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    Re: Should the US finally switch over to the metric system?

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    The one I STILL have trouble with is Celsius vs Fahrenheit.... I can't seem to stop thinking in Fahrenheit and struggle convert C to F in my head.
    That is because you are American, and it therefore isn't in your blood to act as though there is an equivalency between Freedom Degrees and Commie Degrees.

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    Re: Should the US finally switch over to the metric system?

    Quote Originally Posted by Threegoofs View Post
    Yes... our poor underfunded military.

    Heres a clue... you still will be using those tools, since the ship is made of all the same stuff in Imperial units.

    I wonder what the total cost of tools are on that billion dollar ship?
    The whole thread is about switching over to the metric system. So why exclude the military or other government run things if it is the government pushing for the change? How long do you think it would take to pay to switch over the military, and if there is no one else using standard equipment, then where would replacement parts, the smaller parts come from? What about people working on the equipment til you can get it turned? They would only be learning metric in school and not even know about standard. That is the point. That is why it isn't feasible that people are likely to switch. One or two industries, sure. Medicine, most likely.

    It isn't just the tools. That is the point. It is all the equipment, including replacements that are standard size, things that are changed out regularly. Things that rust or break. These are all things that are in standard measurements.
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    Re: Should the US finally switch over to the metric system?

    Quote Originally Posted by roguenuke View Post
    The whole thread is about switching over to the metric system. So why exclude the military or other government run things if it is the government pushing for the change? How long do you think it would take to pay to switch over the military, and if there is no one else using standard equipment, then where would replacement parts, the smaller parts come from? What about people working on the equipment til you can get it turned? They would only be learning metric in school and not even know about standard. That is the point. That is why it isn't feasible that people are likely to switch. One or two industries, sure. Medicine, most likely.

    It isn't just the tools. That is the point. It is all the equipment, including replacements that are standard size, things that are changed out regularly. Things that rust or break. These are all things that are in standard measurements.
    Right. And the change isn't at gunpoint.

    If you have a 5/8 in bolt, you can keep your 5/8 in wrench.
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    Re: Should the US finally switch over to the metric system?

    Quote Originally Posted by Threegoofs View Post
    Right. And the change isn't at gunpoint.

    If you have a 5/8 in bolt, you can keep your 5/8 in wrench.
    Then what change are you expecting to happen? If they still have to use standard measurements in many industries because they aren't mandating a change, then it is all voluntary, which simply isn't likely to happen at least not faster than is happening now.

    I don't honestly care if we did switch. It doesn't bother me. I just don't see it as something we should do just to do it due to the cost that I see coming from it.
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    Re: Should the US finally switch over to the metric system?

    Quote Originally Posted by roguenuke View Post
    Then what change are you expecting to happen? If they still have to use standard measurements in many industries because they aren't mandating a change, then it is all voluntary, which simply isn't likely to happen at least not faster than is happening now.

    I don't honestly care if we did switch. It doesn't bother me. I just don't see it as something we should do just to do it due to the cost that I see coming from it.
    We just stop making things with Imperial units. The old equipment with Imperial units will eventually be replaced with new equipment using only metric and mechanics simply won't need their Standard tool sets anymore.

    Its how assult-weapon bans work, you just gradually dry out the supply.

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    Re: Should the US finally switch over to the metric system?

    Quote Originally Posted by Threegoofs View Post
    We are basically the last country to not use the metric system in our day to day lives - we measure temperature in Farenheit, distances in feet.yards and miles, and have a ridiculous volume and weight measurement system of cups, ounces, quarts, gallons, etc.

    Its an antiquated system that costs the US milions each year by having to convert, tool things in english units (5/8 in wrenches?) etc. Our kids need to learn both systems, and tend to learn neither well.

    Why is there no active movement in the US to upgrade our systems?

    Why dont we just bite the bullet and change already?

    Nice article that may jump start the popular cry: Why Americans still use Fahrenheit long after everyone else switched to Celsius - Vox
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    Re: Should the US finally switch over to the metric system?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry View Post
    We just stop making things with Imperial units. The old equipment with Imperial units will eventually be replaced with new equipment using only metric and mechanics simply won't need their Standard tool sets anymore.

    Its how assult-weapon bans work, you just gradually dry out the supply.
    You can't really do that though. The parts wouldn't be compatible. You would still need to make replacement parts because the big equipment simply couldn't be replaced without extensive costs but must still be kept running.
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    Re: Should the US finally switch over to the metric system?

    Quote Originally Posted by roguenuke View Post
    You can't really do that though. The parts wouldn't be compatible. You would still need to make replacement parts because the big equipment simply couldn't be replaced without extensive costs but must still be kept running.
    Don't replace equiptment that's still bei ng used. Eventually every piece of equipment becomes worn out and is discarded. At that time, when the thing would be replaced anyway, simply replace it with an all metric machine containing all metric parts. The process would take about 50 years.

    And as the rail industry showed us when desil locomotives became viabe , yes we can perform an overnight conversconversion if we want to.

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    Re: Should the US finally switch over to the metric system?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry View Post
    Don't replace equiptment that's still bei ng used. Eventually every piece of equipment becomes worn out and is discarded. At that time, when the thing would be replaced anyway, simply replace it with an all metric machine containing all metric parts. The process would take about 50 years.

    And as the rail industry showed us when desil locomotives became viabe , yes we can perform an overnight conversconversion if we want to.
    It almost certainly would take 50 years, which is why I don't believe it is likely to receive a good amount of support from the American people. It was tried in the 70s (at least to an extent) and the majority had no interest in doing it, so they basically ignored it. This is why I say it isn't likely to happen soon because the American people just don't see the point in doing it, especially when it is going to cost us money to do so, even if it is done over half a century or more.
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    Re: Should the US finally switch over to the metric system?

    The metric system is far more efficient. It operates (for most measurements) in 10's. I think once American's got used to it, it wouldn't be such a big deal. We could convert to it within a generation.

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