I do work in imperial, as that's what I have used from when I was a kid. I am now slowly converting to being able to use metric- where I can. It's a bit disorienting to not be able to eyeball a 1/2", or 8' in metric, but what the heck, it's fun to learn new stuff.

My son was taught metric is school, and he's now on a (7 month) waiting list at the local technical college to go into welding. While he's waiting, he's attending a couple of classes to learn how to use imperial! LOL it's the way of the world, I think that imperial will die out with our generation. In Canada here all the "official" measurements are in metric, speed signs, weights etc. You get used to it, no big deal.

In generations to come they will probably use the length of a light sabre as a standard! or a martians big toe, who cares as long as we get it close and the check clears :)
serving the greater Vancouver area.

Offline waynelang2001

  • Posts: 506
Re: Folks Hate The Metric System
« Reply #95 on: July 30, 2011, 01:33 PM »
I don't use metric or imperial, I use english to measure. Like, just a smidge or a little bit more or ohhhh just a hair off...............
Latest Festool purchase?? The CXS.....Next Festool purchase???? The Domino.....

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Langley-Woodworks/147551115290424

Offline GaryB

  • Posts: 87
  • Custom Headphones
    • ThunderpantsTP1
Re: Folks Hate The Metric System
« Reply #96 on: July 30, 2011, 03:16 PM »
I don't use metric or imperial, I use english to measure. Like, just a smidge or a little bit more or ohhhh just a hair off...............

Hehe, it is the most versatile system in the world  [big grin]

Offline Alan m

  • Posts: 3303
Re: Folks Hate The Metric System
« Reply #97 on: July 30, 2011, 04:55 PM »
that is the system  my father uses. especially when a neighbour (frank thinks 400 mm is exactly 400 not 399.9 or 400.1) thats ok when its needed but not when stodding a wall. we drive him mad(he usually cuts while we fit) we call out 14 and 1/2 inchs and a touch , or a slack 14, hair over, strong 14 etc. it drives him mad [tongue]
"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."
- Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

Offline tallgrass

  • Posts: 705
Re: Folks Hate The Metric System
« Reply #98 on: July 30, 2011, 05:11 PM »
yea but what colored hair?:)

Offline Ken Nagrod

  • Restricted
  • Posts: 3438
Re: Folks Hate The Metric System
« Reply #99 on: July 30, 2011, 05:17 PM »
That's why carpenters go bald.  They should just stick with the tape measure.

Offline Jesse Cloud

  • Posts: 1717
  • Festooling at the end of a dirt road in New Mexico
Re: Folks Hate The Metric System
« Reply #100 on: July 30, 2011, 05:51 PM »
i do find it frustrating that the metric system being a 10 base system has issues when measuring geometry where ratios are so easy and i can decide when and how much rounding error i am will do deal with. for example if i have an object that happens to be 1 meter and i simply want to turn into three pieces i am screwed simply because of the ten base system .or opposite, i want to make 3 units that add up to one meter. i am glad the Greeks did not have it ...i wonder what their beautiful ratios would look like if it all had to be units of ten limited to what they could resolve?i can not imagine how hard it was before the digital age.

If you divide 1 meter, you'll get 333.33 mm. Why should you divide one meter only?  999 mm is better number for dividing by 3 or 1200mm or 1500mm or 300mm.

Here is sample how to measure everything in anything.


:)


Great Video VictorL!!
From now on, all my projects will be in parrots.  Wonder if Lee Valley has a parrot ruler?

Offline adubeau

  • Posts: 210
Re: Folks Hate The Metric System
« Reply #101 on: July 31, 2011, 11:13 AM »
I don't like metric measurements but since buying the Domino I am slowly learnig to adapt....  I find wasier to visualize 1/2 inch than 12.5 mm...
Festool weapons: ETS125, RO90, RO125, Dominio 500, Kepex, CT mini, CXS... and the list grows....

Offline pugilato

  • Posts: 579
  • Pugilato is not really my name... Andy
Re: Folks Hate The Metric System
« Reply #102 on: July 31, 2011, 12:01 PM »
I know and understand the metric system, but I have no feel for it... I'm sure that I wil get it in due time, but for practical reasons (I know and understand it) I prefer inches and feet.  I can visualize them.  I can visualize metric only after making a mental calculation.

Offline SRSemenza

  • Global Moderator
  • *
  • Posts: 8519
  • Finger Lakes Region, NY State , USA
Re: Folks Hate The Metric System
« Reply #103 on: July 31, 2011, 01:29 PM »
I know and understand the metric system, but I have no feel for it... I'm sure that I wil get it in due time, but for practical reasons (I know and understand it) I prefer inches and feet.  I can visualize them.  I can visualize metric only after making a mental calculation.


Ditto


Seth

Offline Tinker

  • Posts: 3656
Re: Folks Hate The Metric System
« Reply #104 on: July 31, 2011, 02:40 PM »
When I was a mason and using all sorts of materials, I used a 100 foot tape for laying out wall lengths.
For coursing of blockwork, I used a stick with a mark every 8"s for the coursing.
With stone work, I used my eye to measure each stone.  you would be surprised how accurate you could become.
For brick coursing, i had a folding rule with markings of 1,2,3,4,5,6, etc up to 12.  I have no idea what the height of each marking meant.  I just layed out so the courses of brick worked out to be even within the height of wall I had to work with.
now i am working with wood, I have rules and tapes the show both metric and imperial.  When i get plans that call for imperial, i can visulize.  If plans call for metric, my vision gets all clouded up.  I measure the space in imperial and then take a metric tape to get an idea of what it looks like in metric.  and then, i get all screwed up mentally and can no longer picture anything.  [huh]

time to go get a cold one. [wink]
Tinker
Wayne H. Tinker

Offline tallgrass

  • Posts: 705
Re: Folks Hate The Metric System
« Reply #105 on: July 31, 2011, 06:56 PM »
The twelve unit foot came from the utility a twelve unit rope. with it you can draw arcs and right angles and triangles.  the size of the unit did not matter..you simply made the unit fit the scale of the work. This is how the cathedrals of Europe were made. with rope and calipers, very impressive.