@fitheach I am surprised that metric only tapes aren't widely sold - irrespective of Brexit, building materials have been sold in metric for the bulk of my lifetime and every modern building plan and DIY guides I have seen use metric...
I know, I know. I've never used imperial measurementts. I was schooled using metric, and that is the system I've always used.
I've been doing a lot of DIY recently, and this issue has really hit home. It isn't always possible to turn the tape around to get the metric side closest to the thing being measured. Grrr!
metric only tape measures are at least sold by mail order (unfortunately I've never seen one in a DIY store..)
@fitheach Yeah, painful: mine was about £14/metre for the first batch earlier last year and £21/m for the most recent lot (0.7 mm plastic coated).
Paul Camilli on Raasay seems to be pleased with the prices he got from Planwell in Buckie: https://lifeattheendoftheroad.wordpress.com/2021/11/25/going-for-a-new-roof/ but they only do trapezoidal AFAIK and I specifically wanted sinusoidal to be able to match up to windows less badly.
Thanks for the offer. 😃
I've already ordered a "metric only" tape from an online seller. I also have a metric "Zollstock", although that isn't always useful in every situation.
Indeed. Although I feel we should get things sorted at "home" first before criticising others.
@fitheach I picked up a tape measure on the continent, and it's great! The metric is always on the right side.
I've never seen a metric only tape in the shops. However, I have now ordered one from an online source.
@fitheach we have inches on those things in Sweden too, ca 130 years after the introduction of the metric system, so don't hold your breath.
@fitheach to be fair normally they have English inches, not the Swedish equivalent that was actually the norm here before the metric system. So if you deal with old buildings, you may need to also need to make sure not to mix up English and Swedish inches (or "tum").
@fitheach it's getting more standardized here though. Timber was measured in inches until a couple of decades ago but is now mostly metric too, and that was the main big holdover.
@fitheach yeah, actually I was going to check if it said "London", which is what measuring sticks with English inch units used to say, but instead found it doesn't have inches at all.
@fitheach I thought it was the UK that held on to the english units the longest, like lb-force, 32 ft/s/s and whatnot. Or was my thermo prof really that old school? He went to Oxford, but he was Swiss. Loved his steam engines.
I think your prof was really old school. I'm sure there will be others using imperial, but, they are likely in a small minority.
Hmmm on that, example picture it only depends on, if You're right- or left-handed 🤔
Doesn't matter, for me, I prefere that Foldable Mesure, often called "Zollstock" in German, but only have a metric scale 😝
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