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27 Feb 2014   #11
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

If the info had been...
4' 8"
...then I have no problem calling it 4 foot and 8 inches.

As soon as someone adds a dash (minus sign?)...
4'-8"
...I have to wonder if something else is being conveyed.

I would need some context to be sure.

In a past life, I would see stuff like...
4'+/-8"
...but some things only had one sided tolerances:
4'-8"
Those items can be no longer than 4', but it is okay if they are 3' 4".


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27 Feb 2014   #12
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

I was educated here in Australia when we used the imperial system & then during the 1970's we changed to the metric system. I am afraid I still mentally convert metric measurements to the imperial equivalent in a lot of instances.
In the imperial system a man 6' 4" tall is always referred as being 6' 4" & never 76" tall.
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27 Feb 2014   #13
madcratebuilder

Win8/8.1,Win7-U64, Vista U64, uncounted Linux distor's
 
 

I just want to say I support the metric system every inch of the way.
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27 Feb 2014   #14
Bertison

Windows 7/64 HPremium.
 
 

I am enjoying this one!

Here in the UK, there is quite a "Generation Gap" when it comes to Weights, Capacities and Measures. I belong to the older generation which grew up with Imperial measures (Feet, Inches, Quarts, Gallons, Ounces, Pounds, Stones. etc.) The very word "Imperial" tells us that it all belongs to a much earlier time, based on systems created when Britain had the biggest empire the world has ever known. In other words, it's way out of its time.

However, as a former engineer I used Metric measures in my work and grew used to converting stuff in my head (approximately) in order to communicate with customers and suppliers, before giving an accurate written quote. This gave me a very flexible mind, I found.

Examples (Imperial, not necessarily US) would be, if my memory serves me well enough: -
One inch = 2.54 Cm. (work it mentally as 2.5, use 10cm. and divide result by 4)
One foot = (roughly) 30 Cm.
One gallon = 4.54 liters.
One Kilometer = 5/8ths (0.625) of a mile.

Some of the old Imperial measures are really archaic, involving Furlongs (8 to one mile), Chains, Hundredweights and others I have mercifully forgotten.

All of this may be the reason why some British and American engineers and scientists can seem a little detached from reality sometimes. We are known to mumble inaudibly to ourselves when working out some cross-dimensional problem.
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27 Feb 2014   #15
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Another problem is that Imperial and US dimensions aren't the same, just to add confusion.
Liquid and weights are mainly different I think, our inch=25.4mm. Our liquid measurements are avoirdupois.

Generally if there is to be a tolerance in a length specification it would be written on a blueprint as 4'-8"(+/- some figure)
The form 4'8" and 4'-8" are both acceptable based on the draftsman's convention.

The scientific community seems to use the Metric system in all measurements, as do the medical people.
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27 Feb 2014   #16
pbcopter

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

What the OP is referring to (on a drawing) may be indicating the scale, 4 feet is represented by 8 inches.
Hence the use of

4'-12" in the first post
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27 Feb 2014   #17
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by madcratebuilder View Post
I just want to say I support the metric system every inch of the way.
I just love that.
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27 Feb 2014   #18
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pbcopter View Post
What the OP is referring to (on a drawing) may be indicating the scale, 4 feet is represented by 8 inches.
Hence the use of

4'-12" in the first post
That would be written as 4'=12", or better, 1:4
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27 Feb 2014   #19
pbcopter

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pbcopter View Post
What the OP is referring to (on a drawing) may be indicating the scale, 4 feet is represented by 8 inches.
Hence the use of

4'-12" in the first post
That would be written as 4'=12", or better, 1:4
While you are correct normally, I have seen it differently.
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