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And donít forget those that work in hundredths of a foot. I remember well those days working on Bureau of Reclamation jobs. Not bad once you had a tape of your own to work with.
We still do laying out buildings and setting benchmarks and elevations. But they are still in feet so converting them to inches is not hard.

I have never figured conc in meters, not sure how hard/easy that might be.

Meters are easier to figure maybe, but when you are raised in imperial ,metric is hard to visualize. I can tell by a glance if something is out of level by 1/8", but could not tell you how many mm it is off. The same with distance, I can visualize how many feet something is, but never how many meters it is.

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Charles; for sidewalks I just use .33 as a depth factor (1/3 of a foot with fudge factor) L in ft. X .33' X W in ft. (normally 2, 2.5, or 3 = cu. ft./27 = cu. yds.
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We still do laying out buildings and setting benchmarks and elevations. But they are still in feet so converting them to inches is not hard.

I have never figured conc in meters, not sure how hard/easy that might be.

Meters are easier to figure maybe, but when you are raised in imperial ,metric is hard to visualize. I can tell by a glance if something is out of level by 1/8", but could not tell you how many mm it is off. The same with distance, I can visualize how many feet something is, but never how many meters it is.

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1/8"= a bit more than 3mm so 3 is close enough for estimation. Same goes for meter and yard. A cubic meter is about 10 1/4 cubic feet instead of 9. 15 meters is pretty close to 50 feet. 100 meters is about 110 yards, a little longer than the US football field. Close to the same as the Canadian field. Not hard at all.

When I worked hauling water in the oil patch everything was metric. When a rig supervisor asked me how much water I had on he wanted to know in cubic meters (cubes for short). The tandem I was driving would hold 16 cubes which was about 3600 gallons, but I don't remember whether that was our gallon or yours.
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I was raised on Imperial but changed over to metric during my teens. Nothing can be simpler than units in multiples of ten. Anyway, to me metric is natural. If we were designed to use imperial we'd have six digits on each hand instead of five.
Start counting your fingers backwards on your left hand 10,9 8 7 6. Now count your right hand 1,2,3,4,5. add them together and you get 11 so now we have a problem. Do you have 5 or 6 fingers?
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