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Offline Sparktrician

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Re: Isn't it about time U.S. went metric?
« Reply #210 on: July 21, 2015, 08:20 AM »
Tinker, you can still get the Metrinch goodies at Amazon.

Dang, that's pretty expensive ($489.99 US) for a set of unknown quality tools.

Jack

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Offline jaguar36

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Re: Isn't it about time U.S. went metric?
« Reply #211 on: July 21, 2015, 09:47 AM »
You're just in the wrong industry.  The medical industry has been using metric for years.

The US Aerospace industry (and aviation in general) still uses imperial and I don't think that's going to change anytime soon.  The cost/benefit of designing a new airframe in metric is just to high for an industry that is as specialized as Aerospace.

And as long as I'm using imperial at work, its what I'm going to be using at home too.

Offline Gerald_D

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Re: Isn't it about time U.S. went metric?
« Reply #212 on: July 21, 2015, 10:39 AM »
I don't know about the rest of the US but, thanks partly to owning Festool, I'm continuing down the slippery slope of going metric in my workshop- purchased a Hulfators Talmeter 3M tape from Tool Home today.  It just seems to be the right choice as I continue to use my LR32 system more.  The total conversion will take some time (if ever)- have many Woodpeckers squares and other measuring tools in imperial that will be quite expensive to replace.  Will probably need to remain 'multi-lingual' in my measuring capabilities.

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Offline sae

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Re: Isn't it about time U.S. went metric?
« Reply #213 on: July 23, 2015, 07:03 PM »
You're just in the wrong industry.  The medical industry has been using metric for years.

The US Aerospace industry (and aviation in general) still uses imperial and I don't think that's going to change anytime soon.  The cost/benefit of designing a new airframe in metric is just to high for an industry that is as specialized as Aerospace.

And as long as I'm using imperial at work, its what I'm going to be using at home too.

Yep, I'm told even Airbus uses imperial hardware.

Offline Kev

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Re: Isn't it about time U.S. went metric?
« Reply #214 on: July 23, 2015, 09:37 PM »
Jed: "Hey Clem, you'd wouldn't believe it .. an alien space ship crashed in front of the pickup on my way over"
Clem: "Wow! What happened?"
Jed: "Well, I got out and helped the alien get to his feet and we turned his spaced the right way up"
Clem: "Amazing, was he thankful?"
Jed: "Well .. initially I thought he was, he said that aliens shouldn't interfere with primitive cultures, but now that I'd seen him, he said he'd give me the plans to build an anti gravity device as a thank you"
Clem: "Heck! Show me!!"
Jed: "Nah, I threw the plans away - at first I was amazed, then when I started to make sense of them I realized all the dimensions were in some stupid and undecipherable base ten measurement system"
Clem: "Right thing to do too .. in fact I bet the stupid alien's spaceship wouldn't have even crashed if he'd build it properly - in INCHES!!!"
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Offline Richard/RMW

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Re: Isn't it about time U.S. went metric?
« Reply #215 on: July 23, 2015, 10:19 PM »
So I found these great Decorative Head bolts that are really handy for jigs and stuff in the shop. They come in 1/4"-20 and 5/16"-18 thread, in lengths like .471", .591", .708", and so on.



They are advertised with 17mm heads... they need 4mm & 5mm hex wrenches... seemed unusual.

I got curious about the lengths, turns out .471" = 12mm, .591" = 15mm, and .708" = 18mm...  [doh]

It's enough to make a guy a bit psycho.

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Offline Kev

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Re: Isn't it about time U.S. went metric?
« Reply #216 on: July 24, 2015, 11:57 AM »
I like those and for the life of me I can't find a supplier of something similar in Oz .. you'd think it would be easy!

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Re: Isn't it about time U.S. went metric?
« Reply #217 on: July 24, 2015, 12:53 PM »
I like those and for the life of me I can't find a supplier of something similar in Oz .. you'd think it would be easy!

