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    Re: Metric -vs- Imperial

    Quote Originally Posted by Tornado
    Something else that makes little sense is the DIN fitting in a tank valve.
    DIN, "Deutsche Insititut fur Norm", is a German standards organisation.
    So why is a DIN tank valve fitting actually G5/8 aka 5/8 BSP which is an old British standard?
    The good old Germans drew up a standard based on what was the standard.

    Only the English are daft enough to change things that work.

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    Re: Metric -vs- Imperial

    Quote Originally Posted by SimonK
    Because the all the worlds pipes used to work in BSP.
    I remember a story of an British engineer in Argentina converting all the drawings for a factory from BSP to Metric then ordering the pipe work from a local supplier. Nothing happend for some time, when he chased them they came back and said the delay was because they had to convert all the drawings from Metric to BSP!

    Simon
    I used to work for a french company that insited that everything in france was metric. Boy did they get upset when I pointed out thread sizes for pipes.....

    And the German pipe sizes are in "Zoll", which is the same as inches.....

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