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    So as per another thread what do you use and where.

    I am an inches person and have no idea about centimeters. You tell me a measurement in centimeters and I will look at you like Give me the measurement in inches and I am

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    Easiest way to think about cm is to think about a old school ruler being 30 cm.

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    I honestly don’t know why inches is still a unit of measurement.
    Every measurement is either an approximation or your personal interpretation of what fraction of an inch something is, there are actual measurements, but without a ruler/measuring device, your response to most thing is just an approximation, unless you’ve visually and mentally memorized the value and size.

    Metric translates into everything, and is actually just simplified imperial (since everything is just 1/10th) 10cm is easy to identify, 30cm is way to interpolate, as compared to to saying ‘A Foot’, then translating it to 12 inches..

    But that’s just me, I more than likely just preffer it, because that’s what I grew up with.
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    As much as I hate it, in conversation I'll still use feet and inches. Same with pounds instead of kilos.
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    in, ft, mm and m. I don't use cm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nismorphed View Post
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    Easiest way to think about cm is to think about a old school ruler being 30 cm.
    Do "new school" rulers use inches or something?

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    im a surveyor so use mm, cm, m all day everyday. so much easier to work with when you have to add distances together. I hate when a plan comes in ft. inches and has to be converted.
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    You guys can manage to get on the internet, but not do basic arithmetic?

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    Have an easier time mentally visualizing inches, but for doing anything actually useful it's metric every time.

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    In the field I'm use to metric(mm) but in the shop it's all imperial. That being said, I never use CM and couldn't figure it out if you asked me right now lol

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    25.4 is all you need to know.

    Metric rules.
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    I’m glad I work in the heavy civil industry. I don’t know if I could deal with buildings in feet and inches.

    I just remember 2.54 cm in an inch and I’m good to go.

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    Old guy here that was in my senior school years when metrification really came to be in Canada in the late 70's.. For decades I used imperial units but for the most part I have converted over to imperial now. I think in cm, kg, Celsius, kph, l/100km - temperature was the first of the measurements that I came to think in metric followed by speed. Weight and distance were a lot longer in charge over for me and for weight, it really wasn't until my kids really got into wresting that I fully went metric on weight because everything is in metric in that sport.

    Distances, I move between the two - carpentry requires both but for distance in rural areas the mile still has a physical presence that just is not going to go away in western Canada. Height for myself I still revert to imperial. Fuel mileage is totally metric for me now - mostly because that what our vehicles report it to us in.

    As such, I can't really provide an answer for the survey because I still do both and for cm versus inches - I use both on a daily basis. Metric is easier but imperial measurements haven't gone away and I don't see that happening any time soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mista Bob View Post
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    Have an easier time mentally visualizing inches
    Same, but only in multiples of 8.
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    Imperial is so stupid. Working on the back of the envelope calculations having to multiply by a constant to go between larger and smaller units is moronic at best.

    Almost the entire world has figured out metric makes way more sense. Imperial had its time but thatís passed.

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    inches, feet, KM, KPH, Liters, L/100, pounds, ml, cups, oz (only in 1 or 2 though), tsp, tbsp <--- this is my life.

    If someone tells me that they are 175cm tall, or wants 10 gallons of water, or weighs 9 stones, I just get a blank look on my face and whip out my phone to try and convert it to a normal person's measurement.
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    Baking - imperial still rules there for the most part.

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    inches, feet, KM, KPH, Liters, L/100, pounds, ml, cups, oz (only in 1 or 2 though), tsp, tbsp <--- this is my life.

    If someone tells me that they are 175cm tall, or wants 10 gallons of water, or weighs 9 stones, I just get a blank look on my face and whip out my phone to try and convert it to a normal person's measurement.
    A stone was never a unit of measure that was in regular useage in Canada, no? Kind of like furlongs, rods and such.
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    I can switch between units readily. Pressure, temperature, length, volume...

    Deal with customers who are all over the map lol.
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    I can switch between units readily. Pressure, temperature, length, volume...

    Deal with customers who are all over the map lol.
    i need something thats 8 inches long, 3kg, and fits in a 2 cu/ft box, and it needs to be 32*C
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    You guys can manage to get on the internet, but not do basic arithmetic?
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