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- Posted: Thu, 25 Apr 2013 23:41:05 +0000
I can use either, so it doesn't really matter to me, but you are not going to convince a carpenter that has been building houses for 20 years that he needs to stop using feet and inches and use meters and centimeters, it's just not going to happen.
I know this post is two months old, but I feel it's one of the more important ones. I can vouch for this, as I currently work for a construction site and the older workers, and even those just into their thirties, are very staunch on the imperial system. I can use both, but to be honest, having grown up with the imperial system and the metric system, I prefer the imperial. It's just easier in construction talk to say "Cut me a sheet two by nine.". I'm not sure how it is with with European construction, but the one time we got an order from a Canadian company with metric measurements for several house units, it was chaos until we converted it.
If change were to occur, it'd have to be in schools and it'd likely be a snails pace. As Machine said, you're not going to get a carpenter to switch because it's "easier".