Would you approve the US joining the metric system? (meters, celsius, etc..)

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  1. muchxs

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    Old British motorcycles have fasteners built to the inscrutable Whitworth system.

    Metric isn't as perfect as it might seem. German metric is different from Japanese metric. For example large diameter Japanese fasteners tend to be finer thread than their German counterparts.

    The only use I've found for my 18mm wrench is on a BMW.

    You might as well throw the 16mm and the 18mm away.

    Craftsman's old combination wrench set came with a useless 16mm but no (useful) 17mm.

    Ten bucks buys you a 17mm.

    Don't even get me started on bicycles. English bikes used to be their own thing, "cycle thread". Then you had French metric, Italian metric and Japanese metric.

    Don't try to mix Campagnolo and Shimano bicycle parts.
     
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    The word is metre not meter.
     
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    What about

    "hand me the 25 cm butcher knife" versus "hand me the 9 7/8 inch butcher knife".

    It's all about assumptions.
     
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    True dat!
     
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    I'ld rather have 200 kilos of 100.00 bills = 445 lbs
     
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    There is a JIS (Japanese industrial standard) phillips style screwdriver that is slightly different. It will mostly interchange with a phillips sd but is not an exact fit.


    I was a bicycle mechanic back in the day when men were men and wrench sizes were myriad.
    It was not uncommon to find metric, imperial and whitworth (also know as British Standard) on the same bike.
    I had wrenches and sockets in BS that I originally bought for my 1966 Austin Healey Sprite.
    Its really not hard. Does the wrench fit? Yes, commence to tightening/loosening. No, try another size.

    Woof sez the KOD
     
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    Yes already! Rip off the band aid and do it!
     
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    How about the thread angle? Metric is 5 degrees flatter and has a thicker core.
     
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    careful or you will invoke the spirits of the spelling police, and like all other infestations they are a bugger to get rid of.
     
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    I was 13 when the notional 'changeover' happened. I remember the prices of everything went up.

    I'm still a BSF/Whitworth/miles per gallon kind of guy. Guineas and Furlongs disappeared and no-one cared, though.

    After nearly 50 years, it's a shambolic mixture. Expect something similar, if the decision to switch ever gets made.
     
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    Our industries already are metric.
     
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    Everywhere but the US. Noah Webster 'simplified' things in 1828. Oddly we still use metre for poetic cadence.
     
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    I was a proficient slide-rule user before the metric pocket calculators came along.

    M
     
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    Do you use “meteric”? Of course not.
     
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    Toosh- and -shay!
     
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    Oh, and that left/right hand steering wheel/traffic thing. .
     
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    This points out a problem with the imperial system -- you could say there are several systems, or that some units are only used in some countries. Stones, used to weigh only people and sacks of potatoes, are only used in the British Isles. Americans draw a blank, and they love the imperial system with a passion.
     
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    You win because the English Language always follows its rules.
     
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    Words of truth all the way. I had an Italian road bike with Shimano components. All metric, right? Don't get me started.
    I helped a friend with a '60s Mini Cooper. I rounded off a lot of it's bolt head corners and finally succumbed to vice grips.:cry: I guess Whitworth went the way of the Dodo bird. How did that happen? Seems like the transition model to follow.
    I have a bunch of metric and inch Allen wrenches and of course now there are Torx wrenches.:eek:
     
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