Join Date: May 2012
Location: Norfolk, United Kingdom
Is quite correct here, and its very fascinating within the UK, my various jobs have me switching between both metric and imperial measurements quite often.
One of my passions is building with wood, and its easier to frame build in inches and feet, since that the language at the local lumber-yard. However if we are talking about counter tops and cupboards, these are all measured in millimetres - and this is in the same wood yard!
When I am buying IPA and liquid fluxes for my work these are measured in metric millilitres and while my solder is measured in grams ans millimetres, however the wire is measured in AWG imperial thickness measurement.
Don't even get me started on Engineering!
So - to live in the UK one must know and float between the two systems easily.
After all, order my milk by pints, as my beer as well - the British imperial pint is 20oz, the American pint is 16oz - this follows up the chain...
Interestingly the British imperial system differs compared to the US imperial system - most notably metric of liquids - the US gallon is only 83.3% of the UK gallon - so when you hear some idiot spouting the better mileage per gallon of European cars - its not always case since we use and have nearly 20% more fuel in measuring a gallon.
So in my head at anyone time, I have both the American imperial metric, the British imperial metric and the International metric system (the latter being based on water at room temperature in case you didn't know)
Last edited by Zetronus; 07-25-12 at 03:51 PM.