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Old 12-03-2023, 02:32 PM   #1321 (permalink)
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The singular advantage of the metric system is you can convert by shifting the decimal point, so 0.44 meters.

A meter is ~1.1 yards so 0.44X39.6, which I can't do in my head so about/less than half of forty.

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Old 12-03-2023, 05:48 PM   #1322 (permalink)
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The singular advantage of the metric system is you can convert by shifting the decimal point, so 0.44 meters.

A meter is ~1.1 yards so 0.44X39.6, which I can't do in my head so about/less than half of forty.
You mean trying to figure 17' 3" 1/16th minus 3' 10" 3/32nd in your head isn't the most efficient system in the world? I'd be surprised if a board were ever cut incorrectly due to our superior unit of measure.
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Old 12-03-2023, 06:19 PM   #1323 (permalink)
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A thousandth of an inch is a derived unit of length in a system of units using inches. Equal to 1⁄1000 of an inch, a thousandth is commonly called a thou or particularly in North America a mil. The words are shortened forms of the English and Latin words for "thousand". Wikipedia
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I use a metric tape measure on a regular basis that was a joke.
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Have never heard of .001 being called a mill which to me is .000001 or one thousandth of a thou.
Perhaps in french Canadian places?
When you get that small people change measurement sizes
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I hear a thousandth of an inch being called a "mil" all the time. Actually I don't know of anyone who still says "thousandths of an inch."
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It's also a thousandth of a dollar, among others:

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It's also a thousandth of a dollar, among others:
I've heard that too.

Gas is 4 dollars, 99 cents and 9 mils. (Less than $5, so it must be cheap)
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