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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    Quote Originally Posted by MoSurveyor View Post
    Like I said, I've heard the "built-in obsolescence" story before - it hasn't changed a bit in 60 years. No reason to believe now is some special time in history.

    I've lived in homes that used 4x8' sheetrock all my life, though the home I was born in had something else prior to '62 (don't remember what), which is when Dad remodeled it. Since the US still uses 4x8' sheets in virtually everything I doubt you would have much problem finding it in Canada. Try finding it in Europe, instead.

    Cars still have SAE nuts and bolts and they've been "switching" for ~30 years, now.



    Again, if you want it done fast (a decade or less) it'll cost a lot, if you take a few decades it'll be cheaper.
    Switch all new stuff now and old will follow I don't need to force it I just think it should be done. I see the two systems side by side for a while yet.
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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    Quote Originally Posted by marywollstonecraft View Post
    I do realize that - I guess what I am suggesting is that the metric system may not necessarily be the best possible system - although the fact that everything is based on multiples of ten certainly makes it easier - weights in particular seem pretty nonsensical in imperial.
    It may not be the best possible system but it is the best system in existence
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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    Quote Originally Posted by MoSurveyor View Post
    Like I said, I've heard the "built-in obsolescence" story before - it hasn't changed a bit in 60 years. No reason to believe now is some special time in history.

    I've lived in homes that used 4x8' sheetrock all my life, though the home I was born in had something else prior to '62 (don't remember what), which is when Dad remodeled it. Since the US still uses 4x8' sheets in virtually everything I doubt you would have much problem finding it in Canada. Try finding it in Europe, instead.

    Cars still have SAE nuts and bolts and they've been "switching" for ~30 years, now.

    Again, if you want it done fast (a decade or less) it'll cost a lot, if you take a few decades it'll be cheaper.
    I have owned vehicles that had BOTH standard and metric bolts, etc. Very frustrating, at times.
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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    Quote Originally Posted by marywollstonecraft View Post
    do you mean plasterboard? when I was building the most common size was 1200 x 2400, although I bought a lot in 1200 x 2700. that's in Oz - but I think you would probably find it is similar elsewhere.

    have to admit though .... while hitting someone over the head with a 2 x 4 is assault, it adds a layer of clumsiness to hit them over the head with a 38 x 89 .....
    "Sheetrock" is like Xerox (copy) or Kleenex (tissue) but it has various local names like plasterboard and gypboard. I believe "drywall" is the technical term for all of it.
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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    I have owned vehicles that had BOTH standard and metric bolts, etc. Very frustrating, at times.
    Tell me about it! I've had dual sets of wrenches and sockets since the 80's and it's a PITA when it's 3/4" or 19 mm, since they're so close.
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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    Just remember the U.S. Constitution does not guarantee you freedom of measurement.

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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    Quote Originally Posted by MoSurveyor View Post
    "Sheetrock" is like Xerox (copy) or Kleenex (tissue) but it has various local names like plasterboard and gypboard. I believe "drywall" is the technical term for all of it.
    I think we call it gyprock ..

    In my experience here, metal frame items are always in metric, but wood - it depends. When I was building a few years ago, I noticed that builders often referred to some timber items in inches (in some cases even when they are in metric)..... eg a 2 x 4 is called a 2 x 4 rather than a 38 x 75 - but the length is described in metres.
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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rainman05 View Post
    Yes...

    The metric system is the best. Dammit, even the British , the ones that invented the imperial system, switched to it.
    The British still use some Imperial units, as does Canada.
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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    Naw the rest of the world has the problem. They should switch over to the American system.

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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    Quote Originally Posted by marywollstonecraft View Post
    I think we call it gyprock ..

    In my experience here, metal frame items are always in metric, but wood - it depends. When I was building a few years ago, I noticed that builders often referred to some timber items in inches (in some cases even when they are in metric)..... eg a 2 x 4 is called a 2 x 4 rather than a 38 x 75 - but the length is described in metres.
    The length of boards is where they have to mesh with the size of 4x8'/1200x2400mm sheets, anyway. As long as the other two dimensions are the same throughout any one construction project they don't matter much.
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