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Length unit used in the US for very big sheets?

Postby Gerardo » April 9th, 2019, 11:51 am

I want to talk about a 3 x 3 m sheet used for origami using the US customary length units. These are questions for US citizens: should I use yards, feet, or inches? Should I combine feet and inches like when referring to a person's height? Should I also add 16th divisions like when using inches?

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Re: Length unit used in the US for very big sheets?

Postby Baltorigamist » April 9th, 2019, 2:50 pm

My suggestion would be to use feet since most people are most familiar with it. Combining feet and inches shouldn't be necessary--just round to the nearest foot (e.g., "a 10-foot square").
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Re: Length unit used in the US for very big sheets?

Postby Gerardo » April 9th, 2019, 3:50 pm

Thank you Baltorigamist! And the lack of precision using only feet doesn't bother you guys? In the US, people don't use decimals nor fractions when measuring with just feet, right?
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Re: Length unit used in the US for very big sheets?

Postby Baltorigamist » April 9th, 2019, 4:13 pm

The average person off the street isn't very concerned with precise measurements when it comes to a lot of things, as far as I'm aware. If you really want to be as precise as possible, use inches, but I don't think it's that necessary. (It would be a little over 118"--just shy of 10'. In this case, feet is sufficient.)
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Re: Length unit used in the US for very big sheets?

Postby NeverCeaseToCrease » April 10th, 2019, 2:18 am

For height, people here usually use the foot and inches, for example, "I am 5 foot 6"
For origami paper, it's sometimes in inches, but since a lot of the paper is from other countries, most folders are fine with cm. I have not seen any paper dimensions that go up to 16ths, its usually just either a half inch or whole inch and the rest is rounded.
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Re: Length unit used in the US for very big sheets?

Postby Gerardo » April 10th, 2019, 3:16 am

This is all very enlightening :D.
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