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Old March 17th, 2008, 10:20 PM   #1
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I have a hell of a time at work with people having no clue how to read a tape measure or even understanding numbers.

Last week I ask someone to cut some aluminum to 88 1/8".....he asks which line is 1/8". I stared at him for a few seconds and asked him to think it through and show me on the 1/16" ruled tape measure. He had NO CLUE. I explained how you can try thinking of dividing an inch into 8 pieces and then try that way. He shows me 7/8" and asks if thats it. So, with one hand slowly sliding down the tape measure, he's staring at me until I nod yes to 1/8".

Another guy, I ask him to thread some coupler nuts onto a set screw so the overall length is 2 5/8" +/- 1/16". He seemed a little confused so I grabbed a ruler and asked him to show me 2 5/8". He starts off on the METRIC side at 1cm, then points to 11mm and says thats 2 5/8". Resisting the strong urge to shove the ruler somewhere, I tried for 5 minutes to explain how fractions work and then how to read them on a ruler. I ended up just making a steel gage for him to use, screw it in until it fits into the slot.

Are there that many people out there functioning in the world that can't read a tape measure or know how big 1" is or some basic fractions???
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Old March 17th, 2008, 10:24 PM   #2
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how old was he?, I ask because it seems all they teach now in public schools is the metric system
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Old March 17th, 2008, 10:28 PM   #3
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I FEEL FOR YOU!! I know exactly what you are talking about!! It seems to be MUCH more common than you would expect. You just described a couple of my employees!!
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Old March 17th, 2008, 10:29 PM   #4
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I much prefer the metric system, but yes, I can read a tape measure.
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Old March 17th, 2008, 10:32 PM   #5
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get your shop to use metric system and it will be alot easier for them
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Old March 17th, 2008, 10:34 PM   #6
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ahaha at school in the shop teacher asked one of my friends to measure a piece of steel and he said 11" and a few ticks ahaha and i know how to read a tape measure its not to hard
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Old March 17th, 2008, 10:38 PM   #7
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Why on earth would you hire Gay J. Hall?
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Old March 17th, 2008, 10:45 PM   #8
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yes. use the inch system 2000 times a day at work. also use points, pica, agate scales as well.
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Old March 17th, 2008, 11:05 PM   #9
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yep most carpenters say light and heavy cause they dont know how to use past 1/4 inch. I have had guys show up to job sites that cant even read holy shit dude.
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How about converting decimal into inches or vice versa? Hardly anyone at work can do that either. Those guys drives me nuts.
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Old March 17th, 2008, 11:55 PM   #11
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Sounds like it's time to set up a pre-interview exam.
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Old March 17th, 2008, 11:59 PM   #12
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back in highschool for our shop teacher made sure everyone could at least tell the decimal equivlent from 1/16-15/16 in 1/16th increments. 32nds for his cad classes. He has since retired and the teacher could care less if they can read a tape, and kids sit in CAD with a calculater up wasting time.
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Old March 18th, 2008, 12:03 AM   #13
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being as I am in CAD, we had a test on using the metric and standard measurment. Had to round to the nereast .5" or whole if it were metric.
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Old March 18th, 2008, 12:07 AM   #14
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now a days its hard to find people that can read let alone figure out a tape measure
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Old March 18th, 2008, 12:26 AM   #15
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at least they are speaking english, I hope?
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Old March 18th, 2008, 12:34 AM   #16
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I hate tape measures but I know how to read them. I've been using them 4 days out of a week for the last 3 years. Doing both metric and standard and trying to convert those damn numbers. But honestly I don't think very many people know how to use them anymore , it's really kind of sad.

Who works on things that break? What do you mean? you want me to get my hands dirty? And people wonder why society is messed up.
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My 11 year old can read a tape measure!

lgottler, can she get a summer job at your place? :tonka:
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i'm assuming we're not going to even discuss whether to make cuts ON the line, PAST the line, or IN FRONT of the line of measurement?
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Quote:
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I much prefer the metric system, but yes, I can read a tape measure.
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It's a good thing you didn't ask for a measurement including 7/64".
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i'm assuming we're not going to even discuss whether to make cuts ON the line, PAST the line, or IN FRONT of the line of measurement?
That's just crazy talk there!
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