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View Poll Results: IMperial or Metric?
Imperial (old skool) 6 10.91%
Metric (New fangled) 19 34.55%
Bit o' both (controversial) 30 54.55%
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Metric or Imperial?

Now being a twenty-something year old British fella, I should really be adept at working in centimetres, metres, kilometers, kilos and all other facets of the metric system.

But I'm not. I prefer the old skool imperial measurements, so what about you lovely people, imperial, or metric?
 
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Working in a trade where you get young chaps using metric, and older chaps using imperial, I've resorted to using both. Pain, but I'm used to it now... still have troubles doing the conversions though!!
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Well I'm 6 feet tall, I drink pints, I travel in miles and at work I measure in millimeters.
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I am a product of the mid-60's so it's imperial for me, by and large.

However, would you ask for a litre of beer or transversely can you get ask for a 5 pint engined car?

As the man with the Incident says, we travel in miles and are out road speed signs marked in kph?

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Both systems have their advantages



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Metric for me, but i do drink pints and am also 6 ft tall and i also travel in miles.
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Both systems have their advantages
And their disadvantages, imagine what it's like trying to manufacture parts that go together within fine tolerances but are designed by say a brit on one side and an american on the other.

A few times when I was an engineer I even got drawings with mixed dimensions in both imperial AND metric

And don't get me started on standards, JIS, DIN, ISO, etc,

Gaaaaah
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For goodness sake don't start on standards GD



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For goodness sake don't start on standards GD
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Well I'm 6 feet tall, I drink pints, I travel in miles and at work I measure in millimeters.
what he said
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The last time we were in USA a guy asked how fast our 3.0 GTVs went. Our Rob replied "oh around 150". A few minutes later he overheard the guy say to his mate "yeah,but don't forget they work in kilometres in England".

So what kind of horses are their engines measured in then
 
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Advert from when South Africa went from Imperial to Metric

Ran on Springbok Radio, a station that no longer exists unfortunately.
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Never taught imperial but
still use miles, " ' , gallons and
stones.

Have to think about any other
imperial measures where as all
the metric stuff is dead easy.

(Especially when working in microns
and nanometers. )

Some of the protestations reported
in the media feels like they're whipped
up by xenophobe luddites.

 
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metric, by a country mile


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I've learned to live with both. I've grown up metric (aside from the usual height, weight and distance etc...), but work with older engineers and americans. Just think how much time could be saved with weather reports if they would just ditch farenheit conversions...
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I've pretty well made the conversion to metric. As a plumber/gas engineer we have been metric for ages and you get used to it....except we still use 1/2 and 3/8 inch iron plugs and some of us still call a 900x 450mm cylinder a 36 x 18..but I still can't handle litres/km instread of MPG.


So its a bit of both.

Incidentally..at a market in the Dordogne a few years back, they were still selling stuff in Livres (pounds)..and we have been conned into thinking we Brits were the last of the avoirdupois dinosaurs. Not so!!

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I'm just the right age to have grown up with both and to have been taught both in school. And very pleased I am too as neither have ever been a problem.
 
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Have to use both. Do some work for the States and they don't understand metric. They dont understand much to be honest
 
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Re: Metric or Imperial?

Only taught metric at school, but I would say I use imperial measurements more. I weigh myself in stones and pounds, my height in feet and inches, I travel in miles and use gallons of fuel, and I drink pints of beer.

However, I measure in millimetres when building, and lift kilo's at the gym. I can't picture either 100g of sweets or an ounce of sweets, I've always bought "50p's worth"
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Engineering in the UK has to be in metric, more specifically, SI units.

But I drive in mph in the car and km/h on the bike,
Fuel economy is in mpg but the fuel is sold in litres.
I measure myself in feet, stones (and certain parts in inches!) but everything else in metric measurements.
I drink pints but shots come in 50ml measures and white cider is bought by the litre.
And with illicit substances, it all depends on what you're buying whether you get grams or ounces
 
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Find metric a darn site easier.: As I can still, ? remember most of the imperial stuff, not at all bothered by either and or. Strange, I suppose, that a pretty ancient specimen such as myself, who should be be imperial biased, should state this, but I'm not at all, one way or 'tother.:
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Re: Metric or Imperial?

Metric - much easier to count millimeters on a tape than 32nds/64ths/16ths/8ths etc etc etc

As said before I measure my height in feet and inches - I'm 5ft 13 inches tall
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Metric of course...
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Re: Metric or Imperial?

Bit 'o both - not too controversial by the look of the results.

What is Roswell measuring in millimetres?
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When we talk about imperial sizes,that system came in after WW2 and was used on british cars from the late fifies on. Some of us will remember Whitworth bolts,now they did defy logic. EG,1/2 inch diameter whitworth bolt ,spanner size...7/16! 1/4 inch bolt....3/16 spanner. Don't even think about BA sizes.
 
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