All your science in here


#801

Jewsons softwood plywood is 8’ x 4’

Their OSB3 is 1200 x 2400

So one of the largest merchants in the country sell sheets in imperial, metric and a mixture of the two. Work that one out!


#802

Being a youngen I only knew metric; until I spent 5 years in the states, now my brain is broken.

40 thou to the mm gets me by though :slight_smile:


#803

Also the reason some people still use imperial and set them at 16" or 24" centres :smile:


#804

Not on site.


#805

I disagree.

What if you’re working on an old house? 1200 x 2400 would be useless too.

You can’t have it both ways :wink:


#806

If you are working on an old house (not sure what qualifies as old) the joists etc could be all over the place so you would have to cut anyway. I know at one time ply was imperial and plasterboards were metric so however you spaced the joists you were fucked. Anyway millimetres must be easier than 8ths, 16 ths, 32 nds etc?


#807

Only if you’re not used to working with them. I don’t find it inconvenient at all.


#808

Ed Zachary. Much, much easier.


#809

being a bit olderer we were taught both, so for lengths I can think interchangeably. For weights I am ok with both but have to think a bit harder, but for liquid volumes I struggle with imperial (apart from a pint)


#810

Even more awkward when the US gallon and pint are different.


#811

chain

Surveyors commonly used chains for measuring distances. The most famous of these was developed by the English mathematician Edmund Gunter (1581–1626). The links of Gunter’s chain were each 7 92/100 inches long. One hundred links gave it a total length of 792 inches, 66 feet, or 22 yards. Not a sensible number if you ask me, but then I don’t play cricket. The distance between wickets on a cricket pitch is 22 yards.

Useful for irregular plots and cricket pitches. 7 and 92/100ths inch :thinking:

Further reminders of the archaic systems here.


#812

I remember reading that architects and artists (and builders) prefer a system which divides exactly into thirds.


#813

:thinking:


#814

The fuckton covers all eventualities.


#815

as in a fuckton or a metric fuckton,


#816

Turdulisoma cf turdulorum millipede


#817

Name it after Clint Eastwood


#818

has anyone got any spare cat litter or tin foil, apparently a solar shit storm is heading our way…

and even the Maybot isn’t stubborn enough to resist…


#819

Tonight on R4

Among other things, they’ll be discussing the redefining of the kg :smile:


#820

I’ll listen out, although Mrs VB’s brother and sister-in-law will be showing up at some point which will likely cause my concentration to fade into the whisky-laden mire …

I see from the blurb that “Meteorologists from across the world have just voted to update the metric system”. That’ll be metrologists then.

VB