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: Not even a real 4 liters. A quart is smaller than a liter, and just
: 4 of those to a US gallon, which is smaller than the Imperial
: gallon. Note that we can't even spell the same term in OUR
: version of the metric system!

: At least liters or litres are the same size from country to
: country.

: Actually, the US is officially on the metric system and has been
: for wuite a while. Our common measures are officially based on
: metric measures. For example, our inch is defined as being 25.4
: mm. And labeling laws have required metric equivalents on many
: products for years. I used a 35mm camera, and buy 2 liter
: bottles of soda, which I occasionally mix with an American
: liquor sold in a 750ml bottle. (Say goodby to the old fifth of
: booze)

: My personal campaign for many years has been to get the federal and
: state highway signage to go to using both systems on any new
: signs they erect. One of the reasons cited for NOT transforming
: this country to the metric system is the cost of making
: infrastructure changes. The cost of erecting a sign is far
: greater than the cost of paintint that sign, so the cost
: difference would be trivial. But, over time, as new signs are
: erected in new construction areas, or old signs are replaced due
: to aging or accidents, there would be more and more signs with
: information in both miles and kilometers alongside the highways.
: Eventually a transition to only metric would be easier and
: cheaper.

: But there are many items which simply would not need to change. A
: 2x4 hasn't actually measured 2" by 4" for quite some
: time. (The idea that they cut them that big at lumbermills and
: that they shrink or are planed down is not accurate. Shrinkage
: is not that great, and it can be accurately calculated. They cut
: them smaller to get more from a tree.)
: Staying with 2x4s, I can get that in an 8 foot length, or I can get
: it precut to a standard wall stud height which allows for
: footers, headers, and the common width of drywall sheeting. If
: common wall heights were to change they'd cut the boards to a
: different length, but the width and thickness are already
: plugged into structural calculations.

: For my purposes it wouldn't matter if the plywood is 4x8 feet, or a
: metric equivalent. It would still be too short and I'd still
: need to scarf two or more sheets together to get usable lengths
: for a S&G kayak.

: We measure nails and screws by pennyweight and gauge. The actual
: dimensions aren't going to change, just the way we talk about
: them. A horse race will be so many furlongs, oil prices will be
: quoted by the barrel, and the ladies dress sizes will stay as
: flattering as they are now.

: Anyone who wants to support getting a progressive change to road
: signs as an aid to tourism should write their local politicians,
: or persuade me to run for president 4 years from now.

: OK, I'm off my soap box. Thanks for bringing up this hot button.

: PGJ

Yep, fairly trivial to paint about a billion street signs.

Bill H.

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