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Re: [SLE] Warning to Americans!
  • From: Rob Unsworth <rob@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 2 May 2006 12:50:44 +1000 (EST)
  • Message-id: <Pine.LNX.4.61.0605021247400.6095@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
On Mon, 1 May 2006, Lew Wolfgang wrote:

> Paul W. Abrahams wrote:
> > On Sunday 30 April 2006 3:46 pm, Carlos E. R. wrote:
> > Actually, nuts and bolts in general are the most obvious manifestation of
> > the problem. You can get around some incompatibilities by having two
> > sets of wrenches, but that doesn't help if you need to attach a metric
> > nut to an English bolt.
> Actually, the problem is all-pervasive. For example, I'm working
> on a bedroom/bathroom renovation that required my visiting the
> local hardware store (Home Depot) for some parts. I purchased
> some ABS plastic pipe fittings (3 and 1.5 inches), some plywood
> (5/8-inches thick) and some sheetrock (wallboard) (4 x 8 feet x
> 1/2-inch). All of these various parts had to match existing
> structure, including the sheetrock which goes on studs spaced
> every 16-inches.
> Considering that every house, every building and every shed in
> the US is built out of components sized on the English system,
> how in the world can you convert to metric? Dual inventory
> in stores until every building is replaced? Never happen.

Sorry can't resist,

I told you Australians were superior, We managed it 30 years ago. The
longer you wait the harder it is to catch up.

Regards, | Lions District 201 Q3
Rob Unsworth | IT & Internet Chairman
Ipswich, Australia |

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