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Old 03-13-2011, 07:13 PM
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Or we could just get smart and convert to the metric system like every other country in the world, and like we should have done fifty years ago.
I want a metric watch.

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Metric Watch

Closest To A Metric Watch Is The 24 Hour Clock, Next We Will Need A Metric Calender.
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We already have metric money!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Are you people all really that bad at math?

Sorry, but this thread just reinforces the dumbing of America. Just divide the top number by the bottom number in the fraction to get the decimal equivalent. Geeze, every cell phone in the world has a build in calculator function now if 1/4 is too hard for you to figure out.
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dECIMAL INCH

I DON'T HAVE A CELL PHONE. I AM STILL RUNNING PROGRAMS BASED ON dos BECAUSE NEWER IS NOT ALWAYS BETTER. I CAN LOOK AT THE SIDE OF THE TAPE CALIBRATED IN 100TH OF A INCH AND LOOK AT THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TAPE AND EYEBALL IT TO THE NEAREST 64TH WITHOUT A CALCULATOR OR CELL PHONE. I CAN DO THE MATH LONG HAND WITH PAPER AND PENCIL. I DO HAVE A LITTLE PROBLEM DOING DECIMAL EQUILIVANTS OF 5/64THS IN MY HEAD TO NEAREST 100TH WHEN I CAN DO IT READILY BY JUST LOOKING AT THE EDGES OF THE TAPE.
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i just close my left eye, hold up my right thumb at arms length, and stick the tip of my tongue out of the right side of my mouth.
this form of measurement is accurate to 43/98ths of a meter when use with the corresponding fuzzy truck-driver math.
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Old 03-15-2011, 06:58 AM
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i just close my left eye, hold up my right thumb at arms length, and stick the tip of my tongue out of the right side of my mouth.
this form of measurement is accurate to 43/98ths of a meter when use with the corresponding fuzzy truck-driver math.
Interesting...that's always worked for me also.
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I re-upholstered some furniture for my wife, (before we were married) I used a drafting trammel to get the curves just right and drew the stitch lines on the back also. I had all my pieces listed on my note paper. I had bought one of those cheap sewing kits at walmart that had a needle threader, cloth tape thread. etc. and had it in a drawer in the sewing table. I picked up the cloth tape to check the pieces to lay them out to start sewing and they did not match the notes I had made when doing the layout. THE INCH LAYOUT ON THE TAPE WAS OFF ABOUT 20 %. I took a second look and said those curves are more than (x) inches apart. Metric side was ok.
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I re-upholstered some furniture for my wife, (before we were married) I used a drafting trammel to get the curves just right and drew the stitch lines on the back also. I had all my pieces listed on my note paper. I had bought one of those cheap sewing kits at walmart that had a needle threader, cloth tape thread. etc. and had it in a drawer in the sewing table. I picked up the cloth tape to check the pieces to lay them out to start sewing and they did not match the notes I had made when doing the layout. THE INCH LAYOUT ON THE TAPE WAS OFF ABOUT 20 %. I took a second look and said those curves are more than (x) inches apart. Metric side was ok.
Reminds me about when we were installing a big GT power plant in Korea(Seoinchon). Everything was in inches, etc. The Korean foundation labor force was issued a dual tape measure - oops!! The metric side was 100% correct, the metric side - I never had seen an inch broken down into FIVE quarters. That contractor had a lot of rework at his expense .

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Old 03-15-2011, 08:48 AM
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Of the seven tape measures I have readily available (don't ask), only one has the ability to read in decimal- the ~$85 Starrett Digitape (less when I bought mine), p/n D1-25 (64443). At least it's made in the USA.
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Measuring beyond (more accurately) than 1/64th or .0156 (1 div by 64) with a tape measure is almost out of the question in the home garage. How are you going to incorporate a "steel rule" (piece of steel graduated in decimal and inches) into the measurement??. 1/64th is pretty small even on one of these "steel rules" ( no er attached).

The distinction of scales, rules and rulers was taught in about 7th grade drafting. The "whack" method with each produced lifetime memories.

http://its.fvtc.edu/MachShop1/Inspection/StlRule.htm

Here are a couple of good Lufkin tapes. 1/16 and 1/32. Just use a cheap calculator for any conversions. Make a sketch and do the math ahead of time.
http://www1.mscdirect.com/eCommerce/...rchandizedOk=Y
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Ah, heck . Just go to HF and buy a 9" digital caliper . Just press a button and switch from thousandths to mm . I have a 4" and use it all the time to check my drill bits. I can't read the numbers on the bits so I keep the caliper in an adjacent drawer . Allan
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Got a 6 in and do the same thing. The old eyes aren't what they used to be.
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I use a little 1/2"mic to check drill sizes tho next time I'm in HF will consider one of their cheapy digital vernier for that - and old eyes - I have my old QC 8x magnifier when I use my vernier or my .0001 mics as those little lines - all blend together and become one wide blob

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Let's just forget about the measuring tool you use for a minute and look at your problem or possible problem. What makes you think you have a problem with your body stucture? And I have to tell you that everything you need can be done without those specs. Most often simply cross measuring will tell you everything you need.

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