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Old 04-04-2013, 05:23 PM   #43
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OP? I know I've heard that. Where was it? Andy Griffith Show maybe?

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Old 04-04-2013, 05:37 PM   #44
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OP? I know I've heard that. Where was it? Andy Griffith Show maybe?

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Old 04-04-2013, 05:39 PM   #45
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OP? I know I've heard that. Where was it? Andy Griffith Show maybe?

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Funny, I see Tom as more of a Barney Fife type character from that show.

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Funny, I see Tom as more of a Barney Fife type character from that show.

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Old 04-04-2013, 06:35 PM   #47
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You're scarin me again, Gyro.

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I notice Ian uses decimal inch, another bastard multi-modulus system, which is nonetheless so much faster in computation than fractional inch as to make me wonder why I was ever borne in a country that got rid of a king, kept his foot, and then divvied almost everything up by the methods of ancient geometry?

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Too funny jack I don't use the decimal inch because of our subliminal Canadian views to convert the world to metric. I use decimals because I am lazy and using .5 takes one less key stroke on the computer that 1/2.
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OP here. I appreciate all the answers. I guess the bottom line is that I won't bother to go to Canada to buy bolts or wood studs.
..If all of Uncle Sam's disciples act like you, who would be victims for Cannucks'...milking? BTW, some Cannucks have a bit of headache regarding to US gallon and...English gallon...
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be careful. Andy is letting me carry one bullet these days.
Uh oh.....

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Whatever keeps your sox up Ian. I think was at least .5 right.

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Whatever keeps your sox up Ian. I think was at least .5 right.

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When I was in engineering school, we'd cut cuffed for writing .5, 'cause it is supposed to be 0.5, dontcha know.
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Which brings us to the problem of the 10th millennium. Don't save my place.

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Most engineering in the US is done with metric too.
While I agree that Surveying has come a long way from Chains and links and there is a lot of mechanical engineering using Metric. The Civil side of Engineering still holds tenaciously to the old ways. The USDOT in its infinite wisdom decided about 15 years ago that all Federally funded transportation projects had to be designed using the metric system. Engineers dutifilly designed the Roads and Bridges to new specs and we bought or metric scales, modified cad and structural programs ,Produced the requisite plans and specifications and sent them out for bid. Unfortunately the majority of The contractors didn't know the difference between a milliliter and milimeter resulting in endless questions and clarification.. I ended up putting both measurements on my Water and sewer plans so that I didn't have to babysit to get the projects built.
The FEDs have since seen the error of their ways and have relented on this issue but have instituted numerous other requirements to "help" us out.
Not saying it was bad just that your local backhoe and bulldozer guy didn't have a clue on dimensions.
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Is that why, in 1959, a Ford, in Canada, was likely to be a Meteor?
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A tip: if you actually need a metric bolt for a vehicle, don't worry about whether or not the hardware store stocks it - get it from the auto dealership parts department (if it is original equipment, rather than custom work). Yes, it will be much more expensive that way, but paying that for a bolt or two won't kill you. OEM hardware is generally very good (especially from companies like Toyota), and in many cases it is very specifically suited to the application and so is more appropriate than even a correctly selected generic replacement.
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