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It may “have been less prone to errors” but don’t forget what happened to one of the Mars missions when the two measures were confused.

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Search for Gimli glider while you`re at it. That`s why I only use tape measures with one or the other but not both. Metric will completely replace Imperial. It`s just a matter of time.
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I grew up using Imperial inch measurements. Then in drafting classes, we also did some drawings in metric.

Then I worked for 15 years in land and construction survey where we used decimal feet for measurement. I got where I used decimal feet for projects like fences and decks and home repairs and still do for outside projects.

I was a partner in a furniture business for 8 years and used Imperial inches to build and repair furniture.

Went to work building one of a kind custom aircraft cabinetry where we used decimal inches and that is what I use in my shop for projects now. My triangles and scales or rulers are 16r scale which is hundredths and fiftieths on one side and 32nds and 64ths on the other side. Also works out great for CNC design software. I still use decimal feet for outside projects.
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I grew up using Imperial inch measurements. Then in drafting classes, we also did some drawings in metric.

Then I worked for 15 years in land and construction survey where we used decimal feet for measurement. I got where I used decimal feet for projects like fences and decks and home repairs and still do for outside projects.

I was a partner in a furniture business for 8 years and used Imperial inches to build and repair furniture.

Went to work building one of a kind custom aircraft cabinetry where we used decimal inches and that is what I use in my shop for projects now. My triangles and scales or rulers are 16r scale which is hundredths and fiftieths on one side and 32nds and 64ths on the other side. Also works out great for CNC design software. I still use decimal feet for outside projects.
It`s easy because it`s in units of ten, same as metric.
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here we go again...
or is this a continuation???
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How's that saying go? The great thing about standards is that there's so many of them.

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It`s easy because it`s in units of ten, same as metric.
That is exactly why I use them. Just makes life easier.
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here we go again...
or is this a continuation???
I'm sure it will be a continuation until the whole world goes metric.

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Certain Industries are still using the Imperial system and the 2 that I am quite familiar with are steel and lumber. I sold steel for more than 35 years and although some imports are in Metric, most domestic mills use Imperial. I now sell and all log handling equipment to sawmills, paper mills panel mills, Biomass and wood pellets. They all use the Imperial system and the Government can't stop them for one good reason, Canadian mills sell MOSTLY to US customers. They won't keep dual inventories for products that are literally the same. So lumber is still referred to as 2 x... or 1 x ... etc...
The Metric system is easier to work with and more precise, but for some people who were educated in Imperial, the conversion of thinking is not so easy. (myself included, still more comfortable with Imperial but can use and understand Metric.) As long as the USA remains Imperial, Canada will follow to insure we keep the trade flowing !

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It's not for nuthin' that they call them 'yarders'...
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