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Re: [SLE] Warning to Americans!
  • From: Lew Wolfgang <wolfgang@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 01 May 2006 15:49:50 -0700
  • Message-id: <4456908E.6050701@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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.

Lew Wolfgang

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