Google "type bb connector bolts" and see if that helps. Essentra has them in metric threads so they should be available somewhere.

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Offline Kev

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Re: Isn't it about time U.S. went metric?
« Reply #218 on: July 24, 2015, 01:35 PM »
I like those and for the life of me I can't find a supplier of something similar in Oz .. you'd think it would be easy!

Google "type bb connector bolts" and see if that helps. Essentra has them in metric threads so they should be available somewhere.

RMW

Perfect .. https://www.essentracomponents.com.au/index.php?option=com_virtuemart&view=productdetails&virtuemart_product_id=12983

Thanks [wink]

Offline Untidy Shop

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Re: Isn't it about time U.S. went metric?
« Reply #219 on: July 24, 2015, 04:43 PM »
I like those and for the life of me I can't find a supplier of something similar in Oz .. you'd think it would be easy!
Mmmmm, let me think?  [eek]
Oh yes, Home Hardware, Bunnings, Masters ....  You know Kev, those big Australian Hardware Chains that you drive past on the way to Northern Abrasives.  [big grin]

Look for the displays of Prestige Cabinet Connecters.

http://www.itwproline.com.au/default.aspx?FolderID=219



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Offline Kev

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Re: Isn't it about time U.S. went metric?
« Reply #220 on: July 24, 2015, 08:49 PM »
I like those and for the life of me I can't find a supplier of something similar in Oz .. you'd think it would be easy!
Mmmmm, let me think?  [eek]
Oh yes, Home Hardware, Bunnings, Masters ....  You know Kev, those big Australian Hardware Chains that you drive past on the way to Northern Abrasives.  [big grin]

Look for the displays of Prestige Cabinet Connecters.

http://www.itwproline.com.au/default.aspx?FolderID=219

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@Kev

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Offline Tinker

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Re: Isn't it about time U.S. went metric?
« Reply #221 on: July 25, 2015, 04:13 AM »
I have a whole bunch of those bolts buried somewhere among the debris of my shop.  I think I got them from rockler many moons ago.

They called them "Barrel Bolts".  They came with a little round barrel shaped nut on the end.  I got a bunch of them when I was building a workbench and was planning to make a bunk bed for a friend. They are handy for anywhere you might need to retighten along the way.  also, anywhere you need a bolt buried completely within the project As RMW said, they are handy for a lot of shop stuff. I have seen them listed elsewhere as "Connector Bolts".

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Offline mike_aa

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Re: Isn't it about time U.S. went metric?
« Reply #222 on: July 25, 2015, 10:58 AM »
@Richard/RMW

I need less than 12 of the nickel 1/4-20 bolts in approximately 20mm length.  Do you know of a source where I can buy them in short lengths in small quantities?  The woodworking stores do have them, but not that short.

I took your earlier suggestion and googled, but the results all seem to be manufacturers or distributors that sell in quantities of 1,000.

Thanks, Mike A.   

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Re: Isn't it about time U.S. went metric?
« Reply #223 on: July 25, 2015, 11:27 AM »
@Richard/RMW

I need less than 12 of the nickel 1/4-20 bolts in approximately 20mm length.  Do you know of a source where I can buy them in short lengths in small quantities?  The woodworking stores do have them, but not that short.

I took your earlier suggestion and googled, but the results all seem to be manufacturers or distributors that sell in quantities of 1,000.

Thanks, Mike A.

@mike_aa Stafast sells in small quantities, I ordered a mixture of sized in qty of 10-50 no problem:

http://shop.stafast.com/

Not sure if the have a minimum but the quantity was not an issue.

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Offline mike_aa

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Re: Isn't it about time U.S. went metric?
« Reply #224 on: July 25, 2015, 12:12 PM »
@Richard/RMW

Thanks!  I added 10 (the minimum number) to the cart to see what happened and it took it fine.  Only $1.19 for ten of them.  No mention that I see of a minimum order dollar amount, but I think I'll look at other stuff I might need anyway and put it all on one order.

Thanks, Mike A.